I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Without Words by Delancey Stewart
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 22nd 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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Sometimes love speaks for itself…
After an accident in the line of duty, firefighter Roberto DeRosa’s life is turned upside down. His career fighting fires is over, and he’s left with an uncertain future and an injury that makes communicating difficult for him. The only time words flow easily is when they’re lyrics and he has a guitar in his hands. Talking to women is definitely out, especially if they have bright blue eyes that seem to see right into his soul.
Dani Hodge is on the brink of realizing her dream of opening a small combination wine and book store in San Diego’s funky Ocean Beach neighborhood. But before she can open the doors, there’s work to be done, more work than she can do herself.
When the tattooed guy who completely ignored her at a bar walks by and offers her a hand wrangling a tile saw, Dani can’t afford to say no—and why would she say no to Mr. Strong and Silent when his stare conveys more than words could?
Author Delancey Stewart finds just the right words in her new release, Without Words, to convey hero Rob DeRosa’s frustration and internal struggle as he attempts to regain control of his life after a devastating accident. Rob defied his family’s expectations in order to forge his own life as a firefighter. Unfortunately, a career-ending injury has now left him adrift. After painful rehabilitation Rob is now able to walk but the brain injury he suffered continues to effect his speech and emotional processing. Once throughly independent-minded, Rob must contend with family and friends trying to reshape his life as they feel is best for him.
One of the few times words flow easily for Rob is when he’s behind his guitar singing in his friend’s crowded bar. The words come from rote memory and, oddly, the noisy bar helps him focus. After a couple fateful encounters with the beautiful and vivacious Dani Hodge, discovers new escapes that aid in quieting his mind – helping Dani build her dream bookshop and being in Dani’s buoyant presence. Kissing Dani helps too 😉
After a broken heart and a chaotic childhood, Dani is ready to charge full-steam ahead into realizing her goal of opening a wine and book store (yes, please!). Despite her positive outlook and bubbly personality, Dani has become a sceptic in matters of the heart. After several stops and starts, Dani gives in to her sizzling attraction with Rob – only to regret the decision almost immediately. Rather than allowing herself the joy of falling in love, she instead obsessively fears the crash when it, in her mind, inevitably ends.
Without Words really shines when Dani and Rob are together, fitting together like missing puzzle pieces. Dani’s fears created drama that eventually helped the characters grow, but her behavior did illicit several sighs and eyeballs from this reader. Author Delancey Stewart crafts a beautiful wounded hero in Rob DeRosa, offering insight into his struggles and recovery.
Without Words by Delancey Stewart Sneak Peek
Here’s what was strange about finding this girl again—not only had I recognized her instantly from fifteen feet away and from behind, but she was the first person I’d actually forced myself to stay and try to talk with in almost a year.
I’d said hello to people, spoken to strangers when I absolutely had to. But since I’d quit working with the therapists they’d assigned me after rehab, I hadn’t made myself communicate regularly. I’d decided I didn’t need to. Didn’t want to. I’d had enough of people staring at me and singling me out as different in high school. Forcing myself to interact with strangers in the name of therapy just felt like marching my issues out for judgment. And I wasn’t up for that. But here was this girl—Dani. Again. I didn’t expect to ever see her again after that night at the club, so it felt like maybe fate was throwing me a second chance.
And I didn’t think too hard for once. I took it.