Author: Pam Godwin
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Publication: April 5th 2016
They call me a slut. Maybe I am.
Sometimes I do things I despise.
Sometimes men take without asking.
But I have a musical gift, only a year left of high school, and a plan.With one obstacle.
Emeric Marceaux doesn’t just take.
He seizes my will power and bangs it like a dark note.
When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything.
I kneel for his punishments, tremble for his touch, and risk it all for our stolen moments.
He’s my obsession, my master, my music.
And my teacher.
**An eARC was provided by author in exchange of an honest review**
I honestly have no idea where to start this review. When I saw the blurb of Dark Notes, I knew immediately I wanted to read it. I've read a few books by Pam Godwin before, and I loved her writing style, so I knew this book was gonna be good. I just didn't know how good.
From the first page, Dark Notes took me on an emotional ride that gripped my heart, my attention and my brain. I could not think or concentrate on anything that wasn't this book. Ivory is a poor girl going to an elite school, and with her family in shambles, she has no one to depend on but herself. Abused by everyone around her, she clings to the only thing that brings her comfort. Music. It's her dream and her ticket out and she's going to do everything to get it. Ivory is a strong character. I loved her from the start, and as the story progressed, I found myself liking her more. She was dealt a bad hand in life, her family wasn't much of a family and the rest of the world seemed to take too much from her, but she took everything thrown at her and turned it into determination for a better life. Her sad life wrapped around me until I could feel nothing but her emotions.
Then there is Emeric. I've read about a lot of alpha-males, and about more as*holes, but no one can compare to him. He's the new music teacher with a bad reputation and worse intentions. In the start of the book, he pissed me off, and I was dreading what his presence at the school meant. He is strong, commanding and mean, but the second he sets eyes on Ivory, something big starts simmering between the two. Seeing him go from an as*hole to a protective one that would stop at nothing to keep Ivory out of harms way made my heart beat faster than ever and I completely fell in love with him. There was so much at stake for both of them, but he wasn't letting anything keep Ivory away from him. He is the kind of man that you don't control or try to play, because he is already ten steps ahead of you.
The build up to their relationship was one of the best I've read. I could feel the heat and intensity of it coming to life in the pages, and I had no idea what turn things would take or how it would go that way. The only thing I knew was I wanted to keep reading as things progressed and emotions got involved. It was raw and gritty and every page burned hot with sexual tension, simmering emotions and the uncertainty of everything else.
Dark Notes is one of favourite reads this year and its also one of my all time favourite books. It's addictive with its erotic intensity, emotional roller coaster and suspense.