Review: Whispered Music by Rachel Van Dyken

Whispered Music by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: London Fairy Tales (# 2)
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Publisher:  Astraea Press
Pages: 266
Source:  Publisher

He wasn’t looking for a savior…

Scarred at a young age, Dominque Maksylov, Royal Prince of Russia, has lived a reclusive life. As a musical prodigy, his music has wide reach into the world, but few ever see his face. He never ventures into polite society, but when he discovers he is the only heir to the Earldom of Harriss, he goes to one ball.  And that one ball was enough to change the direction of his life forever.

But how could he possibly have known that other person – the other half of his whole – would not only need his help but threaten his very existence?

She didn’t know how hard it would be to love the broken.

Isabelle Hartwell’s mother just sold her to the Beast of Russia. He’s mean, temperamental, and the most virile, handsome man she has ever encountered. But he has a secret, one he’s willing to die for and he refuses to let anyone in. Will she be able to reach his heart before it’s too late?

Find out if love prevails in this regency retelling of how Beauty tamed the savage Beast…


Review: I fell in love with the first book in the London Fairy Tales, which was Upon A Midnight Dream. Whispered Music is an even greater story that is expertly weaved together and I didn’t think that it would get better but I was proved wrong.  It was a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast and even better than the children’s version.

Isabelle is a beautiful young woman that suddenly has her world turned upside down. One moment she is at a ball and the next she is going to be married to a perfect stranger.  Isabelle has so much love in her heart and she can’t help falling in love with the Beast, even if he does make her cry.  Dominque was never going to marry but how could he ignore the music that was in his head that told him something bad was going to happen to Isabelle? He had learned at such an early age to listen to the music.  You think the Beast is cruel and mean but that is just what he wants people to think. He had a bad childhood and never got to be a child except when he would go on his hourly rides. He makes such wonderful music. That’s the legacy that he does for his mother. He didn’t want his father to win but what he doesn’t realize is tha,t in a way, he is letting him win. Both characters have strong personalities and you really get to see how well they are made for each other. I just wish I had the ability to weave such a wonderful story to light!

I love a great romance book but if the Wolf hadn’t been in this book, it wouldn’t have been so enjoyable. I loved how he would rile Dominque about Isabelle. I think that Dominque would still be hiding behind his rough exterior if it wasn’t for him and I really got caught up in this story. I went through all the feelings and felt every emotion. It takes a wonderful woman to love a Beast and be able to see through all of his cruel words to what’s underneath and in his heart.  I can’t wait to read the next story in the London Fairy Tales. I got a glimpse of the Wolf’s story and I hope that there will be even more after his story.