Speechless (Speechless #1)
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Travis Miller has a machining job, a cat named Elwood, and a pathetic love life. The one bright spot in his existence is the handsome guitar player he sometimes passes on his way home from work. But when he finally gathers the courage to speak to the man, Travis learns that former novelist Drew Clifton suffers from aphasia: Drew can understand everything Travis says, but h...more
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Published July 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 2012)
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Ami
3.5 stars for the story and extra 0.5 stars for the refreshing physical imperfection of the characters.

Travis Miller is a machinist with one empty eye socket after an accident when mowing a lawn. Drew Clifton is a former novelist who suffers aphasia -- a language impairement; he cannot speak or write -- after a car accident. Two gentle but lonely soul who happens to meet and connect, in more than just physical. Even if the conversation is one sided (since Drew cannot speak), I still feel that t...more
Laura

I want to hug this story and never let go.

Love, humor, T-Birds, Supernatural shout outs, and Anarchy in the UK! What’s not to love here? :D

There are so many ways to communicate in this world. Hand shakes, winks, waves, and words. Some forms just force us to look and listen a bit more than others. Words, touches, facial expressions, music, and silence. Kim Fielding’s Speechless showcases them all! A warm, open, heartfelt tale with love and romance thumping and pumping in every page, gesture, and...more
Vio
This was so good, what I loved the most was both Travis and Drew weren't perfect or handsome, they had a bit more going for them, substance and character that made them feel more alive. Another bonus they didn't let the physical obstacles stand in the way when it came to the crunch. Oh and Elwood was adorable too bad he took a back seat to make way for the guys! Ami says it all much more eloquently in her review.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I find psychology and brain disorders to be a very interesting field so I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book. A man with aphasia (Drew) struggling to live and find love? I'm in. And it did not disappoint. I adore how the book was told from Travis' point of view. It was interesting how we, as the readers, were left to also interpret Drew's actions. The writer didn't take the easy way out and place us in Drew's head. The book was drama-free, sweet, and very artfully done. It was ver...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Despite what both MC's are dealing with, in Drew's case a very real physical disability that makes it impossible to keep being a writer and isolates him in society and Travis's eyepatch, shyness and recurring unemployment, this was not a angsty difficult read.
It was almost like a breath of fresh air, two pretty much normal guys, with issues, no on page sex, sweet read, but not diabetic sweet.
Bev
May 31, 2013 Bev rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All lovers of Romance, aw bless!!
Recommended to Bev by: Vladimir
This was an endearing and romantic tale, not too sugary and really cute!! 4 stars and a big from me

Not a very long book, so this will be a shortie review. The tale stars Travis, a machinist who is blind in one eye from an accident with a lawnmower (moral...wear goggles!!)and wears an eyepatch, rather like pirates of old, and Andrew (Drew), an English novelist who has aphasia and can understand but not speak or write, which is a bit of a bummer for a novelist, but we can thank his previous boyf...more
Vilda
Speechless was a truly sweet story! I loved how perfect Drew and Tavis were together; how everything was so natural between them! I have to say that I'm kind of annoyed at that stupid decision Travis had to make though... It took away a bit of my enjoyment for it even if the end did save it again, and I was left wanting more of their story after that long period apart!

However, I still want to recommend it. These two are worth the short time it takes to read the story; I absolutely loved seeing...more
Elspeth
This was a cute short story about two wounded people that find solace and love with each other.
I really enjoyed the fact that the main character didn't have a glamorous job, nor did he whine too much about the fact. He was normal and that was very refreshing.
The romance was sweet and simple, a slow tumble into love instead of the abounding piles of stories that have insta-love this was also very refreshing.
So all in all this was a great story to get over a book hangover with.
Bookwatcher
Jul 24, 2012 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romantic readers
SWEEEEEEEET ROMANCE! With absolutely no angst... it's just loooooove and a remarkable couple!


The story will be told by Travis... walking home everyday after work Travis will see a man, sitting and playing a guitar... that's Drew.
After a lot of pondering (like two pages, lol) he will decide to risk... a direct contact... and... the romance will begin!

It's a short story and I read it soooo quickly. Probably because it's short, but let's not ignore also another factor... how pleasant the reading w...more
Sofia


This was a beautiful short. All the angst in the story had already happened away in the past so we are left with two lonely survivors upon whom fortune smiled one day and they found each other.
Loving here means:

Drew seeing Travis, not just the façade but what Travis is inside.

And

Travis hearing Drew even though he was silent.

At first I could not understand how aphasia works, how a person could read but not write, hear but not speak. I came to an understanding of sorts by seeing that Drew had an...more
Deeze
A lovely story that focuses on human emotion.

I loved how Travis and Drew came together, and how they slowly built on their feelings. I loved that these characters felt real. I really loved how even without Drew speaking, or having as much input to this story as Travis, I still felt like I knew him.

A wonderfully uplifting story, wish it could have been longer.

It did make me nostalgic to re read Dabeagle’s free on line story with a similar theme, for those interested it can be found here
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Heller
I loved this story! Travis and Drew were adorable! I actually got upset close to end, no spoilers, but it was heart-breaking. This is a quick, lovely read with compelling, wonderful characters. I can't recommend this one enough. I know I'll be reading it again when I need a comfort story for those blah days!

ETA: I have to upgrade this one more star. I just read another Fielding story that was just as short but didn't quite work as well as this one. There's a lot of depth here in the characters...more
MiʂħүJѻ (Cory's Forever)
4.5 stars.

