Release Date: February 13, 2013
Publisher: State of Mind
Source: BTS Tours
Genre: Adult - Contemporary
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.
LOST MELODY by Dolores W. Maroney is a cute and smooth rocker love story. Hank Travis is the popular and gorgeous drummer of, BlackWing, and Mel Harper is a music journalist. The first time the two met there's instant fireworks. They tried to circumvent their attraction for each other but the pull is simply magnetic. Hank made the first move and granted Mel's paper an exclusive interview the clincher being that Mel has to be with Hank for 30 days. The bump on the road is Mel isn't exactly who she is and her connection to Hank runs deep. Unknowingly, Mel has a lot to do with Hank's love for music and his decision to start a band. Mel's eventual relationship with Hank reopened a lot of old wounds for Mel which had her revisiting past hurts including her stormy relationship with her mother.
Aside from being gorgeous and a gifted musician, Hank Travis isn't your typical rocker. He's humble, family oriented, far from arrogant and definitely doesn't act as if he's God's gift to mankind. First thing that endeared him to me is how close he is with his father and how accessible he is to the townsfolk and to those people who've known him before he became famous. Hank is very loving towards Mel, he didn't play games and was very straightforward as far as his intentions are concerned. When Mel's issues came up, Hank was steady and solid as a rock and patiently stood by while Mel sorted it out.
That said, the heart of the story is with Mel Harper. who she is and how escaping her past led her to Hank only to have it come full circle. Mel is an emotionally complex character and though those complexities provided depth and interest to the plot, I personally wasn't able to connect with Mel's deep-seated pain. Not to brush it off but I feel Mel held on to those negative feelings far longer than necessary. Mel's mother is overbearing and manipulative but as Mel is already an adult, I was hoping that she'd see her mom for how she is and move on instead of letting her mother's brainwashing tactics dictate how she lives her life. When Mel and her mom finally had their confrontation, the finger-pointing felt childish and after all is said and done, I felt like they didn't really address the root of the issue.
LOST MELODY is an even tempered love story. It's not as dramatic as other rocker novels I've read. There wasn't much tension and the intrigue leading up to the main conflict isn't inflated. The highs and lows weren't dramatic as DWMaroney kept the story focal to Hank and Mel's fledgling romance and Mel's healing and closure. LOST MELODY is a very character driven story coupled with a sweet, mellow romance, a likable contemporary read.
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Dolores has been married to the same wonderful guy for thirty-three years. They have two lovely daughters and a black lab. She makes her home in the wilds of New Jersey (yes, there are wilds in NJ). A Texan with familial roots that go all the way back to the Republic of Texas, Dolores says you can take the girl out of Texas, but...well, you know the rest.
She's been a stay-at-home mom for most of her married life - a job she says is under-rated on the difficulty scale. Now that her girls are grown, she's still available to them anytime, day or night, but she fills her days with writing romance novels and reading.
Dolores is a best-selling, multi-published author of erotic romance under the pseudonym, Roz Lee.
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