Saturday, August 17, 2019

ARC Review: Music of the Knight by Mel Bossa

Music of the KnightFrom the Blurb:
Easily pleased, Micah enjoys a career in non-profit work and gets through his days one lame joke at a time. Then his friend Lou introduces him to her musical family and the Knights pull Micah into their world of resilience and sorrow. Soon, Micah understands that in the face of grief, optimism isn't always enough. 
Lei was once revered for his tremendous talent. But one day the music died, and the scars under his leather bracelets are a reminder of what he lost. These days, he's nothing but a phantom. Shut away from the world, Lei tunes instruments in the Knights' music store. 
Then charismatic Micah enters his life, charming his family and slowly coaxing his way into Lei's heart with steadfast devotion. With Micah at his side, it may yet be possible for Lei to reclaim the spotlight he'd thought permanently abandoned.

Ky's rating:

I've read many of Mel Bossa's books and still she keeps surprising me with the diversity of her stories.

The things they have in common are the atmosphere, the general feeling of the story, the way she makes her characters come alive. Other than those things though her stories are always unique and deal with different subjects. Usually, there's a somper air about them, her characters struggle through life but without letting that consue them whole. I guess you could say that her characters are real in a way that you don't find easily in stories.

In "Music of the Knight" I was once again amazed by the emotion she was able to convey through written words. I could hear the pain in Lei's voice as he sang, I could hear the agony and helplessness in Micah's pleas when he didn't know how to help Lei. I could see the struggle every single member of the Knight family was going through.

All that sounds pretty dramatic and it's true that I ofter found myself tearing up, especially during the second half of the book, once I had the whole story in front of me and knew the horror that Lei had lived through. No one, NO one should ever have to go through what Lei went through. I want to add a trigger warning, but doing that would also be a spoiler, so if you want to know what you're getting into before you go along and read this, feel free to contact me.

Back to the book now: I loved the main characters and all the secondary ones were okay too. I liked that the focus was always on the main couple and the rest of the cast just had supporting roles, moving along in their own lives, evolving and having their own milestones but without stealing the spotlight. It's a story that should focus mainly on Lei, and that's what happened here. Micah is the narrator, but this is Lei's story.

The way he unveiled himself little by little to Micah - and by extend to the reader as well - the way we learned his story piece by piece until we had the whole horrific puzzle in front of us was plain brilliant. There was always something more, something harder for him to face, a next obstacle to overcome in order to find his will to live again and after what was in his past, I think that it's always going to be that way for him.

Micah was his rock, his supporter, the push he needed in order to climb out of the dark hole that had consumed him. Micah, with the bottomless patience who always had a kind word to say and plenty of time to listen when someone wanted to talk. Even him though was in over his head with Lei at times. How can you help someone that doesn't believe he deserves that help?

Lei and Micah had a slow burn romance, a tentative relationship at the beginning. It was sweet how Micah flirted with Lei, how he approached him, cautiously and with consideration. Despite the tentative start to their relationship, here was never any confusion about who they were to each other. Their connection is what made Lei want climb out of the darkness, even if only for little bits of his day.

This book is brilliant, it's emotional and heartwrecking. It shows how powerful Lei was in reality and how important family and having a support system is.

If you want something different, a deeper story that will stay with you for a while, buckle up and don't hesitate to grab this book!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to meby the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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