Sunday, January 26, 2020

ARC Review: The Music of Love by Minerva Spencer

The Music of Love (The Academy of Love, #1)From the blurb:

Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn't anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her.

Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee.

It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?

Heather's rating:

I'm a huge fan of Minerva Spencer, and I'm an even bigger fan of atypical MCs, so I was immediately drawn to The Music of Love. And, truly, Minerva Spencer didn't let me down.

What really sets this story apart is that the male MC has albinism, which is very unusual for a character in a romance book. Now, as a person with a science background, I was a little dismayed at how the character was portrayed as there were some glaring errors (eye color, how albinism is passed down- very rare as it requires two recessive genes so it can be buried in a family for generations), but I'm hoping the author corrects some of those in the final copy.

Aside from some science-y things that may not bother most readers, I loved the story. I read the story all night long, and didn't want to put it down. It's a fairly long book, but I breezed through it. It was addictive and oh so good.

The more I read romance, especially historical romance, the more I like a feisty female MC. I'm done with meek little mouses, and I like a woman with bite. Portia did not play when it came to her emotions, desires, and temper, and I loved every second of it. She was sensual and sex-positive, and just a delight to read about.

Stacy was a good contrast, actually, and I liked that under his cool exterior he was also explosive, both in the bedroom and with his emotions. He was smart, strong, and different, and I admired all of those things. I also loved, loved how he didn't subscribe to society's expectations of who he should be and who he should associate with. He made his own rules, and he was his own man. Loved it.

Sure, the story is pretty outlandish, but I've come to realize that life is outlandish also, so who says a story like this couldn't happen. The plot moved forward with a fast, exciting pace, and it kept me interested through every page.

A story full of intrigue, deception, and a male MC with a rare genetic condition, The Music of Love was exactly the type of book I love to read.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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