“Only you. Only ever you.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!
Archer’s Voice was one of the most heartwarming and uniquely beautiful stories I have ever read. Mia Sheridan’s ability to convey strong emotions and vivid imagery through her writing is absolutely captivating. This was a gorgeous tale of survival and the healing power of love. I strongly encourage everyone to read it!! Without a doubt, it is now one of my top favorite books!
Before anything, I just want to mention though is that this is a standalone novel. Yes, it is a part of the Sign of Love series, but that is a series of standalone novels — each main story is separate from the others. You do not have to read any other book before this and it has a complete resolved ending that beautifully wraps up this entire story.
I really thought that this book’s blurb did a perfect job of describing the story without giving too much away. I’ve thought long and hard over how much I should tell you of the story and decided to just post the blurb here instead of saying anything about it because I really feel like this is one of those stories where the less you know up front, the more you’ll love it as you read:
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.
This is one of those stories that really grabbed my heart from the first word. I was barely 2% into the book before I had tears in my eyes. I was already completely invested in the story. I truly think that that’s a sign of great writing because I mean, I didn’t even know these characters yet but I already cared so much!! My heart was breaking for them and I desperately wanted to know more.
We were told the story mostly from Bree’s POV but with a few flashback scenes from Archer’s childhood. This was perfect really because it allowed us to follow her story while still connecting emotionally to Archer. And then later on, we also a few present day scenes here and there from his perspective as well.
The story unfolded beautifully in layers. With every little bit I learned about Archer, my heart broke more and more. The pacing was wonderful — there was no insta-love, and nothing was rushed, but I still felt that sizzling connection between them right from their first encounter. My heart was literally just bursting as I watched them get to know each other.
It was absolutely beautiful to watch their connection build. They became friends first but you knew there was so much more between them. I was completely drawn into their story. Their interactions were perfectly detailed — every glance, every gesture, every little exchange between them captivated me just a little bit more.
Archer Hale stole my heart. I really mean it. He’s now definitely one of my top favorite book boyfriends. Mysterious, misunderstood, sweet, silent, beautiful, broken, shy, powerful, protective…. I can go on and on but this man just had the biggest heart you can imaging and every single time he grinned, my heart melted.
Bree Prescott was such a wonderful heroine. She was just genuinely a good person — kind hearted, caring, and sweet. I was never annoyed with her and I loved her for what she did for Archer and for the way she say right into the real him.
Their chemistry was scorching. This is genuinely an Adult romance and once things got going between them, holyyyyy hell was it ever H.O.T. Even just their first kiss had me swooning. Totally butterflies-in-my-stomach moment.
“He… broke his lips from mine to look down questioningly into my face, to see if I was okay with what he was doing. His gentleness and his concern with what I desired made my heart squeeze tightly, and I smiled a small smile. “Yes,” I breathed out. “Yes.”
Archer Hale was not your typical hero but he made my heart melt like few others ever have.
“His eyes told me everything… We communicated a thousand words, without a single one being spoken.”
This book took me through every possible emotion. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. The story was slow building but perfectly paced for this story — taking the time to fully develop Archer and Bree’s connection to each other, and the reader’s connection to them. It felt real and I experienced every moment right alongside them.
It was so wonderful to see Archer’s trust build as their love grew. Every little act meant SO much and my heart literally ached with love for him.
“I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how. Teach me, Bree. Please teach me. Don’t let me destroy this.” He looked at me beseechingly, pain etched into every feature of his face.
Oh God, Archer, I thought, my heart squeezing tightly in my chest. How do you teach a man who has lost everything, not to fear it happening again?
The thing I appreciated most about this book was that there was no unnecessary drama. I understood and respected both Archer and Bree’s decisions. I loved them together, but also individually.
As the book built towards the ending, things got more intense and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough but I finished it with happy tears in my eyes and literally just sat there for several minutes smiling and just feeling everything. It was a beautiful, emotional, and entirely unique story — so different from anything else I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend it highly enough!!
Also — can this please get made into a movie???? Seriously – I can picture every scene in my head. It would be absolutely incredible!!
“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.”
Rating: 5 STARS!!! Read this book, guys!!
