I’m not going to lie, I loved this book. I don’t care about the taboo subject matter of teacher/student. I’ve read plenty of books with that subject and it doesn’t bother me, unless the age difference is very significant. But that’s not the case in this book. Yes, the female is seventeen years old and the teacher is twenty-seven, but seventeen is the age of consent where they are and it’s not like the guy is in his forties. While reading, I didn’t really think about her being seventeen anyways. It was not something that was significant throughout the book that I should be focusing on, so I didn’t. The storyline is really good, the plot and dialog were great, and the book is very well written.
Ivory is a senior in high school at a prestigious private performing arts school. It costs a ton of money to enroll and maintain to go there, including books and gadgets, and money is something Ivory doesn’t have a lot of. With a mother and brother who are mentally checked out, she has to come up with money to pay bills and feed herself and her cat, so she has to make money in a way that is not acceptable by most. Abused sexually, mentally and physically since she was thirteen, it’s the only way Ivory knows. But that doesn’t stop her from setting her sights on Leopold Music School. She knows she is the best student at her school and will have no problem getting into Leopold, she just has to show her new teacher she can do it.
Emeric is the new piano teacher. He was Dean at another school, until a scandal broke out and he was fired. Hired by the Dean at the new school in promise that he would use his connections to Leopold to get her son accepted. He agreed so that his indiscretions would go unnoticed. Emeric is a hard-ass teacher. He is tough and strict, but he gets his job done. With a master’s degree, he knows the ins and outs of teaching and music. Outside of school, he is an alpha male. He is kinky and a dominant man. His inner dialog is dark and he likes his women submissive and tied up.
Ivory and Emeric have a teacher/student relationship as well as a relationship outside of school. In class he is her teacher, where they have private lessons four hours a day after school on the piano. The first day of school he thought she was a teacher and was immediately enthralled by her. Not being able to get her out of his head, he finds things out about her that make his blood boil. He feels like he has an obligation to protect her and he does just that. They spend all of their time together hidden in secrecy. Emeric treats Ivory like an adult and his submissive and Ivory happily accepts and obeys.
Usually, I don’t care for dual perspectives, but with this book, I was equally interested in both characters point of views. The story flowed nicely with no interruptions and it was nice to see what both of them thought and how they felt about certain situations. I really loved everything about this book, the title and the concept of the story with piano and music. I love how the female characters name, Ivory was integrated and how everything lines up. “I’m his Ivory, and he’s my darkness”. I just love that line from the book, it fits so perfectly.
This book is sexy, yet haunting. It’s dark and taboo, and might have some possible triggers. But, as long as you are aware of that going in and can handle that then I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely a New Adult/Adult novel. There is strong language, violence and descriptive sex scenes, not intended for younger readers.