5 HUGE STARS FOR ARCHER & BREE!
Granskad i Storbritannien den 5 mars 2014
Oh wow. Thank you to everybody who insisted, over and over, that I read this beautiful book!
5 HUGE STARS FOR ARCHER & BREE!
'You brought the silence,
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.'
Archer Hale is a mute. He is a recluse, a hermit, an odd-ball. The people of Pelion mostly ignore him, sometimes they whisper and he just keeps his head down and avoids the world outside of his home grounds as much as possible. But his back-story is a tragic one and his scars, internally and externally are raw and painful.
Bree Prescott is running away from her home, her memories, her loss. When she finds herself in the small, peaceful town of Pelion, she can’t help but be intrigued by the strange, unkempt silent man that is shrouded in mystery.
'I had never actually seen an eight-pack, but there it was, right in front of me. I guessed that even slightly strange, silent hermits weren’t exempt from exceptional physiques. Good for him.'
This story is absolutely stunning. I loved every second of it.
For those of you who, like me, haven’t read the rest of the 'Sign of Love' series, don’t let that deter you. This is a stand-alone novel and you absolutely do not need to read the other books first. However, having read this, I do definitely want to read more of Mia Sheridan’s work!
So many people have sent me the name of this book, recommending I read it, and I totally get why. It’s emotive, thought-provoking, beautiful, sweet, humorous, well written… just everything that a contemporary romance should be. I have a million and one quotes from this book that I want to share.
Bree is a brilliant protagonist. We learn very early on that she is running from some kind of trauma, and her home town of Ohio. But she is still brave and independent and trying to build a life for herself.
I loved that she was so great with Archer. She is curious and kind, yet persistent when he is really quite rude, initially. She isn’t deterred or offended, it just makes her curiouser. Bree is the kind of female lead I would want to be friends with. She is gentle and loyal, she isn’t dramatic or high-maintenance. She is just really nice and unassuming.
'I don’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway.'
I loved her interactions with Archer, the way they communicate through sign language, the fact that despite Archer’s lack of voice, they still manage to develop their own little inside jokes, quips and idiosyncrasies.
‘What’s on your happy list?’
Archer. Oh, goodness. Where do I start?? Archer is a complex, deep, intelligent, character. I absolutely adored Archer Hale. Everything about him. There was nothing I would have changed about him. He fascinated me. I wanted to find out his story. And then as things began to unfold, I completely fell in love with him.
'I couldn’t have known that Archer Hale existed somewhere in this crazy world, and that he had been made just for me.
And in that moment, I knew. I was falling in love with the beautiful, silent man staring down at me. If I hadn’t already fallen.'
Things we take for granted were totally new and a huge deal for Archer, and I loved witnessing him discovering the real world.
I’m here for you.'
Archer has had barely any contact with other people since he was a child, and so, obviously is very ‘inexperienced’. *wink-wink-nudge-nudge* And as things begin to develop between Archer and Bree my heart just melted entirely. He is so cute, and endearing beyond measure. I can’t even explain to you just how delightful some of the scenes in this book are, as Archer begins to learn how to be a man. I was grinning like a fool. Honestly, I just wanted to scoop him up and keep him in my pocket. He is a fantastic mix of masculine virility and intense vulnerability and naivety. Did I mention I loved him??? *hand heart*
'I felt him smile against my skin, but he didn’t raise his head and he didn’t attempt to move, his body laying half on me, and half on the bed so I wasn’t being crushed.
“Hey,” I said softly, “you alive there?”
I felt another slow grin against my neck and then he shook his head, no.
I laughed softly and his head came up, a sweet smile on his face.'
I absolutely adored this scene. ^^^
Bree is patient and sensitive as she teaches and guides him, and Archer is most certainly a fast learner. But the innocence of him is just deliriously charming.
'I’m in love with you to. I am so desperately in love with you. Is it enough, Bree?'
The sexual chemistry between these two will burn you right up! There are a couple of scenes that are just so sensual I thought I was going to have to put my Kindle down for a moment to compose myself. I think it’s because Archer is on such a journey of self-discover, or Bree-discovery, in some cases, lol. But something about the interactions between these two is just beyond sexy.
'He smiled back and put his lips against mine, mouthing, “I love you, too,” against my mouth, as if he was breathing love into my body.'
You can really feel the connection between Bree and Archer. I love books where you can just feel the palpable love between your two pain characters within every single word on the page. I love it when you can believe in that love and invest your heart and your mind in their story. That is definitely what you get with Archer’s Voice.
'I knew I loved her – fiercely and with every part of my heart, even the broken parts, even the parts that felt unworthy and without value. And maybe those parts most of all.'
As the story progresses, the author gradually drip feeds us small snippets of information from both Bree’s past and Archer’s. The book is well paced, the characters are well developed, the surrounding cast all play their parts and everything just comes together perfectly. The plot is unique, engaging and superbly executed. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a story of reaching out, stepping outside of your comfort zone, running away from one thing and finding something beautiful in the process. Of understanding, of listening, of speaking the language of the heart.
“God, that’s sexy,” Melanie said. “It’s like you two are talking dirty right out in the open.”
Archer smiled over at her and I laughed. I shook my head. “Maybe you two should learn sign so you can join us.” I grinned.'
So, before I wrap this up, I just thought I’d reiterate, incase you didn’t catch it before…I LOVE Archer Hale. I love him to my bones. I love everything about him. I love that he is unsure, yet brave. I love that he is clueless, yet extremely intelligent. I love that he is terrified, yet strong. I love that he doesn’t know how to love, yet he loves Bree more than life itself. He is a walking dichotomy of the most delicious, irresistible kind and I highly recommend that you read this unforgettable book!
“It’s like, the second I saw him, my life started.”
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‘Archer’s Voice’ Statistics
• Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥
• Ending: Happy ending
• Length: 337 pages
• POV: Mostly Bree’s POV. Some chapters from Archer’s POV.
• Narrative: First person. Past tense.
• Series: Yes
• Reading Order:
- Book #1 - Leo (A Sign of Love, #1)
- Book #2 - Leo’s Chance
- Book #3 - Stinger (A Sign of Love, #3)
- Book #4 - Archer’s Voice
• Can this be read as a standalone? Yes
• Writing: Brilliant
Review by Smitten's Book Blog