Stacy (StacyHgg) says
I’m almost done this one and it is PHENOMENAL!!! I have loved EVERY SECOND OF IT! It is definitely an emotional read that will leave you with a hangover. Mia Sheridan is extremely talented ❤
Aestas Cross says
Thank you so much!!! And I agree – it really is a phenomenal read 😀
Joselyn Perry says
I just finished after marathon reading all day in between day to day stuff, lol and WOW, just wow! I am speechless it was THAT good. My emotions are running pretty high at the moment and I honestly feel like I could have a total cryfest right now as I am coming down off of this bookl! Mia Sheridan is truly BRILLIANT! This book hit on so many emotional levels you cannot describe them unless you read this story! I LOVE all of her books but this one just may be my FAVORITE! God, this was so freaking good, LOL:) Your review was spot on perfect:) You’re the best and I besides Goodreads and Amazon, YOU are my go-to for reviews, opinions, etc…. Keep up the great work, I truly appreciate your insight on many books….
Aestas Cross says
Wow – thank you!! I’m SO glad you loved it!! I’ve loved all her books too but I also feel like this one was my favorite 🙂
Yay!!! This books looks like it will leave me speechless!! And thank you for including the POV 😉
Aestas Cross says
You’re welcome 😉 It’s an amazing book! Happy reading!
Susanne Oreszko says
So I saved the last 10% for this morning and just finished. I’m just speechless. Your review says everything that I can’t put into words. This too has to be one of my favorite books ever. I’m just staring at my kindle…not really ready to leave this story <3
Aestas Cross says
I did the same thing!! I haven’t even started another book yet – I’m too hungover from this one still.
Chez Echeverri says
I read this in one sitting because it was so good I didn’t want to go to bed without finishing it. It has also become one of my favorite books of all time.
Aestas Cross says
It’s really an impossible book to put down! Really glad to hear you loved it!!
Karen Cifuentes says
OMG! The books you recommend really hit the emotional spot. Haven’t cried reading a book for a while but with this I have to stop to breathe and assimilate all that happenend in a few pages before finish it. Thanks for this review!
Aestas Cross says
You’re welcome!!! I love books like this. The emotional ones have a really special place in my heart so I get so excited when a new one comes out that is as well written as this 😀
Hey aestas this book is gonna be my next read after allure cuz i just finished Aroused by Nina lane & i absolutely FREAKIN looved it!! THANKS to your recommendation.It was real & raw & just Perfection so I”m going to dive in to allure right now. Also I think i mentioned before but i really hope u buump up Promise me darkness cuz it is one of my favorite books & i would love to read your review for it.Good or bad cuz your reviews are AWESOME!!!!!
Aestas Cross says
oooooh YAY! I hope you love it!!
I also adored the Spiral of Bliss series – be sure to read the final book, Awaken, too because it is AMAZING!!
I have Promise Me Darkness on my TBR too 🙂
Gloria Herrera says
I need to read this book. It sounds awesome!
Loraine Oliver says
This book sounds awesome and the review was great!!!
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Lindsey Dufraimont says
One of my favorite reads of the year! I didn’t want it to end. Great review, as always. ♥
Yes Yes & YES! Thank you for this recommendation! I dont know why it took me so long to pick it up, but this is a GREAT story! Loved every part of it!
I’m really excited to get my hands on this books. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and I can’t believe I am only just now hearing about it.
Spot on review! And your casting, too. You can totally see that guy turning around from the pose the cover model has. This book was fantastic. I got a book buddy to read it right after I did and it was fun to see her reactions. =)
I’ve had this on my tbr list for a while. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. I LOVED it!
Wow, I just couldn’t put it down.
*sigh* I keep thinking about this book. So good!
Aestas I read this book and I have no words to describe my emotions during reading !!! I loved this story!!! Thank you for your recomendations!
Rhealene Seraspe says
I super duper agree… super love the book…. cant stop reading it till the end… and still gonna read it!
Jamie Ann says
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mia Sheridan is one of my favorite authors!!
Absolutely loved this book!
Esther Gerdzen says
Really loved this book 🙂
Lisa High says
This is my favorite read of 2015. It tore my heart out at the same time I loved every second of it.
Bella Smith says
Because of this blog I was introduced to this series. Especially this book! Thank you for the recommendation!
Amanda Worden says
This was one of my favorite reads in 2015. Great review!
This book is in my cart but i would really like to now if they end up together in the end ?