hits counter The Music of Love - Ebook PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Music of Love

Availability: Ready to download

Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn't anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her. Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee. It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?


Compare

Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn't anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her. Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee. It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?

30 review for The Music of Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *4.5 stars* I'm a huge fan of Minerva Spencer, and I'm an even bigger fan of atypical MCs, so I was immediately drawn to The Music of Love. And, truly, Minerva Spencer didn't let me down. What really sets this story apart is that the male MC has albinism, which is very unusual for a character in a romance book. Now, as a person with a science background, I was a little dismayed at how the character was portrayed as there were some glaring errors (eye color, how albinism is passed down- very rare *4.5 stars* I'm a huge fan of Minerva Spencer, and I'm an even bigger fan of atypical MCs, so I was immediately drawn to The Music of Love. And, truly, Minerva Spencer didn't let me down. What really sets this story apart is that the male MC has albinism, which is very unusual for a character in a romance book. Now, as a person with a science background, I was a little dismayed at how the character was portrayed as there were some glaring errors (eye color, how albinism is passed down- very rare as it requires two recessive genes so it can be buried in a family for generations), but I'm hoping the author corrects some of those in the final copy. Aside from some science-y things that may not bother most readers, I loved the story. I read the story all night long, and didn't want to put it down. It's a fairly long book, but I breezed through it. It was addictive and oh so good. The more I read romance, especially historical romance, the more I like a feisty female MC. I'm done with meek little mouses, and I like a woman with bite. Portia did not play when it came to her emotions, desires, and temper, and I loved every second of it. She was sensual and sex-positive, and just a delight to read about. Stacy was a good contrast, actually, and I liked that under his cool exterior he was also explosive, both in the bedroom and with his emotions. He was smart, strong, and different, and I admired all of those things. I also loved, loved how he didn't subscribe to society's expectations of who he should be and who he should associate with. He made his own rules, and he was his own man. Loved it. Sure, the story is pretty outlandish, but I've come to realize that life is outlandish also, so who says a story like this couldn't happen. The plot moved forward with a fast, exciting pace, and it kept me interested through every page. A story full of intrigue, deception, and a male MC with a rare genetic condition, The Music of Love was exactly the type of book I love to read. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    Ms. Spencer loves the blackmail trope! :) She used it in Barbarous and she used it here! I liked the heroine hot being shy about her sexual urges and I liked that the hero was not scanadlized by them! I know that it is highly unusual behaviour for the period, but I liked it! What I didn't like is the heroine jumping to (wrong) conclusions very easily! And also the hero's unwillingness to explain his actions which leaded to misunderstandings! I liked the story as a whole: it was interesting and mixed Ms. Spencer loves the blackmail trope! :) She used it in Barbarous and she used it here! I liked the heroine hot being shy about her sexual urges and I liked that the hero was not scanadlized by them! I know that it is highly unusual behaviour for the period, but I liked it! What I didn't like is the heroine jumping to (wrong) conclusions very easily! And also the hero's unwillingness to explain his actions which leaded to misunderstandings! I liked the story as a whole: it was interesting and mixed well the mystery and romance! I'll be reading the next book in the series, but this is for me 3,5 stars rounded to 4!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Reasons I am applying for the giveaway: 1. Minerva Spencer wrote it! 2. Music-themed 3. Hot silver fox on the cover 4. THAT COVER 5. Reasons 1-4, repeated ad infinitum

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    The Music of Love The Academy of Love Series #1 Minerva Spencer https://www.facebook.com/MinervaSpenc... Release date 12/31/2019 Publisher Crooked Sixpence Press Blurb : Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring positi The Music of Love The Academy of Love Series #1 Minerva Spencer https://www.facebook.com/MinervaSpenc... Release date 12/31/2019 Publisher Crooked Sixpence Press Blurb : Finding out that her husband was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. What Portia hasn't anticipated is the life-altering impact that her mesmerizing new employer has on her. Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. Bringing a private music tutor into his home is disruptive, but it’s the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared him for the overwhelming attraction he feels toward his fiery new employee. It’s not long before a shared passion for music develops into something infinitely deeper. But when ghosts from the past—along with some very dark secrets—emerge to threaten everything they’ve built, can Stacy and Portia continue to make beautiful music together? Or will their happily ever after end on a painful, discordant note?   My review : When two peoples harbor secrets, they might doom their relationship because of them... Mrs Minerva Spencer did it again, it was a marvelous read, quite angsty but when you have a fiery tempered heroine, there is no other way. Portia made her way to Stacy’s home by deceit, and she was lucky he gave her an opportunity to prove her worth. Their interactions are from the beginning driven by their chemistry, they try to deny it but they must after one another. And Portia, sensual as she is, needs to chastising herself to not give her attraction. Yet, she does not shy away and when she finds herself in a delicate way, she is honest and straightforward. Her flaw is what makes her strength, she has a temper and lets it often take the lead on her, still it is what fires the blood of this passionate and lively woman. Stacy’s condition held him on the fringes of the living for most of his life. It also shaped him in the strong man he is now, allowing in someway more freedom than if he has lived among his kin. He built a facade around his heart, and hardened his soul until a widow with god like talent with music barges in his life and shatters everything. Their relationship is not an easy one, between the unsaid, the secrets and betrayals from their past and their miscommunications, their road is paved with dents and holes. Sure I was at time shouting at them for not seing what was very evident for me, I was frustrated and upset but they finally found their own path and hopefully not too late. It is no rushed story, the author gave the characters ample time to get to know the other and then to grow to become a better version of themselves. And what a wondrous emotional epilogue to give closure to the characters. 5 stars for this moving tale. I was granted an advance copy by the author and preordered my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gaufre

