Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Touching Melody Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Touching Melody book tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $75 Amazon gift card. But, before we get to that, allow me to introduce the book:

Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel)
Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

A good read, full of emotion and romance. I liked Touching Melody, though I had my issues with it. Overall, however, I thought it was a good read.

Maddie was an okay heroine. I liked that she was a strong character but I got so frustrated with her back and forth about Kyle. "I love him. No, but his father killed my parents! But, I love him." It got a little old. Besides, I thought it was unfair of her to judge Kyle because of his father's actions. Especially because she had known Kyle before and was his best friend up until her parents died. She how his father treated him and how he wasn't like that. It irked me that she threw the years of friendship away to cast him as the monster's son. But, altogether, I think she was a fine character.

Kyle was better. I thought he was a sweet guy. I little oblivious, because how did he miss something so big about his family? But, I did like him.

The romance was sweet, if somewhat halted by Maddie's reluctance. Mostly clean, but still with a hint of spice.

One issue I had with this book is the seemingly random plot devices that didn't really serve a purpose. For example, why was it necessary to have Kyle agree to a threesome in the beginning of the book. It didn't create the best first impression and didn't seem to have a purpose in the plot. And, when Maddie's roommate gets raped. It just comes up, gets talked about for a few pages, then is never spoken of (or reported!) again. These kind of things slowed down the plot and distracted me from the main story. So, I had a problem there.

The plot, despite any hold ups, was still okay. I was kept interested the entire way through. There were thrills as Maddie found herself still in danger from her parents' murderer. One thing I would have liked to see was a deeper look into the whole organization responsible for that. We didn't get to see much about it. But, overall, I liked the story.

NA lovers, if you want a nice, quick read, then you should give this book a try. While I had my issues with it, I still found it to be an enjoyable read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $75 Amazon gift card. Open internationally. Ends August 1.
Good luck!

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About the Author:

RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog:

For more fun on the tour, check out the other stops. For the full schedule, go here.


  1. This sounds like quick, sweet read. Glad you liked it, Farrah!

  2. Sounds like an intriguing book! Thanks for the review!

  3. Can't wait to read it!

  4. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  5. Looks like a good beach read

  6. This sounds like a really great romance story.

  7. Christina SparksJuly 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    It's been a while since I had time to read a good romance story

  8. thanks for the giveaway, sounds like a reasonable read for a lazy summer afternoon!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  9. Stephanie LarisonJuly 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    This sounds interesting, would love to read it.

  10. Would love to read this book.

  11. Kimberly Deallovingrandma StclJuly 31, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Wonderful giveaway! :-) Thank you.

  14. Looking forward to reading this

  15. Thank you, added to my To Read list! :)

  16. Sounds like a good rainy day read.

  17. Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  18. Sounds like a great book

  19. thanks for the giveaway. Book seems very interesting!

  20. This book sounds really awesome! And hot!!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Thanks for the review; this sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading. Gaye M; rustysrambles(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. This sounds like a great book!