Hello my loves!
I hope everyone had a good weekend! Mine was good. Slightly tiring but it brought with it new potential.
So this week I am back with another review and I am going to be writing about The Piano Man Project by Kat French. This was the first book that I’ve read by Kat French and I was pleasantly surprised by her effortless writing and the soft-flowing nature of her stories.
The Piano Man Project is about a resolute and kind girl, Honey Jones, who manages a charity shop with the help of two elderly sisters – Mimi and Lucille – living in the elder people’s home next door. When Honey’s two friends find out that Honey has never had an orgasm (she uses this to conclude that she doesn’t have an ‘orgasm gene’), they set out to find Honey’s ‘perfect man’ for the mere purpose of revitalising this missing gene.
Then comes along Honey’s resentful, enclosed and extremely hostile new neighbour Hal. A hot body and beautiful face is the only cherry on Hal’s burnt, crumbling cake of a life as he jails himself in the flat opposite Honey’s. This is his means of escape from the days he had before he experienced a life-altering accident. Hal is everything that Honey doesn’t want; he swears in every sentence, he’s bitter and rude, he’s far from a gentleman and he treats Honey as if she’s the last person he would speak to if he had a choice – except when she brings him cheap wine.
But none of these characteristics push Honey away from Hal. As a result, they both end up drawing closer to one another rather than drifting away.
I have to say, I didn’t enjoy this book in the way that I wanted to. For one thing, it was a chick-flick with a heavy theme of erotica and I don’t know how I feel about two characters plunging closer on the sole basis of one having the ability to draw an orgasm in another. Maybe I’m too traditional or close-minded, but I didn’t see as many ignited feelings as I did hormones and I don’t know if that’s a good thing about this book or bad.
Also, I found that the plot consisting of the elderly people nearly losing their home an extremely quintessential one. We’ve seen and read about it so many times and the way it ended was extremely predictable, especially with the entrance of Mimi and Lucille’s long-lost and extremely rich older brother.
Furthermore, the lack of insight into Hal’s previous life, the inconsistent direction of the search made by Honey’s friends to find her the ‘piano man’ and the numerous times that Hal teased Honey into getting closer to him only to push her away when she was turned off weighed down on this book heavily. Finally, using the word ‘the piano-project man’ as a title and not making Hal a pianist felt – to me – kind of deceiving. I thought as least the title would have some bearing on whom Honey’s partner was, but it didn’t.
Overall, I was quite disappointed with this book and I hope that the next book I read by Kat French helps divert my opinion completely. She is an extremely good writer, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that she lacks a strong plot with this one.
I would give this book a 2.5/5 but if you like a chick-flick that’s not too heavy on the plot and has an erotica theme as a backbone, then this is the book for you!
Until next week my loves,