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The Music of Love (The Academy of Love, #1)

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 tr... more

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TitleThe Music of Love (The Academy of Love, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 31st, 2019
PublisherCrooked Sixpence Press
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Music of Love (The Academy of Love, #1) Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Dec 29, 2019
    *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 ... more
  • Mei
    Jan 27, 2020
    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... more
  • Gaufre
    Feb 2, 2020
    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 ... more
  • Elodie
    Dec 18, 2019
    The Music of Love The Academy of Love Series #1Minerva Spencerhttps://www.facebook.com/MinervaSpenc...Release date 12/31/2019Publisher Crooked Sixpence PressBlurb :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 po... more
  • Lail
    Dec 26, 2019
    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 c... more
  • Carissa
    Dec 26, 2019
    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... more
  • Maria Dariotis
    Dec 31, 2019
    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!
  • Mary Hart
    Jan 2, 2020
    4 starsThe 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.
  • Julia
    Mar 27, 2020
    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. " data-summary="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. Whi... more
  • Karen Hackett
    Jan 15, 2020
    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... more
  • Sharyn
    Jan 21, 2020
    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... more
  • Janet
    Dec 27, 2019
    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 ... more
  • Gal reads books
    May 18, 2020
    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 ... more
  • Bridget Lewis
    Mar 7, 2020
    Love in the absence of color Stacy loves music he hides himself away because of his albino skin! Portia is desperate and almost destitute so she impersonated her traitorous ex husband to take the position of music instructor to Stacy! Their attraction is fierce, Portia is half Italian and has squelched the passionate side of her nature for far to long it is unleashed on Stacy like a cannon blast! Stacy has only gone to brothels previously to fulfill his need as people were unnerved by his skin a... more
  • Regina
    Mar 31, 2020
    It's fiery, it's sexy, it's passionate. And it has an unusual hero. How many albino heroes do you come across in historical romance? Throw in a generous amount of secrets--family and otherwise--and you have here a tense and wild ride that only a strong-willed couple could produce. I loved Portia's hot temperament and lusty drives; she was real to me. Though the musical aspect brought Portia and Stacy together, it quickly took a back seat so that other elements could shine. The ending came togeth... more
  • Firstpella
    May 2, 2020
    3.5A too coincidental story with at times an extremely secretively annoying h coupled with a bit too simplistic narrative style limits the overall complete immersion and enjoyment of this rather good, and new to me Author, treat. The H’s condition is close to throw-away. It drives the circumstances of the story but is presented as mostly a hot rich great in bed alpha bucket of give me wearing cool wrap around sunglasses and designer threads - in the early 1800s. Sign me up for the next book... more
  • Marla Murphy
    Dec 30, 2019
    I finished The Music of Love this morning and found the story fresh and compelling. I read the reviews about the myth of red eyes and the author’s gracious apology. So I asked my lunch mates to name a couple traits of albinism. Two said red eyes. One didn’t know. WebMD mentions most have blue eyes, but in rare cases the blood vessels inside the iris can look pink or red. A lively discussion ensued with iPhones passed around—as one does—including photos of pink eyes. Whatever the case, I ... more
  • Ruchika Mahajan
    Dec 19, 2019
    Such a wonderful book. I loved Stacy n Portia. The author totally outdid herself. The best thing about Minerva Spencer is her women. She creates such strong and brave characters. They have their flaws but I am completely drawn towards them. Mia from dangerous is my favourite. Portia also comes close. The chemistry between the leads is crackling. The steam level is definitely up in this book which was toe curling. The story was fast paced n i kept turning pages waiting what would happen next. Lov... more
  • Shelly
    Mar 23, 2020
    Stacy and Portia's story is filled with blackmail, deceit, secrets, passion and love. The characters are very black and white - you love some and you hate some! This story will keep you guessing to the end! Love overcomes all...
  • Mary Cook
    Jan 27, 2020
    I'm a huge fan of Minerva Spencer and this book doesn't disappoint. With an unusual hero and a heroine hiding a secret, Minerva's well-written story has humor and heart.
  • MBR
    Dec 27, 2019
    Review coming soon!
  • Tiff's*Addictiontobooks
    Apr 2, 2020
    Always a fan of a beauty and the beast storyline, this didn't disappoint.
  • Mary
    Feb 14, 2020
    Full review to come! Full disclosure: Received an ARC from Romance Rehab/Romance Remedy free of charge.
  • Amaya
    Feb 9, 2020
    We got a heroine with a dead husband who got a job offer (in his name) and accepted, keeping it a secret until she got there. The job is to give the hero (earl) piano lessons.Heroine also lied about the true circumstances of how her husband died. And dead husband wasn't so dead after all. He also committed bigamy, making the heroine's marriage to him invalid. Not super fond of blackmailed situations.The hero has albinism so he has no social life except the companionship of his aunt. I had the im... more
  • Margaret
    Jan 18, 2020
    UnconventionalPortia is a widow running on the reputation of her husband's genius as a pianist, only she's better than he could've ever been. Stacy Harrington is a recluse by choice because of his physical condition. When he hires Portia as his music teacher their relationship quickly changes to lovers. Problems arise from different directions until a killer is revealed. A fantastic start in a new series. You won't be disappointed.