Please Don’t Stop The Music by Jane Lovering
Publisher: Choc Lit Limited
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (263 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orchid
How much can you hide?
Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail - until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.
But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful Indie rock band Willow Down, she wants to know more. Why did he desert the band on their US tour? Why is he now a semi-recluse?
And the curiosity is mutual - which means that her own secret is no longer safe ...
Secrets push friends and lovers apart. Secrets make life unbearable. Secrets keep Jemima running from her past. It doesn’t matter how far she runs, her past always lurks like a dark shadow in the background.
A quiet country village is full of secrets. Jemima believes she is the only one hiding something. She doesn’t know how wrong she is.
Jemima makes ornate jewellery, but when her main customer cancels her order it leaves her in a state of shock. She takes her wares into York and after a disheartening day of rejection she finds a small music shop. Ben, the owner, is willing to take one of her belt buckles on approval. Her future meetings with Ben are startling as his moods swing from one extreme to another but they do eventually become friends.
Life gets worse for Jem as her business starts to fall apart. Her feelings for Ben and her friendship with her flatmate Rosie and Jason the artist, make her wonder if it’s time to move on - away from the past which keeps nudging at her mind.
The four main characters of this book are well defined and strong. Jem’s past and Ben’s reasons for his way of living do not weaken them. Their secrets are well hidden and not revealed until the right time, and even then I felt there was more behind the secrets - and I was right. Inevitably two of the four fall in love, but who falls for whom and is their love reciprocated by the correct person?
The minor characters are very much individuals. They have their own stories. Jason is a hoot, a minor celebrity who uses his status to his own advantage. Rosie is wrapped up in her young son, but at times it all becomes too much for her. Jem’s softer side kicks in to help her friend.
I enjoyed this book. Very much an even keel, with no sudden surprises, but nice to read. The author handled the hidden past very well. She didn’t keep referring to secrets on every other page. Instead she slotted the teasers nicely into the story to provide me with something to look forward to several chapters later. A pleasant story to read on a lazy afternoon.