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Dark Notes Paperback – April 6, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
Ivory Westbrook is not your typical 17 year old high school student; she’d experience so many unpleasant things in life. No one cares about her well-being, emotionally and physically, she’s alone to face whatever life throws at her. But one thing I like about Ivory is her determinations to get out of this bad situation once she gets accepted to a prestigious music school that will hone her (piano playing) talent and eventually give her the kind of life she wanted. But sometimes life didn’t turn out the way we planned it.
Emeric Marceaux is the new music teacher, alpha-male, dominant, and charmed by the beauty of Ivory. After knowing the kind of life Ivory is living, Emeric is wholeheartedly set on to helping her. No matter what the consequences of this forbidden affair, he’s the kind of man that will see to it that Ivory will always be his priority.
Ivory never felt this loved by anyone, until Emeric comes along. After she’d been through she never thought anyone could love her unconditionally. The romance between these two people is just amazing. I doubt if you won’t fall in love with Emeric and admire Ivory after reading this book.
Thank you Pam Godwin for another wonderful reading experience. I know this book will be one of my top reads of 2016. That's how good it is.
**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Ivory and Emeric's story. Ivory is 17 and starting her senior year at a prestigious school of the arts. She is severely poor, and sticks out among the rich kids. She has learned ways to support her drug using mom and brother, as well as herself while going to school. She has also dealt with the unfortunate side of being an attractive girl. Emeric's is her new mentor, and he is instantly drawn to her. They start to toe the line of impropriety right away, and of course eventually cross it. There is some drama with family, some issues with the school and other students, some OW drama, some sexy bdsm times, and they fall in love...and they get a HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Ivory and Emeric's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well.
Instalove: No. Instalust? Yes.
H rating: 4 stars. Emeric. He was a sexy, mysterious man. I sometimes didn't like how he failed to communicate with the h, and would just take control of the situation (but I guess that was supposed to be part of his dominant persona)
h rating: 3.5 stars. Ivory. I felt really bad for her circumstances. She had so much against her! I just wish that she sometimes made the H work a little harder for her, and wasn't under the golden peen trance ;)
Sadness level: Low/moderate. I never needed any tissues, but it does cover some heavy themes.
Heat level: Moderate/high. This had a lot of sexual tension, and once they actually become intimate there are a lot of scenes. They have hot chemistry and scenes.
Descriptive sex: Yes
Safe sex: Yes and no. They are tested and use birth control after results get back. The H never mentions past practices, but I think it's implied that it's similar to what he did with the h. The h says that the men that raped her didn't always use protection.
OW/OM drama: Yes
Sex scene with OW or OM: Yes
Closure: This actually had a decent jump ahead epilogue with a HEA ending!
How I got it: I paid the $3.99 for it on amazon.
Emeric is a complex man. He has a loving home with two parents that support him and love him. He is a brilliant musician, who is phenomenal playing the piano. He is a passionate teacher that works because he wants to help his students. But he also has needs, very dark needs.
Ivory is a senior, seventeen, in one of the best music schools around. She is smart and an amazing pianist. But she is also poor, very poor. She does what she needs to keep a roof over her head and a little food in the house. But her family sucks, she doesn’t have any friends at school, and she is hanging by a thread just to survive.
This is not your typical teacher/student romance. This is a complex story of learning, hate, love, and choices. It is a must read story if you like dark romances.
I was captured from page one. I felt like I was a part of their epic love story. A HUGE 5 stars, if I could give it more I would. Hands down a favorite read of mine.
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