Signs of Attraction
Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.
All my life I've tried to be like you. I've failed.
So I keep it hidden.
But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.
He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.
He's unlike anyone I've ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.
And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.
Reed makes me feel things I've never felt. It's exciting...and terrifying.
Because he sees me like no one else has, and I'm afraid of what he'll find if he looks too closely.
The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.
“When you can’t communicate with the world at large, you hold on to the ones you can communicate with a little bit longer.”
I wasn’t expecting this book to take me on an emotional roller coaster.
It tugged and played with my heartstrings until I could not leave their world even if I wanted to.
Carli and Reed’s story was a romance for the ages. Modern and realistic, they were two characters whose battles were fought on every page. It started off lighthearted. Well, lighthearted enough to like the at times sarcastic character that was Carli. She was imperfectly perfect in every way. Family troubles, hearing troubles, and insecurities made up the complex character that she represented. She was embarrassed because of her hearing aids and would not let anybody in. Her problems were her own and she had to deal with them.
Of course it has to be the one special person that brings our heroine out of her shell. Enter Reed, a super hunky, and also imperfect hero. It is rare to find a story that has both hero and heroine with an impairment. He was completely deaf and completely sweet. He had is own issues but really, he served as Carli’s rock and stability.
When she becomes even more “broken”, Reed has to pick up her pieces and put them back together again. Let me say that the emotional roller coaster comes in when it seems that their happily ever after was never going to happen. When Carli’s rock turns into her rock bottom, I was biting my nails in anticipation and sadness because of her depression.
It was a breath of fresh air to read about two characters that couldn’t verbally communicate with each other. Which does not distract from the story and it made for a unique experience for me. Once you read this story, it is important to read the author’s note in the end. Not only does that put everything in perspective, but it shines a new light to the different but yet beautiful world of the hearing impaired.
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*