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Emma Harvey is a brilliant and gifted young pianist, accepted into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the country and prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams of playing professionally. With a renowned jazz musician for a father and a world-famous mentor growing up, she is convinced her path is easy. Until her world is suddenly silenced wh Emma Harvey is a brilliant and gifted young pianist, accepted into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the country and prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams of playing professionally. With a renowned jazz musician for a father and a world-famous mentor growing up, she is convinced her path is easy. Until her world is suddenly silenced when she loses her hearing. Juliet Hamilton is a prodigy violinist. First chair for nearly fifteen years in the New York Philharmonic and a professor at the conservatory, she is engulfed in her career with no time for distractions. Especially not a beautiful young graduate student with a spirited personality that challenges her every step. When Emma and Juliet’s paths cross in the classroom, their connection is undeniable. When their music comes together, it is unstoppable. The bond they begin to form threatens to challenge more than just their opinions of music. Friendships, ethics, and careers are tested as Emma and Juliet find themselves lost in a concerto of fiery passion and heartbreak.


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Emma Harvey is a brilliant and gifted young pianist, accepted into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the country and prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams of playing professionally. With a renowned jazz musician for a father and a world-famous mentor growing up, she is convinced her path is easy. Until her world is suddenly silenced wh Emma Harvey is a brilliant and gifted young pianist, accepted into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the country and prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams of playing professionally. With a renowned jazz musician for a father and a world-famous mentor growing up, she is convinced her path is easy. Until her world is suddenly silenced when she loses her hearing. Juliet Hamilton is a prodigy violinist. First chair for nearly fifteen years in the New York Philharmonic and a professor at the conservatory, she is engulfed in her career with no time for distractions. Especially not a beautiful young graduate student with a spirited personality that challenges her every step. When Emma and Juliet’s paths cross in the classroom, their connection is undeniable. When their music comes together, it is unstoppable. The bond they begin to form threatens to challenge more than just their opinions of music. Friendships, ethics, and careers are tested as Emma and Juliet find themselves lost in a concerto of fiery passion and heartbreak.

30 review for Forbidden Melody

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This was a pleasant surprise for me. I had never heard of this author before but figured "what the heck, it's free on KU." Whenever I'm in need of a nice beachy romance, i'm looking this author up. And why not, most of her books are on KU, so makes sense to "buy" them. The premise was the oft used teacher/student trope which apparently I have yet to get sick of. Emma is a prodigy like pianist, doing her graduate work at the Bard Conservatory where Juliet is a music instructor and world renown vio This was a pleasant surprise for me. I had never heard of this author before but figured "what the heck, it's free on KU." Whenever I'm in need of a nice beachy romance, i'm looking this author up. And why not, most of her books are on KU, so makes sense to "buy" them. The premise was the oft used teacher/student trope which apparently I have yet to get sick of. Emma is a prodigy like pianist, doing her graduate work at the Bard Conservatory where Juliet is a music instructor and world renown violinist. Cue the fiery sparks and push/pull relationship and we are off to the page turning races. Extremely well written, likable/thoroughly developed characters, and hoochie mama sex scenes. What else do you need out of a romance book? And did I mention it's FREE FREE FREE FREE. Frankly, after spending $9-$10 recently on some "meh" books, it was nice to get a free one that was really quite good. P.S. you will feel the urge to download much classical music after reading this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    I think this is my first forbidden romance read in Lesfic. Okay you know the blurb, now let me try my best to wave my magic wand and tell you why I have mix feelings about this story. Emma Harvey is a natural born musician, she's diagnosed with a disease that causes her to loose her hearing but that does not stop Emma to soar higher than the others. I admire her character, she is strong, determine, talented, swoony and despite being younger she's much more confident in pursuing the forbidden rel I think this is my first forbidden romance read in Lesfic. Okay you know the blurb, now let me try my best to wave my magic wand and tell you why I have mix feelings about this story. Emma Harvey is a natural born musician, she's diagnosed with a disease that causes her to loose her hearing but that does not stop Emma to soar higher than the others. I admire her character, she is strong, determine, talented, swoony and despite being younger she's much more confident in pursuing the forbidden relationship with Juliet Hamilton. Juliet Hamilton, another brilliant musician, a violinist. Her father is an original asshole and have been controlling her life since forever. Through him Juliet and Emma meet and from the first meeting, the spark is there and the anticipation gets bigger and bigger as they connect through their love in music and the uncontrollable attraction that they have for each other. Reading their scenes especially when they're playing their instruments where they bare their souls and connecting through the music is truly amazing. I'll let Ms.Madison describe it. "It was almost as if we were the only two people, in a room of nearly a hundred, playing together. Just a piano and a violin. Two instruments that were meant to be heard together." Why not 5? (view spoiler)[ they were seperated for 3 years because of Juliet's father, both remained single + pining for each other. Thankfully it didn't take a whole lot of pages for them to rekindle but Mr.Asshole again made threats and Juliet succumbed.. Thankfully, she grew a pair and walked out in style. I was denied an epilogue due to Juliet's stubbornness (hide spoiler)] I'm running out of ideas, read this book. It's available on KU and only USD5 if you're curious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    K. Aten

