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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?


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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. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑-🍑🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Humor: Yes, a touch. (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook group.) Basic plot Our heroine, Portia, answers an ad fro Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑-🍑🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Humor: Yes, a touch. (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook group.) Basic plot Our heroine, Portia, answers an ad from Stacy (our hero) asking for a piano instructor. He thinks he’s getting Portia’s husband, a famous musician, but his ship sank at sea and Portia desperately needs the money. Stacy lives a recluse life due to his albinism. Give this a try if you want: - Regency England – 1816 time period - Country home setting – almost all of the book takes place between 2 country homes - High steam – a variety of sex acts on page – also a just a hint of ‘control’ behavior from the hero during sex - A musician heroine and a hero with albinism - An experienced heroine – she’s a widow with past relationships - You’re all right with a bit of other woman/other man (OW/OM) drama My thoughts: I’ve read 4 of Spencer’s books previously and enjoyed them, but this is my first under her SM LaViolette name. Definitely more sex and it was a bit more adventurous. I enjoyed Stacy. He is a recluse due to his albinism and people’s reactions to his coloring. I appreciated the detail to having albinism and featuring a character with that, as this is the first published work I’ve come across with this. There was quite a bit of focus on his eyes being red. Sometimes you can see the blood vessels through the iris of a person with albinism and it makes the eye take on a reddish hue, but I think it was way overdone in this book. He was hurt by how society treated him but I felt like he had overcome that the best he could and become his own person. Lonely, yes, but happy in his own way. Something I really loved about him was how much passion simmered under his surface. I tend to really love those heroes – cold and almost cruel at the surface but in the bedroom there’s an explosion of emotion. Portia has secrets that she would prefer stay in her past. She’s pretty feisty and has a short temper. It was a nice change to read about a heroine that loves sex and they just dive in together. I also loved that she was a musician, though I wish that aspect to her person had been more developed. I did struggle with this book. For me, the character depth was lacking a bit. I’m not sure if it was just a personality disconnect or what because I don’t usually feel like that with her writing. I found the first half the book kind of….boring? They did have sex yes, but to me not much else was happening. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue between them and I didn’t feel tension building. The second half then made up for that slower start with lots of drama, danger and intrigue. I was still waiting to get to the know the characters better at this point, so I found for me they got a bit lost to me towards the end. Much of the conflict between them could have been resolved with some conversation, and I do find that a touch annoying after reading it as a plot device for 25 years lol. More specific thoughts (view spoiler)[ Portia’s lying did get to me. I am not a lover of secrets kept in a romance, especially when there’s no real reason they CAN’T tell each other. They both had secrets but Portias were larger. I ended up feeling quite bad for Stacy throughout the book. I did like that she was pregnant fairly early on in the book. Its nice to experience a pregnancy that progresses throughout the story instead of being a quick epilogue note. (hide spoiler)] Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[ death on page, including attempted murder, use of a gun, poison heroine is pregnant for much of the book (hide spoiler)] Locations of kisses/intimate scenes: (view spoiler)[ 20% - Sex on a fence in the stables (both orgasm) 30% - Piano sex – brief oral for her with a fingering orgasm then he takes her from behind while she grabs the top of the piano 33% - brief kisses 42% - he wraps a hand around her throat, pinning her to the bed while he fingers her to orgasm and then missionary sex 46% - blowjob for him 48% - brief description of her orgasming and him coming out from her skirts 60% - quickie at the inn with her on top (short) followed by him on top (short) 67% - she straddles the tub and fingers/licks her to orgasm then bends her over the tub and takes her from behind 79% - an alluded to hand job for him/sex? 80% - an alluded to blow job (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dagmar

    5 Sign Me Up For Sexy Piano Lessons Stars🎹 HEADY AND HEARTPOUNDING What a beauty this one was! I absolutely adored this book and I was utterly engrossed until the end. Stacy, the calm, strong, handsome H has albinism which brought a unique element to the story as it explored his lived experience...he is the epitome of a True and Dignified Gentleman but a complete TIGER 🐅 in the sack...so....yeah🥵🥵 Portia is our lovely, brilliant, piano lesson teaching heroine. She is gifted, feisty, playful, strong 5 Sign Me Up For Sexy Piano Lessons Stars🎹 HEADY AND HEARTPOUNDING What a beauty this one was! I absolutely adored this book and I was utterly engrossed until the end. Stacy, the calm, strong, handsome H has albinism which brought a unique element to the story as it explored his lived experience...he is the epitome of a True and Dignified Gentleman but a complete TIGER 🐅 in the sack...so....yeah🥵🥵 Portia is our lovely, brilliant, piano lesson teaching heroine. She is gifted, feisty, playful, strong willed, intelligent and VERY passionate🔥 🎶 Together, the music begins and the sparks fly...and they play some exquisite sheet music together😉🎶 🎼Beautiful imagery of music being played, enjoyed, and celebrated💕 There are lots of interesting plot twists and turns and well flushed out secondary characters. The story is intriguing, full of many dramatic elements, and sooooo very sensual. The writing is beautiful and descriptive. MOVE THIS TO THE TOP OF YOUR TBR...it's a GEM💗💗💎

