Not Another Love Song

Forever: Grand Central. Jul. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781538740910. pap. $17.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Self-taught professional musician Gwen Jackson enjoys working for a popular orchestra but sometimes wonders whether she should try again to get into music school. She knows she’s talented but is self-conscious about not being able to study music after high school. Alex Thorne, who plays in the same orchestra and is a legitimate music star outside of their shared job, plays music and moves through the world with a sense of belonging that Gwen knows she lacks. The two unexpectedly get to know each other and discover they have more in common than a passion for music, including complicated relationships with the personal and professional authority figures in their lives. As Gwen and Alex grow closer, each must decide how to balance others’ expectations with their own needs and determine for themselves how much they’ll allow their paths to be determined by outside forces.
VERDICT Soto’s (Forget Me Not) engaging novel, which is sure to be a hit with members of the Reylo fandom it originated from, should also circulate well in collections where contemporary romances are popular.
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