Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Speechless #1
Heroes: Travis Miller/Drew Clifton
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 62 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 18, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Travis Miller has a machining job, a cat named Elwood, and a pathetic love life. The one bright spot in his existence is the handsome guitar player he sometimes passes on his way home from work. But when he finally gathers the courage to speak to the man, Travis learns that former novelist Drew Clifton suffers from aphasia: Drew can understand everything Travis says, but he is unable to speak or write.
The two lonely men form a friendship that soon blossoms into romance. But communication is only one of their challenges-there’s also Travis’s inexperience with love and his precarious financial situation. If words are the bridge between two people, what will keep them together?
What a sweet story! This was such a pleasant surprise read for me and not quite what I was expecting.
Travis is kind of a loner just getting by with his machining job. He pretty much keeps his nose to the ground as he goes through life, even as he walks to and from work. Until one day he hears Drew sitting on his porch playing the guitar. He makes it a point to pass by Drew’s porch on his “commute” to work until he finally works up the courage to say hello. Unfortunately, Drew is unable to say it back, but that doesn’t put Travis off in the least. Travis is blind in one eye, so Travis is a bit more open to understanding than most have been.
As their visits become more regular, so does their ability to communicate with each other. Due to his disability of not being able to speak or write, Drew has become somewhat of a loner himself. These two just have a wonderful connection that is heartwarming to watch.
There are some small bumps and hurdles these guys have to face, as their relationship progress, but there isn’t much in the way of angst. Just two guys coming together, learning they are important to each other and becoming comfortable with things when they do.
This was short and sweet, but not overly so. There is no on-page sex, but that fit the story perfectly, and I still had no trouble feeling the sensual aspects of their relationship. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a quick, feel good, pick me up kind of story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*