Omg. I found a new adult book that I actually liked. This book is what I imagined the genre to be when a friend told me about it. Not that whiny post-YA drivel I keep ending up buying.
In Archer’s Voice, Bree runs away from a rough past and a best friend that wants to be more than friends. She ends up near the tiny town she vacationed in as a child. Ala Nicholas Sparks, she immediately finds a prefect little cottage, a nice neighbor, and ajob as a –wait, guess!–
Did you guess yet?
Whoever said ‘waitress’ wins!
She endears herself to the town immediately, because of course she can. While out tampon shopping, she drops her tampons in front of the town wackadoo, Archer. Archer is mute, and emotionally damaged in addition to his physical damage.
Bree plows her way into his life and they fall in love and blah blah blah. If you’ve read one romance novel, you’ve kind of read them all.
What makes this in stand out (a few inches at least), is Sheridan’s writing. There are a few things I didn’t like. The book is written in first person, so the sex scenes are kind of purple-prosey. I’ve never referred to my vagina as a “wetness” or to my clit as a “bundle of nerves.” Everything else in the book was written clearly, realistically, and relatably, except the sex scenes.
Beyond that, the book is actually pretty good. It’s a strong story, with realistic characters. The writing is strong. The dialogue flounders in a couple of places, but it’s nothing a reader can’t ignore.
I had a minor quibble with Archer. He’s been literally shut up in an isolated house for over a decade. His formative years were guided by a crazy shell-shocked veteran. In reality, this dude would be f*cked up. Emotionally, developmentally. He wouldn’t be able to function in a normal relationship. There was nothing in his environment to teach him social skills required to relate to a normal person on any level. Even a television would have helped somewhat. The man had literally no comparison to what was normal, and what wasn’t. While I understand a hero like that would make a really crappy character, it would have been good to see more of a struggle in integrating–one that a few months running away and working in manual labor could heal. Intensive therapy, even medication.