    4.25 I love a good romance that features music or prodigies and with this book I got both. Magnolia Robbin’s descriptions of the songs and their motion, as well as the way the two characters played together really painted a picture in my mind. Some of the songs I recognized, having heard them before or even currently own. There were others that the author painted so well in my head that I was forced to search for the music online so I could listen. I also liked that the author really went into de 4.25 I love a good romance that features music or prodigies and with this book I got both. Magnolia Robbin’s descriptions of the songs and their motion, as well as the way the two characters played together really painted a picture in my mind. Some of the songs I recognized, having heard them before or even currently own. There were others that the author painted so well in my head that I was forced to search for the music online so I could listen. I also liked that the author really went into detail to explain what the music would “feel” like to someone who is deaf. It gives you a lot of insight to an entirely new world of perceptions when one sense is lost. I did like the characters despite my usual dislike of people doing something illicit that they “just can’t help”. I thought Emma was sweet and fiery and I loved that she wasn’t afraid to buck tradition when she played her music, adding embellishments and making the beloved pieces solely her own. I did think she was a little immature in her approach and to the situation, but then I had to remember the age gap between them. Juliet is about 15 or 16 years older than Emma, and about as reserved as the younger woman is fiery. And while they may come across as opposites on so many levels, the music they play together is beautiful. Robbin’s has an easy to read style with steady pacing throughout the book. The chapters are written in first person, alternating every other one between Juliet and Emma. There is the occasional slight bit of overlap between chapters but it almost seemed as though those moments were overlapped by the author on purpose to really highlight the importance of those particular scenes. I did find a few small editing mistakes while reading the novel but the majority of what I didn't care for about the novel were personal preference items. I'm not typically a fan of age gap romance, nor am I a fan of illicit affairs between students and instructors. Despite that I found this novel to be a thoroughly engaging read and well worth my time. The way the author writes not just the character’s emotions but the music itself really sold me on the entire thing. Well done! This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jo Watkins

    A beautiful romantic love story that will have you captivated to the end! I don’t know how one person can write so many beautiful books on so many wide ranging subjects.The way she intertwines the chosen music and conveys the passion all musicians need too perform is unbelievable,I know quote a lot of the pieces in the book and the descriptions are so perfect I can hear them in my mind.The story is a rollercoaster of emotions love,longing and heartbreak as well as some very erotic love scenes.Ano A beautiful romantic love story that will have you captivated to the end! I don’t know how one person can write so many beautiful books on so many wide ranging subjects.The way she intertwines the chosen music and conveys the passion all musicians need too perform is unbelievable,I know quote a lot of the pieces in the book and the descriptions are so perfect I can hear them in my mind.The story is a rollercoaster of emotions love,longing and heartbreak as well as some very erotic love scenes.Another couple of late nights to finish but WELL WORTH IT.Congratulations!! Again Magnolia on another great storyXX