    At first, it seemed like this book had a lot of potential. The heroine, Portia, is talented musician and takes initiative. The hero is reclusive because he is albino. He loves playing the piano and thinks he just hired the famous pianist Signor Stefani as a teacher only to find out that Signora Stefani, the desperate widowed heroine, had been using her husband's credentials. It started well enough. Unfortunately, very early on, I was getting tired of the heroine having to control herself and her At first, it seemed like this book had a lot of potential. The heroine, Portia, is talented musician and takes initiative. The hero is reclusive because he is albino. He loves playing the piano and thinks he just hired the famous pianist Signor Stefani as a teacher only to find out that Signora Stefani, the desperate widowed heroine, had been using her husband's credentials. It started well enough. Unfortunately, very early on, I was getting tired of the heroine having to control herself and her temper. Yes, that would be wise. But when have you ever been wise. Portia? This type of inner musing is the author's favorite way of showing us that Portia is fiery and strong. Except that makes her sound foolish. You promised to think before you became overly emotional. The hero can't seem to connect two thoughts together without thinking about sex. There is a particular lack of subtlety and over-explanation: here is the passage where the hero talked to his stallion after the horse failed to impress a mare "It's difficult to wait, I know. But she wouldn't take you now. I promise, when the time is right, she will come to you" [...] Stacy wan't sure whether his soothing words were for the anxious stallion or for himself. And when they do start having sex, He couldn't recall ever using a woman so hard or a version of that. Every. Single. Time. All the missed opportunities are frustrating too. The music. I wanted to read about the conversations they have about music and composers, and what music means in their lives. I wanted the characters' love of music symbolized through other sounds (bells, bird singing, wind, etc.). Oh, and the plot is ridiculous (view spoiler)[Signor Stefani is not dead after all but they were never officially married so it's ok. Twin brother. Assassination plots. (hide spoiler)] The cover is so pretty that it earned a star on its own. So two stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Portia Stefani coped reasonably well upon learning that her husband was, in fact, already married, simply ousting him from her life. But that still left her with his mountain of debts, forcing her to close their beloved music school. Desperate for funds, she accepts a generous salary to teach piano at a remote Cornwall estate, hoping she won’t be turned away when her prospective employer learns she is a woman, but she’s wholly unprepared for the startling attraction she feels for him. Stacy Harri Portia Stefani coped reasonably well upon learning that her husband was, in fact, already married, simply ousting him from her life. But that still left her with his mountain of debts, forcing her to close their beloved music school. Desperate for funds, she accepts a generous salary to teach piano at a remote Cornwall estate, hoping she won’t be turned away when her prospective employer learns she is a woman, but she’s wholly unprepared for the startling attraction she feels for him. Stacy Harrington has led a very solitary existence, keeping people at a distance for his own self-preservation. He suffers from albinism and judgmental people make it more comfortable for him to restrict his social activities. Playing the piano is Stacy’s outlet and a private tutor seems the perfect solution, though he’s completely surprised by his attraction to the fiery half-Italian. Their love of music rapidly leads to a much deeper connection between Stacy and Portia, but secrets from both their pasts soon crop up to threaten their fledgling relationship and it becomes very uncertain the future will see them together. This story was a rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs. Stacy and Portia went through so much together and their chemistry was off the charts. Even though they were extremely volatile together, these two made such a great pair and their loyalty to each other was lovely. This had a very gothic feel to it with various villainous characters about to keep me intrigued and lots of secrets being revealed to keep me guessing. I really enjoyed this story and the writing style and hope to continue the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    Minerva Spencer is a master of steamy, can’t-put-it-down historical romance. There is no shortage of page-burning scenes with details sure to make you blush. I for one am regretting giving up on my piano lessons. Wow! Wait till you read that scene! Like all of Minerva Spencer’s books, this one is a beautifully written, sensual story with well developed characters, loads of passion, and just the right amount of angst.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia ❤︎

