Monday, May 23, 2016

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

Title: Loud and Clear
Author: Aidan Wayne
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Jaxon and Caleb
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Riptide
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview:
Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.

When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn't think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.

If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about

My Review:
This was a totally new author to me, but I'm happy that I took the risk, because this was a really enjoyable and highly creative book. The most difficult thing about this book is that both of these men have challenges which makes it really difficult to communicate. 

The story starts with Jaxon. He's a cab driver and has a regular on Tuesday nights who never ever talks. Eventually the man does start leaving Jaxon little notes on his credit card receipts, but Jaxon is severely dyslexic so reading is virtually impossible for him. 

Caleb is a highly successful businessman, but with his severe stutter he's had to work hard to overcome obstacles. He's learned coping mechanisms... a lot of which require him writing things down when speech becomes impossible. Something that doesn't work when he's trying to communicate with Jaxon. 

I loved the way this story slowly developed and the impetus scene which really made the two guys connect. I love how Jaxon knew Caleb needed something (no spoilers). The other thing that really makes this story work is that while both men have challenges, the differences in their upbringing has meant that they've taken on those challenges very differently. Caleb has overcome. Jaxon has let his tear down his self-esteem. But both men have their self-doubts and they are both incredible at easing the other's. They recognize when the other is having problems just because of what they've each been through. While it seems like there is no way their relationship can work, they are actually the perfect complement for one another. They understand and that empathy is huge for their individual situations. 

I enjoyed the story. It's a quick and easy read and it made it happier for having read it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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