Reviews and Giveaway: Archer's Voice: Mia Sheridan
Archer's Voice (Sign of Love#4)
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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.
Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. 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.
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I am not sure I can even do this story justice in a review, but I am going to try...
A temporary escape? The hope that a new place would bring new healing? And then I would have the strength to face my life again.
Bree leaves her home in Ohio to escape a tragedy in her recent past and ends up in the quaint town Pelion, Maine. She is not sure how long she is staying or what she is really looking for other than just some peace from her nightmare.
Archer Hale is the town outcast. No one really knows him or wants to. His past tragedy and accident is just a blip on the small town's radar. He lives an isolated existence and has been okay with it.
A chance meeting draws her attention to the quiet, intense man that shies away from social contact. Bree is tenacious and pushes Archer out of his comfort zone. She is able to communicate with him like no one else has. They begin a tentative tolerance that turns into friendship. Their chemistry is magnetic and soon they find themselves unable to resist more. But this is all new and confusing for Archer. And they both have fears and insecurities that affect them. Both need to move on from their pasts, open up, and learn to trust.
Seeing these two people with troubled pasts fall into a companionable rapport and relationship was beautiful. Bree understands Archer like no one else. And she becomes a lifeline to him.
Archer is a loner. He is strong, intelligent, capable, but also vulnerable and inexperienced. He has self esteem issues and feelings of inadequacy. My heart just broke for this sweet man. He is one of the most unique, charismatic, lovable male characters I have ever read. I absolutely loved seeing his personality start to shine through. Archer's past story was so tragic and left him with such displaced guilt and severe loss. It truly shaped the man he was and he needed to figure out who he really wanted to be. He needed purpose, confidence, and to feel worthy of love.
"I didn't know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen?...Who read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn't?"
Bree is a genuine, caring individual who had her own share of suffering. She is beginning a new life for herself that she never expected and finding comfort in a new place. She is open, inquisitive, and determined. These two fit together so well, providing much needed calm, love and protection. But they both had demons to face before they could truly move on. They had to find their own inner most strength and empowerment in their lives.
Watching him come into himself was a thing of beauty and I felt privileged to be a witness to it.
There were so many heartfelt and amazing moments in this book. Those that touched my heart, broke it, caused me to gasp out loud, tense up, and alternately made me cry, swear, swoon, or smile. There was danger, tragedy, suspense, surprising plot twists, and mysteries. The secrets were slowly revealed along the way making it more intriguing. There were villians and injustices that made me angry. I felt so many emotions while reading it and was so attached to and invested in these characters. I swear I held my breath a few times and my heart felt like it was in suspended animation. I alternated between wanting to flip pages faster to figure out the secrets and find out what happens, and wanting to slow down and savor it so it would not end too quickly.
She had told me my voice mattered, and her love had made me believe it might be true. And sometimes that's all it takes - one person who's willing to listen to your heart, to the sound no one else has ever tried to hear.
This story was truly refreshing, unique, heartwarming, and inspirational. It was told in predominantly Bree's point of view. But there were some chapters in Archer's POV in both past and present, and it all flowed flawlessly. It had complex, likable characters and an engaging, intriguing story line. I was drawn to Archer from his first appearance just as Bree was. He had a magnetism about him even when he was gruff and uncommunicative. Seeing him emerge from an unsure, unsocialized, loner to a sexy, loving, motivated man with purpose was a true journey. He had such a vulnerability and sweetness about him. His devotion and attachment to Bree was so deep and heartfelt. And the fact that she got to know Archer when no one else would give him a chance was so special.. She was an amazing character in her own right. She had been dealing with so many issues, but she ran away and really found herself and found the one person that could calm her demons. And together they filled a void in each other's lives and enriched them so much. This couple just made my heart happy and full of hope. They both had such personal growth throughout the story individually and together. It was truly a moving experience.
Bad things don't happen to people because they deserve for them to happen. It just doesn't work that way. It's just...life. And no matter who we are, we have to take the hand we're dealt, crappy though it may be, and try our best to move forward anyway, to have hope anyway...to have faith that there's a purpose to the journey we're on. And try to believe that maybe more light shines out of those who have the most cracks.
Mia Sheridan always amazes me with her multi-faceted characters, unique plot lines, depth of emotion, and beautifully written prose. Each book in the series is written exquisitely and this is no exception. With the exception of Leo and Leo's Chance, the books in this series are not related and can be read as stand alones. This will be a story and characters that I will not soon forget. It has been days and I still am not sure I can describe how much I truly enjoyed this book and how beautiful and inspiring it was. I highly recommend adding it to the top of your TBR list.
Thanks to Mia Sheridan for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.a Rafflecopter giveaway
"She had told me my voice mattered, and her love had made me believe it might be true. And sometimes that's all it takes - one person who's willing to listen to your heart, to the sound no one else has ever tried to hear."
I try to believe that something beautiful can result from something ugly, and that there will come a time when I'll get to see what that is.
What a beautiful story. I'm sitting here wondering how many adjectives I need to describe Archer's Voice, and beautiful was just the first. Emotional, touching, perfect.
The struggles they faced included not just finding each other, but dealing with both of their pasts. When it was just them in the bubble of Archer's house and land everything was so sweet and touching. Stepping outside that bubble was interesting in the ways it tested their relationship. Every bump they hit along the way, I felt. Every high, every low. And they had to step outside that bubble. Archer hadn't left his home for more than a quick trip for supplies in 4 years, and has interacted with the community as little as possible each time. He had to learn how to participate in society again, how to need other people.
Bree ran to Pelion when she fled Ohio because it was the last place she remembered being truly happy. As she settles in to her temporary home, she starts working at the local diner, meeting her neighbors and the mysterious man who lives near the beach. Despite finding a new location, her nightmares from her past continue to haunt her.
Archer's story is so painful. I can't even imagine how cut off he must have felt after the accident, until Bree bumped in to him. Living the life of a hermit, with his paranoid uncle until 4 years before the story begins, it has been some time since Archer has lived anything resembling a "normal" life. I had a bit of a hard time believing Bree would have been able to coax him out of his house and secluded habits and gain his trust as fast as she did, but she did it, and as we hear more of Archer's voice the timeline makes more and more sense.
The villains throughout at times fulfilled my predictions, and at times had be wanting to scream at my Kindle. And it's not even like there was one "bad guy" to watch out for either. No, by my count there were 4! And each one came with his or her own pitfalls for Bree and Archer to overcome.
The Signs of Love series continues with another fantastic installment. Each of these books (with the exception of Leo's Chance) reads completely stand-alone. And each one has enthralled me more than the last. I would absolutely recommend this series, and Archer's Voice particularly.
Thanks to Mia Sheridan for providing me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest review.
Sign of Love series can be read as stand alones.
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I’m Mia Sheridan and this is my blog! I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. Leo is my debut novel, but my head is swimming with more…