Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Amazon, Library
Narrator: Kris Koscheski, Emily Durante
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.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. The first three books in the series need not be read to enjoy this book. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
I have a confession. This is my first Mia Sheridan book. Yep. I blog about romance books and I have never read Archer’s Voice. Why, you ask? I don’t know. Honestly, I have no idea why I never picked it up. It has been on my kindle forever. I grabbed it once when she put it on sale for 99 cents. But, I have been really getting into audiobooks more since my commute to work has increased a bit (and I ran out of podcasts to listen to). I snagged the audiobook from the library and dove in.
So, this book totally had me in tears. Like, from early on. Archer is one of those truly tragic characters. He didn’t just have 1 bad event in his life. His life was a non-stop tragedy. It was impossible to not want to change his life for him. It was impossible to not want to reach into my kindle or stereo and punch some of the people in his life. Yet, with all the tragedy, his story is so real. His emotions-oh my gosh! You totally GET it. You can see exactly why he feels that way and, like Bree, you are dying to help him but you aren’t really sure how.
Bree was a likable characters, but in my opinion, she pales in comparison to Archer. Even though you get very little from his POV compared to hers, he is such a well written character, when he does speak, its powerful. While miscommunication is obviously a concern, I am glad that the miscommunication trope isn’t what Sheridan went for. There are so many internal and external forces at work throughout the story you are never quite sure where the next conflict will come from! Will it be Archer’s insecurities? Travis’s manipulations? Victoria’s sheer hatefulness? Bree’s past? You never know!
This is one of those books that I kept thinking “Oh no, there isn’t much left in the book and this isn’t resolved yet!”. You know, when you panic that there isn’t enough book left for what needs to happen. And then there is something so tragic I was pissed. I thought I had invested all this time and all these tears into a book for THAT! (I’m not telling you what happens, but OMG!). There is a beautiful epilogue that I adored!
I liked the narrators. I will admit that something bothered me about the female narrator but I couldn’t put my finger on it until about 1/4 of the way through the story. She over enunciated some words and it kind of irritated me. I did turn the speed up to 1.25x for this book. The guy who did Archer’s voice was great. Overall, its a very good audio (and I am notoriously picky about audiobooks and have given up on MANY of them because a narrator’s voice didn’t work for me).
Final Note: Archer Hale and I have the same birthday. That means he is MINE. (Thats how it works, right?). Also, I just discovered Mia Sheridan lives in Cincinnati! Stalking your new favorite author is inappropriate right? But she lives in the same town… 😉 If I ever see her anywhere I just might gush and embarrass us both!
- POV: Dual (but mostly Bree)
- Tears: Oh yeah…
- Trope: disability, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: attempted rape is described but not excessively
- Series/Standalone: Standalone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »No « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Thank God, yes! There is an epilogue that gives you 5 years into the future. Archer has taken over the town and is a great business man. Bree runs a catering business. They have twin boys, and she is pregnant with their 3rd child. « Hide Spoiler
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Real by Katy Evans…then you will probably like Archer’s Voice!