Review: Dark Notes by Pam Godwin

June 6, 2018

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.


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**** 4 Star Review ****


At first, I was wondering why I waited so long to read this book. Who am I kidding? My own assumptions of what the book entailed had me putting it off. The book was absolutely nothing like I had assumed.


I am not a fan of BDSM. For some reason, I had assumed this would have a heavy BDSM presence. But it didn't. And the pieces of it did have not only fit the story and characters, but it was done completely with taste. If only other authors took Godwin's example of how to weave something so personal and "taboo" into a romantic, yet haunting story, I might read more of them.


Then there was the student-teacher theme. I always cringe. I have read some that were done well and tastefully, others not so much. I am leery of picking up these books because I never know what I will get. This one is not only tastefully done, but it is done perfectly. Godwin kept Ivory's innocence and maturity at the perfect balance. Every side of Ivory worked and was so realistic. Emeric was no different. She held his character from start to finish. I instantly fell for both characters, student and teacher and all.


This book isn't just about a forbidden romance. It's about growth and learning to heal and let go. I was enthralled with this book from start to finish. I couldn't stop reading it. I didn't want to stop reading it. Page after page, I couldn't wait for more. Needless to say, there was no skimming scenes or covering my eyes in this one. I relished every last word in this book.

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