Book InfoGiselle by Leelah Renn
Series: Vox Tenor #0
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Giselle showed us a new way to love, but at what cost?
Putting three handsome opera singers together has garnered us money, fame, and adoring fans, but success has a price. We’ve been touring nonstop for almost a year.
Our hard-driving and ambitious manager has a plan to keep us on the road and introduces us to a mysterious and elegant woman with an unusual proposition.
Einar, our oversized fun-loving Swede, is too sweet to push back at the unconventional arrangement, and Mateo, our grieving Spaniard, is looking for love after his second wife’s death. Me? I’m still the suspicious street kid who grew up too fast in Bulgaria—I’m proceeding with caution.
Giselle speaks of a new utopia, a revolutionary idea whose time is long overdue. I admire her sharp mind and sensual confidence, but something doesn’t feel right. As alluring as the tall blonde is, of course I’m going to question her motives. I’ve lost so much in my life already; I can’t allow her to jeopardize the friendships I have with the two men I consider my brothers or our good fortune.
How much can any of us afford to lose by allowing Giselle into the private lives of Vox Tenor?
Giselle is a full-length standalone prequel to the Vox Tenor trilogy. Although the Vox Tenor trilogy must be read in order, Giselle can be read at any time, even while enjoying the trilogy. You can even skip Giselle and still enjoy the Vox Tenor trilogy, but why would you? You'll miss out on more details about Mateo, Einar, and Nikola, and the extravagant, busy life of being on tour with Vox Tenor.
PLEASE NOTE: This prequel does not have a Happily Ever After ending, more like a Healing For Now ending, and the entire story is told from the men's point of view. Please heed the content warning in the beginning of the book. Mature Readers only.
Giselle - My Review
I’m still eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the Vox Tenor story but in the meantime, Leelah Renn is treating us to more of the delectable trio, this time in the form of their backstory. In the first two books, the guys make mention of a woman, Giselle, who was involved with all three of them and wrecked them when she left them. This book tells that tale fully, and it was more than I ever could have imagined.
I really tried to go into this book with an open mind about Giselle. In their conversations with Aria, the men of Vox Tenor had painted her as a villain but I was prepared for the possibility that she was just misunderstood. While that may have been the case to some extent, she came across as very calculating and manipulative. Whether her leaving the group behind was always planned or a spur-of-the-moment action, she’s reckless and dangerous, and they all should have steered well clear of her.
While reading the first two books I wasn’t a huge fan of Vox Tenor’s manager, Werner. This book only made me like him less. Although it’s never explicitly said, the suggestion that I took from the story was that Werner was already fooling around with Giselle when he introduced her to the three men and that he didn’t stop during the time she was with them.
Despite there being no Aria in this book, Giselle still brings out all the things I love about the other two books. The immersive travel imagery is just as strong as I’d hoped it would be – go read the sauna scene, I can’t do it justice. The vulnerability of the men of Vox Tenor shows through and it’s beautiful to see them at their beginnings while their relationship is still forming.
My only complaint about the book is that it was too short, and didn’t go deep enough into the whole Giselle situation (and I realise I’m saying this about a 190-page prequel). I wanted more, but that’s because I can’t get enough of Vox Tenor of Renn’s enchanting writing. As I said, I’m just hanging in there for the next book in the series.