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Blind Melody is Book 3 of the Muse & Music Series. It can be read as a standalone. I’m not a song. I don’t have blue eyes like the girls you sing about. I have a blue soul. Sonnet Rosewood needs a new chapter—the kind that doesn’t remind her of anything she’s leaving behind in the Ozarks. So, when opportunity beckons to escape to the Great Smoky Mountains for a writing retre Blind Melody is Book 3 of the Muse & Music Series. It can be read as a standalone. I’m not a song. I don’t have blue eyes like the girls you sing about. I have a blue soul. Sonnet Rosewood needs a new chapter—the kind that doesn’t remind her of anything she’s leaving behind in the Ozarks. So, when opportunity beckons to escape to the Great Smoky Mountains for a writing retreat, she answers with a firm yes. But the arrival of a decade-old and short-lived fling at the cabin changes everything. How quickly we push past the barriers we erected between ourselves for years. Recognizing the beautiful voice of the unexpected guest reminds her of his name, Hunter Hart: the man she wrote as forgettable, who vowed to show her he was anything but if given a second chance. Maybe you want the challenge more than you want the girl. What started as Sonnet’s attempt to escape her past thrusts her straight into the responsibilities of another’s, making their future sound more and more like the sad songs they’ve been writing together. While their passion is undeniable, their happily-ever-after is not. The single father’s rules leave little room for a different kind of love. And Sonnet has rules of her own—to never again wait for a man to open his heart to her.


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Blind Melody is Book 3 of the Muse & Music Series. It can be read as a standalone. I’m not a song. I don’t have blue eyes like the girls you sing about. I have a blue soul. Sonnet Rosewood needs a new chapter—the kind that doesn’t remind her of anything she’s leaving behind in the Ozarks. So, when opportunity beckons to escape to the Great Smoky Mountains for a writing retre Blind Melody is Book 3 of the Muse & Music Series. It can be read as a standalone. I’m not a song. I don’t have blue eyes like the girls you sing about. I have a blue soul. Sonnet Rosewood needs a new chapter—the kind that doesn’t remind her of anything she’s leaving behind in the Ozarks. So, when opportunity beckons to escape to the Great Smoky Mountains for a writing retreat, she answers with a firm yes. But the arrival of a decade-old and short-lived fling at the cabin changes everything. How quickly we push past the barriers we erected between ourselves for years. Recognizing the beautiful voice of the unexpected guest reminds her of his name, Hunter Hart: the man she wrote as forgettable, who vowed to show her he was anything but if given a second chance. Maybe you want the challenge more than you want the girl. What started as Sonnet’s attempt to escape her past thrusts her straight into the responsibilities of another’s, making their future sound more and more like the sad songs they’ve been writing together. While their passion is undeniable, their happily-ever-after is not. The single father’s rules leave little room for a different kind of love. And Sonnet has rules of her own—to never again wait for a man to open his heart to her.

30 review for Blind Melody

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    "Love is never enough. It's the spark, but the flame dies if you don't work at it." This book hit me hard. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but was something I needed. It was more about healing and was so much more than just a love story. It is about finding your own identity and becoming who you are meant to be. Sonnet Rosewood needs the words to flow again. After her divorce, she is just.. broken. She comes to a writer's retreat in the woods and plans to stay for a month to heal and "Love is never enough. It's the spark, but the flame dies if you don't work at it." This book hit me hard. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but was something I needed. It was more about healing and was so much more than just a love story. It is about finding your own identity and becoming who you are meant to be. Sonnet Rosewood needs the words to flow again. After her divorce, she is just.. broken. She comes to a writer's retreat in the woods and plans to stay for a month to heal and find her words. Little does she know, a man that haunts her past will be there too. Although it was a one night stand, she's never forgotten him and he hasn't forgotten her. Hunter remembers everything about his time with Sonnet and even the late night phone calls and texts after. He writes her into his songs, even if no one knows it. Will the time ever be right for these two? He has responsibilities and no time to work hard at a relationship. He will soon find out that the best type of relationships are the ones you have to fight for. The book was heavy at times and resonated with me; "I mourn the end of my marriage. I mourn the fact that I made vows and couldn't keep them. I mourn that we never let go with each other. So many years, and I couldn't be completely vulnerable to him." The story was also hopeful. It spoke of a love that spanned a decade. When someone gets into your soul, they never leave.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    **FULL REVIEW** "There's nowhere that endings cannot follow me, but I can live in denial for a while." *Le sigh.* This book is the epitome of its author. Lyrical with a sadness that makes your heart ache and feel lighter all at the same time...I don't think there's a J.R. Rogue story I've read that I haven't loved. This one is no exception. "There's no better muse than sorrow but even sadness hasn't been able to pull words from me." Sonnet and Hunter are star-crossed lovers in a sea of endle **FULL REVIEW** "There's nowhere that endings cannot follow me, but I can live in denial for a while." *Le sigh.* This book is the epitome of its author. Lyrical with a sadness that makes your heart ache and feel lighter all at the same time...I don't think there's a J.R. Rogue story I've read that I haven't loved. This one is no exception. "There's no better muse than sorrow but even sadness hasn't been able to pull words from me." Sonnet and Hunter are star-crossed lovers in a sea of endless night; given chance after chance to find their way together and opportunity after opportunity blown by circumstance and fear. Marriage, divorce, kids, distance...the need to keep life in neat little boxes. Sonnet finds herself staring history in the face when she really just wants an escape. She'd know his voice anywhere, and through unexpected friendships as well as a few planned chance meetings...the words just begin to flow. And the music plays on. "The poem you want to be, and the song he can't bring himself to write." I absolutely loved this book. A story about love, loss, and second (or seven) chances. Every word meticulously thought out, creating a blind melody that you'd recognize anywhere...a love so deep, you'd see it with your eyes closed. I savored every chapter, highlighted a million passages, and witnessed true romance within the pages of this book. A truly magical experience; my heart is full...and I can't wait till Christmas. **5 Love Without End, Stars**

