My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
I like stories that offer both hero/heroine POVs but in Touching Melody I felt like I needed more. The story was good; it’s interesting that they used to be best friends and that there’s a history there, but this book lacked detail. I can’t put my finger on what exactly – perhaps more of their feelings, more of Kyle & Maddy’s history, more intimacy… Something was missing.
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.
At times I had issue with Maddie. She could have been a stronger character in my opinion. She came off as too innocent, too naive, and there were many times I found her actions questionable. As for Kyle, my first impression of him was pretty much “oh boy, here’s a playboy jerk.” Throughout the book my thoughts on him only marginally improved. These were the main characters and I didn’t find them relatable or people I’d want to be friends with or root for. For that reason, this story was somewhat of a difficult read.
Overall, this book was okay. I had great expectations reading the blurb, and though it fell a bit short, Touching Melody held my interest enough that I finished it, and for that it gets 3 hearts.
RaShelle Workman lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine… She’s the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series, the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014. –