    3.75 stars! The Music of Love is my first Minerva Spencer book but it definitely won't be my last! The Music of Love tells the story of Portia a pianist who comes to live with Stacy who hires her to be his piano teacher. Portia was in my opinion a good leading lady but she really really REALLY frustrated me a lot. I liked that she was a strong minded and knew what she wanted and went after it she was very stubborn. Because of this there was a lot "big misunderstandings" between her and Stacy. Whi 3.75 stars! The Music of Love is my first Minerva Spencer book but it definitely won't be my last! The Music of Love tells the story of Portia a pianist who comes to live with Stacy who hires her to be his piano teacher. Portia was in my opinion a good leading lady but she really really REALLY frustrated me a lot. I liked that she was a strong minded and knew what she wanted and went after it she was very stubborn. Because of this there was a lot "big misunderstandings" between her and Stacy. Which speaking of Stacy he is our leading man and I really liked him! I thought he was a really kind man and treated Portia with the respect she deserved. He may have had a cool exterior but together they were very passionate. However, he too did NOT communicate. Ugh. --> This was Portia about the whole Kitty thing.....like girl this is why you talk shit out! All in all what kept me from really loving The Music of Love was the "big misunderstandings" both Portia and Stacy had. A good chunk of the book where they were mad at each other could have been solved by just talking to one another. It annoyed me greatly and it felt like unnecessary drama. So do I recommend The Music of Love? Yes! If you can forgive the misunderstandings that Portia and Stacy keep having with each other you will be treated to a really fun and unique historical romance novel! The main leads are pretty great and I love that Portia can really hold her own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    This was a disappointment. I was truly looking forward to this one, too. :( Anyway, I LOVED the concept of this, and the uncharacteristic Hero was such a highlight. The setting was great, and all was off to a nice start, UNTIL....insta-lust struck. Now before everyone attacks, just hear me out. The Hero has albinism and it is specified that he has put up with people thinking he is an oddity his whole life. He is apprehensive because of it, understandably. So, when the h meets him and practically This was a disappointment. I was truly looking forward to this one, too. :( Anyway, I LOVED the concept of this, and the uncharacteristic Hero was such a highlight. The setting was great, and all was off to a nice start, UNTIL....insta-lust struck. Now before everyone attacks, just hear me out. The Hero has albinism and it is specified that he has put up with people thinking he is an oddity his whole life. He is apprehensive because of it, understandably. So, when the h meets him and practically swoons from “his handsome, striking face” the book lost its credibility. I am by no means saying people do not find people with albinism attractive, but what I am saying is; the story would have worked so much better had there been some growth between them. More of the beauty tames the beast if you will. Having the MC’s just fall head over heels in lust with each other went against everything the H had experienced his whole life. Plus, he was a Beta and while I do not mind that sometimes, I much prefer assholes that redeem themselves. This H has every reason to be hateful, spiteful, and angry…but he was just like “meh, I’m good” and that kind of turned me off. I wanted him to hate everyone :) I will say the steam was good in this book! I did not finish this book, so I hate to review it, but based on previous reviews, I am not missing much. I doubt I will read any of this authors other work because it looks like she writes a lot of insta-lust and I am simply not a fan of that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    I became of fan of Minerva with Barberosa and it continues to be my favorite of hers. while I didn't love the book, I did enjoy however I was a little bit shocked with all of the sex in this book. It's not that she doesn't write sex scenes in the other books that I have read from her, but in this genre and the time we were reading it was more than I expected even though let me be honest and in that time frame widows tend to be loose with their favors that is what I kept trying to remember. So we I became of fan of Minerva with Barberosa and it continues to be my favorite of hers. while I didn't love the book, I did enjoy however I was a little bit shocked with all of the sex in this book. It's not that she doesn't write sex scenes in the other books that I have read from her, but in this genre and the time we were reading it was more than I expected even though let me be honest and in that time frame widows tend to be loose with their favors that is what I kept trying to remember. So we have a destitue widow who decides to lie to get a post as a piano teacher, but yes I know you figured out that she will fall in love the the man she is about to teach. There were other situations that will keep you interested I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lail

    The Music of Love (The Academy of Love Series Book 1) by Minerva Spencer. 5 STARS! What a “Wonderful Surprise” this story turned out to be! Not what I expected, but Infinitely more! The story starts out with an arrangement for piano lessons and an attraction sparks but, both Stacy and Portia are carrying deep scars and erected walls of mistrust. Stacy had spent a life of being stared at, called a freak, and to watch the looks of horror and disgust on the faces of people when they come into conta The Music of Love (The Academy of Love Series Book 1) by Minerva Spencer. 5 STARS! What a “Wonderful Surprise” this story turned out to be! Not what I expected, but Infinitely more! The story starts out with an arrangement for piano lessons and an attraction sparks but, both Stacy and Portia are carrying deep scars and erected walls of mistrust. Stacy had spent a life of being stared at, called a freak, and to watch the looks of horror and disgust on the faces of people when they come into contact with his albinism. After her father’s death, Portia married his piano student who became a famous pianist. But, the marriage was over as soon as it began after her husband realized she wasn’t pure on their wedding night. He cruelly paraded his affairs and after years of marriage, and an accident that left him unable to play, he let it be known that he was already married when he married Portia. Both him and his first and legal wife were reported to have run off and died on a ship that sank. I want to tell you so much more about the exciting and devastating wild twist this story takes but, I won’t ruin the story for you! For me it was exciting and gut wrenching all at the same time watching the raw intensity and the emotional vulnerability and angsts of the characters as the story developed. Portia and Stacy find themselves enthralled in a physically raw connection, that neither of them expected. The plot is exciting, complex, cleaver, witty, and expertly written and executed, bringing the story and it’s characters to life. This is only the second book I’ve read by this author and I myself plan to read a lot more of this author’s work. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great historical romance that heightens the senses and delivers a Brava storyline. Happy Reading♥️ Content Note: Adult Content Genre: Historical Content: Steamy romance with explicitly described intimate scenes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Space Cowgirl

