This is a prequel, although there are minor references to the other characters.I was always curious about David and Alex, so I was all over this book. In the other books their love and passion always seemed so strong.As a romance story, I will say it is typical, I knew when we got to the angsty parts what would happen. It was enjoyable, just not outstanding.Then we get to the musician aspect and it blew me away.As a musician ( a mere sub par in my college years) I could completely relate to how the music felt, how you can hear it in your head, etc. To me, this is where the writing shines.Overall, this author is on my auto buy list and this book was extremely enjoyable. Good job!