Prelude to Love

Title: Prelude to Love (Dreamspun Desires)
Author: Anne Barwell and Andrew McFerrin (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 16th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 Hrs and 15 Mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Music speaks directly to the heart.

Two very different men face turning points in their lives after the collapse of long-term relationships….

Joel is a music teacher who knows it’s time to forget his ex and move on, while Marcus runs a lawn-mowing business and has come to Wellington to escape the reminders of a recent breakup. Although they’re opposites, when Joel and Marcus connect, their romance has the potential to hit all the right notes.

Too bad neither of them feels ready for new love.

With family and friends in common, dating is risky—things could get messy if it doesn’t work out. The sweet song of possibility draws them to each other, though, and they share a kiss following a Chopin prelude. But it will take some practice and perseverance to find their perfect harmony….

This was a sweet romance about love and family (both blood and found) and it has a nice thread of hurt/comfort woven throughout.

I liked that I was able to turn on the audio and just enjoy listening as I went about my weekend chores. Andrew McFerrin does a nice job with the narration giving each character an easily discernible voice and imbuing emotion into the performance. I thought his New Zealand accent sounded a bit more English, but that’s a small niggle in the grand scheme.

Good narration, low angst, easy paced, sweet romance with likable characters and a lovely HEA.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Prelude to Love provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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