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Monday, August 2, 2010

Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty

Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical, Holiday
Length: Full (272 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Water Lily

Tormented by guilt. Haunted by scandal. Freed by love.

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own musical gift to marry, seeking a quiet life to escape the shame surrounding her birth. Sudden widowhood finds her tempted by song once more. An unexpected introduction to her idol, Arie De Voss, renews Mathilda's passion for the violin—and ignites a passion for the man himself.

But when lust and lies reach a crescendo, Arie will be forced to choose: love or truth?

I love a smart romance. Your know the type: deep characters living in a richly tapestried setting. Wonderfully flawed people who leap off the page. Song of Seduction is that type of book.

The characters are far from perfect. Arie De Voss is a crass, socially awkward composer who stole his premier composition from his dying mentor. He’s riddled with self doubt and self flagellation. At first, the reader wonders how he can possible be the hero. How could someone, much less the reader, fall in love with him? But Mathilda Heidel did and so did I. And so will you.

Mathilda Heidel is much more likeable at the start. A young widow who has hidden her musical talents. Traded them, really, for respectability. But as any true musician, artist, or author knows, you ignore your artistic talents to you own peril. When Arie De Voss reawakens her music, she both loves and hates him for it.

But that’s not everything. He’s got demons. She’s got demons. And when they let their demons free... I don’t want to ruin the story for you. Just know that Carrie Lofty is a master. Her sense of time and place and use of language make 1804 Austria come alive. I wanted a map and a travel guide filled with pictures to truly see with my eye the places her words brought me to in my mind. I know I’d find Mathilda and Arie there.

I ran right out and bought her back list. That’s how good this book is.