  5. 5 out of 5

    Val

    This book is by far the best that Robbins has written. I loved the music portion and listened to a good number of the songs which further enhanced the reading experience. I also liked Juliet; for some reason I enjoy these somewhat bitchy, aloof characters who end up being softies on the inside. Great read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elske

    Again a very nice read. I have several books by Magnolia Robbins, but have not read them all. She writes well. Her books are comfortable to read. So was this one. The idea of a deaf concert pianist intrigued me and made me decide to buy this book(where I live we don’t have KU😔). It was well worth the price, enjoyed it very much. One small criticism: the end felt a bit rushed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    angie

    When I see so many positive reviews for a book I did not care for I often wonder: did I miss something? Normally I like it when there is a character who is either full-on "ice queen," or at least mostly so, but here it just does not work for me...nor do the dynamics between the two main characters and how quickly they react to each other right from the start. Maybe I have completely lost my romantic side, but it takes a lot in fiction for me to believe in things happening instantly the moment tw When I see so many positive reviews for a book I did not care for I often wonder: did I miss something? Normally I like it when there is a character who is either full-on "ice queen," or at least mostly so, but here it just does not work for me...nor do the dynamics between the two main characters and how quickly they react to each other right from the start. Maybe I have completely lost my romantic side, but it takes a lot in fiction for me to believe in things happening instantly the moment two people meet and it just does not work for me here. I found myself troubled by this read in a way I cannot quite put my finger on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    Just beautiful This book is so well-written I can't even stand it. I've never played violin or piano but the way the author describes the music makes me want to give it a try. The story flows, just like the music Emma and Juliet play together, and the connection between the two of them is so intimate and real. There are so many emotions, ups and downs, that I couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing. I highly recommend this book if you love a good slow-build romance that sizzles with pa Just beautiful This book is so well-written I can't even stand it. I've never played violin or piano but the way the author describes the music makes me want to give it a try. The story flows, just like the music Emma and Juliet play together, and the connection between the two of them is so intimate and real. There are so many emotions, ups and downs, that I couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing. I highly recommend this book if you love a good slow-build romance that sizzles with passion until the very end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Len

    Magnolia Robbins writes unsatisfying conflict resolution.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky Spears

    Amazing This is the first book I've ever read on kindle unlimited that I went back and actually purchased because it is so good and I want to re-read it again and again. Absolutely wonderful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    Wow! This was absolutely beautiful. I fell in love only reading the first few pages. The personalities of these two women jump off the pages and wraps you in. The use of the names of all the musical pieces is really a new way to experience reading and being engaged in a novel. It allows you to feel what the characters were feeling in the moment they were hearing the same musical pieces. Magnolia does an amazing job at describing exactly how the music pieces speak. She brings to the reader imagery Wow! This was absolutely beautiful. I fell in love only reading the first few pages. The personalities of these two women jump off the pages and wraps you in. The use of the names of all the musical pieces is really a new way to experience reading and being engaged in a novel. It allows you to feel what the characters were feeling in the moment they were hearing the same musical pieces. Magnolia does an amazing job at describing exactly how the music pieces speak. She brings to the reader imagery that allows the reader to feel and to truly experience what it feels like to love a forbidden melody. This is a work of art and should be read as so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marilie Ross

