by Blake Allwood

Book Cover: Melody of the Heart
Part of the Melody series:

Jonas's life is tied to teaching a mechanic to compete in a prestigious piano competition. Can he succeed or will he lose everything he holds dear?


Yeah, life sucks. I’ve lost everything: my inheritance, my career, my dignity - now my orchestra conductor who also happens to be my ex, has duped me into training some backwoods mechanic into competing in the renowned Salzburg Piano Competition.

Even if he is sexy as hell, there are limits to one’s abilities. How can I possibly teach a mechanic how to compete without completely making a fool of myself and him?


My world turned upside down when the little piano man burst into my shop demanding that I learn classical piano; all because one of my students entered some contest she didn’t even want to win.

It’s not like I didn’t love playing the piano, but classical? No… not my thing. Give me good old dirty blues or honky-tonk but I’d rather pull my oil stained fingernails out one at a time than play his kind of music.

I was ready to say no, except he seemed desperate, and I’m very gullible whenever a cute man is in distress. I hadn’t anticipated how much he would change my world. Not only has he opened my eyes to his style of music, but my heart now soars with the melody of his music.

The real question is, how am I supposed to survive when he inevitably leaves our small town and me, for good?


In this opposites attract, hurt/comfort contemporary romance, Orlando and Jonas must accomplish the impossible, before both lose everything they’ve ever worked or wished for.

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About the Author

Blake Allwood is a gay/demisexual man who was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in the midwest. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once gay marriage was legalized. In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

Typically, Blake can be found relaxing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs demanding attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Blake's husband.

Aiden Inspired (Apr 2019) is his first published novel, featuring two disparate characters from New York and Washington State who meet and develop an unlikely bond. His second novel, Suzie Empowered (Feb 2020), is a followup featuring Aiden's sister Suzie as she overcomes her fear of relationships with straight men due to a sexual assault in high school. In March, Blake returned to gay romance with his release of Bobby Transformed about an Iowa farm boy and a big city publisher. His first three novels share characters and can be read in order or randomly.

Other Books By Blake Allwood

Stand-Alone Books

Book Cover: Changing His Tune
Changing His Tune

Series: Big Bend Series

Book Cover: Love's Legacy
Love's Legacy
Book Cover: Love's Heirloom
Love's Heirloom
Book Cover: Love's Bequest
Love's Bequest

Series: Chance Series

Book Cover: Love by Chance
Love by Chance
Book Cover: Another Chance With Love
Another Chance With Love
Book Cover: Taking a Chance for Love
Taking a Chance for Love

Series: Coming Home Series

Book Cover: A Long Way Home
A Long Way Home

Series: Melody

Book Cover: Melody of the Snow
Melody of the Snow

Series: Romantic Series

Book Cover: Romantic Rescue
Romantic Rescue
Book Cover: Romantic Recon
Romantic Recon
Book Cover: Romantic Renovations
Romantic Renovations

Series: Transitions Series

Book Cover: Bobby Transformed
Bobby Transformed
Book Cover: Aiden Inspired
Aiden Inspired