Title: The Song of David
Author: Amy Harmon
Series: The Law of Moses ~ Volume 2
Release Date: 13th June, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age: New Adult
Cover: Hang Le
Reviewed by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
Overwhelming doesn’t seem to be enough to describe a book of this calibre and the mere fact that this read touched our hearts the way it did, meant reviewing it was going to be reliving every moment. I was looking at the screen but not looking. Rach texted me and said her thoughts were all over parts of the book. My thoughts were frozen. “Where the heck do we start?” I asked myself.
The Song of David is ultimately about a relationship between two best friends who are always there for each other through the worst possible situations. But what happens when one of them wants to go it alone to save the other from hurt? To truly understand this book, we highly recommend reading The Law of Moses first as it will not only help you to put everything into perspective regarding how their solid foundation was built, but also show you how together, they can withstand almost anything. You will be introduced to a couple we stole our hearts, too. So don’t fret if you choose to read TSOD first! The author has bent over backwards to make this read flow in harmony.
Moses ~ ‘’Before we left Montlake you asked me to keep you alive. You told me to knock you down, restrain you, whatever it took. Do you remember that ?’’
Tag ~ ‘’Yeah I remember.’’
Moses ~ ‘’I told you I would. And I intend to keep that promise.’’
And harmony… yeah, this is the word for the best couple of the year. Tag and Millie. Firstly, Tag! Ooh, you can’t help falling head over heels in love with him. His outlook on life after a very tragic circumstances has made him strong. A side effect of his past experiences makes him protect those he loves with a passion which is admirable. His Texan humour abounds, his concern for everyone’s well-being is what he does ‘cause he doesn’t know how to do it any other way. Actually, what drew us in was the way he underestimates himself constantly. He questions his self-worth. That said, his worth is high up on the scale for all who share his humble outlook on life. One way or another, Tag had saved them. That, folks, is what he does. Now he is a successful businessman running a gym, a bar and those he values are at his side. And more importantly, they are the ‘Tag Team’. Always there for this MMA fighter.
Tag ~ ‘’I couldn’t promise a future with no shit. I couldn’t even promise I wouldn’t cause some. I couldn’t alter my DNA, and I was sure I had strands that were soaked in the stuff. But I was bound and determined to shelter Millie from as much as I could.’’
Tag is predominantly the lady’s man, the player who loves to love ‘em but with a no strings attached rule. So when his barman draws his attention to a new pole-dancer, he is left doddering on the verge of perplexity. Whether or not the person that employs her has had honest intentions will be unravelled. Is it a fluke of luck… destiny playing games? When Tag finds out what has happened, he sees red since this fragile but strong young woman has warmed his heart.
Amelie, ‘Millie.’ Beautiful and wise beyond her years Millie. She has a handicap which most would think a disability. She certainly thinks otherwise. She doesn’t want Tag’s sorrowful commitment either. She wants a friend, and by God, she will have so much more than that. Ready to be bowled over by the most kind-hearted person who exists? Well do because this outstanding lady’ll take your breath away. These two are made in heaven. Both are cautious but for very different reasons. Tag wants to be certain he will not break Millie’s heart, but Millie is fearless and wants Tag to love her for who she is regardless of all the complications it brings with it. This is exactly why this read is worth its weight in gold. You connect, you live their ups and downs and their flirty banter. We felt honoured to be able to live their story.
Tag ~ ‘’I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.’’
Millie ~ ‘’You have ?’’
Tag ~ ‘’Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.’’
Millie’s brother, Henry, is too much! What an adorable lad. He has his problems too and even though he isn’t capable of looking after himself, albeit under Millie’s wing, he is well taken care of. Under Tag’s wing, he flourishes. We really must mention how much investigation was obviously taken into his favourite subject which he readily quotes when he can’t express himself.
Millie ~ ‘’The darkness is huge, though. You don’t need to be afraid of the dark. Whenever you start feeling trapped or helpless, just close your eyes, and you have more space that you’ll ever need.’’
Finally, we have to mention the cassette tapes as this is fundamentally how this story has been told! Tag has to tell his story to his loved ones and comes up with the idea in sad circumstances. We cried while reading his innermost feelings. It is nothing less than heart-breaking so a few dozen man-sized hankies are a must. Ms. Harmon, you have written a masterpiece. How you outdid yourself in The Song of David is beyond our comprehension. David’s song, his story, will always be in our hearts. Bravo!
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.
This is David ‘Tag’ Taggert’s book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story.
I stopped a foot from her and reached out, taking one of her hands in mine. “Do you like this song?” I asked. Obviously she did and obviously I was stupid.
“I love this song.”
“Me too,” I whispered. I reached for her other hand.
“What?” I tugged her hands gently, and she took a step. I was so close now that the top of her head provided a shelf for my chin, and Damien’s song was being drowned out by the sound of my heart.
“It’s another one of his songs. . . and I think I love it even more,” she whispered back.
“But that song is so sad,” I breathed, and laid my cheek against her hair.
“That’s what makes it beautiful. It’s devastating. I love it when a song devastates me.” Her voice was thready, as if she was struggling to breathe.
“Ah, the sweet kind of suffering.” I dropped her hands and wrapped my arms around her.
“The best kind.” Her voice hitched as our bodies aligned.
“I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.”
“You have?” she asked, clearly amazed.
“Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.” I was using her definition of the word, but the truth was, my sister was the only girl who had ever devastated me, and it hadn’t been sweet agony.
“I’ve never devastated anyone before,” Millie said faintly, shock and pleasure coloring her words. She still stood with her arms at her sides, almost like she couldn’t believe what was happening. But her lips hovered close to my jaw, as if she was enjoying the tension between almost and not quite.
“I’m guessing you’ve left a wake of destruction,” I whispered. “You just don’t know.”
Finally, as if she couldn’t resist any longer, she raised her hands to my waist. Trembling fingers and flat palms slid across my abdomen, up my chest, past my shoulders, progressing slowly as if she memorized as she moved. Then she touched my face and her thumbs found the cleft in my chin, the way they’d done the first time she’d traced my smile. Hesitantly, she urged my face down toward hers. A heartbeat before our mouths touched she spoke, and the soft words fluttered against my lips.
“Are you going to devastate me, David?” she asked.
“God, I hope not,” I prayed aloud.
Anticipation dissolved the lingering space between us, and I pressed needy lips to her seeking mouth. And then we melded together, hands clinging, bodies surging, music moaning, dancing in the wreckage. Sweet, sweet, devastation.
“Too late . . .” I thought I heard her whisper.
Music and Lyrics by Amy Harmon and Paul Travis ~ Song of David: Buy the song on iTunes
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Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at…
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