    Oblivious💃💋🔪💕 ADULT Regency Romance and Adventure with Attempted Murder🔫, Betrayal. What a tangled web lies weave. Portia💃💋, a half Italian, half English woman and concert quality pianist🎹🎵 in her own right, takes the place of her supposed late concert pianist🎹🎵 husband for a tutoring job. She found out he was still married to another woman, so could not be her true husband! An accident also left him unable to play, so he left Portia💃💋 and She decides to take his place. A few lies wont matter, wi Oblivious💃💋🔪💕 ADULT Regency Romance and Adventure with Attempted Murder🔫, Betrayal. What a tangled web lies weave. Portia💃💋, a half Italian, half English woman and concert quality pianist🎹🎵 in her own right, takes the place of her supposed late concert pianist🎹🎵 husband for a tutoring job. She found out he was still married to another woman, so could not be her true husband! An accident also left him unable to play, so he left Portia💃💋 and She decides to take his place. A few lies wont matter, will they? She goes to Whitehorn Manor🏰, the beautiful country estate of Stacy Harrington🐺🍆⛲💪. She fully expects him to dismiss her immediately as being a fraud. Stacy🐺🍆⛲💪 is a true albino! He looks like a marble Roman God with mesmerizing violet eyes. Most of the time he wears tinted glasses, and of course must cover up when he spends time outside. He is a good pianist🎹🎵 in his own right, but wants to get more tutoring. He is fascinated and intrigued by Portia💃💋, and although he vows to keep his hands off her, he can't help himself! He wants her, she wants him! Both characters have secrets. Stacy🐺🍆⛲💪 doesn't know his big secret yet! Someone seems to be trying to kill them both, but Portia💃💋 seems oblivious to The danger. ARC Provided by Booksprout 🌱 I also got this ebook with KU. This is an interesting and unique book, more of an ADULT Romantic💕 Mystery, with lots of fishy characters lurking about in Stacy's life. The book gets pretty crazy towards the end!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandra R

    Beautifully written historical romance with a bit of intrigue thrown in. It was something a little different re the hero's skin condition and also the heroine was Italian/English and a widow. I didn't really like Stacy's name though, as I kept thinking of it as a women's name. LOL. (It was a nickname, as he didn't like his real name) The last few chapters were especially entertaining as there was lots of drama and angst. There were plenty of steamy romance scenes too. I do admit I lost interest Beautifully written historical romance with a bit of intrigue thrown in. It was something a little different re the hero's skin condition and also the heroine was Italian/English and a widow. I didn't really like Stacy's name though, as I kept thinking of it as a women's name. LOL. (It was a nickname, as he didn't like his real name) The last few chapters were especially entertaining as there was lots of drama and angst. There were plenty of steamy romance scenes too. I do admit I lost interest for a while after the first half, but the story picked up again and I finished it in record time. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. This is a stand alone, no cliffhanger.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Music of Love by Minerva Spencer writing as S.M. LaViolette The Academy of Love #1 Twisted tale with two unusual characters finding that together they might have a better life than apart. This book had a LOT going on in it with an albino male lead that has managed to thrive, make quite a bit of money, and live well in a rather solitary existence. He “knows” that his affliction will keep him apart. He has made a life for himself without expecting more. Portia Stefano is on her way to be Eustace The Music of Love by Minerva Spencer writing as S.M. LaViolette The Academy of Love #1 Twisted tale with two unusual characters finding that together they might have a better life than apart. This book had a LOT going on in it with an albino male lead that has managed to thrive, make quite a bit of money, and live well in a rather solitary existence. He “knows” that his affliction will keep him apart. He has made a life for himself without expecting more. Portia Stefano is on her way to be Eustace “Stacy” Harrington’s music instructor hoping he will hire her instead of the man he thinks will be arriving. She has secrets of her own but is a brilliant musician and pianist. This is a steamy story with two passionate characters coming together early on and then often. There are unscrupulous characters, twists and turns, misunderstandings, fights followed by silences, making up after the fights, some very unscrupulous characters including blackmailers and murderers. This is not the most believable historical romance I have ever read but it was a fun way to spend the day. I was happy that the baddies were unveiled and dealt with and that there was a happily ever after for Stacy and Portia. Did I enjoy this book? It was okay Would I read more in this series? I think so Thank you to Booksprout and the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dariotis

