23 June 2016

Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown

Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Romance.
Publication: June 14th 2016 by Avon Impulse.
Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.

All my life I've tried to be like you. I've failed.

So I keep it hidden.

But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.

He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.

He's unlike anyone I've ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.

And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.

Reed makes me feel things I've never felt. It's exciting...and terrifying.

Because he sees me like no one else has, and I'm afraid of what he'll find if he looks too closely.

The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This book was so sad and also so so sweet. I am a sucker for stories with people who have challenges to overcome and they always end up more whole than this ordinary reader is. The story is well written and beautiful to say the least. Give it a try!

I loved Reed. He was a good guy who cared about people. He had his own demons to fight as well. He is deaf. His adoptive father is dead and his adoptive mother loves Reed and together they taught him how to be a good person. His parents taught him to love and when they adopted him he was 3 years old with no language skills so they all learned ASL. Now Reed is in school and teaches in an elementary school for the deaf/hard of hearing. There is a tight knit group of friends with all varying degrees of hearing loss.

Carli is in college. She feels damaged and not good enough thanks to her father who belittles her. Her mom is distant. Carli is hard of hearing and has hearing aids. She has hidden them all her life. Careful not to show others what she feels is a handicap that is not acceptable. When she goes to a class with a professor with a mustache and thick accent in a Linguistics class, Carli is lost. She can’t understand and can’t read his lips to help. Then in class her battery goes out. The guy in class, Reed, has interpreters and notices Carli’s dilemma and even though he doesn’t have hearing aids, he has batteries for them. He teaches so he always carries extra batteries on him. He introduces her to his world. Carli learns other ways to understand in class and the two become something more than friends.

Their relationship is tested by the demons they both have. The demons have nothing to do with their hearing loss. Carli feels like she is worthless and should be on her own. Reed wants to help Carli but he also has a few things he needs to overcome as well. Their struggles are believable and I love how they work things out.

Carli suffers from daily headaches. My husband has the same kind of headaches that Carli suffers from. I didn’t see that coming in the book. The twist at the end threw me for a loop! It was very clever and very emotional. I love how Reed steps up to the plate for her. I did have some concerns at a certain spot in the hospital that didn’t make sense to me and I can’t say it without it being a major spoiler.

If you like a well written and beautiful story, twists and turns, overcoming obstacles in life, learning to adapt , adoption stories, family issues, second chances, and finding a beautiful lasting love than this is it!

Guest Post: Laura Brown on writing Signs of Attraction

Writing SIGNS OF ATTRACTION has been a labor of love for me. I began this journey wanting to put hearing loss front and center on the page, more specifically, my own story.

When I began college I was uncomfortable with my ears. That all changed when I took my first ASL class and began learning about the Deaf World. I found a long lost home in the process, a culture, an identity.

I wanted to do the same for Carli.

Carli begins SIGNS OF ATTRACTION much like I began college: uncomfortable with her ears. She meets Reed, who is Deaf, and he introduces her to the Deaf World. They hijacked the plot from there, much more interested in getting to know each other than focusing on their ears.

But the set up was in place. This story allowed me to educate others on hearing loss and to utilize my own voice. I wasn’t writing about something I had researched, I was writing about my life experiences.

I didn’t know if others would want to read this story about hearing loss. But from the first time I shared, I received such wonderful feedback. People wanted to read this book, wanted to meet my characters. As a writer we love it when others love our work. But this has always been so much more to me. It’s affection for a part of my soul. It’s also acceptance in its purest form.

Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

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