    4.5/5 This book was exquisite. Filled with silences that have such a wide range of passion. Music is the heart of this book, Emma and Juliet, being the two elements that make it beat. Emma is a young lady, talented and dedicated to bringing to life this passion for music, which her father has. Extraordinary pianist, she decides to join a school that is worth the same prestige as her talent. She meets Juliet, a renowned violinist, who also follows in her father's footsteps in the field of music. It 4.5/5 This book was exquisite. Filled with silences that have such a wide range of passion. Music is the heart of this book, Emma and Juliet, being the two elements that make it beat. Emma is a young lady, talented and dedicated to bringing to life this passion for music, which her father has. Extraordinary pianist, she decides to join a school that is worth the same prestige as her talent. She meets Juliet, a renowned violinist, who also follows in her father's footsteps in the field of music. It only takes a brief look to ignite their shared passion. Together, they create the perfect duo. It is through what they share by simple looks, by the music and by this way of giving another breath to classics, that they will weave their love. We are the Emma of this book, deaf of the melodies that are written in black and white in this book. Yet, we can live through this book without having to really hear the notes that are played. We vibrate just as she does with the passion that emanates from her relationship with Juliet and from music. I highly recommend this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    andrea

    Absolutely loved this book. I started it yesterday and finished it today—it kept me totally captivated. The main characters were full and well rounded. I’d have liked there to have been more emphasis on their age gap. Not a larger age-gap, but perhaps it could have been talked about outside the context of teacher student a bit. There was just the right amount of angst for me. Angst that didn’t involve other lovers, but internal struggles, family influences, and timing issues.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

    * First let me start with what I enjoyed. The descriptions of music and how it was played were beautiful, it made me want to listen to every piece listed in the story. What I didn't enjoy was the relationship, it was cute at first with Emma constantly challenging Juliet but then it quickly fell into every possible tired trope. I hated the way Juliet messed with Emma's head and their relationship seemed to go in circles without them ever trying to resolve their issues.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mirtha Siblesz

    Wow! Indeed, Wow! There was a movie in 1954 with Elizabeth Taylor and John Ericson titled Rhapsody that came to mind while I was glued to this beautiful book. Emma and Juliet were beautifully depicted in the development of their love affair. Their relationship was so deep, so strong. Juliet’s father, Frederick, was so despicable as the evil character of the story. Emma’s father, Red,was such a loving character to both his “Emma-girl” and Juliet. I liked the way the book ended “even dreams change” Wow! Indeed, Wow! There was a movie in 1954 with Elizabeth Taylor and John Ericson titled Rhapsody that came to mind while I was glued to this beautiful book. Emma and Juliet were beautifully depicted in the development of their love affair. Their relationship was so deep, so strong. Juliet’s father, Frederick, was so despicable as the evil character of the story. Emma’s father, Red,was such a loving character to both his “Emma-girl” and Juliet. I liked the way the book ended “even dreams change”. I hope this author has more books like this one, it was beautifully done!

  16. 5 out of 5

    cindy

    Trés belle, and not only the music pieces.

