Melody’s Key

Melody’s Key

333 pages – written by Dallas Coryell – 4 star read

I was asked by Dallas to read and review Melody’s Key and I really enjoyed reading it. The story is told in the third person, which I’m not use to so it took me a little while to get use to that. It’s told in the point of view of Teagan, who works at her family’s resort in England. Mason, a popular pop star from the USA, comes to stay at Tegan’s family resort for the summer to seek privacy and a break from his famous world. Teagan is not thrilled that they have to host this spoiled rich pop star but her family needs the money Mason’s people have agreed to give them for his stay. Mason ends up feeling like part of the family after being invited to a family dinner. Mason and Teagan end up falling for each other once they get to know each other and Teagan let’s her guard down. She realizes he’s not the spoiled pop star she thought he was and believes Mason when he tells her the image the media has painted of him is not the real him, it’s there to sell records. Mason’s fiance show’s up where he’s staying. Can Mason and Teagan survive this?

I enjoyed reading this story. Teagan is a character most people can relate to. She was hurt by a guy before and keeps her walls up and heart guarded with Mason always thinking things are too good to be true. The story is much different than I’m use to reading but I enjoyed it. It’s the perfect book to read after that book hangover. Unlike many romance novels, this book feels like it could be a true story. The characters have real problems that regular people have; money problems, trust issues, self esteem issues.  It’s almost like a modern day fairytale. The one thing I didn’t like about the book was the flow of the chapters. There were many chapters where the chapter just ends and you don’t pick up where you left off in the next chapter. I would also have liked to hear more from Mason and what his thoughts were, I’ve seen this done well in many third person novels and I think it would have helped Mason’s character in this book.

Dallas’s book synopsis and about the author can be found below.

“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 d ays 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.


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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:

Fantasy for Real

Fantasy for Real by Claire S Crawford

129 pages

3 star read

I was asked by Claire to read and review her new book Fantasy for Real. It’s a contemporary romance novel about Ruth, a small town girl who moves to the big city to pursue her dream of opening her own clothing line and store. Adam catches her eye at a bar and she gets the courage to go flirt with him. They leave the bar together, share a steamy night together and exchange numbers. Ruth’s best friend, who she’s staying with while she looks for a job and an apartment, get it in Ruth’s head that Adam is like every other man and will not call her to see her again but Ruth is convinced Adam is different.

I enjoyed the book. It was an easy read. Perfect book to pick up and read if you want something light to read. I like how Claire keeps you engaged while you wait to see if Adam calls Ruth back. She builds Ruth’s character and we get a sense of her personality and work ethic, which I believe will be important later. What I didn’t like about the book and the reason I rated it a 3 was because of the ending. It was terrible! It just ends. I can’t explain more about the ending without spoiling the rest of the book for you. Your left hoping there is another book and I asked Claire if there was more coming and there is another book on the way in a couple of months. Hopefully after reading this review, Claire will update the book and add a to be continued or another page in the book indicating there is more to this story to come so that readers are less disappointed and come back looking for the next book. Now that I know there is more of the story to come I’m a little less disappointed and am now left with the cliffhanger feeling  and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Below is the author’s synopsis of the book

“When Ruth Darcy moves to the big city with a heart full of hope and head full of dreams, she doesn’t factor in meeting the gorgeous Adam Grace.

Smitten after a passionate night together, Ruth can’t wait to see Adam again. But her level-headed best friend makes a point of saying that men never call when they say they will…

Smug in the knowledge that Adam is different, Ruth and Adam flirt back and forth. Teeing up a second time to meet, Ruth is full of excited anticipation…

… that is, until she finally receives an invitation for a job interview – at exactly the same time as she is meant to meet Adam!

Is this it? Is her fantasy already over?

In a sexy game of cat and mouse, Ruth tries to balance her need to make a living, and her desire to see Adam again.

Can she do it? And at what cost? Perhaps Adam can make all her dreams come true.”

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