Song of Seduction

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Song of Seduction

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 have to say I was very excited for the launch of Carina Press, and after reading their launch title I am very glad Harlequin decided to take on this venture. Ms. Lofty has a very talented gift for pulling you into the world of Salzburg at the time of Beethoven. I could almost hear the music being played by the descriptions the author painted for me. Ms. Lofty’s dialogue was wonderfully peppered with German and Dutch making you feel like you were right there.
 
Mathilda and Arie were certainly well suited for each other, and I know a lot people didn’t warm up to Arie, but I quite enjoyed him. Definitely a true artist/genius he is very eccentric and bull-headed, but he was my favorite character in the entire book. Mathilda, Arie’s muse, felt a little flat to me—I thought her reasoning for giving up the violin for marriage was a bit weak. Still, I enjoyed her interaction with Arie, and the moment she finally gives in was very hot.
 
I did find near the end the book did drag, especially after their own conflict keeping them apart was resolved. I did understand the need for Arie to overcome his own professional demons, but the pacing was a bit slow near the end and I found myself losing interest.
 
Overall I did enjoy Song of Seduction. I am a big fan of historicals, which take place in unusual locations and times and I hope this is a trend we see more of.

Book Blurb for Song of Seduction

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?


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 4.00