Book Review (BR) 1:
With a 4.24 star-rating (4931 reviewers) on Goodreads, Dark Notes by Pam Godwin was a dark surprise filled with steam, romance, and “oh shit” moments.
They call me a slut. Maybe I am.
Sometimes men take without asking.
But I have a musical gift, only a year left of high school, and a plan.
With one obstacle.
Emeric Marceaux doesn’t just take.
He seizes my will power and bangs it like a dark note.
When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything.
I kneel for his punishments, tremble for his touch, and risk it all for our stolen moments.
He’s my obsession, my master, my music.
And my teacher.
Let me start off by saying that usually I am a series reader. I love series that follow a few main characters or where each book is a new story in the same “bookverse.”
With that being said, Dark Notes is a standalone. I’ll be the first to admit that standalones often leave me feeling empty and anxious. Like…what happens next? Dark Notes finished on a high note. The ending was satisfying and made my bleeding heart happy.
So who are the central characters? Ivory and Emeric (oh, Emeric, le sigh). Ivory is a 17 year old piano student who attends a prestigious music school, but comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Her mother and brother (the only family she has) are worthless and both physically and emotionally abusive toward Ivory. Let’s just say that their lack of initiative forces Ivory to partake in shocking and stressful situations. These situations keep a roof over their heads, but the price is high, considering Ivory is untrusting and views sex as vile and painful.
Enter Emeric Marceaux, Ivory’s new 27 year old piano master at her school. With his classy style and dominating presence, he steps over the student-teacher line with Ivory almost from the first moment they interact. His strength fuels her desire. His dark notes brighten her song. When Emeric takes Ivory under his wing and becomes her protector and lover, the pages literally explode with feelings and emotions.
The sexual interactions are hot and not too overboard. From the piano to painful bliss, Pam Godwin makes you question a vanilla sex life. The relationship development between Ivory and Emeric is taboo, but so full of love, trust, and beauty. The descriptions of emotions cause your chest to flutter. The experiences and reactions make you cringe and sigh with contentment.
The fact that I chose this book to review first should be enough proof of just how much I loved it. Some parts are hard to read, but the brutal honesty shines through. Ivory is a female lead we can all look up to with her strength and perseverance, and Emeric is a man we should all have by our side.
“It’s universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desirable it becomes.” ~ Emeric
So if you’re into romance, overcoming shitty situations, strong female leads, hunky male leads, and steamy bow chicka bow wow, Dark Notes by Pam Godwin may be your fortè.
I give it 5 “I’m fucking my teacher” stars!