Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review of Touching Melody, by RaShelle Workman

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the Author for allowing me to take part in this review tour for 'Touching Melody'. Follow the tour here! There is also a tour wide giveaway you don't want to miss.

Title: Touching Melody
Author: RaShelle Workman
Series: Forever First #1 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 2013 

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Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

Maddie is a girl that you will be able to relate to if you ever found yourself falling for someone that you think is totally wrong for you. Hey, maybe that guy's dad wasn't a dirty cop that murdered your parents (I would hope) but I think a few of us can understand the essence of the conflict, myself  included. 

This is pretty much the premise of the story. And it makes for a really intense plot line. In that regard, it totally delivered. It is most definitely an emotional rollercoaster. 

That being said, she had no indication that Kyle even knew of his father's involvement, so I did have some conflicts with her placing her childhood friend and first love in the 'apple doesn't fall far from the tree' category. 

I struggled with the lack of believable reaction when she finally tells Kyle what she had seen that night and why she keeps trying to pull away from him. But I will not deny that I was hooked into this story.  I followed along with its fast pace and suspense from the beginning, and enjoyed every minute of it to the very end.  

If this unusual romantic plot line doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will. This is definitely a novel worth checking out.

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RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog:

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  1. This does sound unusual and intriguing! Also kind of shocking about the whole copy dad murdered thing O_O Glad you liked it! :)

    1. Giselle, thank you for popping in to comment! :) It was definitely an interesting premise that delivered the roller-coaster of emotions that it promised.

  2. You had me at "Father killed her parents"!!!!

    1. HAHA That doesn't surprise me. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

  3. Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway! Sounds intriguing!

    1. Hi Nicole! Yes very intriguing! Never read a plot line quite like this in a romance setting!


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