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie C. Reads

    "Portia could feel the pulse at the base of her throat pounding. Could he see it?" NOT EVEN GOING TO LIE: I came here for the explicit content. And The Music of Love is a LEVEL 5 STEAM HISTORICAL ROMANCE. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I’M TALKING HIGHLY DETAILED ON PAGE SEX ACTS AND HIGHLY GRAPHIC ON PAGE SEX SCENES, PEOPLE! HOWEVER: I stayed for the unexpectedly interesting story, completely original main characters, and delightfully page-turning plot! WHAT A DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE TMOL TURNED OUT TO BE! This story was "Portia could feel the pulse at the base of her throat pounding. Could he see it?" NOT EVEN GOING TO LIE: I came here for the explicit content. And The Music of Love is a LEVEL 5 STEAM HISTORICAL ROMANCE. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I’M TALKING HIGHLY DETAILED ON PAGE SEX ACTS AND HIGHLY GRAPHIC ON PAGE SEX SCENES, PEOPLE! HOWEVER: I stayed for the unexpectedly interesting story, completely original main characters, and delightfully page-turning plot! WHAT A DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE TMOL TURNED OUT TO BE! This story was exciting, interesting, and ADDICTIVE. Our Plot: Portia (our heroine) gets herself a lucrative tutoring position after answering an ad from Stacy (our hero) who’s looking for an advanced piano teacher to help take his musical skills to the next level. Stacy believes he’s hired Portia’s husband, a famous Italian pianist. Instead, It’s Portia who shows up to Stacy’s remote country mansion for the job. Her husband having expectantly left her for another woman and dying in a shipwreck 18 months earlier, Portia was forced to close her music school and search for a way to support herself. Stacy is a wealthy, self-made man but chooses to live a reclusive life because of his albinism. Our Heroine: Portia “Signora” Stefani is NOT your shy/meek/cares what society thinks of her/quiet little mouse/virgin heroine. She went through some bull**** with her husband and she WAS NOT messing around when it came to her wants and needs. Portia is a heroine with bite. She’s a woman with past lovers, is sassy, temperamental AF, and has a STRONG sexual appetite - all things I found to be extremely refreshing and interesting to read about in a HR leading lady. Our Hero: I enjoyed Stacy Harrington SO MUCH. He is one unique HR hero! Having Albinism in Regency era England has not been kind to Stacy. He chooses to live a reclusive life in his Cornwall country mansion. Stacy keeps his distance from society but in NO WAY let's this hinder him. He’ll be damned if he lets his albinism get in the way of his success or provide for his servants, tenants, and others who depend on him. Stacy is his own man who makes his own rules. While he’s still a proper gentleman, he doesn’t believe in adhering to society’s expectations, and he does what he wants with who he wants. In contrast to Portia, Stacy is calm, cool, and collected. However, Lurking beneath that cool exterior and reserve IS A BEAST. Stacy is a SIGMA male (look it up) in the streets and an explosive sexual dynamo ALPHA in the sheets! Albinism or not, STACY IS A DADDY AND HE CAN COME AND GET IT! The Music Of Love is a story filled with passion and intrigue. You’ve got drama without it getting ridiculous, angst without it becoming exhausting, deception and misunderstandings without it becoming frustrating (for me anyways), exceptionally written SMUT and a wonderfully atypical male lead! I'll be re-reading this for many years to come. 5 SIZZLING STARS! 🔥⭐🔥⭐🔥⭐🔥⭐🔥

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lady Nilambari

    4.5 Stars Well, this was a lovelier, historical, romantic version of Lemony Snicket - A tale of (series) of unfortunate events leading to misunderstandings. I apologise for butchering this title, but I really wanted to misquote it. Quick Review - I just finished a rather emotionally impactful book and its review, so I don't think I have it in me to make this one flowery. So, here is what a potential reader needs to know: - Minerva Spencer's engaging and talented writing style is on display in th 4.5 Stars Well, this was a lovelier, historical, romantic version of Lemony Snicket - A tale of (series) of unfortunate events leading to misunderstandings. I apologise for butchering this title, but I really wanted to misquote it. Quick Review - I just finished a rather emotionally impactful book and its review, so I don't think I have it in me to make this one flowery. So, here is what a potential reader needs to know: - Minerva Spencer's engaging and talented writing style is on display in this story. - A wonderfully unusual plot. I adored the musical trope, the fact that Portia is the talented piano teacher, the secrets surrounding the characters, and that I could not guess the villain until much later in the story. - The romance was utterly delectable and believable as close-quarter romances tend to be. The steam level was off the charts. And one of the better things was that Portia and Stacy tended to talk to each other for the most part. How refreshing is that? - I enjoyed Portia quite a bit. As a temperamental heroine should have been difficult to like, but Ms Spence did wonders by presenting her in a relatable fashion. - The best thing about this book was Stacy. Let's start with the uniqueness of a hero nick-named Stacy, fun! Adding to the uniqueness - He was an albino hero, a silver fox (I've shamelessly plagiarized this from another reviewer). Ah, the loneliness in this guy gets to you. He was a melt your heart, and make you fall for him kind of a hero. - Sadly, there were too many misunderstandings and incidents, and it made the story less crisp. - Stacy's background was far too predictable. - Too many side characters to keep track of. My Recommendation It was an enjoyable read, and you should not miss reading it.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nabilah

