Once upon a time, Ivy belonged to Archer, body, heart, and soul. They spent long summer days exploring the forest, and long summer nights exploring each other. But that was before dark magic grew in the depths of the wilderness, and the people of Ivy’s town raised an enchanted barrier of bells to protect themselves from the threat, even though it meant cutting off the forest people—and the forest boy Ivy loved—forever.
And there’s a naked man lying in the snow.
Three years later, Ivy keeps her head down, working alone in her tea shop on the edge of town and trying to imagine a new future for herself, away from the forest and the wretched bells, and the memory of her single, perfect love. But in the icy heart of winter, a terrifying magic blooms—one that can reunite Ivy and Archer, or consume their very souls.
Warm up this winter with a sexy, paranormal New Adult romance from Viv Daniels. Contains magic spells, true love, and the hottest scene ever set in a greenhouse. Not meant for readers under 18.
It's very difficult to discuss the plot without posting spoilers so I'm going to be as brief as possible. Hear Me focuses on childhood best friends/former sweethearts Ivy and Archer. We meet them as they are reunited after a traumatic and lengthy separation. As the blurb suggests, Archer is a forest boy. I kept imagining a grown up Peter Pan mixed with a slightly scary fairy.
The book is New Adult, not YA, so it covers more adult topics and sex. Ivy is desperate to see anything of the forest boy she loved, but Archer is definitely darker and wilder than she remembers. I wasn't exactly sure what to make of a certain um... substance, but I guess it did make sense within the realms of the story (albeit bizarrely).
I enjoyed the novella and would have like to have read a full book about them and their past - I did feel as though a few of the secondary characters needed more page space but I enjoyed this short story.