Published by Avon Impulse on June 14th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.
All my life I've tried to be like you. I've failed.
So I keep it hidden.
But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.
He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.
He's unlike anyone I've ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.
And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.
Reed makes me feel things I've never felt. It's exciting...and terrifying.
Because he sees me like no one else has, and I'm afraid of what he'll find if he looks too closely.
The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.
What a surprising read this was. Based on the premise alone I expected something a bit different, but I got so much more and for that IÔÇÖm grateful. This is a unique NYA love story that is centered around a group of college friends and the deaf community. I had a feeling that would be interesting and informative for me, but the backstory of our main female character took the story down a darker road, one that contains a few hard to read passages (possible trigger warning on verbals and physical violence) but I absolutely loved the complexity of it and where the story led.
Carli and Reed meet through a university class. Their attraction is immediate and soon things are moving forward. Young and in love, Reed is teaching Carli so much about herself, her capabilities and removing perceived limitations. All of this was sweet and hopeful. We know they both have some troubling moments in their past and all too quickly, these come to light. Throughout our introduction to Carli and Reed, Carli has hinted at feeling/ knowing that sheÔÇÖs not accepted by her father, that her hearing impairment makes her less of a person. Her family dynamic is where the stories goes to darker and heartbreaking elements. Her father is pretty despicable and her mother just made me sad. For multiple reasons, Reed has spent two years keeping romance at bay, not allowing himself to become involved with anyone.
With the intensity of their connection, it really feels like really nothing would come between them. ItÔÇÖs a drama that I hadnÔÇÖt expected. I wept for Carli as she struggles through daily pain and confusion. I could see another problem as it began to take hold of Carli. ItÔÇÖs easy to see why and the how it happens, and itÔÇÖs also easy to understand just why Reed takes issue with this. For both of them, when backed against a wall, self preservation kicks in and fear becomes the driving motivation for how they live their lives.
I stayed firmly in Reeds corner, understood where he was coming from, but Carli also had lessons to teach Reed. HeÔÇÖs an all or nothing guy and his character, both characters grow so much through adversity. The author does a wonderful exploring this with the characters and endearing them to the reader. It’s an emotional read that was hard to put away. 5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi