4.5 Melodic Stars
“It is universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desireable it becomes.”
Dark Notes is a unique read full of passion, forbidden romance, and unforgettable characters. Pam Godwin has created a masterpiece once again!
“She’s a little lost lamb among a pack of cutthroat wolves.”
Ivory is a young musician living in Treme, Lousiana. After surviving the brutal death of her father, she has been left alone to exist in a dark world. With a drug-addicted mother and an abusive brother, Ivory must do whatever it takes to pay the bills and survive. Her only saving grace is her passion for the piano. Before his death, her father assured that she would get the best fine arts education possible for her. Amidst the affluence of her peers and fellow artists, Ivory faces ridicule and bullying due to her circumstances. When she reports to school for her senior year, she is devastated to discover that her mentor and teacher have been replaced.
“How is it possible that I feel both possessive and terrified of him?”
Emeric is a professional pianist who has found success performing and teaching. After leaving his previous school, due to alleged misconduct, he finds himself the piano instructor at a new prestigious school. His only obligation is to teach and promote the headmaster’s son. However, when Emeric meets Ivory he realizes the dilemma to follow through on his arrangement is going to prove harder than he ever expected!
“She may not know it but she needs clearly-defined boundaries, discipline, and a man she can trust to push her beyond her comfort zone. She may not recognize me as that man, but she will.”
“I intend to cultivate, polish, and discipline her, while deriving every twisted ounce of pleasure I can from it.”
Ivory and Emeric don’t waste any time connecting. As the intensity of their piano lessons increases the forbidden attraction between the two becomes unbearable to ignore. Although Ivory views herself as damaged goods, Emeric establishes himself as a protector for her. He is driven to help her achieve success as his student in both the music room and the bedroom!
“Sometimes you love people you shouldn’t, and in the endless space of that love, nothing else matters.”
“Tonight, she’ll bend for my punishment, tremble for my touch, and I’ll risk it all to show her exactly what she means to me.”
Told in dual POV, Dark Notes offers a perfect blend of complex characters, a well-developed story arc, and unbridled passion that will leave the “BDSM (light)” fans salivating for more. Not only were both of the characters extremely likable but the circumstances were quite realistic and truly enhanced the reading experience. It was almost as if I could hear the music playing and feel the emotions of each scene. I was quite impressed with the loyalty and admiration of Emeric towards Ivory. Additionally, the supporting characters contributed to the depth of this story. I felt every ounce of terror and love they provided to the plot. Although Ivory was quite experienced, her innocence continued to remain in the background as a reminder that even broken people can be healed. Her dedication to her art and her love for her teacher made this journey unforgettable. The emotions evoked through each moment kept me engaged the entire read.
“My smile is so deep, I feel it in my lungs like a nourishing breath.”
When it comes to anything written by Pam Godwin, I know I am in for a rare treat. A fan of passion, dark plots, and complex characters, Dark Notes truly delivers! And the delivery is full of crescendos, decrescendos, fortissimo and pianissimo dynamics. In other words, the music and passion in this read continues to play long after the last page is turned!
This was a BR with Loyda as part of ShhLYT(F)BR week: DARK BOOKS!
*ARC graciously provided via the author in exchange for an honest review!*