Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a fraternity party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Winter Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing. Weeks of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible. The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again. But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too

How do you move in with your life, after witnessing your parents murdered? Not only knowing who had brutally taken their lives, but pretending you saw nothing. Maddy's parents were killed almost a lifetime ago. Maddie arrived home to witness the man who destroyed her life, take those of her parents. He wasn't a stranger, and this was no random home invasion gone wrong.

Maddie has tried to come to terms with the heinous crime. She subjects herself to new tattoos to represent the stages of grief. She grieves for the crime that goes unpunished, that she lives her life with fear, and for leaving behind the boy next door that she has been saving all if her firsts for. 

Maddie begins college in her former hometown, so she shouldn't be surprised when she runs into Kyle. Kyle remembers Maddie, the girl he affectionately called freckles, the girl that nursed him after his father's violent outbursts, the girl he fell in love with. He doesn't know why she never returned his calls, why she never wrote back and why she left to live with her aunt and uncle, and never said goodbye.

All he knows now is that he wants to be part of her life again.

What neither of them realise, that Maddie's parents deaths were part of something far greater than the horrific crime, and this time, they may not leave any witnesses.

I quite enjoyed Touching Melody, it was a slightly different twist than the regular New Adult novels that are being spun out constantly. Although the plot left no surprises, I enjoyed the crime aspect. Maddie is a likeable character, you can't fault her for being broken after the horrific murder of her parents, considering who committed the crime.

My only complaint is, what happened to Gina? Her social activates and hobbies were disturbing, to put it mildly. I'm assuming that maybe she is the motivation for the second novel.

Touching Melody
(Forever First: Book One)
Written By RaShelle Workman
Published 14 / 05 / 2013
ARC Provided by: Netgalley

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