Review: Lost Melody by Dolores W. Maroney
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s what Melody Ravenswood was counting on when she invented a new life for herself as Mel Harper in the small farming community of Willowbrook, Texas. She could be herself, whoever that was. Having long since lost her identity to being the only child and sole beneficiary of a legendary rock and roller, she was finally going to live the normal life she craved – a job, a house, friends and no paparazzi.
Hank Travis is the last thing Mel needs in her new life. The local boy turned rock and roll star’s sexy, won’t take no for an answer pursuit makes her long for a life she has only dreamed of. Before Mel can have the future she wants with Hank, she must confront her past and find the Melody she lost along the way.
For me, LOST MELODY was a love story in the true sense of the word – very focused on the central relationship between the hero and heroine. At 94K words in length there really was the space to develop this story in a beautiful way. Ms. Maroney fully explored Hank and Melody’s motivations and frustrations, and the complexity of their growing feelings for one another.
As a reader I was left feeling as if I knew these people and the town of Willowbrook intimately. I lived Melody’s pain that stemmed from her past. I “got” Hank’s need for a sense of normality outside the crazy world of rock music. As an author of novella-length stories myself, LOST MELODY made me want to tackle a longer project!
Can a romance be both sweet and sexy? Yes, in this case it was definitely that – a sweet love story with an underlying simmering sensuality that gave the relationship both depth and credibility.
I highly recommend LOST MELODY if you enjoy grand contemporary romance with just a hint of spice – and of course if you want a fascinating, behind-the-scenes peek at the world of music recording as an added bonus!
My rating: 5 stars
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