  17. 5 out of 5

    bootsandcats

    Picked this up thinking (and seriously hoping) it'd be like The Music and the Mirror aaaand...it was not. This is really my own fault though because I consider that book to be basically perfect. Anyway. This book was a frustrating read for me because I loved the premise and thought it had SO much potential that went unfulfilled. Juliet's got all the makings of a damn good ice queen--she's a world-renowned violinist, disciplined, rightfully arrogant with impossibly high standards for herself and Picked this up thinking (and seriously hoping) it'd be like The Music and the Mirror aaaand...it was not. This is really my own fault though because I consider that book to be basically perfect. Anyway. This book was a frustrating read for me because I loved the premise and thought it had SO much potential that went unfulfilled. Juliet's got all the makings of a damn good ice queen--she's a world-renowned violinist, disciplined, rightfully arrogant with impossibly high standards for herself and others, she's aloof and prickly AF. Emma is the polar opposite. She's young, brash, talented if not prodigious, at the beginning of her career, and she exudes warmth like nobody's business to melt away Juliet's icy exterior. (On a side note, what do you call the opposites of ice queens? Fire peasants? Hmm maybe that's why they're not called anything.) They form an immediate connection when they first play together. They speak through music. It's like Juliet has been all by her lonesome in her superstar genius stratosphere and she discovers there's finally someone else there with her, an equal, a partner, Emma. Someone who sees past her misunderstood prickliness and hears Juliet's unspoken emotions and vulnerabilities that come out when she plays. So of course Juliet's attracted to Emma like a moth to a flame. So far so good, right? And OMG don't even get me started on the scenes when they play together. (view spoiler)[You know the NYTimes questions that lead to love and intimacy, where you're supposed to make extended eye contact with someone? It's like that, but even more next-level. They STARE at each other, through pieces that are like 15 minutes long and through entire performances. Every time they play together it's like an eye-f*cking marathon (with an audience) and MY BRAIN IS ON FIRE. (hide spoiler)] Those bits were SO SO SO good. Also I loved that there's a "soundtrack" that accompanies this book. And the descriptions of how Emma understands and feels music is fascinating. But this is what makes me so frustrated. This book was sooooo uneven, with plot holes, murky character motivations (view spoiler)[[why is Juliet the way she is? Why is Emma? I was able to get past a lot of the unexplained personality traits and character motivations by relying on the usual ice queen/fire peasant (or anti-ice queen? lol seriously what do you call them?) tropes and by filling in the blanks myself. Also Emma was so petulant and entitled at times I found it hard to believe for a 23 y/o.] (hide spoiler)] , supporting characters that were basically caricatures and under-developed (view spoiler)[[like what's the deal with Juliet's dad? Or her mom? Also all their acquaintances and friends are only there to say "You shouldn't be doing this"] (hide spoiler)] , and some super contrived plot to throw them together or keep them apart (view spoiler)[[I don't care how much of a genius Juliet is, but there is zero chance a violinist would be giving piano lessons to a pianist. Teaching a kid or commoners? Maybe. No way she teaches someone of Emma's caliber. And Juliet. Sweet Juliet, who is basically Joshua Bell level famous, SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEAVE AND FIND A JOB ANYWHERE. Her insistence on staying under her father's thumb at the conservatory and philharmonic is completely implausible. If Emma can find something so easily, so can Juliet. Gah. ALSO, given how famous Juliet is, I find it impossible to believe Emma didn't know who she was at the wedding, years ago.] (hide spoiler)] . It could also really use an editor, and the writing is pretty clunky at times. Also the teacher-student dynamic is a little icky, even though both are consenting adults (view spoiler)[especially since Emma's career suffered as a consequence (hide spoiler)] . Probably should've been a 3, but it's a 4 because my brain is still ON FIREEEE from all those times they were secretly eye-f*cking while others watched.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I love music and I love romance. This read had both and hooked me from the beginning. Emma Harvey is deaf and full of gumption. Juliet Hamilton is driven with a focus on her music with not much room for variety. Although different from each other, the music provides a common ground. I appreciated both Emma and Juliet and their push/pull interaction. You can feel the heat. Emma and Juliet both had fathers to deal with and wow what a challenge. As for the music, I embraced the suggestion from the I love music and I love romance. This read had both and hooked me from the beginning. Emma Harvey is deaf and full of gumption. Juliet Hamilton is driven with a focus on her music with not much room for variety. Although different from each other, the music provides a common ground. I appreciated both Emma and Juliet and their push/pull interaction. You can feel the heat. Emma and Juliet both had fathers to deal with and wow what a challenge. As for the music, I embraced the suggestion from the author and listened to various pieces while reading. I was familiar with a number of the selections and introduced to some sparkling new ones. The scenes with the fathers were heart-wrenching and full of lines to ponder. Oh, yeah, the sex scenes were scorchers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zingari

