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His Dark Symphony

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  10,956 ratings  ·  1,500 reviews
Düster, sinnlich und verboten

Schon vom ersten Tag an war die junge Ivory an ihrer Privatschule eine Außenseiterin. Ihre Mitschüler meiden sie und geben ihr jeden Tag das Gefühl, dass sie niemals dazu gehören wird. Doch ihr ist es egal, was die anderen über sie denken. Denn alles, was ihr wichtig ist, ist Klavier spielen, das letzte Schuljahr überstehen und danach an die
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★★! Dark Notes (Stand-alone). Acclaimed pianist & teacher Emeric Marceaux’s unapologetic pursuit & seduction of his student!

“We need each other, not because our bodies fit so well together. But because our hearts beat the same tune, for the same reason.”

Dark Notes (stand-alone) is a forbidden teacher-student romance, but it’s so much more than that.

It’s an erotic tale of sexual awakening, the simmering slow build-up of Emeric’s seduction and sexual corruption of Ivory
At seventeen years old, Ivory Westbrook has experienced enough tragedy for a thousand lifetimes. Since her father died years ago, she has lived a life of despair and pain. With a mother and brother that have lost themselves to their drug addictions, she's had to bear the brunt of the household responsibilities, selling the only thing she has to keep the bills paid.v

When Emeric Marceaux is hired as a teacher at Ivory's prestigious high school, she knows that her future is up in the air. She had w
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 “I’m fucking my teacher.” Stars

It’s universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desirable it becomes.-Emeric

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Wow this book was amazing. Dark Notes by Pam Godwin has been on my radar for a while now, but I have been putting it off until I got in a dark read kind of mood. See I love me some Dark reads but I have to be in the right mood for them. But now that I read this book I wish I wouldn't have waited so damn long. It wasn't nearly as dark as I thought it w
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!

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When I heard Pam Godwin was writing a student/teacher book, I jumped for joy. I love forbidden love stories and I love this author so I was fairly certain this would be a win for me. Every Pam Godwin book I read, I’m shocked by the beauty in her words and the stunning stories she writes. I’ve come to the conclusion that by now I should just be used to it. This is the fifth book I’ve read by this author and all of them have been fantastic 5-star reads. Friends- if you haven’t read th
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear sweet lawd. That Emeric Marceaux has me like: description

And each word outta his mouth has me like: description

I have nothing more to add to the thousands of 5-star reviews bc my brain is scrambled. Snowy dusty static. Dear sweet lawd.
Phuong ✯
4 stars

Tate McRae x Ali Gatie - lie to me

Dark Notes is a forbidden, student-teacher, age-gap romance. It was well written and I love how Pam Godwin combined all the musical elements in her writing. There were so many beautiful quotes to chose from!
Everything is perfect.
Too perfect. Like life has handed me a song filled with soul-deep joy and told me to savor every note.
Because eventually, the song will end.


This book follows 17 year old pianist Ivory Westbrooke
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

This brutal man is my home. His hell is my heaven.
I'm his Ivory, and he's my darkest note.

If there's one thing that Pam Godwin knows, it's how to write one seriously intense alpha. The mere name alone, Emeric Marceaux, is enough to get my motor revving. This man will give you shivers and you'll actually feel his intensity crackling through the pages. It's utterly delicious. He's a dose of dangerous, with a splash of depraved, and all of it is tied around a sexual magnetism t
Lo Bookfrantic
* * * Dark Notes is LIVE on Amazon * * *


5★★★★★ Darkest Note ~ Stars

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual
Publication date: April 5th, 2016

“All you need is a moment...This brutal man is my home. His hell is my heaven. I’m his Ivory, and he’s my darkest note.”


Ivory Westbrook; at only seventeen years old had a dream and a purpose. The life she was given was crapy and horrible. In the midst of her horribl
Yeasmin Alo

TW: Not your regular forbidden romance
It covers sensitive topics like - Rape, sexual assault and there is numerous non-con situations

I am Being very honest here next time I
re-read this I will be more than happy to skip some of the parts.


"It’s universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desirable it becomes"

No one will ever see me turn down a "forbidden" teacher student fantasying
romance given the amount of crush I had
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

That moment when you crack a book open thinking you are reading a completely different than the one you are actually reading....Whoops!