    The Music of Love (The Academy of Love Series Book 1) by Minerva Spencer What an amazing start to what looks like an awesome new series!! I loved Portia and Stacy, their chemistry had the perfect amount of sizzle and I loved their wit and dry humor in their conversations they felt real to me. I loved the story line Minerva Spencer kept me involved in the story. I enjoy this and can’t wait to read the next one!! Love love her stories she’s an extremely talented author!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hart

    4 stars The hero is a bit unusual and the heroine quite fiesty. Bit of a book in two halves in my opinion....firs we have the get together. I liked this bit and then we have the blackmail/mystery bit which IMO went on a bit too long but did get to HEA. I like Minerva's writing to I'll more than likely look out for the next one. 4 stars The hero is a bit unusual and the heroine quite fiesty. Bit of a book in two halves in my opinion....firs we have the get together. I liked this bit and then we have the blackmail/mystery bit which IMO went on a bit too long but did get to HEA. I like Minerva's writing to I'll more than likely look out for the next one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    I'm glad there are some new things I haven't come across in a story before, if not then its been a long time. So thats a new refresher and definitely not what I was expecting. Both Portia and Stacy are quite unique, had a bit of push and pull at times with each other. Just be in for a ride with this one because just when things start calming down, someone usually stirs up the intensity in the next scene. I'm glad I read to the end. I really enjoyed this one. I received this book at my request and I'm glad there are some new things I haven't come across in a story before, if not then its been a long time. So thats a new refresher and definitely not what I was expecting. Both Portia and Stacy are quite unique, had a bit of push and pull at times with each other. Just be in for a ride with this one because just when things start calming down, someone usually stirs up the intensity in the next scene. I'm glad I read to the end. I really enjoyed this one. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Sit back and hold on, because you are about to take a journey that will keep you mesmerized and enthralled! Portia Stefani was desperate. Her "husband" had left her with a mound of debt and she had to close their music school. She answered an ad posing as her husband, who was a very talented musician, and prayed all would go well. It was a position to be a teacher to one man who lived far in the country. Stacy was not what she expected but he did let he stay after she demonstrated her ability at t Sit back and hold on, because you are about to take a journey that will keep you mesmerized and enthralled! Portia Stefani was desperate. Her "husband" had left her with a mound of debt and she had to close their music school. She answered an ad posing as her husband, who was a very talented musician, and prayed all would go well. It was a position to be a teacher to one man who lived far in the country. Stacy was not what she expected but he did let he stay after she demonstrated her ability at the piano. But began as a job quickly turned into more and their attraction exploded. Looking forward to more in this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    I've waited ages to start this, and I really regret it now. It was a wonderful book and I loved it! One of the best by Ms Spencer. I've waited ages to start this, and I really regret it now. It was a wonderful book and I loved it! One of the best by Ms Spencer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Blackmail Trope! Yay!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    The Music of Love, by Minerva Spencer. I am blown away by how wonderfully written this book is. Minerva please take a seat with James Patterson you deserve it. Minerva like so many of other authors, has a way of telling a story that sweeps you into a world of romance, suspense, drama and betrayal. And lets not forget the many passionate and steamy trysts taking place throughout the manor. I especially loved the music room scene. I shan’t say anymore about that. But people hold on to your hats. W The Music of Love, by Minerva Spencer. I am blown away by how wonderfully written this book is. Minerva please take a seat with James Patterson you deserve it. Minerva like so many of other authors, has a way of telling a story that sweeps you into a world of romance, suspense, drama and betrayal. And lets not forget the many passionate and steamy trysts taking place throughout the manor. I especially loved the music room scene. I shan’t say anymore about that. But people hold on to your hats. Whew! It was gooood. I love a man who knows how to claim a woman, but I digress. Back to the book. Clean minds here people. I have to keep telling myself this as I write this review. Where was I? Oh yes. For those of us who are new to Minerva’s writing. She has written this book, just as if Minerva was telling a story only to you. The book provided enough backstory for your imagination, explaining in detail what’s happening in each scene. The story is easy to follow. The book wasn’t choppy, nor did it leave incomplete closing points. There are a number of characters introduced. Each character played a part that contributed to the story/ or plot up to the end of the book. All characters that were introduced, provided the reader with information that helped them to visualize that specific characters part as they moved through the story. Take for example the description of Stacy’s character. From Stacy’s hair to his eye colors, to his muscular body shape, helped me imagine a devilishly handsome, strong man. A man who moves through this book with charm, grace, dominance and power that had Portia salivating for him every time the man looked at her. I mean no wonder the child never wore any underwear. With that, lets get to the juicy tidbits of the story. Stacy our lead male character has sent out a request for piano lessons. Portia our lead female character, finds herself left high and dry by her deceased husband, answers the correspondence and leaves the chaotic world of London and travels to Cornwall out in the country. Not expecting Portia, Stacy gives her a month probation to see if she’s a good enough piano teacher as she claims to be. Well, after the third day that probation went sailing out the window. Stacy finds himself enchanted by Portia, while Portia is curios to know the man behind the dark shaded glasses. She gets her answer in a barn with a number of people in the stall next door. I mean the horses were not the only ones getting busy in the stalls. Stacy and Portia passion exploded like fireworks. I think that was the best quickie that they ever had! The horses had to smoke a cigarette after that one. Back to the story. So, after that Stacy and Portia confess that they have strong feelings for one another and that they love each other. Special license anyone? Before the I do’s mayhem breaks out. People are robbed and shot. Some are killed. Some are kidnapped. Others are accused of being insane. And one even came back from the dead. Oh and lets not for get the sister-in-law that makes mother-in-laws look like Sister Theresa. Yep, this book reads like a Minerva Spencer book. Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. I recommend this book with two snaps and get a room you two. Until next time my fellow readers...read on! I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    T.