  3. 5 out of 5

    talon smith

    "Her words are so melancholy, so sad. But I see a certain lightness in her." ^ this is an actual line from Blind Melody. And this is an actual representation on how I view JR Rogue. Because you know what, her words are sad. Her stories are sad. But they're real. They portray something that all of us can relate to. Every time she puts out a new book I am continually in awe of how she progresses and grows as an author. Her growth as a writer each time she releases a novel is just... astonishing. I h "Her words are so melancholy, so sad. But I see a certain lightness in her." ^ this is an actual line from Blind Melody. And this is an actual representation on how I view JR Rogue. Because you know what, her words are sad. Her stories are sad. But they're real. They portray something that all of us can relate to. Every time she puts out a new book I am continually in awe of how she progresses and grows as an author. Her growth as a writer each time she releases a novel is just... astonishing. I have been there with her since day one and to read her stories now is just amazing. She has learned how to show us instead of tell us and her story-telling capabilities have become so aesthetic to me. These two characters really grew on me. At first I was very leery of their predicament and budding relationship but the way Jen wrote them to fall in love with each other really spoke to me. Not only that but she has a way to make love seem so poetic and lyrical and I am ALWAYS here for that kind of romance. Romance with meaning and with hope and beautiful words. Watching Jennifer grow into the beautiful story teller she is becoming has been such a magical adventure. Started with the first novel now we here, Jen! I'm eternally thankful for you and immensely proud of you!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    J.R. Rogue has given us a masterpiece. It’s a purely melodic piece were you can feel all the highs and lows of the emotions as if you were listening to one of your favorites songs. This has become one of my treasured reads of 2020. There was just a connection felt with Sonnet and Hunter that was so relevant for me. This book is about new beginnings, it’s about redefining and reawakening yourself where words and song are woven throughout to show us how beautiful it is to let walls fall and allow J.R. Rogue has given us a masterpiece. It’s a purely melodic piece were you can feel all the highs and lows of the emotions as if you were listening to one of your favorites songs. This has become one of my treasured reads of 2020. There was just a connection felt with Sonnet and Hunter that was so relevant for me. This book is about new beginnings, it’s about redefining and reawakening yourself where words and song are woven throughout to show us how beautiful it is to let walls fall and allow yourself to be free. Sonnet and Hunter both have a lot to let go in order for them to be exactly where they need to be and their story allows us to see their journey in such a beautiful way. I loved that the characters are older, still feeling youthful, still wanting to grow and still wanting more and yet still need to figure it all out. Blind Melody is a love song, it’s a poem, it’s a novel to yourself that your worth and your desires and your dreams are all worth it. Jen just completely shines with Blind Melody and has given us this look into the lives of two people that we definitely needed to see.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany S

    I just love and appreciate Rogue’s writing so much!!! Everything just flows so effortlessly. Character development. Story. Just another very solid novel by a talented author and poet! Very much a stand-alone in a series. I read the first when it first came out and need to do a reread since it’s been revised and my taste in writing has changed. I also haven’t read the second book which I need to remedy stat!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Peña

