20 February 2014

Archer's Voice Review

Archer's Voice (A Sign of Love) 
by Mia Sheridan

What they say: 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.

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What I say: Archer's Voice is part of Mia Sheridan's Signs of Love series (which are now right at the top of my TBR list) but it's essentially a standalone book. I don't remember ever reading anything similar to it and I found the concept uniquely brilliant.

The main character Bree is a brilliant mix of fun and feisty, yet sweet and vulnerable. The book is told from her POV with a few from Archer. Both characters are damaged and vulnerable and it was wonderful watching them try to take charge of their lives and move forward: the past is a dangerous thing!

Archer may be silent but his voice came across so clearly on every single page and with every action I found myself more and more drawn into his story and his suffering. I never once felt pity for Archer; he isn't that kind of character. Yes, he may be broken but he's a fighter and has such hidden strength and vulnerability. Archer made me consider how I'd cope without my voice. I'd like to think I'd be perceptive but I'm not sure. Many of us like to disappear inside our own head at times but Mia Sheridan made me think about how I'd feel if I became invisible and ignored.

Bree is also damaged but as her friend points out not as badly as Archer. As she begins to heal herself she gives Archer the opportunity to follow suit. She's never patronising or overbearing, she feels compassion for Archer but doesn't ever pity him and I loved them together.

It was an interesting twist on the contemporary romance, but was told with such care and compassion that I was hooked from the start. It's not all doom and gloom as the romance is super hot and Archer has gotta be the dream boyfriend. I loved his naivety and found his learning curve really endearing.

I abso-freaking-lutely LOVED this book! I laughed, cried, shouted, cried some more, swooned and totally adored every page!! I don't often give 5 Stars because I find reasons to not to. I get picky over the grammar, dialogue or unrealistic plot devises but with Archer's Voice I really didn't pick up on any of this and just honestly enjoyed this heartbreakingly devastating and really different story! I cannot recommend this book enough and I wish I could read it again for the first time!

5 EPIC Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:

  • "I was already brilliant. I just needed some world experience. I needed Thor."
  • "I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don't know how. Teach me, Bree."
  • Sometimes an understanding silence was better than a bunch of meaningless words.
  • How do you teach a man who has lost everything, not to fear it happening again?

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