The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince by Mayte Garcia

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince’s life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince–both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist–than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince’s music lives on with generations to come. 

I went into this book with no preconceived views on Mayte or Prince’s lives. I love his music but knew nothing of his private life or first marriage.  Mayte wrote a book filled with passion for her dancing. Her hard work and dedication to being the best that she could be with a hard work ethic that started at a young age. With a background of being an army brat, moving around the world with her parents and sister also gave her a base on the kind of work ethic and lifestyle that Prince had.

Their’s is a love story that was strong, beautiful and romantic. You get a glimps at how romantic Prince was. He was totally wrapped up in her as much as she was with him. It was beautiful and had its share of heartache with the loss of their son.

This book had me in tears at points but had my romantic heart in a flutter at others. Mayte talked about intimate moments without giving everything away and kept certain things private which, to me, showed respect to him and their life. It’s not a tell all book it’s a glimps into the very private life of a notoriously private man. It made me like the book all the more for it.

I discovered more music by Prince through this book and fell more in love with him as an artist. Mayte is strong and loving. She never stopped loving him and even with his death shows that love by writing a book that makes you love them both. Plus that cover….oh that cover! How beautiful it is!

5 stars

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Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

17788403 First things first – this will NOT be a spoiler-ific review. Mainly because the release is very close and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who has made it this far waiting! I am a bone fide Colleen Hoover fan. I’ve read her previous releases, followed her blog and even got to go to a signing last year. So when she announced this book and CD combo experience I was intrigued but hesitant. Hesitant because I’m a book nerd, not so much a music nerd. But as a CoHo fan I had heard of Griffin Peterson, and liked what I heard so I was open to it.

I got my hands on an ARC of the book early last week and then the music released a little later in the week, yay! So, while I am definitely not a music critic, I am going to give my opinion of the book, the music and the experience of both together (without spoilers).

Sydney Blake is in college, living with her best friend and in love with her boyfriend, Hunter. She’s an aspiring musician so when she’s on her balcony of her apartment she catches herself listening to her neighbor, Ridge’s, beautiful guitar playing. Daily. Sydney finds herself drawn to his harmonies without knowing why. When she discovers Hunter is cheating on her with best friend and roommate, Sydney has no idea what to do or where to go. But somehow Ridge is part of that answer.

I found this book to be refreshing and unique in some ways because of the honesty there was in almost every aspect of the book. The cheating that was discovered was very early on in the book and Sydney spends the rest of the book convinced to not ever become a “Tori” – the name of her friend her ex cheated on her with. I loved how she dealt with the situations she found herself in, she never compromised herself or her beliefs. But while I loved her, I loved Ridge even more. He has impossible decisions to make and consequences to think about, yet I always respected him.

How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.

The music aspect of this book was beautiful. Usually the closest a reader can get to music in a book is lyrics, which we get here of course. (And I completely love those scenes FYI). But for the first time there is also actual music too! Griffin Peterson partnered up with Colleen and released a CD to go with the book. I’m in love with all of the songs and they all go really well with the book. I also love the songs outside of the book because it reminds me of certain scenes when I’m listening. The only issue I had with the music was when I was reading I had an issue with stopping reading completely to listen to the whole song because I was so impatient to finish the book. But I got over that. My favorite song is the one with same name as the book.

Truths are written, never said
And if I can’t be yours now
I’ll wait here on this ground…

Words unfinished, like our song
Nothing good can come this way
Lines are drawn, but then they fade
For her I bend, for you I break

So combine a really great storyline that had multiple surprises that I did not see coming with really great music and excellent characters who I love. I loved the relationships – there are some hilarious dialogue and great pranks happening throughout the book. I highly recommend you read this book AND listen to the music because you really can’t do one without the other. It would be like milk without cookies or peanut butter without jelly, just not right.

5 Stars to the book
5 Stars to the music

I received the ARC of the book on behalf of the Publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

~Melinda

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