Wednesday, April 6, 2016



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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.

This is my first book by Pam Godwin, and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. It kept me engaged with the story, but that being said, there was still a little something missing for me and I honestly don't know what it was.

Ivory is attending a prestigious musical academy and in her last year has a new teacher, Emeric Marceaux. They're both intrigued by the other, but know nothing can happen due to the fact that she is a student and he is the teacher. After learning the facts of Ivory's home life, Emeric makes some questionable errors as to his relationship with Ivory....and he draws back for a while.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Emeric learns of the way in which Ivory is making money and is livid that he didn't come to him for help. This part confused me a bit, because how was she supposed to come to him for help when he pushes her away? Maybe if he had been more vocal about his expectations from her, this wouldn't have been an issue. And from here is where the story started to draw me in a bit more.

Emeric no longer hides his feelings or intentions from Ivory. But the way in which he did it was a bit over the top. I understand his need to make her feel safe, I just think the way he went about it was excessive. Ivory has a difficult time accepting his lavishness, but it doesn't take her long to accept the way he operates and climbs on board with his plan.

There is still plenty of outside drama from other students, exes, and what not. The way the last few chapters went left me a bit angry, and ultimately satisfied with the conclusion.

As I said, the writing style was enjoyable, but there was just something missing to keep me from rating in higher. I will definitely try other books by Ms. Godwin.
Dark Notes begins with Ivory; a poor and abused girl from Treme who is attending a prestigious music school thanks to her father securing her position. Ivory’s background was horrible and sad. It was kind of a Cinderella story; with her father gone she is left in the hands of her monstrous family. Her prince comes in the form of Emeric Marceaux her new music instructor. Emeric has just left another school after a scandalous fall out and he has made a deal with the head of Ivory’s school to teach.

I had a hard time with both Ivory and Emeric. Ivory is giving her all to make sure she graduates and I mean her ALL. I was really hopeful for her to do some amazing things to change her life. Emeric seems determined to not repeat his mistakes but upon meeting Ivory this goes out the window. His motives confused me at times and I think he confused Ivory with this mixed signals.

Ivory to me had more potential and I didn’t feel it was brought out. To some extent it turned into the rich guy saving the poor girl and that disappointed me. Ivory leaving a dangerous and ugly situation straight into Emeric’s arms all seemed too easy. I wanted more passion and love to connect them. Emeric seemed focused on making Ivory his and saving her but with lots of sex, money, and things.

The events with Lorenzo tied up too neatly and I am surprised there weren’t more twists here. Godwin is awesome at the twists and turns and I didn’t get that.

As always Ms. Godwin’s writing is fluid and she crafts her words so well I can’t help but be drawn in. Unfortunately I didn’t love this as much as I wanted too. I am still a big fan and I will anxiously await her next release.





Author bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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