TITLE: Heart Unheard
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Hearts Entwined
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.
Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.
Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.
Andrew Grey is quite a new author to me, the only other book I’ve read by him was the first book of this series, Heart Unseen, which I really enjoyed. Although Heart Unheard is part of the series and involves some characters that were introduced in the first book, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone without any problems.
The story focuses on the main characters, Brent and Scott. Brent is the manager of one of the garage’s that his friend Trevor owns, and Scott is one of the mechanics that has worked there for a few years. Brent has had a crush on Scott for about two years, but he’s been too scared to act on it. One reason is because there’s around a ten-year age difference between them, and Brent thinks that Scott wouldn’t be interested in an “old” man when he could probably have anyone he wanted. The other reason is that Brent is Scott’s boss, and even though Trevor has already told him it would be okay with him, he’s made up his mind that it wouldn’t be professional to have a relationship with someone he works with and who he’s supposed to manage day-to-day. Scott is also attracted to Brent. He spends his days sneaking glances, flirting with him and trying to get Brent to make a move, but it never happens, no matter how hard he tries.
When Scott is involved in a car accident and loses his hearing as result of it, Brent becomes his strength and support. But Brent also realises just how much Scott means to him, and what he almost lost when the accident happened, which forces him to make a decision. Brent stays by Scott’s side the whole time and tells Scott how he feels, but Scott thinks that Brent is just taking pity on him now that he knows his life will be completely changed because he can’t hear anymore. With a lot of persistence and perseverance, Brent proves to Scott that what he feels now is what he’s felt for a long time. Scott begins to accept that his hearing loss will only hold him back if he lets it, but with the love and support of the people around him, he’ll be just fine.
When an old friend from Scott’s past appears on the scene and starts causing some problems, Scott has to deal with memories and people he’d rather forget. But this time he’s at the disadvantage of having a new disability that he’s trying to learn to cope with. Luckily, Brent has his back and will never let anything or anyone get to Scott again.
This was another really enjoyable story with great characters. I’m so happy that Brent and Scott finally saw sense and got together because they were just so good for each other, and their reasons for not being together were just stupid *sticks out tongue*. The plot kept me really interested the whole way through, and the pace felt just right, nothing seemed too rushed or played out. I would like to have known more about the outcome of the “accident” as that part felt a little unfinished, but it didn’t affect the book too much, plus the ending was adorable, so I was really happy anyway. I’m hoping and kinda begging that we get a book for Dean next, I think he has a story that needs to be told.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***