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In Tune out of Sync

Narrated by: Mary C Carpenter
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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No one wants to play second fiddle in love.

Veronica “Ronnie” Lukas has one dream: playing violin with the New York Philharmonic. She'll do whatever she can to hide her dyslexia and inability to read music, because nothing, not even sexy and talented Scott Grossman, will stand in her way. 

Since he first tucked a violin under his chin, Scott's tics caused by Tourette's Syndrome quieted. His talent has thrust him into the harsh spotlight, becoming a reluctant poster child for living with Tourette's. 

When Scott wins first chair of a small regional orchestra, Ronnie begrudgingly accepts second. She wants to hate the humble man who is disarmingly open about his disability. Instead, she falls for his heavenly music - and toe-curling kisses. Scott is smitten with the brilliant woman who doesn't treat him with kid gloves, although he wishes she didn't hide her dyslexia from the world. 

There's only one spot open in the New York Philharmonic, but Scott and Ronnie find it's not the competition but their differing views that come to a crescendo - secrets versus truth, spotlight versus shadows. Finding their rhythm is tough when they're each marching to their own beat.

©2017 Kate Forest (P)2018 Kate Forest

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Inspiration, but still entertaining!

I listened to the audio version of this book. This was an inspirational romance in which two people not only fall in love, but come to terms with their conditions and strive to be honest with themselves about what they really want out of life.
The author dealt with two different disabilities in the main characters. Scott has Tourette's syndrome and Ronnie has dyslexia. The two differ in the beginning in that Scott is very open about his condition (it would be impossible to hide) and uses his success as a forum in which to inspire others with the Tourette's. Ronnie however, does everything she can to hide her dyslexia. Her gradual acceptance and sharing of her condition is inspiring and shows us that we need to embrace who we are. Ms. Forest threw some humor in so that the story is not always heavy. There was a great balance.
The audio has a musical violin part at the beginning and end of every chapter. It was unique, but it always startled me. This was actually a pretty fun and entertaining audio book as well as inspiring. I loved that Ronnie saw Scott and not just his Tourette's. In Tune Out of Sync was well worth the listen!
I received a complimentary copy of this audio book.

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Musician Romance/Special Needs

This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Forest. I enjoyed it and would read other works by her.

The story is a moving contemporary romance that has one character with Tourette’s Syndrome and another with dyslexia. It subtly points out that special needs don’t detract from talent or intelligence.

The title contains the in problem in their romance - they are in tune with their music but out of sync with what their special needs mean to themselves and the public.

I enjoyed the interaction between both of these strong personalities. Scott was sweet and funny. Ronnie’s desire to hide her difficulty with reading music because of the fear of being judged made me feel bad for her. The addition of violins at the beginning of each chapter was a nice touch.

I won this audiobook in a giveaway; winning the audiobook had no impact on my review.

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Autistic/Tourette's Insightful Listen

Kate Forest wrote In Tune out of Sync with great compassion, feeling, and insightfulness for those with Autism or Tourette's. The relationship of Ronni and Scott in this book was vivid. I loved the imagery, and how music was woven in the story. The fact that Ronni has dyslexia also added to the story. The romance in this book is sweet, and only has mild angst. The chemistry between characters seemed out of sync to me.
Mary C Carpenter did a good job narrating this book and she gave some of the characters distinguished voices, but wasn't solidly consistent. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This is an original storyline about imperfect people that are into classical music.

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Tune Out of Sync: Where Timing is Everything!

Once again Kate Forest hits it out of the park with this story of the normal lives of extraordinary people. Kate camouflages clinical understanding with the deftness that those living with hidden capacities often feel. I have come to respect the split voice by alternating chapters of the Chapters in Forest’s work which intertwine as seamlessly as the in and out of a möbius loop.

Finally, the Romance and Passion for art takes me into the magic of the secrets of creative life of musicians... and those objects of creation are always the third partner of Kate’s Forest’s love triangles. Is it too silly to say Bravo for ‘In Tune Out of Sync!‘

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Sweet romance with little bit of angst

Audiobook: Narrator – Mary C. Carpenter

This narrator definitely has talent but there were certainly things that needed tweaking in this audio. While I enjoyed her voice for Ronnie, unless the words/book stated otherwise, I could not tell the difference between Ronnie and Scott, the hero. Some of the secondary characters’ voices were a bit irritating and felt very fake. Scott has Tourette ’s syndrome and I thought she did an excellent job of bringing this part of his character to life. There were also sections of the audio where the quality was not up to par to what I am accustomed to listening to. For example, there were moments when it sounded as though there were a slight echo in the recording and several times there was a sound of rushing air in the background. All of these are things I feel certain can be corrected and I would listen to Ms. Carpenter again hoping for a better studio recording as well as additional experience in switching from a female to male voices. I recommend you check out the sample before going for the audio.


This is a sweet romance between two artists that suffer with their own issues. What initially pushes Ronnie away, actually becomes something that pulls her in to Scott. I loved his outlook on life, his Tourette’s, his talent and what he was going to do with that talent in the future. Not sure if this is considered a New Adult romance, but it certainly had that feel to me. There isn’t a lot of angst, but definitely enough to push the story forward and then escalate near the end. The steam factor is about medium although it might have been higher if I had felt the chemistry between Ronnie and Scott. (I suspect the lack of connection with their chemistry is due to the narrator’s struggle to define the male/female voices.) Secondary characters were great and I loved getting to know them.

Overall, this is a nice read/listen that I would recommend to anyone who is musically minded, not just rock star minded. There are very few books written not only with a classical music backdrop but a plotline that involves a heroine with dyslexia and a hero with Tourette’s. If any of those things even garner a twinge of interest, you need to jump on this book.