Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 Archer stars
I am in awe of this book. It hit all my five star plus buttons. I know it’s early, but I can already tell this is going to be in my top 10 of the year. I loved it that much!
Archer Hale has spent his life in solitude. Something traumatic happened to him when he was seven years old and left his voice box so damaged he could no longer speak. He lived with his uncle, never leaving the property. His uncle passed away a while ago, and he’s been alone ever since. He knows it’s not normal, but it’s what is best for everyone.
I was a freak. I was out here alone and isolated for a reason- I was to blame for so much tragedy, so much pain. I was worthless.
He comes to town every once in a while to buy necessities, and most just ignore him. That is until Bree Prescott shows up. Bree leaves her hometown of Cincinnati Ohio (which just happens to be MY hometown ;)) to head to the small lakeside town of Pelion Maine. Tragedy has struck her as well, and she needs to get away for a while. Start fresh. There are things she’s leaving behind. Things that haunt her, but she’s working on it.
“You are going to be okay, Bree. You are strong and you are going to be happy again. Do you hear me? There’s something good about this place. Do you feel it?”
The first time Bree runs into Archer, she can tell there is something about him. Something she wants to know more about. She asks around about the mysterious Archer Hale and finds out that he can’t speak. Bree doesn’t let that stop her. After living her life with a hearing impaired father, she knows how to sign. She wants to talk to Archer.
Archer is hesitant to let Bree in. He has been isolated and secluded for so long, he finds it hard to be around her at first. Bree Prescott is a very determined individual. She knows what she wants, and she wants to be friends with Archer Hale. She hates the way everyone in town sees him, but Archer doesn’t seem to mind. She only wishes everyone could get to know the real Archer. The Archer she’s come to know.
If they only knew.
If who only knew what?
Everyone in town. Some of them think you’re not right in the head, you know. It’s laughable really. Why do you let them think that?
Just easier that way.
I don’t like it.
It’s been this way for a long time, Bree, it’s fine. It works for everyone involved.
Archer and Bree start making a habit of seeing one another every day. Little by little, she gets him to break out of his shell. Then there is the haircut. Who would have thought something so simple as a haircut could bring some feelings to light. Archer is obviously inexperienced when it comes to women, but he wants Bree, and he thinks she feels the same.
Did you... want me to kiss you yesterday? Did you want me to touch you?
I wanted to kiss you, to touch you. I just didn’t know... if you wanted that too.
Bree more than wants Archer. She is falling for him.
Bree tries to get Archer to come out more, to join the land of the living. He’s not sure if thats something he can do, but for Bree, he’ll try.
You are a real person, you can live a life like other people do.
With the friendship and love Archer and Bree are developing, there is also some drama and suspense going on in the background. Archer’s family is full of secrets. His aunt and cousin run the town. He’s lost those most important to him and he has secrets. Secrets he’s never told a soul. Until Bree. Archer’s cousin Travis appears to have Archer’s best interests at heart, but it becomes evident early on thats not the case. Bree tries to protect Archer from it all. Archer doesn’t want her protection. Just her love. She is everything to him. He never thought he could have a love like this. Never dreamed it could happen.
“What are your dreams, Archer?”
‘I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway.’
Archer gets ideas put in his head. Can Bree really be happy in this life, small town Maine, a guy who can’t talk, isn’t social? He worries he will be a burden to her and thats something he can’t handle.
‘This is that burden I was talking about, Bree. This is what the burden of loving me looks like.’
“Loving you isn’t a burden. Loving you is an honor and a joy, Archer.”
When both of their pasts come rearing to the future, will they be able to handle it? Be able to stand together and be there for one another?
Bree and Archer together are magnificent. Everything between them was beautiful and genuine. Their friendship turned relationship was wonderful to watch grow and develop. It is a rarity, but when I find a book where I love the hero and the heroine equally, it makes me a very happy reader. That is the case here. Bree is sweet, strong, understanding, patient and kind. She is sincere. The way she treated Archer with kindness and respect from the start made me love her even more. Then there is Archer Hale. The silent, beautiful man who stole Bree’s heart. Archer is broken, awkward, shy and enigmatic. He is not your typical hero, but that only made me love him more. He had the sweetest soul and that is what made me fall in love with this beautiful broken man. The love, the chemistry, the friendship, the communication, the attraction and the understanding made their relationship special.
This was such an exceptional book for me. Bree and Archer’s story will stay with me for a long time. A memorable story about two remarkable people who find love in an unforseeable situation. An emotional journey that had me laughing, crying, and swoooing. The writing was exquisite, every page captivated me. This has taken the spot of my favorite book in 2014 (so far). I would highly recommend it to all!
I was finally home. Not the place, but his arms. Archer’s arms were my home- the only place i wanted to be, the place where I felt safe. The place where I felt loved.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Author - Brooke Harris
Evangeline Andrews doesn’t want him, but she needs him. Julian Harte doesn’t need anyone, but he wants her.
Eva has been passed over her whole life. A happy home, men, fashion sense…it all eludes her. She’s run away from New Jersey to find sanctuary in Dublin. But the office bitch, a nymphomaniac best friend and the nice-guy-she’s-just-not-sure-about all threaten to complicate things.
The company social event of the year is looming. Everyone who’s anyone in the office will be at the masquerade ball. Eva has been invited, well, instructed to attend by her mysterious boss - or else. But she can’t go alone.
Enter Julian Harte, a sexy escort with a fascination for games. Eva is about to learn the rules are complicated and Julian doesn’t do losing.
Will Eva’s thick skin be enough to protect her when all the masks come down? Or will she discover she’s not the only one wearing more than one mask?
Let the games begin.
AMAZON - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HTNGNAW
We are introduced to Evangeline Andrews as she gets an invitation to a work party. Eva doesn't think too much of it though, so she rushes off to a meeting. During the meeting Mia(the office bitch) calls her out as being new. Eva is very socially awkward and becomes embarrassed easily. So she wants to impress her fellow co-workers so she looks up an escort service for her date to the company ball.
On the website she gets instant messages from a man named Julian. When he asks why she needed a male escort she retorts back with "I'm not sure I do." Julian doesn't respond and suddenly goes offline. Eva decides its fate's way of saying "don't go to the ball" so she sends out an email to Mia that she won't be able to attend the ball. Problem solved. Or is it?
Upon arrival at work, she is met with a pissed off Mia, who informs her that Mr. Doe(the boss) would like to see her in his office. When Eva arrives she talks to the secretary and we learn he sleeps with the female employees. After talking to Mr. Doe he informs her that she will indeed be going to the ball. So her only option for a date is to try to reach Julian again. Once she reaches him and tells him she needs his service they exchange numbers. And this where you need to fasten your seat belt ladies and gentleman because the ride gets bumpy from here until the end.
We get little bits and pieces of the story in Julian's POV and I would love to have more in his POV. The sex scenes were hot, but I have 1 complaint. Some of the terminology was bad. Seriously, I cringed on 2 of the word choices. But it wasn't used repeatedly so I didn't factor that into my rating at all. As soon as I finished the book, I logged onto my Facebook blog page and ran a contest for 3 e-copies. When I start gifting out copies of a book, you know I loved the story so much I had to share it with somebody else.
Kudos to Brooke for her debut novel, she is one to watch out for! I predict great things for her future writing career. And I will be (im)patiently waiting for book 2 to get more Julian and Eva.
Brooke has too many of a lot of things; shoes, books, and kids. Luckily she loves them all to pieces. She never has too much wine, if you believe that.
Rules of Harte is her debut into the steamy stuff and she's currently working on the second book in the series.