This one was comparable to “Make Love and Peace” in that it was about a pretty stable and pre-established couple rather than a collection of one-shots about couples getting together. I liked “Make Love and Peace” a little better though, probably because that couple was a little better together and more likable than the couple in this book.
The couple in this book went together pretty well, but the three stories that made up the bulk of the volume were all centered around the insecurities of the girl. The plot of the stories were basically that the female was the girlfriend and manager to the male character, who was a popular concert pianist famous for his passionate playing. The first story is about her not having confidence in her managing capabilities and offering to leave the pianist. The second is about her doubting her compatibility with the pianist when he is inspired in his playing by a violinist he is performing a duet with. The third is about her getting jealous of a girl who is manipulating the pianist into being her teacher. I kind of wish one or two of them were about something other than the girl worrying about the pianist breaking up with her, because it’s made pretty obvious in the first story the two are pretty much perfect together and that wild horses couldn’t drag him away.
Actually, yes, there was one other story. The fourth story was about a flautist who comes to stay with the couple. It was actually quite good since it was more about some of the quirks of the couple living together playing out in front of the picky flautist than it was about the girl’s insecurities. The flautist is fairly arrogant, and I also liked that he was humbled by the pianist’s music and that the couple helped him get over some insecurities about his playing. It made me want to take up playing flute, for some reason.
Unfortunately, the sex parts are a little tacked on, but I kind of liked that the pianist enjoyed rough sex with the girl after his concerts in order to calm himself down after playing. I also liked the pianist character a lot. He wasn’t all that well-developed, but I thought he was a pretty good character. I also liked the fact the stories were set in the classical music world.
There were also two one-shots in the back of the book, both of which I liked a great deal. One is about a couple who grew up together, then broke up when the girl got tired of waiting for the boy to show her his feelings. The male is a famous romance writer, and the two are drawn together again when he asks her to be her model (something the story says is common for romance writers, but I thought was a little weird).
The second was about an overworked office couple who find their rare night together ruined when the man comes down with a high fever. I liked this story more for what they decided to name their mystery product at the end more than anything else.
I think the best Luvluv book is still “Make Love and Peace,” and I’m thrilled to be getting a sequel to that one next month, but this probably ranks somewhere around Pretty Poison and Love for Dessert as a decent, enjoyable read, and I always eat up these types of stories about older couples. They’re too rare to miss out on.