I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions of the book in any way.
by: Dallas Coryell
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Published on June 24th, 2016
Published by AsherRain Publications
e-book Copy (Epub)
“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. (source)
Melody’s Key follows Tegan Lockwood, a hard-working and talented (in painting, writing songs, singing, playing piano AND guitar) young adult who is working at her family business, a mix between a B&B and an Inn in England—that is struggling to stay afloat with her families financial troubles. the family dynamics in this story was my FAVORITE! i especially enjoyed the fact that all the kids (varying in ages between adulthood and teenage status) weren’t rude or constantly brawling with their parents. their family was so, so, SO close, maybe a little too close at times sharing intimate details about their lives and are very blunt with each other but, still got along swimmingly and it was refreshing they make you feel like your apart other family too. Tegan’s younger sister, Ryleigh and her have a great bond and tell each other almost everything which was a really nice thing to read.
“Tegan hand went instinctively to the key around her neck. For some reason it always made her feel better. It was a tangible connection to her safe place—a symbolic representation of love, faith and everything she hoped was in store for her someday.” Dallas Coryell (Melody’s Key, page 73)
Tegan constantly reads these love letters she found in the attic of her home shared between her great-grandmother, Violet and her soul mate, Jonathon and it makes her a bit naive with love because she saw a love like theirs.
i really loved that while this story was slightly cliché (but, you guys know i love me some clichés!) it didn’t consist of her chasing after a bad boy rock star. Mason Keane is an American pop star who does have a bit of a bad reputation because its helps promote his image who, is at her family’s estate for the summer to get away from everyone and everything to weigh his options with his record label for the end of the year. i was really happy that you see very early on he isn’t any of the things Tegan assumes of him (which was something i didn’t like about her — she’s stubborn and is pretty judgmental or quick to judge comparing him to others) and she doesn’t chase after him or vise versa they just gradually fall into their friendship.
“Tegan had plenty of experience with Mason’s type; money, entitlement, ego and narcissism where only the appetizers.” Dallas Coryell (Melody’s Key, page 42)
i think my favorite thing about this book is actually the writing i think the author wrote very beautiful and was able to describe scenarios amazingly. also, Dallas is so talented and actually wrote all the songs that are featured in the book himself and i thought that was an amazing feature. the story has a way of sucking you into this world Tegan lives in and you get to experience this pure, consuming and amazing relation she falls into with a some unexpected scenes here and there.
“Tegan had always been a night-owl, preferring the stillness of the dark to the chaos of the day. There was something intoxicating and inspiring about the middle of the night, when the world was wrapped in slumber.” Dallas Coryell (Melody’s Key, page 6)
one thing about Melody’s Key is while i did enjoy it i feel like there were parts of the story that was never touched on again and left a bit unresolved. such as, how Tegan has a dark secret from her past but, it was sort of skirted around and not fully explained then, her best friend Simon i feel had more to his story to tell that i wonder about.
i mostly read young adult books and this was more on the new adult side and i’m so glad i had to opportunity to read this book. it was definitely one i enjoyed very much and would recommend! melody’s key helped me with a slump that i was going through for way longer than i wanted to and is for sure a story that i would pick up again in the summer for a cute, romantic read.