• Dallas Coryell

Melody's Key


“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she laboured her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no colour, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.


To be honest, I am a little hesitant when it comes to reading pure romance genre novels; they aren’t really in my ‘comfort zone’ and I tend to steer clear of them. However, after reading Melody’s Key, I can honestly say Coryell surprised me and has pulled me into the world of teen romance.

I was drawn into this beautifully written piece after just a few chapters. Coryell’s characters are exceptionally well crafted, everyday people that the reader can relate to in many ways.

Tegan, the main protagonist, was a resilient character and isn’t portrayed as a damsel in distress; she’s her own person. She’s spirited and strong, but is also not without vulnerabilities. A past experience haunts her, but she still manages to go on and do the things she loves. She is insanely talented and smart, and not all about boys and clothes – I obviously instantly loved her (and her love of tea).

Mason, our next main character, is a damaged soul; he doesn’t give off a feel-sorry-for-me vibe – thank goodness. He’s good looking (of course), also quite talented and a little bit lost. Mason is not what Tegan -- or I -- expected; he has a heart of gold and although a little mushy at times, his character isn’t over done, which can sometimes be the case in romance novels.

Coryell hits the nail on the head with the characterisations in the novel. They’re all different, but realistic and relatable to the reader. I found myself laughing, getting a little teary and smiling like a dork throughout.

The pace started off a little slow for me, but eventually it really hooked me in. The sexual tension and longing between the two main characters kept me turning page after page in anticipation. The romance wasn’t overbearing; it was a slow burn, and whilst I was turning every page waiting for them to just kiss, I think it worked in keeping me intrigued and on my toes.

The only thing that bothered me centered around the book being over descriptive. I found it distracting and it drew me away from the plot and characters. It’s a personal preference, but I don’t want to be held back by detail; I want to feel immersed in the story. I know readers who love descriptive novels, and this book is for you if that’s the case, but that element just didn’t work for me.

Aside from that, this was a beautifully written piece and I would happily read more of Coryell’s work.

- I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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