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REVIEW: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Dear Ms. Sheridan:

When I came upon your book, I had spent several weeks reading dark books with quite a few anti heroes and your sweet, tender romance was quite refreshing. I had no idea what I was in for when I started the book as I hadn’t read you before.

Archer's Voice mia sheridanBree Prescott suffered an unknown trauma, got in her car and just drove. She ended up in a small town in Maine where she rents a cabin and hopes to heal.  In Pelion, Maine, Bree encounters the Hale boys. Archer Hale is a loner who lives on his land and rarely comes to town. His cousin, Travis, is the opposite. He is gregarious and flirtatious but it is Archer to whom Bree is drawn.

Most of the story is told from Bree’s first person point of view although there are a few scenes from Archer’s. Archer is  mute from an incident that happened back when he was seven years old. Shy, uncommunicative, and possibly a bit agoraphobic, Archer doesn’t really know what to make of Bree who keeps stopping by his property but he looks forward to every visit.

For Bree, there’s something that intrigues her about Archer. The fact that he can’t speak doesn’t bother her at all because, as we are told early on, she is “intimately acquainted with that disability.” I don’t want to give it away (although it does appear fairly early in the text) but someone close to Bree was deaf and because of that she knows how to sign. Her ability to sign and perhaps her familiarity with deaf people makes the connection with Archer easier. Others view him as strange and  even a little dumb.

Because Archer is inexperienced with women and because he has an intense desire to please Bree, he is easily manipulated by his cousin which causes drama between Bree and Archer but for the most part, most of the conflict is external.

Much of the time is spent with Bree and Archer getting to know each other, both emotionally and then physically. Archer’s had very little experience with the opposite sex and for those who enjoy the virgin hero trope, Archer’s lusty and sweet awakening to intercourse is well done.

The conflict is primarily driven by the other Hales, specifically Travis the cousin and his mother. Archer tells Bree that he is mute because he was shot by his uncle when he was seven. The story opens with a seven year old Archer listening to his Uncle Connor beg his mother Lys to run away. As the tale unfurls, you learn of a complicated soap operatic relationship between the Hale brothers and Archer’s mother. And there’s some suggestion that drama is attempting to repeat itself between Bree, Archer and Travis only Bree’s affections clearly lie with Archer.

What drags the grade of the book down for me was the transformation of Archer from a bearded loner to the character he becomes at the end. It was too fantastical for me and not in keeping with the rest of the story. The ending drama was overstated as well.

Both characters are in their twenties, but the tone of the story does read a bit young despite the explicit love scenes. However, reading about a tender, sweet, inexperienced hero after several dozen alpha males, this felt like a breath of fresh air.  B-

Best regards,



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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jewel Court
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:24:11

    Sold! I’m so tired of the standard alpha hole “hero”. I’ll read anything if the reviews mention the hero isn’t a jerk.

  2. Kate Sherwood
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:45:16

    I’m with Jewel! Non-alphahole=instant purchase.

    I’m only hesitating because I’m afraid that the “transformation of Archer from a bearded loner to the character he becomes at the end” may actually be a transformation INTO an alphahole…

  3. pamelia
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:47:17

    I have to agree with your grade, Jane, although for slightly different reasons. I found the villains of this just too beyond reality. It felt to me like if there had been a moustache, it would have been twirling. Plus I saw the plot twist from a mile away. I didn’t find his transformation realistic either. I dud appreciate the tone and the writing and I did enjoy reading it, but I wouldn’t be up for a re-read. Sometimes I wonder when I read new adult books if I’m just too old for them? I’ve been meh about other NA faves like On Dublin Street, Real, and Tears of Tess.

  4. Jane
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:47:23

    @Kate Sherwood: It’s not. It’s more prince charming absent the horse.

  5. FullofGrace
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:47:42

    Archer is mute, not deaf. I’ve also read all of the other books in the sign’s of love series and enjoyed them quite a bit, even if the too neat ending seems to be a constant problem.

  6. Jane
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 11:56:00

    @FullofGrace: Oh yes you are right. I need to change that. It’s someone else in her life who was deaf.

  7. Ridley
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 14:53:42

    Does he start speaking by the end of the book?

  8. FullofGrace
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 15:03:44

    @Ridley: No, he doesn’t.

  9. Andrea
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 15:47:58

    Lovely review, Jane. I can’t wait to read this

  10. Jo
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 19:46:23

    Really, really enjoyed Archer’s Voice (A- in my book). Agree Jane, nice departure from the uber-macho alpha or MC hero’s.

  11. Ridley
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 20:12:33

    @FullofGrace: Thanks. Maybe I’ll try it, then.

  12. Kaetrin
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 01:09:19

    I’ll be picking this one up for sure. I love the description of the hero.

  13. Kimberly James
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 09:44:17

    Gonna have to give this one a go. Non-alphahole. I’m up for that.

  14. Megan Simpson
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 11:12:58

    Everyone is talking about this book. It would seem I need to hop on the bandwagon. :)

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