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Book Review-Dark Notes by Pam Godwin

by | Nov 14, 2021 | Book Reviews | 1 comment

Book Review-Dark Notes by Pam Godwin

Book Review-Dark Notes by Pam GodwinDark Notes by Pam Godwin
Published by Self Published on April 3, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
Pages: 385
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
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They call me a slut. Maybe I am.Sometimes I do things I despise.Sometimes men take without asking.
But I have a musical gift, only a year left of high school, and a plan.With one obstacle.
Emeric Marceaux doesn’t just take.He seizes my will power and bangs it like a dark note.When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything.I kneel for his punishments, tremble for his touch, and risk it all for our stolen moments.
He’s my obsession, my master, my music.And my teacher.

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

Dark Notes is the standalone novel by Pam Godwin and this is also the very FIRST book that I have had the pleasure of reading from this author and I was beyond impressed with this one here. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I will be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this author up or not, but when I started reading a sample of this one, I couldn’t put it down and eagerly purchased this one and this story definitely swept me away in the best of ways. If you are looking for a heart-stopping romance that will keep you on edge and flipping those pages as fast as you can turn them, then this book is definitely one that you will get a kick out of. I will say that if you don’t like dark romance or taboo elements…do NOT read this one, because you probably won’t enjoy it if those aspects aren’t your cup of tea.

Dark Notes is a heartbreakingly forbidden love that takes the reader on a ride that features:

  • Emeric Marceaux-alpha male, dominant, heir to an empire, musician and teacher in musical theory
  • Ivory Westbrook-destitute, a talented pianist, abused by her family, but resilient, and strong and determined to make her dreams come true.

Sometimes you love people you shouldn’t, and in the endless space of that love, nothing else matters.

Dark Notes is a tale that begins with our heroine, Ivory, who dreams of becoming more than what she is. She has had to make painful decisions as a matter of survival and to carry her family through despite in how they treat her. Ivory lost her father when she was just a teenager, but his loss only fortified her dreams, her strength and courage. She has had to suffer painful sexual situations just to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads and everyone despises her except for her only girlfriend. But she is determined to not let them destroy her, she is so close to achieving her dreams. She is in her final year and this will be the year that she hopes will be the final year in which she will have to suffer. Then she meets her new teacher Mr. Emeric Marceaux who has a animal magnetism, that makes her feel more alive than she has ever experienced. She knows that he is dangerous but she can’t help but be drawn to him, and as they explore the deep desire they have for each other….they will discover a fierce love worthy of sacrifice…..

The power is mine. I bask in it. His hands tremble, and I grab them, hold them, our fingers intertwined. I have him.

Dark Notes is a story that pierced my heart with such longing in the deepest of ways. I didn’t know what to expect only that everyone seems to just love Pam Godwin and I know everyone has just gravitated towards “Sea of Ruin” but I will be honest, I am not sure when I will pick that one up. But i just felt in a certain mood and wanted something angsty and compelling and Dark Notes definitely fit that bill for what I was looking for. I am telling you I breezed through this almost 500 page novel in just a couple of hours…that is how compelled I found myself in with this story here. It definitely had a feeling of being such a dark romance at times, and it could be in this category due to the aspects of taboo that is in this story. It is a teacher/student trope but also the heroine is seventeen when they meet, so definitely take that aspect in account when considering this one. I will point out that I desperately loved this one here though. I couldn’t get enough of this romance and what this pair gives to each other. It can be highly erotic at times, but I truly felt for our pair here and the situation they find themselves in. I found that Pam Godwin really wrote such a compelling book here and I just wanted more of it. I didn’t want to let go of Emeric or Ivory, they had such a riveting romance that just spoke to me in all the ways that satisfied by romantic heart in every way that is possible.

We need each other, not because our bodies fit so well together, but because our hearts beat the same tune, for the same reason.

Overall I found Dark Notes to be an incredible story that captivates the heart and mind, its a tale of forbidden love but a story that pushes the boundaries and the beauty of finding love and learning to defend it when it matters the most.

About Pam Godwin

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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1 Comment

  1. Jenn

    I am so glad this was a win for you. Pam Godwim never uses her dark elements for flash or for gratuitous reasons. Every element is necessary and poignant. Doesn’t mean it isn’t sexy and thrilling but it’s always for a purpose. I think if/when you try more of her works, you will see that followed through.


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