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
Well, I found it, people. This book is a unicorn pooping rainbows in a field of four-leaf clovers under a shower of shooting stars. In other words, this is a new adult novel that even a crotchety old lady like me can enjoy.
Bree and Archer are damaged but not beaten, tough but still sensitive, and their story is deeply emotional without being desperately angsty. It’s as close to perfection as I’ve come across in a long, long time.
I loved that Bree never faltered in her devotion to Archer, and not even an entire town’s opinion could keep her from reaching out to him. I loved that Archer allowed Bree to pull him out of his isolated world and made a sincere effort to fit into her life, even though it was painfully difficult for him.
My reading room did get a little dusty when I learned all about Archer’s tragic past. It had to be dust, because I’m not a crier, no siree.
The only negative I can report is that I hated Archer’s half-brother, Travis. He was a douche canoe, and I wanted to punch him in the face. The epilogue would lead me to believe that he eventually redeemed himself, but if I was Bree, I’d never let that jerk near my family.
But Travis notwithstanding, I loved the book. This a great read for romance lovers of all ages.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
The entire Mia Sheridan backlist is pretty awesome, so I would definitely recommend checking that out. But for more angsty, emotional, beautifully written new adult romance, check out Emma Scott. (All In is our favorite Emma Scott read.)