Navigation Bar

*favorite* BOOK REVIEW: Archer's Voice (Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan

Title: Archer's Voice (Sign of Love)
Author: Mia Sheridan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5-Stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: Yes
Review on Goodreads: HERE
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.

Archer's Voice is a standalone novel—although it is a part of Mia Sheridan's Sign of Love series that wraps up with one of the most beautiful, HEA epilogues I've ever read.

So you don't have to read any of the other books in the Sign of Love series to understand Archer's Voice. They all have their own storyline, characters, and HEAs. But in case you're wondering, here is a list of the complete Sign of Love series:

Warning! Warning! Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan is the type of book you have to read in private—and I learned that the hard way, because this book will make you smile, make you swoon, giggle, and cry.

And as a result, I recieved "WTF is wrong with you?" looks from those passing by; one moment I was blushing, a silly grin slapped across my face, and the next I was tearing up.

♠ ♥ ♣ ♦

Mia Sheridan did a lovely job writing this book. Immediately, you are invested in the characters, into their pasts, and how they're struggling with the difficulties life shoved at them.

It's written mostly from Bree's POV, but there are some flashbacks into Archer's past. And I have to say, those were some of my favorite scenes. I loved getting to know Archer before he was even a major part of Bree's life. I connected with him on a deeper level, and wanted to just ... hug that poor little boy he had been. ♥
Maybe there was no right or wrong, no black or white, only a thousand shades of gray when it came to pain and what we each held ourselves responsible for.
♠ ♥ ♣ ♦ 

I liked the main character of Archer's Voice, Bree. She wasn't a pushover, but had a gentle kind of strength. Her loyalty and patience won me over. No matter what happened, there was always a part of her that believed in Archer, and I thought her faith in him (even when mine was wavering) was awe-inspiring.
I wasn't sure what to think. I only knew that this felt right. He was still my best friend, my sweet, silent boy, and I had missed him so desperately that I ached. He had hurt me and yet I clung to him as if my very life depended on it.
Archer ... Oh my gosh, are there even words to express how beautifully broken that man is? His character was perfectly developed. You see his past, his present, and fear for his future. Before I even truly knew him, I had fallen for his mysterious, silent, shy persona. Along with Bree, I began to cherish each one of his sweet smiles.
"He smiled. I still wasn't used to getting them, and this one made my heart speed up just a little bit. They were like a rare gift that he gave out. I snatched them up and stored it somewhere inside of me."
♠ ♥ ♣ ♦ 

Bree and Archer's relationship was slow-building, from friends into lovers, but no less powerful. As a matter a fact, I thought the pacing was spot-on. There was enough time to forge a connection to the characters—to learn to love them both together and individually—and then swoon over them as they fell in love.  

Not to mention that the chemistry between Bree and Archer's was HOT—and intense. *fans face * One of the most beautiful things in this book was watching their trust develop; watching the scared, silent man open his heart and the woman who had been hurt, over and over, to hope again. 
"Someday … when we're old and gray, I'm going to look at you lying in bed beside me, just like this, and I'm going to look into your eyes and know that it's only ever been you. And that is going to be the great joy of my life."
♠ ♥ ♣ ♦

There were parts of this book—situations, expectations, life changes—that broke my heart. Times when I felt Archer had my heart falling to pieces at my feet, and I didn't know how it would be put back together.

My breathing would quake, my hands would shake, my heart pumping harder in my chest—a fast and furious pace that made my cheeks flush bright red. My fingers would quiver as I turned the page, and a whirl-wind of thoughts and emotions would flit through my mind. I cursed and praised Mia Sheridan, for all she made me feel.   
And his hands made letters on my skin and after a few minutes, I realized that he was spelling, My Bree ... My Bree ... again and again and again.
Then, slowly, with each loving quip and tortured smile, Archer piked up the pieces of my shattered heart. He glued them back together with his tender ways, protective nature, and misunderstood past. 

♠ ♥ ♣ ♦

Overall, Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan was a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I went from happy to sad to hopeful to fearful to bursting with love—and then all though those emotions again, feeling them as intensely as real-life.

There were twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, as well as silent concerns for Bree and Archer's future. Until the very last page, with my heart in my throat, I wondered: Will Bree and Archer's relationship soar and fly, like a dandelion dancing in the wind, or will their love be lost forever?