    I couldn't enjoy it. Sweet mercy, this was tough. It has nothing to do with editorial issues, and nothing to do with the characters being obscenely unlikable. This is about a teacher and student with a whirlwind love. Or, it should have been. From the beginning the whole thing was foreboding. All the descriptions of the music being played was very entrancing and quite stunning. I loved that. In that regard, this novel was special. I still found myself frustrated though, rushing through paragraphs t I couldn't enjoy it. Sweet mercy, this was tough. It has nothing to do with editorial issues, and nothing to do with the characters being obscenely unlikable. This is about a teacher and student with a whirlwind love. Or, it should have been. From the beginning the whole thing was foreboding. All the descriptions of the music being played was very entrancing and quite stunning. I loved that. In that regard, this novel was special. I still found myself frustrated though, rushing through paragraphs trying to rip off an invisible band-aid from the get. At the beginning, everyone can see their attraction and everyone is against them. The chemistry is instant and the sparks setting fires can't be ignored by anyone within city limits. I started to wonder if they were trying to hide anything at all by how blatant, and public, they were behaving. It felt like torture quite early on. Usually the people involved meet, have moments of happiness unperturbed, and then all hell breaks loose. This time there were problems from the very beginning. The more they tried to hide and keep a secret, I felt like I was doing the same thing along side them, which made me anxious throughout. My nerves were fried way before I even got through half of the book. I felt like I was watching a gavel, or a guillotine, in slow motion. When the "climax" did occur further down the line it was a bit anticlimactic followed by... quitting? I sat there gearing up for a fight for hours, and somehow it turned into voluntary defeat. A forfeit. This book was written well and lovely, but I can't ignore my considerable frustration. I'm upset that I couldn't enjoy their happy moments because I was too busy being paranoid for them. *Yes, this is a me problem* From the push and pull in the beginning, to either of them choosing to be irrationally stubborn, questions going unanswered (view spoiler)[ Why did she decide to adopt? Why was it so important for her to do so? Why did Andrew seem so off about the whole thing, yet his lurking interest in the matter of their relationship never quite explored? We virtually know nothing about Juliet's mother and only the fame of her grandmother. What was her grandmother really like? Juliet wants to impress her father and says she has always "bent backwards" for him, but there are no memories truly spoken of, and was he like this all her life? What could have possibly been his motivation to have children?) (hide spoiler)] , the lack of context as to why the villain was so villainous, and their lack of actual supporting characters... I'm at a lost. I apologize for that. I like it, but I wanted to love it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    So beautiful, specially for me that just started learning music.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alison A

    3.5

  22. 4 out of 5

    JulesGP

    So many wonderful points to make about this book. It’s the kind of writing that makes you want to read and re-read again and again to savor every moment. A young graduate student and her much older professor fall in love, getting all kinds of grief over the obvious violation of ethics on the part of the teacher. The author takes her time and delicately weaves a profound story of friendship and human connection that is just too sweet and tender to believe. There’s fire and passion as their romanc So many wonderful points to make about this book. It’s the kind of writing that makes you want to read and re-read again and again to savor every moment. A young graduate student and her much older professor fall in love, getting all kinds of grief over the obvious violation of ethics on the part of the teacher. The author takes her time and delicately weaves a profound story of friendship and human connection that is just too sweet and tender to believe. There’s fire and passion as their romance builds, but it’s never overdone. The subtleties are beautiful—the tiniest of gestures between Emma and Juliet, the specific pieces of music (please listen to them on your headphones while you’re reading each chapter because...well, you’ll see), the sense of place. I read Forbidden Melody off of Kindle Unlimited but I’m buying a physical copy because this one is for my shelves and although I’ve never been a fan of classical music, I think this book just opened a door for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    AL

    Absolutely wonderdul every page was a WOW moment for me. Beautifully described characters with a chemistry and very attractive plot

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Clark (The Lesbian Bookworm)

    Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I would like Forbidden Melody by Magnolia Robbins. I am not a huge fan of teacher-student relationships. I always found the power dynamic a little creepy. But this book made change my mind. I enjoyed the book from the beginning. The opening scene pulled me in and made the mystery surrounding the women appealing. Juliet was a bit of a trip at the beginning of the book. She was very unlikable. She was full of herself and thought that she could do no wrong. It really tur Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I would like Forbidden Melody by Magnolia Robbins. I am not a huge fan of teacher-student relationships. I always found the power dynamic a little creepy. But this book made change my mind. I enjoyed the book from the beginning. The opening scene pulled me in and made the mystery surrounding the women appealing. Juliet was a bit of a trip at the beginning of the book. She was very unlikable. She was full of herself and thought that she could do no wrong. It really turned me off. But all of that changed when she met Emma she brought the good out of her. It also allowed the reader to see the more sensitive side of her that she hid from the world. Juliet’s relationship with Kira was touching. Emma was my favorite character. I loved her view on life. Even though she was handed a shitty hand she made the best of it. Her loss of hearing never slowed her down she was still able to achieve all of her music-related dreams. She also was able to share her love of music with Kira who was also deaf. The woman’s struggle to be together was very interesting. Between the struggles with the teacher-student relationship, there was also family drama. Juliet’s father was a piece of work. It seemed like he would do anything to ruin any chance of happiness for Juliet. I don’t know if it was because of her being gay or just because he liked to be in control. The sex scenes in this book were amazingly done. The chemistry between Emma and Juliet was hot. I would consider it to be a slow burn. My one fault with this book was the editing. Towards the end of the book, the editing quality seemed to slip. Normally something like this wouldn’t bother me but it happened on quite a few occasions. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a slow burn romance. Or anyone who loves forbidden love romances.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Black

    The writing was decent enough, though occasional mistakes did occur. Those did not overly derail me from the reading but... I feel there was, towards the 3/4th of the book, a poorly justified bit of drama that somewhat ruined the whole thing for me. Was it a pacing issue? A lack of space? Either way, there was absolutely no discernable reason for the plane tickets to have been bought instantly, and for that character to seek a new job right away (she didn’t have money problems, did she?). I “fat The writing was decent enough, though occasional mistakes did occur. Those did not overly derail me from the reading but... I feel there was, towards the 3/4th of the book, a poorly justified bit of drama that somewhat ruined the whole thing for me. Was it a pacing issue? A lack of space? Either way, there was absolutely no discernable reason for the plane tickets to have been bought instantly, and for that character to seek a new job right away (she didn’t have money problems, did she?). I “fathomed” (the author annoyingly used that word a lot in those last pages... makes me think she rushed a bit there) that it was all just meant to add drama and emotional impact to the other character’s decision. I was disappointed, betrayed. I felt cheated out of a good narrative. It was a cheap maneuver, and poorly executed. Some characters were flat, as well, and one in particular had little depth beyond: “I’m a jerk.” Also, relating to the aforementioned rushed/clumsy ending; if you intend to create a strong emotional moment ripe with potential for character development, don’t dilute the pace with lengthy talk of technical whatnots that read like an embellished Wikipedia description, in this case pertaining to Mendelssohn’s concerto. There was so much potential. SO MUCH! And the story did have its moments (loved the music-conveys-emotions scenes), I’ll not deny that. Alas, just that blunder (blunders?) towards the end was enough to screw it all up, at least, for me. Gahhh!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I just want to say how beautiful this story is . As someone had said earlier, read it on a weekend because you won’t be able to stop reading. Well it happened to me, I was well on to 2:00 AM with a workday starting in a few hours. There are scenes that are so passionate , incredible .”I’m mesmerized by you” , so beautiful. I don’t want to add any spoilers . Now I’m reading it a second time listening to the music they play: Salut d’amour by Elgar, Tristesse, and others,and it makes it even more pass I just want to say how beautiful this story is . As someone had said earlier, read it on a weekend because you won’t be able to stop reading. Well it happened to me, I was well on to 2:00 AM with a workday starting in a few hours. There are scenes that are so passionate , incredible .”I’m mesmerized by you” , so beautiful. I don’t want to add any spoilers . Now I’m reading it a second time listening to the music they play: Salut d’amour by Elgar, Tristesse, and others,and it makes it even more passionate. I imagine these two characters falling in love through their music and truthfully in this novel the music is always there and connects them. I wonder how I would feel if the person I’m falling in love with , is playing the violin or piano next to me.. Enjoy it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Good overall The wonderful tale woven between these two women is full of love and passion. The passion extends beyond sex to music, love, and friends to provide a fairly well rounded tale. The story flowed well and there were few grammatical or spelling errors. I deducted a star due to a lack of background information or details in some places. At times there were holes that bothered me. Towards the end of the book references are made regarding keeping quiet during a disagreement between Juliet Good overall The wonderful tale woven between these two women is full of love and passion. The passion extends beyond sex to music, love, and friends to provide a fairly well rounded tale. The story flowed well and there were few grammatical or spelling errors. I deducted a star due to a lack of background information or details in some places. At times there were holes that bothered me. Towards the end of the book references are made regarding keeping quiet during a disagreement between Juliet and Emma for fear of waking someone else. However, the someone in question is deaf therefore, increased noise would be unlikely to wake them. Instances such as this suggested another set of eyes or an editor of some form would be beneficial.

