Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne
Genre: LGBTQIA, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2016
ARC provided by Netgalley and Riptide Publishing
Angie’s Review – 3.5 Stars – B
Short review for a short story – upon reading its synopsis, I knew Loud and Clear was right up my alley. For some reason I’m drawn to books that feature characters who have disabilities. The fact that both characters had impediments made me think this might be a lot of plot for a small word count, and the story confirmed it. While I enjoyed this story very much, I would have loved a full length novel about Caleb and Jaxon. There were a lot of things that could have been more fully explored. For example, the fact that Caleb was able to communicate with little to no stutter when he was in his business ‘buttoned up’ persona. How did he come to this realization? And how did he end up getting so blitzed he was in a position to be taken advantage of by a complete stranger? And for Jaxon – we’re told that in his past, he was quick with his fists and didn’t think things through. It’s obvious from the start of the book he’s done a 180 from that man. What changed in him? And we know he was raised in a household where his parents were ashamed of him for being dyslexic and praised his intelligent, high achieving sister. How is it she’s the exact opposite of her parents, supportive and even championing him.
So many questions that could have been answered and delved into if we’d had a full length novel. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more from this author. Jaxon and Caleb were both interesting characters, and I liked the fact they were both gentle, mild-mannered men. I loved how quickly Caleb was able to see the intelligence and ingenuity in Jaxon that Jaxon himself wasn’t able to see. Both won me over instantly. If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read that doesn’t delve too deep into character’s issues, I think you’ll enjoy Loud and Clear.
Thank you to RIPTIDE PUBLISHING and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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