by: Delancey Stewart
Releasing May 22, 2017
Sometimes love speaks for itself…
After an accident in the line of duty, firefighter Roberto DeRosa’s life is turned upside down. His career fighting fires is over, and he’s left with an uncertain future and an injury that makes communicating difficult for him. The only time words flow easily is when they’re lyrics and he has a guitar in his hands. Talking to women is definitely out, especially if they have bright blue eyes that seem to see right into his soul.
Dani Hodge is on the brink of realizing her dream of opening a small combination wine and book store in San Diego’s funky Ocean Beach neighborhood. But before she can open the doors, there’s work to be done, more work than she can do herself.
When the tattooed guy who completely ignored her at a bar walks by and offers her a hand wrangling a tile saw, Dani can’t afford to say no—and why would she say no to Mr. Strong and Silent when his stare conveys more than words could?
I caught Trent’s attention at the bar, putting my back to the girl and focusing on getting my heart to slow down, letting my blood cool.
And just when I’d gotten control of myself again, she was right fucking next to me, and my mind went blank.
Or most parts of my mind, at least. The parts in charge of caveman stuff—the parts that screamed at me to pick her up, throw her over my shoulder, and find a wall to fuck her against—those parts were working fine. Unfortunately.
“Hi,” she said.
Shit. Shit, shit, shit.
I stared at her. I was blank. I reached for a word to give her and my mind was empty. Even the one word she’d said would have been fine. I could have parroted it back to her. But it had fluttered up into the noise and light inside the bar and evaporated. Even that one simple word was out of my reach.
I watched her expression change. She’d said “hi” like she was extending a bridge, a thin filament I might just be able to risk stepping onto. But as she waited for me to return her greeting, to say fucking anything at all, the bridge dissolved.
And her face closed up. The sparkle in her bright eyes faded, and her energy pulled back inside her, leaving me cold again. A mixture of fear and surprise replaced the glow on her face, and I felt both guilty and monstrous as I watched what it did to her. She let other words fall between us. Nonsense, really. I’d made her uncomfortable, unhappy. And I already knew she was a girl I never wanted to see unhappy.
Finally, she turned around and went back to her table, pulled the other girl toward the door, and disappeared into the night beyond. And the strange light that had filled the club was extinguished.
I’m not gonna lie, the blurb hooked me on this one. And because of the blurb, I waited until I was in the right space mentally to read it because I was sure it would gut me. And for the most part, the book was soooooooo heart-breakingly-warming. But then things happen. Things are said. And the entire thing went down fast ….
This is not my first time with an author/story going wackadoodle on me. I’ve said this before but apparently I need to remind some people:
Words matter. We should be really careful how we string them together
. The only reason I made it to the end of this book is because the wording disaster didn’t happen until the almost end.
This story as a whole is really actually well done and well written. Dani and Rob are two very likeable characters that play off each other well. Their connection is apparent and their struggles are real. And struggles they had. Which is going to lead me to the portion of this review that is #eyetwitching …
I’m not going to put in a quote or hide a spoiler because I’m really curious to see how many people catch the insurmountable error that Delancey Stewart made in this story. But I will say this, Rob suffers from a very traumatic brain injury. He suffers from some speech impediments because of it. He deals with this the best he can. There is a point in the story where Dani verbalizes her frustrations in how he deals with it. Where she diminishes him for his choices. That never should have happened. It is not her pain. It is not her trauma. She doesn’t get the choice on how he survives it. She doesn’t get an opinion. If she was standing in front of me today I would have throat punched her. So authors, chose your words carefully. They matter….
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Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance from her home outside Washington D.C. In a house populated by two tiny pirates and one full-sized Marine aviator, inspiration for her heroes is never hard to find—though quiet time to write often is!