  28. 5 out of 5

    DR

    I enjoy classical music and have played the piano. I appreciated the playlist included with the book. However it would have been more helpful t0 list the violin and piano concertos with their complete titles (i.e. Is it Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 or 5? Which Violin Concerto of Sibelius?) It's hard to listen to the music without knowing how Miss Robbins intended me to understand the interaction between the characters and their music. This book is a keeper; something I will purchase. The musi I enjoy classical music and have played the piano. I appreciated the playlist included with the book. However it would have been more helpful t0 list the violin and piano concertos with their complete titles (i.e. Is it Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 or 5? Which Violin Concerto of Sibelius?) It's hard to listen to the music without knowing how Miss Robbins intended me to understand the interaction between the characters and their music. This book is a keeper; something I will purchase. The music tells the story and it's a doozy! The angst of choosing a career over love and the pain that comes with that; the emptiness of it all. Miss Robbins gets it. The story flows and it stuck with me after I read the last words. I couldn't put it down; had to finish it - had to.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Beautiful I really enjoyed this one! I have to say listen to music as you're reading because it really pulls everything together. I fell in love immediately with Emma. It would take this fiery beauty to melt the ice queen of the Bard. Juliet is immediately drawn to Emma. It's a beautiful and sometimes sad journey these two take. Juliet must figure out how to stand up for herself and what she wants or risk losing it all. Emma must continue to make sacrifices, but are they in vain? There are some Beautiful I really enjoyed this one! I have to say listen to music as you're reading because it really pulls everything together. I fell in love immediately with Emma. It would take this fiery beauty to melt the ice queen of the Bard. Juliet is immediately drawn to Emma. It's a beautiful and sometimes sad journey these two take. Juliet must figure out how to stand up for herself and what she wants or risk losing it all. Emma must continue to make sacrifices, but are they in vain? There are some twists and turns, but it's such a wonderful ride. This is one that I will read over and over. I definitely recommend this book! Enjoy...listen to the music!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Every book of Magnolia Robbins that I have read has been above par. I just finished Forbidden Melody. This book captivated me from the start. Setting this book aside to "adult" was torturous. I am not a review writer; therefore, I won't go over plot or character development. What I will say, is that Forbidden Melody is beautifully written with heartfelt emotion. As instructed, I listened to the music that pertains to each chapter while I read them. I believe the book will most certainly stand on Every book of Magnolia Robbins that I have read has been above par. I just finished Forbidden Melody. This book captivated me from the start. Setting this book aside to "adult" was torturous. I am not a review writer; therefore, I won't go over plot or character development. What I will say, is that Forbidden Melody is beautifully written with heartfelt emotion. As instructed, I listened to the music that pertains to each chapter while I read them. I believe the book will most certainly stand on it's own. Having said that, the music accents the book in a way I cannot describe. You won't be disappointed with Forbidden Melody.

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