Meet Dominic Lim, Author of All the Right Notes

On Thursday, August 10, at 6:00 PM, San Mateo County Libraries welcomes author Dominic Lim to discuss his debut novel, All the Right Notes.

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A Swoon-Worthy Story of Music and Romance

“All the Right Notes is... a slow burn second-chance romance featuring the sweetest characters. Let me just start by saying, the pining is excellent.” — Goodreads Review

Quito Cruz might be a genius piano player and composer in New York City now, but that doesn’t mean that he’s any closer to his Broadway dream. Although Quito knows what the problem is. Or rather who. Because ever since that night in college—with pretty-boy jock Emmett Aoki—his inspiration has been completely MIA...

Now Quito’s dad wants him to put on a charity performance in his hometown. And there’s one big string attached: convince Emmett—now one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities—to perform.

It’s all shaping up to be the biggest musical fiasco of Quito’s life. Especially when Emmett agrees to attend, and Quito realizes that undeniable vibe between them is stronger than ever. Because there’s nothing simple about falling for a movie star... even when he’s pitch-perfect.

“While everyone can enjoy this story, it really felt like a love story to all queer BIPOC readers. It gives voice to marginalized voices that often don't have HEAs written about them. Rather than focusing on ‘coming out,’ it instead leaves the reader feeling uplifted and loved.” — Goodreads Review

Get to Know Dominic Lim

“When I was writing this book, it actually started out very serious... And when I started filling it ended up being way more funny and light. I wanted to really infuse who I was in that story, and I hadn’t before. And who I am is just, kind of, a weird, dorky musical person, so that’s what I put in the book. If you’ve read the book, you kind of know me.” — Dominic Lim

Dominic Lim has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music. He holds a master’s from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is an alum of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has sung with numerous professional choral ensembles.

As a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Dominic has performed Off-Broadway and in regional productions throughout the US. Although he probably shouldn’t admit to having favorites, the thrill of singing “This is the Hour” in the chorus of Miss Saigon still pops up in his dreams.

He supports his local writing community as a member of the Writers Grotto and as co-host of San Francisco’s Babylon Salon. Dominic lives in Oakland with his loving and supportive husband, Peter, and their whiny cat, Phoebe. Learn more at

Critical Praise for All the Right Notes

"With its incisively etched, marvelously inclusive cast of characters, perfectly polished writing lightly dusted with sly wit, and swoon-worthy sexual chemistry, Lim’s soul-nourishing debut not only perfectly captures the hope and heartbreak of two people falling in love, but also music’s power to transform lives." — John Charles, Booklist (starred review)

“A romance with the irresistible melody of a Broadway hit. Lim offers up a swoony, joyful rom-com to take readers into a love story worthy of a Broadway stage.” — Entertainment Weekly

"A lyrical, romantic debut with tender, moving notes about Filipino American families and queer love stories. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall, this is a must-have for library shelves. With a relatable queer protagonist, this uplifting book portrays the power of owning one’s truth. Heartfelt, poignant writing and iconic supporting characters boost Quito’s story. The friends-to-lovers trope is wonderfully accomplished, full of sweet yearning and perfect harmony." — Library Journal (starred review)