    4.5 Stars I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not. This story begins with Portia, alone in a coach, on her way to fill the position of music teacher to a man that loves piano. Portia is nervous, She’s accepted the job pretending to be her deceased husband and doesn’t know if they will keep her on after she arrives and isn’t him. Eustace, or Stacy, Harring 4.5 Stars I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not. This story begins with Portia, alone in a coach, on her way to fill the position of music teacher to a man that loves piano. Portia is nervous, She’s accepted the job pretending to be her deceased husband and doesn’t know if they will keep her on after she arrives and isn’t him. Eustace, or Stacy, Harrington has few things he loves completely, but one of them is playing the piano. He’s excited that the great Ivo Stefani is on his way to his home to teach him piano. When Portia arrives, the butler is shocked that Mr. Stefani is actually Mrs. Stefani but Stacy okay’s her staying the night. Stacy lives with his Aunt Frances at Whitethorn Manor. His aunt is who raised him from birth. Stacy doesn’t really go out much as he has Albinism, so he is very sensitive to sun and light in general. People generally look at him in horror because of his lack of color and his eyes, or lack of color in his eyes. Portia is half English and half Italian and was raised in Rome. She and her friends had a music school in London towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, but her husband had injured his hand and wasn’t really a part of it. The school had to close and her group of friends all went separate ways. So here she is in Cornwall, at this manor giving lessons to her employer and trying desperately to stop staring at him. She isn’t, however, staring at him in horror but in complete admiration and lust. It’s just as shocking to her as it is to him. Stacy certainly finds that he not only appreciates her piano lessons, but he likes her! They generally get along well and can barely keep their eyes off each other. I have never read anything by Ms. Spencer and Ms. LaViolette so I wasn’t sure what this book would be like. Wow! Okay, this is set towards the end of the Regency Period in England. While it’s one of my favorite romance novel periods, you never know what you will get. This is…a really good book, a little Gothic, some Regency and romance to tie it all together. I thought the characters were well written and very engaging. The twists and turns that complete the story make it intense and gripping. Since this is the first story of the Academy of Love series, I now have to go and read the other books in this series. The second book, A Figure of Love (The Academy of Love Book 2), is already released and A Portrait of Love (The Academy of Love Book 3) is up for pre-order and releases December 29, 2020. I can’t wait to read more from these authors!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zena

