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Review: The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

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Author: AG Howard

Genre: NA Paranormal

Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 15, 2016

Format: Paperback, 425 Pages

ISBN-10: 0997687428 (Golden Orb Press)

ISBN-13: 9780997687422 (Golden Orb Press)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

Quick & Dirty: Beautifully written story with amazing characters, suspenseful mystery, and epic romance!

Opening Sentence: Melancholy.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Nineteen year old Juliet has lived a quiet life with her mother but recently her mother passed away and it has left Juliet devastated! Ever since she was a child Juliet has been deaf and it has caused her to feel awkward in social settings! She would love nothing more then to live out her life in her childhood home making hats but that dream is being threatened by a Lord Nicholas Thornton. He wants her estate and will go to great measures to obtain it!

On the day of her mothers funeral Juliet happens upon Lord Thornton yelling at a random grave in the cemetery. Once he leaves Juliet decides to investigate and she comes across a very beautiful flower planted by a grave marked “Hawk”. When she touches the flower an very distinguished ghost appears and for the first time Juliet can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his past other then the name of Thornton!

Juliet is such an amazing heroine and it was so interesting to experience life through her eyes! She is deaf but to most people she appears completely normal because she can read lips so well. But in the society she lives in being different was never a good thing. But once she meets Hawk her whole world changes and I loved being able to experience so many guests with her! She is a strong, intelligent young woman that was easy to relate to. I adored reading her story and think so many others will too.

Hawk is totally swoon worthy! I love how he is constantly flirting without even trying. He is just one of those charming guys you can’t help but fall head over heels for. His relationship with Juliet is adorable and very sexy! They have some amazing sexual tension, but they also have a beautiful friendship. I loved watching them fall in love! If you like your book boys hot and charming you are going to adore Hawk!

Nicholas is very mysterious and kind. He’s not as forward as Hawk, so it takes longer to get to know him, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love him any less! I love that you didn’t know what to expect from his character! His relationship with Juliet was interesting and intense! He was swoon worthy in a different way, but swoon worthy all the same.

The Architect of Song is a slow burning mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end! I LOVED this story so much!!! It has sexy romance, diverse characters and an amazing setting! I have always been a sucker for historic gothic settings and you combine that with Anita’s gorgeous writing, it was destined to be amazing! The pacing was a little slow at first but as things progressed my interest in the plot just continued to increase. If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one in the series!!! If you are a new adult paranormal fan you must check this one out!

Notable Scene:

I separated the petals to look closer at the luminescent polled. Before I could make sense of it, a song burst through my ears.

My spine tingled with sensation–alert.

Impossible. I had to be mistaken. Eleven years without sound; so much time gone by with only the roar of emptiness–more desolate than living within a seashell.

How could I suddenly hear?

Haunted Hearts Legacy:

1. The Architect Song

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FTC Advisory: A.G. Howard graciously provided me with a copy of The Architect of Song. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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