Review to come...
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

That’s when I hear it. The tempo of our breaths. The drum of our heartbeats. The crackle in the air. The exquisite cadence pulses through me, awakening sensations I’ve never felt, composing a melody I’ve never heard. Our hypnotic, dark notes. This is so much more than punishment or forbidden pleasure. She could never be a mistake.

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This was my first Pam Godwin book and I really loved her writing style and this story. I am not a huge fan of
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desirable it becomes.

Ivory is a prodigy and attending the most elite music school in the state, Le Moyne Academy. She may be the most talented pianist there, but she doesn’t fit in with it with her super wealthy classmates. It isn’t just Ivory's socioeconomic class that separates her from the other students. It’s the circumstances surrounding her life and what she does to survive. See Ivory is a fighter and she ha


After Fifty Shades of Grey and the influx of dark brooding alpha- males that followed, I really thought I had my fill of those kinds of heroes.

But reading Dark Notes just reminded me how much I have missed reading about a controlling, sexy, dark man. One, I might add, that didn't make me feel the need to roll my eyes or gag (because I've had my fair share of those as well).

I can't even begin to describe how incredibly poetic, beautiful, an
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forbidden romance lovers
It's LIVE!!!
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Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Ivory Westbrook was a senior and an aspiring pianist at the prestigious Le Moyne Academy. She set her goal to attend the country’s best music school, but her plan hit a snag when a new teacher took over the classes.

Emeric Marceaux was a highly accomplished virtuoso. He not only saw raw talent in Ivory and was determine to hone it. But he also saw a side of her that
Tears Of Venus

After reading this book 10 times, I can confidently say this is hands down the best teacher/student romance EVER.


Dark Notes is a forbidden student/teacher romance, that made for a deliciously steamy read. Ivory Westbrook hasn't lived an easy life, poor and taken advantage of. Ivory is doing whatever is necessary to survive and hold on to her dreams. With one year left of high school, she is focused on landing a spot at a elite musical college. Ivory is a resilient, yet naive heroine.


Emeric Marceaux is new to Le Moyne Academy, fleeing the scandal surrounding his last teaching position. He is an accom
✰ Liz ✰
4.5 Melodic Stars

Dark Notes made our TOP PICK VIDEO FOR MARCH!
Check out the link here:

"It is universally known that the more forbidden something is, the more desireable it becomes."

Dark Notes is a unique read full of passion, forbidden romance, and unforgettable characters. Pam Godwin has created a masterpiece once again!

"She's a little lost lamb among a pack of cutthroat wolves."
Ivory is a young musician living in Treme, Lousiana.
5 **masterpiece** STARS

“We're a timeless concerto. A musical masterpiece.”

That was beautiful, heart breaking and scorching hot. Dark Notes was not my first Pam Godwin book, but still I was surprised by the quality of her writing and her ability to really captivate me with a slightly dark forbidden love story. Really pleasantly surprised.

Dark Notes is a standalone student-teacher book, with some darker elements, such as abuse and BDSM. It’s not too severe, but the heroine has a histor
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

This book took me by surprise. I didn't expect this one to be so hot, dark and intoxicating. Even though the love story is forbidden I'm not ashamed to say that for me it was perfect, I devoured it in one day, once I start it I couldn't put it down! I have to say that I was waiting patiently to finally read this book! I love Pam's writing and especially in this one it's so beautiful and I could say poetic in some parts which make me love the story even more!


The best part in t
TJ ☾
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-or-taboo
Oh my goodness 😮 this was uncomfortably hot and exactly how you write a student-teacher romance.

for completely innocent and non-simp reasons, i created a list of mr. marceaux's best traits. i'm just gonna dive right in

① 🎹 his self-awareness

I could stare at her twenty-four hours a day and feel like the most productive pervert in the world.


② 🎹 the way his priorities are always in order

I scan the bio page and confirm her Treme address. Skipping over the summary of her exceptional GPA and SA
Dee Montoya
***3.5 Ivory Stars*****

(ARC Kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review)

I've been struggling with my feelings for days about this book. While I've always loved Pam Godwin's pen and creativity this book simply wasn't for me. If you scroll down and read all the reviews you'll notice that I'm the only one who wasn't in love with Dark Notes, which tells you that this might be a case of, it's not the book, it's me. So please don't let my feelings deter you from reading this book or an
D.L. Howe
I can’t imagine why I put off reading this for two years. Not only is it not one but two of my favorite tropes; teacher/student and bdsm. But I’m pretty sure this is the best teacher/student romance I have ever read. It’s salacious, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional, it’s frustrating and oh so satisfying.

