Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MELODY'S KEYS BY DALLAS CORYELL - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, this time with an indie book/author Melody's Keys by Dallas Coryell. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review! As always, all opinions are my own.


This book was fantastic. A lot of the time with romances, especially new adult romances, things can go one of two ways, insta-love with so many steamy scenes its bordering on erotica or just enough romance to keep things interesting, but nothing too crazy. This book, thankfully, is in the latter category.

Basically, this is the story of Tegan, a twenty something who gave up her dreams of attending Columbia to stay and help out at her family's struggling bed-and-breakfast type business in the English countryside. Her parents announce that famed American pop star Mason Keane will be staying with them for the next few months to relax and get away from the spotlight, and Tegan is not too excited. Mason has a womanizing reputation and Tegan is too upset about giving up her dreams to want to get involved with someone.

I'm going to leave the synopsis there, because anything more would get spoiler-y.

I really enjoyed this book; the characters were interesting, and it was all set against a beautiful English backdrop.

For the most part, I really enjoyed Tegan. She was devoted to her family, stubborn and a little unsure of herself. Things did get a little cliche with the usual 'gorgeous girl doesn't know she's gorgeous' but I won't fault her too much for it. She had a lot going for her, she drew, well enough to get the Columbia scholarship, she played the piano, sang and wrote songs. Very artistically inclined.

On more than one occasion I was shocked by some of her family's comments and actions. They were very upfront, sharing many intimate details that maybe didn't need to be shared, and they were just about as crass as I expected a British family to be.

Tegan finds some love letters from when her great-grandmother and great-grandfather were alive, it turned out that her origins were not of Lord Lockwood, but a solider her great-grandmother had fallen in love with. I get that this a romance, and the letters were meant to show the love they had for each other, but after reading the first one and finding it so cheesy, I skimmed the others. They were reminiscent of old Harlequin Romances, overly dramatic and used elaborate illusions. I realize that they are to help show Tegan what love looks like, but I think I might be too cynical to truly appreciate them.

The build up to Tegan and Mason actually realizing there feelings was excruciating, but in a good way. They were both so unsure of themselves and what the other wanted, they were cautious. When they finally made things official, it was swoon-city.

A couple quick things I also want to mention. This book also briefly touches on some serious issues including rape, self-harm and depression. Nothing really gets too explicit, but just know there are references to it.

The writing throughout this book was very well done, frankly better than I was expecting. You never know what you will get with self-published indie authors, but I am happy to report the writing in this one was great. There was so much atmosphere; I really felt like I was in the book, something which is usually hard to do with 3rd person perspectives. I could see the estate, feel the base at the EDM concert and experience NYC with Tegan for the first time.

My biggest, and probably only real complaint with this book is the ending. I felt like there was still so much to the story, and I flipped to the last page and the book was over. I mean, for the most part things were wrapped up, but I just kind of felt like it was a bit abrupt.

Overall, I would definitely pick this book up if I saw it in the bookstore, I think, in my humble opinion, that it has great potential to be a best-seller.