    Another great read from JR Rogue. This woman sure knows how to write from the soul. And yes I know she too also writes poems. But her writing is very poetic. Which makes it even better to read. It just flowed. I loved everything about Hunter and Sonnet. And how they hurt and healed together. It was also pleasant to see returning characters from previous books. Well done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    S. Zapata

    Sonnet and Hunter have both gone through the pain of a divorce and even with all the times they run into each other, it never seems to be their time. They are both writers, him a songwriter, her a novelist. They are both able to write about love, even if they dont believe they will ever get another shot at it. How many times a charm?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chèri-Lee Fisher

    I love LOVE books where you can feel the energy between two characters and the chemistry between Sonnet and Hunter is palpable! This story leaves a lasting impression from the first page, I always say a story that haunts my dreams is something special, I felt like I was in that cabin, like I was watching all these things unfold and that says a lot about Rogue's writing, her novels are an experience. "Sometimes the people and things you love bite back. Doesn’t mean you give up" This story is real I love LOVE books where you can feel the energy between two characters and the chemistry between Sonnet and Hunter is palpable! This story leaves a lasting impression from the first page, I always say a story that haunts my dreams is something special, I felt like I was in that cabin, like I was watching all these things unfold and that says a lot about Rogue's writing, her novels are an experience. "Sometimes the people and things you love bite back. Doesn’t mean you give up" This story is real and ethereal! Sonnet and Hunter, both come from a past filled with hurt, even towards each other and they still found their way back to each other! To me, that is the definition of true love.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chasity

    The angsty chemistry makes these characters unforgettable. Such an amazing read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat Savage

    JR Rogue never fails with words. They bite, they're melancholy, they make you think. She weaves a complicated story together and makes it look effortless. I loved these characters. The banter, the push and pull. Their uneasiness but drive for each other is palpable. With this being book three to wrap the series, I love that you get a look at the two other couples from the previous books, and what their lives look like now. There's a certain kind of peace knowing everyone is doing well, even with JR Rogue never fails with words. They bite, they're melancholy, they make you think. She weaves a complicated story together and makes it look effortless. I loved these characters. The banter, the push and pull. Their uneasiness but drive for each other is palpable. With this being book three to wrap the series, I love that you get a look at the two other couples from the previous books, and what their lives look like now. There's a certain kind of peace knowing everyone is doing well, even with fictional characters. Rogue hid some Easter eggs along the way, and only those truly familiar with her work will pick up on them, which was an awesome thing to see and I think it will be nice for anyone who stumbles upon them. I related particularly to Hunter, perhaps most of all the parenting side. It's never easy to go back to dating after divorce, but there's another level of concern entirely when kids are involved. I related to not wanting to expose the kids to anyone who wasn't sticking around. I had the same fears. It was really great to read a story about an older couple. I don't mean they're old, but this wasn't younger people in their infant years of figuring out who they were. These were two stubborn people, who'd lived an entire life before their next chance rolled around. They're aged and set in ways. Overall, Rogue did a phenomenal job, and there's nothing I wouldn't read from her.

  11. 5 out of 5

    blueyed_cntry_girl

    “The poem you want to be, and the song he can’t bring himself to write.” I love this line. I love the mountains and for Sonnet to go there for a retreat and find Hunter was amazing. He was such a great guy. Although I understood why he had his rules but also not. It’s hard for some people to share how they really feel and sometimes when they finally do it’s too late. The ups n downs these two go through was a lot but soooo realistic. I felt so bad for Sonnet. Great heartfelt (sad, happy, angry, “The poem you want to be, and the song he can’t bring himself to write.” I love this line. I love the mountains and for Sonnet to go there for a retreat and find Hunter was amazing. He was such a great guy. Although I understood why he had his rules but also not. It’s hard for some people to share how they really feel and sometimes when they finally do it’s too late. The ups n downs these two go through was a lot but soooo realistic. I felt so bad for Sonnet. Great heartfelt (sad, happy, angry, you get my drift) story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    J. Ockenhouse