    The writing was lovely as always. There were simply too many misunderstandings so I didn't particularly enjoy this one. It was intriguing enough that I kept reading. The writing was lovely as always. There were simply too many misunderstandings so I didn't particularly enjoy this one. It was intriguing enough that I kept reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    *3.5 stars*

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 4 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen Darling

    Not bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    A little too repetitious with the red-eyes thing. Also, I hate it when tempers/lack of communication is the driving point of a conflict in the story. The steam factor is definitely excellent I will say.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bks43v3r

    2 - 2 1/2 Stars I was disappointed in this novel. I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. The book cover and summary really caught my interest. It sounded so interesting. I just love an atypical hero. And that's definitely what we have here. He's untitled and has albinism. The latter was a first for me. Eustace 'Stacy' Harrington has suffered all his life due to his condition. It's obviously something readily seen. Most people reactions are very strong and not favorable. Especially with women. 2 - 2 1/2 Stars I was disappointed in this novel. I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. The book cover and summary really caught my interest. It sounded so interesting. I just love an atypical hero. And that's definitely what we have here. He's untitled and has albinism. The latter was a first for me. Eustace 'Stacy' Harrington has suffered all his life due to his condition. It's obviously something readily seen. Most people reactions are very strong and not favorable. Especially with women. He stays somewhat secluded on his estate; though he does travel at times. Stacy does not think he is attractive. However, he is indeed a very attractive man. In his one prior serious romantic relationship, the woman was a vile gold digger who hurt him very much. He still have a pretty opem heart towards the h though. Later in the novel, Stacy is exposed to more people outside his norm and, although not everyone's reaction is favorable, many are more accepting than I think he would have believed. The heroine, Portia Stefani, I did not care for much. Her entrance into Stacy's life is based on deceit. Her 'husband' left her high and dry. And with a lot of (his) debt. I'm not heartless, I gave her some slack due to her situation. But she kept lying and being dishonest throughout much of the novel. (Many times trying to justify it.) And I did have a problem with that. There was even one time when she stole from Stacy in an attempt to cover up or rather not disclose some information to him. That was really unnecessary. If she had just told the truth/been upfront with him, she would have avoided several bad situations. It was self preserving on her part and for me should her selfishness. Am I being harsh? I don't think so when it is considered who benefited the most in her subterfuge. Again, her reluctance was not justified. Stacy was a standup guy. He wasn't perfect. He had a tendency to be pretty bossy and did not disclose information a few times--once because he caught her doing something dishonest and was wanting for her to disclose the matter. But he did not outright lie. (Yes, a point that can be quibbled on.) And the h's temper. Even when she was in the wrong, she got mad. It was not cute (maybe she was supposed to have fiery/passionate Italian temper?). It was often a childish reaction(s) on her part. Although the book is titled The Love of Music; all things considered it played a pretty minor part. Another reviewer commented on this lack as well. The book was over long to me (300++ pages). But even then, it could have had more romance in it. And I don't mean sex (much there was a lot of). I mean the tender and sweet moments, the developing and falling in love. Instead, it relied mostly on the physical aspect of their relationship. A few times the MCs even mentioned how they had to get to know each other better. But instead most of their interactions were sexual; ogling/groping each other, wanting to or actually engaging in sex. For me it was gratuitous. I believe this is my first novel by author. As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I was disappointed in it. I was expecting…more. It did not live up to my expectations. There were alright secondary characters (the H's aunt-more to be revealed about that) and unexpected persons are introduced later in the novel. There's also a secondary plot with a villain (who was easy to identify). Also later in the novel, some truths are revealed. There was a big hole, for me, in the plot that I really wondered about but it would reveal too much to mention it here. Content: Portia is an experienced woman. In addition to her ex-husband, she also had another lover (prior to her marriage). As mentioned earlier in my review, there multiple explicit sex scenes in this novel. At least half a dozen, I believe. There were many pages-long scenes of it. (I had a lot to skip over.) Language: contained profanity, which was repeated several times. Violence: there was some but mostly took place ‘off screen’ and just related afterwards. Heroine mentions some pretty bad spousal abuse (from Ivo).

  24. 4 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bereznak

    Another great series. Totally different than my normal readings but such great depth and well written.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ngarie

    Romances based on deceit and secrets and lies are my least favourite, but I do adore this writer and the story and characters were engaging.

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