Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Touching Melody (Forever First #1)
Touching Melody (Forever First #1) by RaShelle Workman
Sometimes life isn't pretty, but you have to close your eyes and let go...
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 fraternity 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 Winter 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.
Weeks 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.


Publishes in US: May 14th 2013 by Polished Pen Press
Genre: NA contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes. Forever First series.

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   It is interesting that they had a history together, that they used to be best friends, but I was automatically a little confused from the synopsis and what happened in the first few chapters that Kyle didn't seem to know about his dad and what went wrong between him and Maddie or perhaps he didn't think it should change anything, when Maddie thought he killed her parents and was set on avoiding him. But then the story comes out piece by piece and I understand more about Kyle and why he wouldn't know where Maddie was coming from. And I had to wonder if Maddie was wrong, or how the truth would come out--the only two ways I thought I would be happy with the story ending. 
   Maddie was unique in that instead of cutting or whatever, she got her pain release through pain from tattoos. I liked her voice, and her pain was palpable. 
   I liked that even though Kyle had his wild streak (i.e. when we first met him, he was talking about having a threesome and not just in theoretical or joking trying to get girls to go along with it, they actually propositioned him.) Kyle also had his troubled past, the jerk dad and and not having a mom, but his music and the passion for that really made him appealing to me. Along with the fact that he wouldn't stand for Maddie being called pudgy. That protector instinct helped warm me up to him. 
    This is obviously dual perspective from Maddie and Kyle, and I am loving that style in NA more and more. I chose to read this one because I liked the premise and I love the damaged coming together romances in NA these days, and it was on netgalley. 
    The chemistry between Maddie and Kyle is great, and there were so many hot moments. I totally understood though when flashbacks or doubts seized her though, but it took them down a notch. Until the next time. Or until they played together, their music mingling, their closeness, and the intimacy helps. 
    I liked the friendship between Maddie and Gina. She was a fun character and had a lot to bring to the story. I like how she nudged (well sometimes pushed) Maddie out of her comfort zone, but she was supportive. I wondered what her story was though, because it was obvious she was struggling with things. 
    The ending was perfect, and wrapped up the book beautifully. 

Bottom Line: Touching but a little wild story of two people brought together by music and fate despite their broken pasts.

Books similar to Touching Melody :(links go to my review) Easy by Tammara Webber, Lost by SimonenkoWait for You by J. Lynn

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you love someone whose Dad killed your parents?
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  1. I've read a few stories lately with the same premise of one person being a relative of someone who killed a person in the others family. This looks good but I would probably need some space between them so it seems fresh.

    I like that the girl isn't stick thin and I love dual pov! A story feels like it's missing something when I read a book without it now.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  2. I wasn't so sure about this one. I have seen it around but the topic doesn't sound that intriguing.
    Happy it was mostly good though.

    I don't think I could hang around someone whose Dad killed my parents. To many bad memories.

  3. Whoa... she's in love with someone whose father killed her parents? And there is music? This sounds intense!

  4. okay i definitely haven't read anything like this yet... and its from RaShelle Workman too. need to surely find time for this.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  5. Even though this sounds like all the other NA books out there, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm always up for great chemistry between characters - can't get enough of that. ;) And also, music is something not widely explored in this genre, so that's a plus, too. I might check this out in the future, so thanks for the helpful review, Brandi!

  6. I just had a guest reviewer for my blog read this for a review next week. She really loved it. It definitely sounds intense.

  7. I haven't heard of this one, and honestly, it seems unique to me...but I don't know a lot of NA books. Glad you liked it though!

  8. Wow, this does sound like such a powerful story. There are several books with this premises, but the music seems to make it stand out. As someone who is sliiiightly addicted to tattoos, I get that the pain helps Maddie relieve her internal pain.
    Great review, Brandi!

  9. I am glad that you liked this one. I enjoyed this too, but not as much as I thought I would. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  10. Sigh... even though this sounds nice and fun... I just can't do any more of these books with this same theme, it is starting to get old :(

  11. Sounds like a good book and I think I would enjoy. I like books around a artistic flair. Will have to check it out.

  12. Seems like a little bit of Romeo and Juliet vibe to it with the parents bit. Happy that you enjoyed it despite some of the initial confusion with Kyle. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  13. I think I'll like Kyle although I'm not sure if I'd like Maddie as much. Brandi, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  14. I love the sound of this one, Brandi. I adore romances where the characters have a past and then reconnect. Wonderful review! :)

  15. This sounds like it could be a really intense story! I'm glad to hear it worked for you, and that it had a good ending. I have to swap these NA titles out with other stuff so I can keep them fresh, but I'll add this to my list for future. Great review!

  16. I too love dual POV's especially in NA, and this sounds quite good. I love this troupe and love watching them turn from friend to lover..outstanding review!

  17. I haven't read a really good NA last month, so I'm definitely interested in this one. But the only no-no I have is that Kyle better not have killed her parents or I won't be happy with the romance. Great review, Brandi!

  18. I love dual POVs. I just like know what each character is thinking! This sounds like a good NA. Great review

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  19. I'm trying to connect this story in my head and it really seems like an interesting read. I love it when there is emotions and that can only be a reason more to read a book. Great review Brandi :)

  20. it sounds like a nice one even if it's a little strange for the synopsis.

  21. This is the first time I've heard of this one, but think it sounds interesting :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading


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