    J.R. writes the kind of story where your heart becomes one with Sonnet and Hunter. You feel their energy, want to help them up when they're low and ride the high they vibe off right into the sunset. Love how it seems to be happening to real people not just names in a story. I read straight through. I cheered, cried, held my breath and let the outside world melt away. These characters became my obsession, I had to know they would be alright. I received an ARC for an honest and voluntarily review. J.R. writes the kind of story where your heart becomes one with Sonnet and Hunter. You feel their energy, want to help them up when they're low and ride the high they vibe off right into the sunset. Love how it seems to be happening to real people not just names in a story. I read straight through. I cheered, cried, held my breath and let the outside world melt away. These characters became my obsession, I had to know they would be alright. I received an ARC for an honest and voluntarily review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I love second chances romance a lot! And this one didn't disappoint me! I love everything, the words, the way it made me feel the entire time I'm reading this book. I craved for that kind of romance. Like you really have to compromise to be with someone you love. I love second chances romance a lot! And this one didn't disappoint me! I love everything, the words, the way it made me feel the entire time I'm reading this book. I craved for that kind of romance. Like you really have to compromise to be with someone you love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Aguilar

    Loved seeing new characters and old characters come together in this third book. Hunter and Sonnet were a great addition to an already amazing cast of protagonists in the series. Their story at first seems that of star crossed lovers, as evidenced by this quote "We are fleeting, will always be fleeting." This line drew me farther into the story. Don't we all have someone we've always found a connection to, but for some reason or another, it doesn't work out? I was so engrossed in the poor, I'm sad Loved seeing new characters and old characters come together in this third book. Hunter and Sonnet were a great addition to an already amazing cast of protagonists in the series. Their story at first seems that of star crossed lovers, as evidenced by this quote "We are fleeting, will always be fleeting." This line drew me farther into the story. Don't we all have someone we've always found a connection to, but for some reason or another, it doesn't work out? I was so engrossed in the poor, I'm sad to see it end. Definitely recommend

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandie

    This was fun read. Sonnet and Hunter were beautiful souls.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Swain

    Fantastic Story with all the Angst! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read Full review to come

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lizzi

    Sonnet and Hunter’s story was amazing. A roller coaster ride of emotions and heartbreak. A book that breaks you and then puts you back together again. A fantastic story!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Oh my. I have never savored a book like I savored this one. I'm talking 'made myself read one chapter a day' kind of savor. It is my #1 favorite by Jen, and I thought no one would ever unseat Chace. There is magic in this story. Something about Sonnet and Hunter captivated, enthralled, ensnared me from the very first page. Blind Melody is raw and real; it has notes and undercurrents that were sort of similar to Kiss Me Like You Mean It in terms of my visceral reaction to them, and yet this story Oh my. I have never savored a book like I savored this one. I'm talking 'made myself read one chapter a day' kind of savor. It is my #1 favorite by Jen, and I thought no one would ever unseat Chace. There is magic in this story. Something about Sonnet and Hunter captivated, enthralled, ensnared me from the very first page. Blind Melody is raw and real; it has notes and undercurrents that were sort of similar to Kiss Me Like You Mean It in terms of my visceral reaction to them, and yet this story was entirely new and had an almost whimsical air at times. One of my favorite components of the book was the premise of learning to be okay with who you are- Sonnet definitely went through a rebirth, shedding old constraints throughout the novel. Hunter, Hunter, Hunter. How I love that man, even when I wanted to reach through the pages and smack him a time or three. My favorite thing about him is the way he loves Sonnet, completely and without stipulation. I loved that they had to work at it, that they kept drifting back to each other like magnets moving closer and farther apart until they were finally able to make it their time. I loved getting to see my long-favorite characters, knowing where they were each at in their journeys, feeling their happiness through the pages. As always, Jen's prose is lyrical and gut-punching, and many parts of this book broke my heart. If I had one story to read again for the first time, it would be this one. It is beautiful, poignant, and hopeful, and I will recommend it endlessly. P.S. Jen, sorry this took so long. You've truly made magic here. Much love! <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    (Warning: part of a series, but each have different sets of main characters within their world, each book has its own HEA) I cannot get enough of this author and this series! It is wrought with emotion and so well written that I absolutely could not put it down! Each book has been cohesive and enlightening to the overall theme between these characters. This review has been voluntarily submitted for your consideration.

