Book Reviews

Heart Unheard (Hearts Entwined 2) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-November-2017

Book Blurb

The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.

 

Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.

 

Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.

 

Book Review

Workplace romances are usually not a good idea, but when the attraction is strong enough that it lasts for two years – well, sometimes an exception has to be made. But Scott and Brent have barely started even acknowledging their attraction, when a horrific accident causes Scott to lose his hearing. Scott withdraws, but Brent only grows more determined to see where their attraction can lead. What follows is a turbulent mess, what with the conflicted men trying to get their bearings, a very touching romance between them, and the slowly emerging fact around the real reasons for the “accident” that was anything but chance misfortune. I am not sure what I liked most about this novel. It’s probably the combination of everything... especially the deeply emotional love story that unfolds once Scott and Brent admit their true feelings.

Brent manages a garage that is owned, as I discovered to my delight, by Trevor – one of the main characters from book one. The attraction to Scott that Brent feels grows stronger by the day, and after two years of barely flirting, Brent is ready for more. But he is ten years older than Scott, and he is his boss… and despite the green light he received from Trevor, as long as they keep it professional at work, Brent still hesitates. Then it is almost too late, and Brent finally gets his act together only to discover a whole set of issues that threaten their relationship.

Scott is as attracted to Brent as Brent is to him – but Scott has given up hope anything will ever happen between them. Brent just seems to be too hesitant to do anything that might be taken the wrong way. But when Scott wakes up after the accident and can’t hear anything, his whole life changes. There is a lot he needs to get used to and learn how to do now that he is deaf, but the one good change that comes from it is that Brent admits his interest, not that Scott finds it easy to accept. He has enough issues, after all.

It was interesting to watch Scott and Brent get to know each other as something more than colleagues. The added difficulty of Scott being deaf means the process is more of a challenge, or maybe just different, but both men adapted with relatively little difficulty. Scott’s mother turns a little protective, but his father is supportive, as are all his friends. Scott dealing with the constant silence he now faces was a large hurdle, and though I can’t really imagine what that is like, the descriptions helped me understand what he faced.

If you like stories about men facing unexpected issues and major changes in their lives, if you think that challenges can make a relationship stronger, and if you’re looking for a read with great characters, supportive families and friends, challenging emotions and some suspenseful subterfuge to overcome, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. It’s emotional, suspenseful, romantic, and has a perfect ending. Sigh!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/60805 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-November-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-unheard-by-andrew-grey-9023-b