Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Review for Ivory by Hadley Quinn

Title: Ivory
Author: Hadley Quinn
They say the truth will set you free. I can’t argue with that. But what if the truth comes pouring out of you and it won’t stop? I play for myself. Music is not only my passion, but those black and white keys are my lifeline. 

One night was all it took for me to hit rock bottom. I didn’t lose everything, I still had my tunes, but I never thought living my dream would continue to kick those old wounds wide open again. 

Pain can haunt you for years; memories can hold you back and repeatedly break your heart. Music saved me, but I later realized... 


"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."
~Bob Marley

The minute I got to read the synopsis for this book, I was excited to read it. Then I read that quote in the beginning as I opened it up? Yep. I knew that this was going to be a good book. 

This book was a definite tug on the emotional heartstrings....and Jude had a story to tell. He had this life that got handed blow after blow, and he had to do it in the public's eye. What a harsh reality, right?

~All my heartache came from them, and then all my inspiration came from them immediately after.~

So this book was written with a little insight and knowledge on the 'industry' and it allowed us to grasp what was happening within Jude's world with a little more understanding. 

The way the story was told allowed us to see it all from Jude's point of view and as I read it, I thought he was a little arrogant and uppity....but as his story unfolded and we got to dive into it and discover things that were happening around him, I had a more sympathetic view on his demeanor. He has a cautious heart, but a giving mentality. All good in a handsome man!

~If my music could do for some like others' music did for me...I'd found my purpose. It was all I could ask for in life.~

Let's add in Ree...I can say with 100% certainty that she is my absolute favorite female character from Hadley Quinn. She has this air about her that is full of wisdom, knowledge, perseverance and acceptance. She has lived a life that has been witness to it's own ups and downs and her outtake on life is refreshing. She really was a great character.

There was less of the witty banter that I have grown to love and expect from HQ, but there were some good and funny parts that had me giggling. This was more of a serious book with a great message and, while some parts were really slow for me, this was a good story. There was growth and pain, love and heartache....all wrapped up into this heartwarming story. I really enjoyed this book and LOVED the epilogue. I think this was her best epilogue to date....I really smiled while reading that and it was, hands down, the best ending for Jude and Ree. So perfect.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

~Hadley Quinn~
"Hadley Quinn is a California native who lives for sunshine and surfing. She likes dance and kickboxing, and when she's not on the move, she settles somewhere with a good book or works on her own writing. Her first self-published novel in contemporary romance is The Fighter's Block. She is currently working on her second, Kiss This, which should be out by early spring. A self-proclaimed computer flunky, she's recently been trying to catch up with the world in technology. Find Hadley on Goodreads for now; maybe she'll add Twitter and Facebook one of these days!"

"Besides reading, I love cooking, gardening, chick flicks, music, dance, kickboxing, surfing, and sunshine. I've been choreographing dance for the past fifteen years and I love it. When I'm not shaking my booty, I'm dabbling with writing. Thanks for reading!"
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