Song of the Blackbird by D.B. Michaels

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BLURB

Healing must start from within…

Desperate to reconnect with her half-brother, Emma Edwards takes her new medical training and secures a doctor’s job at the prison where he’s serving a sentence. But what she finds there is worse than she ever imagined…tough rules and even tougher men, gangs powered by drug money and corruption. Emma must find a way to keep her brother alive until he’s freed even if that means lying to the one man she should be able to trust…

Unless you find someone to share your pain…

Warden Maxim Chambers doesn’t believe a woman should be working in a penitentiary, especially one like Emma – a woman even a hardened man like him can’t get off his mind. He’s spent too many years building walls around his heart to let himself care about anyone. But when Emma is almost hurt in a prison assault, Maxim can’t deny his feelings for her. But what is the connection between Emma and the prisoner named Sam?

And accept your past.

When secrets are revealed, danger and death run through the prison. Only the truth can save Emma and Maxim…if it’s not too late.

Song of the Blackbird immerses you in a whole new world – a gritty, violent world where things you have always believed turn out not to be true. It is a compelling story of sorrow and loss, of hope and second chances, and most of all, of the power of love.

MY REVIEW

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is going to be one of those “it’s me, not the book” type of reviews. This was a GOOD book. The writing was fabulous. The inner workings of the prison and the medical information was very realistically portrayed. Not that surprising because the author herself worked as a doctor in the prison system. That’s really the gold in this book. Unfortunately the “romance” aspect left me bored.

To say this is a slow burn would be an understatement. There isn’t a single sex scene in the whole book, and honestly maybe one or two kissing scenes. Because of that I just never really felt the connection between Maxin and Emma. They work together and rub each other the wrong way, but passion, love? Nope, wasn’t feeling it.

Emma came off at times as ridiculously naive and immature. Maxim came off as a cold hearted judgy asshole for basically the whole book. In fact our first introduction to him is him beating the crap out of an inmate. He repeats often throughout the book how inmates are trash and not redeemable and refuses to ever even consider another perspective. The way he reacts to something near the end which ultimately causes something terrible to happen to Emma was just the final straw.

Ultimately I just didn’t buy into their HEA. I’m giving this one 3 stars because the writing was very good (I think this is the author’s first book) and the storyline involving the prison workings and the little mystery kept me plugging along.

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