    A Must Read! I've had this one bookmarked for a while now and I finally found a break in my reviewing schedule to read it - and I am so happy that I did. Firstly, the cover drew me in as it is so very different to the normal ones that we see today and is very attractive. Then we have the title, 'The Music of Love' which is like a melody in itself and no mention of duke, earl nor marquess in the title either! These I think have been a bit overused of late. And then we have the story! Oh, the Story! T A Must Read! I've had this one bookmarked for a while now and I finally found a break in my reviewing schedule to read it - and I am so happy that I did. Firstly, the cover drew me in as it is so very different to the normal ones that we see today and is very attractive. Then we have the title, 'The Music of Love' which is like a melody in itself and no mention of duke, earl nor marquess in the title either! These I think have been a bit overused of late. And then we have the story! Oh, the Story! This one kept me going. Couldn't put it down. Totally engrossing! Now let me say something about this tale of 'I want to trust him/her, but can I?' Both of the main characters, Stacy and Portia are passionate, both in beliefs and love. I had a good chuckle every time Stacy promised Portia that she would not do something ever again and then, a short time later, do it! I kept wondering if she was just a liar or if she was merely prompted by the situations she found herself in and that she didn't realize that she was the one creating these situations. Both of them have secrets in their pasts which they haven't disclosed to each other and as they fall more and more in love, these really begin to create problems, but of course, love wins out in the end and they live happily ever after. Sigh! Of courseI am recommending this story! How could I not? So enjoy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    What more could I ask for in a story? From this book ...nothing! It satisfied imaginations I never knew I had. This story has a lot going for it. There is dealing with a genetic disposition called Albinism and the man who lived with it. The authors took the time to create an image of what life was like for Stacy. All the precautions he had to take in order to protect himself every day. Then there was Portia from Europe. Half Italian and half English. She had married a piano virtuoso for over ten What more could I ask for in a story? From this book ...nothing! It satisfied imaginations I never knew I had. This story has a lot going for it. There is dealing with a genetic disposition called Albinism and the man who lived with it. The authors took the time to create an image of what life was like for Stacy. All the precautions he had to take in order to protect himself every day. Then there was Portia from Europe. Half Italian and half English. She had married a piano virtuoso for over ten years when he met with an accident and could no longer play. But Portia was even more talented than him but Ivo never let her shine. When he left her with a mountain of debt, she had to close her beloved music school. Out of desperation she deceived a client and went for a position meant for Ivo. She just had to hope she could convince them with her talent and not be tossed out on her ear. Stacy was a little put out by the deception but could not deny her talent for teaching him to strive to the next level of playing. He kept her on. The Albinism never bothered Portia she was familiar with the condition. Stacy was just as handsome and more so in her eyes. Stacy's attraction to Portia finally could not be denied. Portia finally met someone who matched her desire and passion in having sɛx. Their feeling grew. Their future was strewn with obstacles, fear, blackmail, their mysterious pasts, greed, family secrets, attempted murder, murder, confusion and pain. This book is so good I read it twice. Now that says something. I normally do not have the inclination to do that. But this book was so well written, the main characters were alive and passionate. Portia's character had a temper. Never in all my years have I read a character's rage and confusion written as well as Portia's. Jealousy was usually the cause. Other than that Stacy and Portia were like two stubborn mules that kept head butting. But their love for each other got them through. When Stacy and Portia went to visit another family, Portia had no idea how much danger she was in. Someone wanted her dead. Three failed attempts and the perpetrator did not let up. I loved this story and can't wait to read more from these authors.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hackett

    Music Of Love by Minerva Spencer (writing as S.M. Laviolette) is the first book of The Academy of Love Series. This book is spicier than the author’s previous books, but it has all the ingredients of dangers, villains, earth-shattering secrets, and raw passion. Stacy Harrington has albinism. He is smart and a strong individual who is accustomed to people staring at him as a freak. He shuns the society but refuses to live like a hermit. Portia Stefani, after discovering her husband of ten years w Music Of Love by Minerva Spencer (writing as S.M. Laviolette) is the first book of The Academy of Love Series. This book is spicier than the author’s previous books, but it has all the ingredients of dangers, villains, earth-shattering secrets, and raw passion. Stacy Harrington has albinism. He is smart and a strong individual who is accustomed to people staring at him as a freak. He shuns the society but refuses to live like a hermit. Portia Stefani, after discovering her husband of ten years was a bigamist, uses deceit to obtain a music instructor's position. Stacy is furious but agrees to give her one month to prove she deserves the position. Their love for music leads them into an explosive night of passion. Upon learning Portia’s pregnancy, Stacy marries Portia. While their marriage of necessity blooms into a union of love, sinister forces from both their pasts threatens to tear the lovers apart. The chemistry between Stacy and Portia is explosive with heat and passion. Stacy is a good contrast to Portia’s hot temper and raw emotions and desires. Their sexual attraction is explosive both in and out of the bedroom. Portia is a sensual and sexual woman while behind Stacy’s cool exterior, he is as explosive as a lover. The plot moved like a burning wildfire with twists and turns, hot tempers, and hot sex. I LOVE IT! Music of Love keeps me intrigued from beginning to end. The story is marvelously well written in the plot, characterizations, and details. Minerva Spencer is a talented writer who knows how to tell a great story. This is my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Finding out that her husband Ivo was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjo Finding out that her husband Ivo was a bigamist didn’t devastate Portia Stefani; she held her head high when she forced him out of her life. But losing her beloved music school as a result of the traitorous bastard's gambling debts almost destroyed her. The only way she’ll be able to make ends meet is to accept a lucrative tutoring position in remote Cornwall. Stacy Harrington learned the hard way to keep people at a distance. Playing the piano is the only thing that makes his solitary life enjoyable these days, and he’ll be damned if he allows his albinism to keep him from everything he loves. I’ve loved the author's other books so expected to thoroughly enjoy this new series starter & boy did I enjoy it! I devoured it. I loved Stacy & Portia they sizzled even when they argued the tension was palpable, they were extremely well portrayed but the author doesn’t do two dimensional characters. There were secrets, deception, vengeful characters all of which had me totally engrossed & took me on a roller coaster of emotions & left me breathless at the lovely ending, I can’t wait to read the next in the series. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn

