Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: April 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I thought I'd live in silence forever . . . and then I met him.
I'll never be able to hear, but music has always been a source of comfort for me. Rather than listen to the rhythm, I can actually feel the beat pulsing through me. It's pure bliss. So the moment I saw Thorin playing his guitar, I was mesmerized. I'd never seen anything more beautiful . . . or intimate. I couldn't tell where his body ended and the song began. He's everything I need in my life . . . I'm falling fast, hard, and deep.
I want him more than anything. But while I live in silence, Thor lives in secrets. He's holding something back-something that's keeping this intensity, this longing from being real. And the silence may be too loud to bear . . .
Harper King is deaf but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying music. Her friend takes her out one night to see a band that she’s crushing on and Harper ends up connecting with the guitarist of the band, Thor. Thor is enamored of Harper as she is with him. They end up going out and despite the difficulties in communicating they manage just fine.
Harper is in school and doing her pharmacy clinical rotation at a children’s hospital and doing really well. She lives with a friend and far away from her parents. She loves her parents but they try to coddle her because of her deafness. Despite their coddling, they never learned sign language which she hates. She believes that if they loved her enough they would have made every effort to learn to communicate with her in her language. When Thor states his desire to learn sign language, Harper is beyond thrilled. She tells him that she’ll teach him ASL if he’ll teach her how to play the guitar.
Thor has had a hard life. His father, who used to be a good dad became an abuser. His favorite punching bag is Thor’s mother but Thor finally got his mother away from his dad. He fears, however, that he’ll become just like his dad and this has kept him from any long-term relationships. Despite his fears he can’t seem to keep himself away from Harper. He wants it all but his fears may tear them apart.
Live Out Loud was a sweet romance. The relationship between Thor and Harper was so lovely and one that I really enjoyed reading.
Thor’s issues with his dad are many – completely justifiable. He wants to take care of his mother and keep her far away from his father. It’s obvious to the reader that Thor’s fear of becoming his father is ridiculous as he’s such a kind and generous person, but he has to get that through his head before he can completely commit to Harper. I loved that he finally managed to realize the truth and got his HEA with Harper.
While I really liked this book I have to say that it did lag at times. I understood Thor’s problem but I had a hard time with how he kept things from Harper. It made the book a bit frustrating at times, I must say. Overall, however, the book was really good and one I definitely recommend.
Rating: 4 out of 5