on January 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks.
On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own.
A man no one else sees.
Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom.
It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. The first three books in the series need not be read to enjoy this book. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to love it with all my heart after I read the blurb and all the positive reviews.
The story was definitely there, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t connect with the characters. It might be due to the writing or just due to personal preferences – I don’t know, but past the 50% mark, I found myself skimming scenes, wanting to find out what happens, but eager to omit the repetitions.
Bree Prescott, a young woman who experienced a great tragedy and loss, has escaped to a small lakeside town in hopes of leaving the terror she experienced behind. she quickly finds herself enchanted by the small town of Pelion and the people living there, but especially by the reclusive stranger she ran into.
Despite his distant and gruff behavior, she feels drawn to Archer Hale and once she gets to know him better, fascination quickly turns into stronger feelings. But between his past, her past and his issues, she might’ve bit off more than she can chew.
As much as I tried to live Bree, I really couldn’t. She has some good traits – she was sweet and caring, eager to help people. But she annoyed the life out of me. To me, it appeared like Archer was her project, allowing her to feel special because she got to teach him so much and be a lot of his firsts. I couldn’t comprehend some of her reactions and the way she talked or thought about him, was driving me up the wall. “Silent boy”, “my strange silent boy”, “awkward boy”. She calls him “boy” all the time, which just makes her sound like a pervy babysitter. It drove me nuts, just as her holier-than-thou attitude did. And honestly, she came across as feeling superior and mighty and most of the time, I just wanted to slap her.
And Archer…..hmmmm. I liked him, especially in the beginning. He was mysterious and interesting. A man, whose life shattered when he was still a child and who had to pay the price ever since, never living a normal life until he crosses paths with Bree and letting her take his heart hostage.
He was smart and sweet, at the same time very naive and innocent. I liked that he learned to stand up for himself and wanted to stand on his own two feet without Bree’s help.
But for some reason, Archer and I didn’t click. It wasn’t the fact he wasn’t alpha. But his naivety and innocence was just a bit much for me. At some point, I just really stopped caring.
The only character that really held my interest was Travis, having many layers and being multidimensional.
The writing didn’t capture my attention as good as it could have. There was a lot of repetition, especially with the sex scenes. That unfortunately made the story boring, despite having an extremely original and unique plot.
3 I-wish-I-could-give-it-more stars.
~Review by Paula