Her dad was everything and that’s heartbreaking. Because without him she has nothing. Nothing but contempt, cruelty and the blame for anything and everything. She’s an easy target with absolutely n
★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Dark Notes is an erotic and forbidden story - an affair between 17 year old music prodigy Ivory Westbrook and her piano teacher, Mr Emeric Marceaux. If there is one thing Pam Godwin can deliver, it's a tantalising tale of fuck-hot dirty sex to go alongside a fantastic and well thought out plotline.

"It's against the law. You're my teacher!"
"You're my girl. That's the only law you need to worry about."

Ivory is a student at Le Moyne, a very expensi
Hulya Kara Yuksel

Oh God, please have mercy on my vagina cause I’m burning like hell…. :D

OMG I absolutely fucking loved this story… Emeric Marceaux was really, really good with everything! :D He can play piano while he eats Ivory's p....!!! Oh yeah, he’s very talented but not with that rare talent he got me body & soul with his amazing heart. He’s Dom and likes kinky stuff but also he has the most beautiful & kind heart… I’m truly – deeply loved him….

Oh I almost forgot… Ivory, you lucky bitch! I hate you girl, I
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 photo b8cf423628976a8884a475dde058a7_zpsuj36tmrv.gif “Blindsided. That’s the best explanation for the stern volume of my voice and tightness in my usually-composed expression. I wasn’t prepared for this . Not for a tall, voluptuous , sexy-beyond-all-reason woman to walk into my classroom. My first thought? ”

Pam Godwin has hit every sinful note in this seductive, forbidden, bewitching and utterly addicting romance. Ms. Godwin has composed a story that was layered with intrigue, steam, p
alluring B ❄︎
4 stars🌟

aside from being glad that i’m not the only one who finds BSDM boring af in books...i’m happy that i actually enjoyed this one huhu

good news: the bdsm is not as heavy and hardcore as i thought it’d be so yeay

not me saying ‘rtc’ again when i’m struggling w my new semester and have 7 reviews pending 😭🤚🏻

10% in and the H starts to give off bdsm vibe...

BDSM MAKES ME SLEEPY BRO 😭 someone pls tell me it’s not bdsm heavy i’ll lose hopeee

3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an enjoyable darker forbidden romance. I haven't read a bdsm type book in a while, and I thought this author did it well. The teacher/student aspect was sexy, and I know that lots of readers will have issues with the age difference (h is 17 and H is 27) but I didn't. The h had some majorly unfortunate circumstances, and was more mature than the usual 17 year old IMO. I never felt that he was a predator on a young girl, because of the age difference -- but I di
Audiobook - Narrators - 5 stars
Story - 3.5 stars

I was looking for something different after going 5 days without reading.


Good thing i stumbled upon this one while sampling audiobooks. The narrators drew me in, I stayed for Ivory Emeric. Forbidden romance for the win.

I really enjoyed some parts, especially Ivory and Emeric's relationship. It was so hot and fulfilling and I was living vicarioulsy through Ivory. Damn! where was Emeric when I was 17.

I felt like Ivory's background was a little bit
S.M. West
5 Utterly Exquisite STARS

Wow, I'm in awe of Pam Godwin. This was my first read from this gifted author and it was truly outstanding. The writing, GAH! So lyrical, beautiful and mesmerizing. This was not only one seriously sexy read but also captivating and titillating!

I truly got so swept up in this story, lost in the lyrically magical words, imagery and the depth of soul in these characters. I connected with this book on many levels. I love dark reads, dominant alphas, forbidden love, a str
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

5 Amazing Stars!

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Wow! I LOVED this book hard! It had everything I love in erotic, forbidden-love, angsty reads! Pam Godwin simply nailed it here!

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Ivory Westbrook is the poorest student at La Moyne Academy, a prestigious music school in New Orleans. She's a true stand-out in her tattered, worn out clothing but nobody can deny her musical talent. Rubbing elbows with elite student musicians, it's easy for her to feel a misfit. Her father gave up his beloved piano bar for her chance to attend
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New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and migh

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