Song of the Blackbird by D. B. Michaels

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Song of the Blackbird by D. B. Michaels
Publisher: Dream Tower Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (378 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

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.

Song of the Blackbird is a unique read that grabbed my attention from the beginning. Emma Edwards’ love for her brother caused her to sign up to work at the local prison when she could have been a doctor at any ivy league medical facility. I like how the book opens and grabs you from the first few pages. Suspense is introduced early on opening questions on how Emma becomes a doctor and how her brother Sam Morris ends up on a path less fortunate. And what secret is the mean and rude warden Maxim Chambers hiding?

I enjoyed this story and it’s array of characters. My first thought was there is a lot of medical staff who work at this prison. The author got all of the character introductions out of the way in the beginning and I wasn’t sure where the story was going to lead. I enjoyed the unpredictability of the story. The characters were developed and given realness. I am not sure how I felt about Emma at the start. She came across to me as dramatic in the sense that she went to the extreme to have contact with her brother, but then on the flip side I loved her commitment to family, to being the big sister and keeping that family connection with her brother. She could have written him off and lived her life without her brother and his unlawful antics. She took a stand and actually she risked a lot to let her brother know she cares and she was there for him no matter what. I enjoyed the friendship that Emma has with Kiley. Kiley was always offering her help and assistance and she didn’t judge or criticize Emma.

I enjoyed the quiet romance between Emma and Maxim. I like how the author built their relationship slowly and that their relationship brought out each others good. Maxim is displayed as a strong and hard man, but we come to find out why. I found the parallel lives of Emma and Maxim to be interesting. They both had a reason ending up working at the prison. They both had a life of events that brought them to this moment.

The story was always moving but I did feel that a few parts of it went kind of slow or could have been left out. I like the concept of the birds and how Emma took notice of the birds because this was something her brother enjoyed and a connection that they shared. The medical details, events and terminology incorporate in the story gave the story realness. The harshness of prison life was touched on but I am sure this is a lighter version of what actually happens. I think the author did a good job on touching on the roughness but still not making it an uncomfortable read.

The twist in the story I was shocked by and for some reason was truly hoping it was a dream. And the ending was a bit long, drawn out and overly dramatic; like the author didn’t know how to wrap up the ending or was trying to meet a page quota. The story was basically over with, the reader knows how it was going to end but the author was still giving details.

I enjoyed the story. This is one that I am glad I read. It is a kind hearted read; the ending isn’t all happy but you are left with a feeling that the main characters will be okay.

This is a unique read that I would recommend to a reader that is looking for a fresh storyline that contains love for family, romance and the harshness of working in the prison medical field.

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