I enjoy love stories that feature a hero who has an obstacle to overcome. Andrew Grey’s Senses series tackles one disability after another in each of its installments. In this case, one of our heroes is deaf. This is the fifth book in the series, but even as a new reader, I never felt lost.
As the story begins, Garrett is down to his last $20 and he coasts into a small town on an empty tank of gas. He is at the end of his rope, with no idea where his next meal is coming from, but luck has him turning into a Christmas tree farm run by a family that will change his life. Even though he can speak, lip read, and sign, Garrett is largely cut off from the world. Too many people equate deafness with stupidity. But he is shocked and surprised when the farm owner not only can sign, but wants to give him the job he so desperately needs.
Connor and his partner Dan are raising three special needs children, one of whom is deaf. They instantly welcome Garrett into their lives, and by extension, into the life of their live-in helper, Wilson. Garrett is drawn to Wilson right away, but the older Brit struggles to accept the attraction. Not because of Garrett’s deafness, but because of his own issues. Eventually, though, they both give into temptation and allow themselves the hope that they have finally found the kind of love they only dreamed possible.
This is a pretty gentle romance. There is a fair amount of vulnerability and lots of tender feelings. There is sex, but the romance is really all about these two men finding someone who can love them as they are. For me, it all skated the line of too-good-to-be-true. Connor takes Garrett into his home as a complete stranger. He and Dan populate their home with unwanted children. Everyone accepts everyone. They even visit a field of tulips. It’s very, very sweet.
The internal conflict is minimal, just the characters’ own self doubt. Primarily, the external conflict brings the drama, as Wilson’s shady brother brings his lone-shark troubles to their doorstep. That thread was predictable, but ok, moving the story along, helping everyone get to where they needed to be emotionally.
Overall, I liked the story fairly well, but I guess my biggest complaint is that it didn’t feel real. Maybe there are people in this world like Connor and Dan and their makeshift family, but for me, it just didn’t ring true. If you are looking for a sweet romance with a happy ending for everyone, this might be right for you.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Love Comes Unheard
by Andrew Grey
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press