  20. 5 out of 5

    L H

    In Blind Melody Sonnet is given the opportunity to go to a retreat to give herself space to recover from recent disappointments in her life that are messing with her ability to write. When she gets there Hunter is there as well. Each of them have things that they need to work through and they need to work towards being able to heal and love in the future. Emotional and transformative in ways that engaged and moved me to want to keep reading to see where they would end up. I received a free copy o In Blind Melody Sonnet is given the opportunity to go to a retreat to give herself space to recover from recent disappointments in her life that are messing with her ability to write. When she gets there Hunter is there as well. Each of them have things that they need to work through and they need to work towards being able to heal and love in the future. Emotional and transformative in ways that engaged and moved me to want to keep reading to see where they would end up. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Richardson

    This is the 3rd book I've read written by J.R. Rogue; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the characters. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This is the 3rd book I've read written by J.R. Rogue; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the characters. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    Here is one truth I know after reading this book. J.R. Rogue is the perfect example of a writer who works continuously to hone her craft. The growth I have witnessed from her is magnificent. This growth only makes me more excited for her to put her next book out just to see what she does with it. This story was beautiful. The songs, the poetry, the characters. All of it. Jen has written characters that nestle their way into your heart and sit there the entire time you are reading. And can I just Here is one truth I know after reading this book. J.R. Rogue is the perfect example of a writer who works continuously to hone her craft. The growth I have witnessed from her is magnificent. This growth only makes me more excited for her to put her next book out just to see what she does with it. This story was beautiful. The songs, the poetry, the characters. All of it. Jen has written characters that nestle their way into your heart and sit there the entire time you are reading. And can I just say how refreshing it is to read about someone by own age? I love a story about young, first love but there is something special about two people finding love again after weaving through what life has thrown at them. It just makes it more remarkable when they finally let their walls down and let love consume them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathylynn

    This is the kind of story that will stay with you. The trials and hardships of both Sonnet and Hunter. This is a wonderful book, well written great characters all the emotions J.R. Rogue pulls out of you. I read this book and I feel spent. It was both beautiful and ugly. It is everything you expect this book to be. Some of the quotes from the book are pure poetry. I would highly recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maja

    I was very excited for this book and it did not disappoint. I loved the first person point of view, not to mention that Sonnet was a wonderful hero. Amazing story, 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I am not sure how I feel about this story. I felt sympathy but also disappointment in the characters. The what if everyone asks themselves in each situation. I understand that part but didn't like the emotionally cheating on your spouse. Hunter and Sonnet had a lot of baggage to sort through to be able to be together. Learning to be in a relationship is a lot of work. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I am not sure how I feel about this story. I felt sympathy but also disappointment in the characters. The what if everyone asks themselves in each situation. I understand that part but didn't like the emotionally cheating on your spouse. Hunter and Sonnet had a lot of baggage to sort through to be able to be together. Learning to be in a relationship is a lot of work. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    This book is a bit of a blend of the first two. The mains are not ones mentioned in either book. However, both couples reappear in this book. There was some writing and songwriting which gave hints of the first book (though not poetry on the pages or anything). Sometimes it seemed like these characters were "two ships passing in the night." There was some steam. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This book is a bit of a blend of the first two. The mains are not ones mentioned in either book. However, both couples reappear in this book. There was some writing and songwriting which gave hints of the first book (though not poetry on the pages or anything). Sometimes it seemed like these characters were "two ships passing in the night." There was some steam. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh boy.. I completely fell in love with Hunter! Wow.. normally I am not a mountains girl, but I would give anything to go to a retreat like that. I just loved this story. I felt it, especially Sonnet and her father. I just sobbed. But this story was just perfect.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patti P

    Haunting and soulful. This was another wonderful story by JR Rogue. She author paints a picture with her words and makes you feel the emotions of the characters. I loved it! I received this ARC at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Anderson

    I love hunter!!!!! Best book boyfriend ever!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina Hart

    “We take our past, and we wring it dry. We write it and we sing it.” Blind Melody is the kind of book you aren’t prepared to start and don’t ever want to finish. The kind of read that stays with you, lingering, like the everlasting love it sings of. The writing is so moving, so honest, it grips you and holds your hand as you venture through Hunter and Sonnet’s story. The characters are alive and charged with chemistry, wrought with the kind of haunting past that follows. When it catches up to th “We take our past, and we wring it dry. We write it and we sing it.” Blind Melody is the kind of book you aren’t prepared to start and don’t ever want to finish. The kind of read that stays with you, lingering, like the everlasting love it sings of. The writing is so moving, so honest, it grips you and holds your hand as you venture through Hunter and Sonnet’s story. The characters are alive and charged with chemistry, wrought with the kind of haunting past that follows. When it catches up to them during a writing retreat in the Smoky Mountains, the pair of once-lovers, never-really-friends begin to rekindle a long-lost, yet never-lost connection—almost as if it’s a reflex. In that secluded cabin, the singer/songwriter strums his way right back to the very moment they met in Nashville, nearly a decade ago. The novelist, who’s been plagued with writer’s block but discovers poetry in his presence, tries to find not only her words again, but all the words they’ve never said.

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