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 A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. The first three books in the series need not be read to enjoy this book. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Archer’s Voice is Mia Sheridan’s 4th book in her Sign of Love Series. I am a huge Mia fan and seriously loved her other 3 books. I couldn’t wait for Archer’s Voice to come out and highly anticipated this release. She did NOT disappoint that’s for sure. Took me some time to get my thoughts sorted out with this book. I am going to try and NOT give spoilers because I feel like the readers need to be just as surprised as I was when reading and learning about Archer.
I will start by saying that Archer’s Voice is Mia’s best writing to date. She is sincerely poetic. With every sentence, and every thought she magically takes you and whisks you away to a scene. I have such beautiful memories from this book; the descriptions of the town, the characters and the looks on their faces, how they make you feel, the smells surrounding you. The Prologue alone had me hooked. Reading the synopsis and catching some of the teasers on facebook gave me a small insight into how amazing this book played out. Usually when I love a story, I read fast because I can’t get enough. For once, I slowed down and savored every word. One of the most beautiful stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
So let’s talk about Archer’s Voice. I will start with Bree. She is one character that you actually fall in love with. I love how the synopsis describes the town she chooses to settle in; the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine. Poor Bree needs a break from the terrible tragedy she endured in her life back home. Needing a fresh start, she gets in her car with her cute little dog, and drives and settles in Pelion; rents an adorable cottage, gets a job at the local diner and slowly meets some friends. I actually love how she just took the bull by the horns, and moved away and just got a break from it all. Maybe she was running, but she needed the break. Bree deals with horrible flashbacks from the tragedy in her past. It is something that she chooses to deal with on her own; alone. This is why I call her a “fighter”.
All seems to be going okay in her life, until she meets Archer Hale at the grocery store. Everything falls out of her bags, and Archer is there to help. Nice gesture, but awkward. Looking all rugged with his long shaggy hair, beard not well kept, tall and all broad in his chest. And his eyes, whiskey colored eyes…Those eyes… Archer is such a mystery to her. He didn’t even speak to her, just starred and then left. WOW! Again, awkward. She finally meets some friends, Melanie and Liza whom she needed desperately. Oh, and then she meets Travis Hale, who is a cop for the Police Department…and Archer’s cousin. He’s stunning; gorgeous in my eyes and a bit of a player. All the ladies in town want him, or had him. Travis and Archer are not on speaking terms and haven’t for years. (wondering why) But nobody in town speaks to Archer. He stays holed up in his beautiful house on the beach; alone. Always alone. He’s an enigma to the people of Pelion; he’s an enigma to Bree. And with all the strange talk about Archer around town, she’s more intrigued to know his story then anything.
Bree enjoys bike rides with her cute dog Phoebe, so often she rides down toward the beach, and sit and reads, and daydreams. Until one day her dog runs towards Archer’s house and now she’s forced to interact with Archer face to face, again. And now we start the story of Archer and Bree; the most beautiful love story I have ever read. Archer isn’t like most men. He is actually a very complex character; Archer has a serious issue that disables him from communicating with people. Because of this he has been tucked away from civilization; not communicating with anyone in town; no parents; nobody. All alone in his home with his dogs. It’s sad; he’s sad. OMG I love him though.
Makes it very hard when a beautiful woman like Bree is intrigued by you and wants to get to know you better. But Bree being the kind and patient woman that she is, finds a way to communicate with Archer. She’s the only one that can; and does. Everything and anything that is Archer and Bree is beautiful; their first kiss; Archer teaching Bree how to skip rocks; their alone time and conversations are entertaining and make me feel so good about them together. It blew me away how I could fall in love with two people so fast. But their love doesn’t happy fast. Mia does such an amazing job of not rushing one thing in this book. What they share is magnetic and what I would call a bond.
“He was so beautiful. I felt something catch in my chest and knew it was just him, taking my breath away.”
I can’t tell you how many times I stopped and said to myself, “OMG this fucking book is beautiful.” I was sometimes without words and just in my head. I recall when I first started reading Archer’s Voice I thought to myself, “How is Mia going to pull this off, this story is so complex. How will I connect with Archer’s character knowing he has so many issues?”
Easy; it just happens and flows so nicely. Archer is such a intricate character and honestly Mia Sheridan pulled him off. She’s that good at telling her story. Mia seriously nailed this and I can’t imagine how hard this was to write. Mia of course throws in a whole lot of angst leaving me feeling seriously pissed off at times, upset, hurt, confused. I went through a lot of different emotions while reading this. “The Ugly Cry.” HMM…I had to take a break from reading after my “Ugly Cry” and let the tears fall. Oh God I cried and cried. It’s been a while since I had a good, hard, cry. Thanks Mia for that! Swollen eyes the next day by the way. But Archer will do that to you.
One way to describe Archer is handsome and gorgeous and all manly on the outside. But on the inside he’s actually painfully beautiful. He takes my breath away. Archer and his struggles are what hurt the most. But the way he handles Bree; he’s tender and loving and gentle. And in turn, Bree is awestruck by Archer.
“Archer,” I said, taking his hand and bringing it to my heart, which was beating wildly in my chest.
“Do you feel that” I whispered, using my voice since my hands held his against me.
“This is how you affect me. My heart is pounding, because I want you to kiss me so badly that I can barely breathe.”
And Archer…its his beautiful words that made me fall for him. I swear I haven’t been this touched by a character. But together, both Archer and Bree make you feel that tightness in your chest. That feeling that I never want to go away; the love and adoration between two people. Trish, get a grip, they aren’t real!! BUT it so felt real!! It really did!!!
“You’re my everything, Bree. I leaned up and looked at his face in the semi-darkness. How was it that he looked happy and sad at the same time?
“You’re mine too, Archer” I said. “Everything.” “And now,” I said sleepily, drifting toward sleep, “when a thunderstorm comes, I’ll think of you, not anything other than you.”
So let’s try and sum of Archer’s Voice. That’s a hard one. One word comes to mind. Memorable.
I will forever keep Archer’s Voice in my heart. This book is such a wonderful collection of words on a page that touch your heart and your soul. Mia has my 5 stars and then some.
About Mia Sheridan
I’m Mia Sheridan! I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. Leo is my debut novel, but my head is swimming with more…