Published June 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
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She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.
I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.
For me, heaven was the octagon.
Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.
The day his bar manager hired a blind pole dance just to spite him, David “Tag” Taggert‘s life was forever changed. He is taken aback by Amelie Anderson‘s beauty, and is having a hard time understanding the feelings he has whenever she is near her. His first instinct is to be the over-protective fighter that he is when he fights in the octagon, but he soon finds out his Millie is just as much a fighter as he is…
Yet, suddenly, one day Tag disappears, leaving behind a confused Millie, an angry best friend (Moses), and a bunch of cassettes with his own voice-recordings on them. His flat is on sale, the gym he owns has been signed off to his Tag-team, and no one has any clue as to what that means…
What I loved about this book:
- The wonderful characters
- The original storyline
- The stellar writing
- The suspense I felt throughout the book
- All the feels!
What I felt needed improvement:
The Song of David is David ‘Tag’ Taggert’s book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story, but it is highly recommended that The Law of Moses be read first to avoid spoilers.
The Law Of Moses was a wonderful, slightly paranormal book, and I loved it. For the characters as much as for the writing, and I couldn’t wait to hear more about Tag in a sequel. And frankly, I wasn’t disappointed at all.
I just loved the characters, and what they represented. Tag is the fighter, the boxer who has built an empire around his name and managed to overcome his addictions and issues. As a reader, you expect him to be the force behind the book, the ever-clichéd and overprotective alpha-male. And that’s what he kind of is, but no other characters shows as much strength in this book as Millie.
Amélie aka Millie has been abandoned by her dad when she was only a kid, and her mother died just when Millie was old enough to be put down as a guardian for her much younger brother Henry. That would have been a pretty standard character except for the fact that Millie is blind due to a disease that hit her as a teenager. But instead of cursing the darkness (literally), Millie lights as many candles as she can. She learns to live without her eyesight, and learns to take care of her younger brother, who by the way, is slightly autistic. And she isn’t afraid to do what she loves, or about what others think. That’s also why she ends up working as a pole-dancer at Tag’s bar. And well, I just loved how Tag and Millie’s relationship evolved: very tentatively at first, since it is uncharted territory for both, and then all at once…
“Some people are worth suffering for. I’m strong. I’ve been training for this, you know. Instead of feeling bad that I’ve made my trials, be grateful that I am strong.”
And as you can tell, Millie is a force to be reckoned with. She is as much a fighter as Tag is: they both fight through their day to day – even though they might fight different fights – and at the end of the day, they still find the energy to fight for each other. But when things unexpectedly turn bad in Tag’s life, he is afraid of facing these things heads-on as he usually does, because it’s literally the final straw for him. And since Tag is giving up, Millie has to fight for the two of them – even though Tag shut her off after he so lovingly took care of her and Henry, with unspoken promises of more.
I couldn’t help but deeply hurt for Millie because Tag made a run for it. Still, I understood Tag’s point. His protective and caring side thought she couldn’t bear to hear the truth.
“I’d never been good at in-betweens. All or nothing. That’s who I was. All or nothing, dead or alive. Not dying. Not sick. Dead or alive, all or nothing.”
I can’t even begin to tell you how great the writing was, and just made a great storyline even greater. Contrary to what you would think, this book is actually told from Moses’ POV, from the moment they discover Tag is missing to the very end and epilogue of the book. However, it is also intermittently told from Tag’s POV, as he has recorded cassettes for Millie to listen to after his sudden departure, which Millie, Moses and Georgia listen to hoping to get any clues as to why he left.
“I’ve got this. I’ve got you. Don’t take this away from me, David.”
And because of that peculiar writing style, you literally spend half of the book wondering why Tag left so suddenly, what actually happened to Tag and Millie, and whether Tag is still alive or not. It was extremely suspenseful and I was absolutely floored when the reason behind Tag’s sudden departure was finally revealed. It was so unexpected and gave me the chills. And well, the end of the book is so full of raw emotions you can’t help but feel a tear or two.
“The most intimate thing we can do is to allow the people we love most to see us at our worst. At our lowest. At our weakest. True intimacy happens when nothing is perfect.”
The epilogue was… something else. It was a very far away in time, and I definitely cried a tear or two when reading it. Although it brought great news, and thus lovingly situated the lives of the characters we’ve come to love through The Law of Moses and The Song of David, it is not your standard happy ending where everything is great and rosy. It is a clear reminder that we’re not immortal, but that all the memories we leave behind are the sign of a life well-lived…
Well, this book was a great read and massively inspiring. Another one of my 2015 faves, which I really recommend you check out!
“I’d rather have a piece of a dream than no dream at all.”
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All the feels