Review: Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton

lyrical embraceTitle: Lyrical Embrace

Author: Amber Daulton

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Violinist Erica Timper

The hero: Music teacher/firefighter Dylan Haynes

The blurb: Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Standalone or series: Part of the Deerbourne Inn series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was a mixed bag for me. There were lots of things I liked about it, but some things just didn’t work for me. What I liked: the author did a lovely job with the descriptions, although I felt that they were in the wrong places sometimes. It’s hard to tell a story in such a limited amount of words, but this was nicely done overall. I did like Dylan and Erica. The supporting characters were, for the most part, well done. The setting of a small town worked very well. Music was a big theme in the book, and it was clear the author had done her research, for which I applaud her.

What didn’t work for me: I was advised that this was a romantic suspense book, but I wouldn’t have categorised it as such. There was almost nothing in the way of suspense for more than half the book, and when the stalker subplot popped up there was no suspense – everyone, including the reader, knew who the culprit was from the get go. Dylan and Erica’s romance heated up really quickly, which I found a little hard to swallow given the reason for Erica being in town in the first place. There was one scene in which Erica saw Dylan with another woman, and she instantly assumed the worst instead of just asking him about it. The choice of phrasing in the sex scenes didn’t work for me at all and pulled me out of the story.

Did I like this book? Yes. Would I read it again? No.