    Eustace “Stacy” Harrington is an albino and has basically hid himself away in his home in Cornwall because he is tired of the strange stares and comments he gets from his appearance. His one pleasure is playing piano and he has decided to hire a famous pianist as his tutor. However, it is not the famous pianist who shows up to take the position but the pianist’s wife, Portia, who claims her husband has died and that she is a piano player and tutor in her own right. I found this story to be very Eustace “Stacy” Harrington is an albino and has basically hid himself away in his home in Cornwall because he is tired of the strange stares and comments he gets from his appearance. His one pleasure is playing piano and he has decided to hire a famous pianist as his tutor. However, it is not the famous pianist who shows up to take the position but the pianist’s wife, Portia, who claims her husband has died and that she is a piano player and tutor in her own right. I found this story to be very unique with the widow who clearly enjoys sex and the hero who has albinism and what he has to deal with on a daily basis. There are also some intriguing mysteries revealed about both Portia’s and Stacy’s family history. The story became a little too much at the end due to a way over-the-top villain whose actions defied belief - I mean, what were the motivations for the villain to do some of the things they did? And, I did think it strange that the relationship of two side characters was not resolved at the end, unless they are going to be in a novella to finish up their story? Despite these two issues, I still found myself eager to keep reading to end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie Bourgery

    Stacy and Portia have a passionate relationship built on secrets and lies. From the beginning she lied about who she was, pretending to be her deceased husband when Stacy hires a music teacher. Stacy also doesn't tell her the truth about his relationship with Kitty. Portia doesn't tell him about Ivo and instead goes out of her way to try to cover things up and makes him distrust her instead. They are both shot and attacked. He doesn't want her to walk alone but she keeps going out on her own des Stacy and Portia have a passionate relationship built on secrets and lies. From the beginning she lied about who she was, pretending to be her deceased husband when Stacy hires a music teacher. Stacy also doesn't tell her the truth about his relationship with Kitty. Portia doesn't tell him about Ivo and instead goes out of her way to try to cover things up and makes him distrust her instead. They are both shot and attacked. He doesn't want her to walk alone but she keeps going out on her own despite the risk. He encourages her to ride a horse even though it's something she should consider giving up now that she's pregnant. There were several people in the book who doing suspicious things, but they didn't investigate it further, which frustrated me. It was interesting to read about albinism and how it affects a person and. Stacy was still able to live a full life, but had consider the effect of the sun on his skin and eyes. This was a steamy historical romance with plenty of mystery and suspense.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gal reads books

    I enjoyed the first half of the book - Portia is a spitfire of a heroine and Stacy was rather charming. HOWEVER... and spoilers ahead.... I rather disliked that he hid his friendship with Kitty from Portia. I didn't like the part where he visited Kitty before his wedding to Portia and didn't tell his betrothed. I also disliked the part where he accompanied Kitty almost everywhere at his brother's home, without giving an explanation to his wife. I understand that Kitty was his best friend, but why I enjoyed the first half of the book - Portia is a spitfire of a heroine and Stacy was rather charming. HOWEVER... and spoilers ahead.... I rather disliked that he hid his friendship with Kitty from Portia. I didn't like the part where he visited Kitty before his wedding to Portia and didn't tell his betrothed. I also disliked the part where he accompanied Kitty almost everywhere at his brother's home, without giving an explanation to his wife. I understand that Kitty was his best friend, but why couldn't he just tell Portia the reasons why he was spending time with another woman, and how could he not know that it would be uncomfortable for his wife when he spends so much time with another woman in a social setting, especially as they were newly married and his wife was pregnant? I thought Stacy and Kitty were rather thoughtless here. Especially Kitty, who was socially-aware enough to not attend his wedding but didn't realize that his wife could be hurt?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Two (or More) Stories in One I liked the first part of the story, as the hero and heroine were getting to know each other after the heroine’s big deception in accepting the role of his music teacher. He certainly had an instant attraction to her, but she was a little more reticent. I did enjoy this first part of the story, but I didn't really enjoy the second half or so when it became tied up with family drama. I especially didn't like that the heroine seemed to suffer for too long because of wha Two (or More) Stories in One I liked the first part of the story, as the hero and heroine were getting to know each other after the heroine’s big deception in accepting the role of his music teacher. He certainly had an instant attraction to her, but she was a little more reticent. I did enjoy this first part of the story, but I didn't really enjoy the second half or so when it became tied up with family drama. I especially didn't like that the heroine seemed to suffer for too long because of what she mistakenly believed. There were betrayals, yes, and misunderstandings, but it seems like these would have been easily cleared up if the hero and heroine just talked. I don't like it when situations are blown up into major conflicts, but they could be so easily solvable with simply a few words. The book was steamy, especially at first, but then simmered down. I felt like the heroine was inconsistent in the way she acted. She is presented as an impetuous firebrand with strong sensual needs at first, but again, that seemed to fade away quickly. The hero was the best part of it; he's a great character with strength, humility, and a reserved grace. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped I would. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.