Paranormal Romance has been my romance of choice for the past year or so. I love the brooding werewolves, the mysterious vampires, or vice-virsa. I’ve come to realize that I’ve developed somewhat of a comfort zone in the genre. So, when I went to read the blurb for Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty it became quite apparent that this one was going to be out of that zone.
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?
There is absolutely nothing paranormal about Song of Seduction. Unless you count ghosts from the past haunting the main characters, but I hardly do. Despite it’s lack of paranormal anything, I found this book to be surprisingly good. The love interests Arie De Voss and Mathilda Heidel both antagonize each other at first. Arie is frustrated by her talent, and Mathilda hates his arrogance. Regardless, they are both immediately attracted to one another. It’s this attraction, and their love of music that ends up drawing the two together. It soon becomes apparent that the two are made for each other. This leads to a romance that can be, at times, really sweet, and at others almost unbearably hot.
It’s not all smooth sailing though. There are a lot of bumps in the road that has either Arie or Mathilda pulling away from the relationship at one point or the other. They are both confronted with pasts that shape their insecurities. It was frustrating at times watching their fears get the best of them, but I think that this added to the believability. They were by no means perfect, and that made a lot of difference in how I viewed the story.
For me, Song of Seduction has become a testament to reading beyond what I’m comfortable with. It just goes to show you that once you give something a chance, it may be surprising how much you like it. The romance was everything I expected and so much more. Regular historical romance readers will be enchanted with this, and I urge people to read Song of Seduction even if they’ve had bad experience with the genre in the past. I know that’s were I was coming from, and now thanks to this eye-opener I’ve got to find more books that are as charmingly good as this one.