Title: Archer’s Voice
Author: Mia Sheradin
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
Review 4.5 Stars
For me it’s all about the story. The physical intimacy shared between two characters is a bonus, but if a good story isn’t there it just doesn’t do it for me. Archer’s Voice was a beautiful story. The beginning takes you into Archer’s world. He shows us a glimpse of what happened to him as a child, but the tragedy that happens to him is what the reader really wants to know. Shifting forward to present time and we follow Bree’s story. A newcomer to a small town, away from a past that continually haunts her on a daily basis. A new life is what she is looking for, hoping that memories and nightmares will subside planting herself far away from her hometown in Ohio.
On her first day she meets Archer. Bumping into him and feeling flustered as her Almond Joys and tampons lay on the ground, she talks to him hoping to decrease the embarrassing moment. Archer picks up said items, but does not talk back. Bree feels an instant connection with him and from that moment forward she is happy whenever she sees him, an emotion she hasn’t felt in awhile. Now I’m not one that really goes for the Love-at-First-Sight kind of story, but this felt different to me.
Archer’s awkward personality is evident from his quiet ways, to his disheveled appearance, and his mistrust of people. He’s a man with many layers and his long beard and hair, along with his rugged clothing keeps people from really seeing the real him.
Bree considers herself lucky that her cottage is so close to Archer’s home. As she passes his house to go to the lake, she stops at the tall locked fence and wonders what it is about Archer that attracts her. He doesn’t seek her attention, but she seeks his.
Then one day, the gate to his house is open and she walks in; and the story really takes off.
I love books like these. I love that the characters are so flawed you ache for them. You can see the characters transform and you feel sympathy during their most vulnerable times. Both are underdogs with the tragedy they have had to live through, but I had such a soft spot for Archer. I’m not sure how believable some readers may find his character. After all, he was alone most of his life without much socialization. Bree was his lifeline and his relationship with her bordered on obsession. That to me I suppose was realistic. Most of his life he was alone, and when he fell in love Bree, he feared the thought of losing her more than anything.
The ending to me seemed a little rushed and could have done with a more suspenseful and climactic conclusion. It felt a bit like a “let’s wrap it up” sort of ending. That was the only disappointing part. The use of how “beautiful” Archer was also a little redundant.
The epilogue did make up for it though, so this should not deter other readers from picking this one up. It was very well written and edited. No obvious hiccups grammatically and the story flowed very well. I’m new to this author’s work, and quite impressed with it. I’ll be keeping a close eye on future and past works. One-click this if you haven’t already. Certainly a 4.5 star rating for Archer and Bree that kept me reading well past my bedtime.
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About the Author (from Barne’s & Noble):
I’m Mia Sheridan. So nice to meet you! :) 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. My published novels include Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger.
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