This was incredible and beautiful except the last page. Even though I have already read the follow up story, The Gig, I feel let down by how the ending here felt so rushed. Longer review to come once I get past the point of the ending overshadowing how wonderful the rest of the story really was.
TJ
A pretty little gem of a story, though it could have been more fleshed out. The aphasia aspect of it never felt like a contrived plot device, but I wanted to know more about the two main characters. Kim Fielding is definitely an author to watch, given this and how much I enjoyed her previous work Good Bones.
Isabel
Sweet, lovely and short story! Two men with physical disabilities found love and companionship! I would like to learn more about these characters!
Ilhem
Fluff is not my poison. Sweet and all-good turn very fast into dull and boring unless a little something makes it special.

In this regard, Drew’s and Travis’ imperfections were a nice touch and boded well for an interesting story, even though Travis’ incapacity was a little bit too much in my opinion. I mean, what’s wrong with just being plain?

Whatever. I liked their encounters in front of Drew’s porch, their first conversations, the beginning of something special in ordinary lives, the fact th...more
Monique
It feels so good to be reading again, enclosed in a world that is not my own.

This book was sweet, so sweet. It made my heart sing. Both Drew and Travis were adorable together. I just wished they hadn't spent that time a apart. And my biggest complaint is that it was too short. I wanted to read more about these two. Still, it was heartwarming to watch how they interacted and how Travis' eye or Drew inability to speak never came between them. They didn't let their differences stand in the way of...more
Justin2
Sweet short story about two less than perfect, down to earth guys who are just perfect for one another.

I wanted a bit more in character build-up but there's a book 2 so I hope to learn more there.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable, drama free, quick read.
MLE
A wonderful romance with two imperfect characters free of excessive angst or self pity. It was wonderful watching them grow closer together, and finding a way to share what was in their hearts.
Candice
Jul 31, 2012 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Candice by: Vio
Such a nice light read that just makes you feel good after reading it. Both Drew and Travis had physical flaws, but neither of them saw that, all they saw was the person within.
Veronica / Miss V
I love Imperfect characters and sometimes, I don't want to read about tall dark and handsome men.
Together, this imperfect couple, were flawless.
Virginia
This was a really sweet, feel good story about two guys who meet and begin a relationship. They also prove that their disabilities do not affect their ability to make happy, fulfilling lives and that having disabilities is not something to be ashamed of. They are guys easy to cheer for as well. I love that these aren't perfect MCs - this imperfect reader wants love stories like this. I really enjoyed this one. It did end a bit abruptly - I do love epilogues but it was such a sweet story that I c...more
DaisyGirl
3.0 Stars

Travis Miller is a machinist who lost his eye in a freak accident. Drew Clifton is a writer who suffers from aphasia. The two strike up an unlikely friendship that soon blossoms into romance. I liked this book alright. I really enjoyed both MCs but wanted to more thoroughly explore their developing romance, which brings me to my gripe: book length. This was a sweet short story but the characters were so intriguing, it left me feeling short-changed.

Bottom-line: I wish there was more real...more
Adriana
4.5

I'm in love with this guys! They are flawed but right for each other.
This was sweet and mellow, tiny bit of angst near the end but in general so lovely.
I really liked the non-explicit-sex thing, it's cool to read (once in a while) only the romance part of the story without all that "smut" that most books have.

-Recommended if you want a sweet story with imperfect characters that are perfect for each other-
Joy (joyous reads)
Speechless is a short story about two lonely men who are both…physically defective. Drew is a former novelist who had lost his ability to express himself linguistically. He’s unable to speak, unable to write, unable to type. A car accident left him aphasic – a head injury that disables a person’s ability to use of any form of communication. He can understand you, hear you, but he can’t talk back or write or type. He goes through life with written laminated instructions. Sign language is also imp...more
AnnaLund
May 30, 2013 AnnaLund rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: M/M romance buffs, good soulful people
Recommended to AnnaLund by: Vladimir
Oh, but this was just brilliant. I loved the voice of Travis, a simple man, a good man, a not-perfectly-beautiful man (can you see how tired I am of all the good-looking, fabulous, golden-curly-haired heartthrobs we're being fed lately? Yeah, me too). Travis is just normal. Not very good at interacting with people.
I loved his voice.
And I loved Drew. The frustrating life he is living would probably kill me (I'm a chatterbox), and to suffer from aphasia and not being able to communicate verbally...more
Barbara
This is the story of Travis and Andrew, short but very well written, about persons disabilities that are overcome by love!
Shows the reader that sometimes words only gets in the way, acts and gestures demonstrate exactly what we feel!


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Jenna
Aww, that was super sweet, and not in a sappy cheesy way (ok maybe that last bit at the very end was a little sappy but I liked it anyway). I love how Drew's inability to speak was handled, and enjoyed seeing how they formed a strong relationship despite that handicap. I did feel that the rest of the time they spent together was rushed with too much telling, which is inevitable in a short book that covers about a year of time. I was also disappointed by what my friend likes to call Nora Roberts...more
SheReadsALot
Oh...what a sweet little M/M romance. Two lonely men with disabilities find their way into love. Smut revelers-there's no lewd scenes in this one but sometimes a little L.O.V.E. is necessary too, no?

There's no drama in this one.

P.S. The cat, Elwood, is a hoot.
Hannah
Reading Speechless was a bit like listening to a friend tell me about how two of her acquaintances met and fell in love; her friends are probably a cute couple, but I've never met them, so I have no reason to feel invested in their romance.

The writing style in this story left me feeling very distanced from the characters. I didn't get a sense of their connection to each other, and the history of their courtship left me completely cold. It is particularly unfortunate that the writing in this boo...more
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Dreamspinner Press: Speechless by Kim Fielding 1 11 Jul 18, 2012 07:49PM  
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