Friday, October 14, 2016

Review 'Melody's Key' by Dallas Coryell
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 24th 2016
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback
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My Review:

When I first saw the cover of ‘Melody’s Key’ I wasn’t sure this book would be for me. Especially since I really didn’t need more books to add to my very long TBR list. But after I read the book description, I became very curious about Tegan’s story and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

‘Melody’s Key’ is the story of Tegan Lockwood. Tegan lives and works on her parents property. Tegan was supposed to go to college, but her parents were struggling with their business and soon it became clear to Tegan that she needed to stay home and help out. And that’s what she did.
Working hard isn’t a problem for Tegan. And after a bad experience years ago, Tegan doesn’t want to have anything to do with guys. Especially if they are arrogant. So when American Popstar Mason Keane suddenly appears at Tegan’s parents place for the summer, Tegan is sure he is the stereotype famous guy who doesn’t care about anything but himself. But soon Tegan finds out there is more to Mason than she thought.

I must say I was very surprised by this book. After a slow start, this book became a very nice and very romantic read I just didn’t want to put down.
Tegan Lockwood is a fun character to read about. I love reading about strong and independent woman, and Tegan was definitely a strong one. I really enjoyed seeing into her life and reading about her struggles as she slowly began to trust Mason more and more.
And Mason’s character? Well.. his character was just too good to be true. I loved how his character gave this ‘Notting Hill’ kind of feel to this book. Mason was very romantic, sexy and above all very kind. He was definitely one swoon worthy character.

For an author’s first novel, I found ‘Melody’s Key’ very impressive. The writing was very good and not once did I lose interest. The writing hooked me to the pages and I couldn’t get enough. The storyline was good, not to complicated but interesting. I could easily imagine the setting to be a real place.
What I also really enjoyed about this book was reading the old letters. They were just so beautiful and touching. In the end I did wonder what happened to the letters and their authors. That part of the story still felt a little unfinished to me. But not everything can be perfect I suppose! :)

Overall this was a great read I would definitely recommend!

My Rating:


“It's just an expression, I assume you have those in America?” This time Tegan completely intended the playful sarcasm that dripped from the comment. She even ventured a slight grin to put him on the defensive a little, but Mason was quick with his reply.

    “Yes, we have them. For example, don't judge a book by its cover.”

    Mason had smiled disarmingly when he said it, but the underlying message to her was clear. Considering what happened at the pub, perhaps she had been a tad hasty in her judgment of his character. Tegan bundled the tools she had been cleaning and attempted to pick them up all at once in order to move them into the shed, but before she could take two steps they began slipping from her hands. Just as she expected to see the entire bunch go crashing to the ground, Mason’s hands appeared and encircled hers, stabilizing the load. His hands were strong, but soft, and their sudden steadying warmth took her completely off guard.

    She had been careful to avoid looking directly at him during their entire exchange so far, but her discipline wavered for one instant and she allowed herself to meet his gaze. She immediately regretted it. His eyes were two fiery emeralds that seemed to have already been waiting millennia for her to find them. The depth they held was something she had not expected; there was profound suffering there, but also something wild and passionate and the feeling she got while walking through the estate gardens after a summer storm.

    Somehow his eyes burned through the walls of her meticulously constructed defenses as if they were flash paper. She felt as though he was somehow seeing her...the real her, instead of the protective façade she normally projected to people she didn’t know. In that instant of unexpected vulnerability Tegan was surprised to find she was capable of anything. She felt the boundaries and inhibitions that normally constrained her fading like a winter sunset.

    A moment after Tegan felt the hurricane begin to stir within her, she smothered it for fear of being consumed. Where in the world is this coming from? She had only been looking at him for a moment, but it felt as though they had been staring at each other for hours. She abruptly pulled her hands free, which sent the tools clattering loudly into the dirt. In truth, she had forgotten they were suspended between their interlocked hands. Grateful for the distraction, she kneeled down and began gathering the fallen load, which he immediately assisted her with. Between them, they got all the tools to the shed in one trip. As the electricity of the moment faded, Tegan began feeling silly for even thinking such ridiculous things. I know nothing about him. She made a mental note not to look into his eyes again. There was a reason so many girls went crazy over him, and he probably knew exactly what he was doing with those eyes...and that crooked smile.

About the Author:

Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel:

Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram:

For more information about Dallas Coryell please visit him on Goodreads, Google +, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.

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