While I never got past second grade level with the violin, I did, (at the ripe old age of 9) come to appreciate that there is something incredibly sensual about the female form playing a violin and being moved by the music even as her body is moving to make that music.
Its almost hypnotic ... and even more so if she can actually hold a tune.
So what would it be like if you had a neighbor, who played like a virtuoso, looked like an angel, and played on her back deck, at night, for the listening pleasure of her garden, and voyeuristic hot rocker neighbors while wearing only her nightgown?
I can't even ....
Such is the setup for Very Twisted Things by Author Ilsa Madden-Mills.
There's a reason why Violet St James doesn't live on the east coast any more. There's a reason why she plays on the back deck of her hideaway rather than in concert halls the world over. There's a reason why her audience is limited to the plants in her garden (and now, the hot rocker next door ... the one with the binoculars)
There's also a reason why Sebastian Tate has sworn off attempting to have anything remotely close to a meaningful relationship with a woman.
Like that could stop a good author getting these two together.
I absolutely loved this book, the third (or fourth, depending on how you count them) in a series of interconnected standalones known as the Briarcrest Academy Series, but this one is much different from the others.
Sebastian Tate has moved on from the school that brought the characters of the series together and is making his way in the music scene, and trying to make the break into acting. In those five years, a lot has changed about the once carefree and happy young man, making him, where affairs of the heart are concerned at least, bitter and cynical.
.. and that's part of what I love about it. Sebastian's character has evolved and changed, but is still, deep down, the same. Bruised battered and scarred, but still under all that, the same Sebastian.
Their story is filled with twists and turns, misunderstandings and missed opportunities, and, in some ways its Violets amazing strength of character that pulls everything together in the end.
Can't recommend it enough.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 430 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little Dove; 2 edition (27 February 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U48ZWE2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 89 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)