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Finding the Words

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Ryan Phillips, a speech and language pathologist in the physical rehabilitation unit of a major university hospital, has recently ended a relationship due to his partner's infidelity. He is called in to treat a patient who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. In the course of his treatments he begins to have feelings for the man. But is he ready to be healed, and ...more
ebook, 88 pages
Published March 2009 by Aspen Mountain Press (first published 2009)
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Apr 11, 2009 JenMcJ rated it liked it
since J asked and I took the time to think and write this, I guess I will just add it as a review of sorts:

sometimes a three star book is just really hard to review so I take the easy way out and mark the stars and run.

I thought it was okay but the injured hero meets the other hero as soon as he had the stroke (I can't remember what it was exactly, but it was like a stroke) and despite the fact that he can't talk and has myriad of other problems going on, he still feels attraction to the speech
Serena Yates
Mar 21, 2012 Serena Yates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
Losing the ability to speak and with it the possibility of communication at a meaningful level, is an extremely scary thought. On a simple level this story is about a man and his speech therapist, who get to know and love each other as André recovers. The depth of feeling, burning need to communicate, and the loving understanding Ryan develops for André despite all the issues goes far beyond that which most couples ever experience. It may be because these men are more conscious of the effects of ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
This short novella attracted me because the premise was different to anything I'd read previously. Speech therapist, Ryan is called in to help a man, Andre, who has suffered from a kind of stroke which has affected his speech. Andre has recently gone through a painful divorce when his wife discovered that he was considering exploring a relationship with another man. Ryan is instantly attracted to the older Andre, but is wary of having a relationship with a patient and is also suffering from a ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Tutu rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Can you say unprofessional? How about out of line?
I really had problem with Ryan in this story. He was, in my opinion, completely unprofessional in relation with Andre, his patient. I just saw him as a regular perv the whole book. The only thing he had on his mind was sex. And then, putting his life on hold for a patient he only knew a short while….....and mainly because said patient was a continuous source of hard-ons ? Yes, I definitely had a problem with Ryan.

Andre also, he seemed
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This was a sweet story about André, who is recovering from a stroke like problems, he meets Ryan his speech therapist and they hit it off.
It's pretty unrealistic, Ryan wouldn't move in with him after knowing him a few days, and him being his patient, and his inner musings were a bit much and repetitive, but it was still a feel good book!
Feb 01, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it
This is a surprisingly sweet and lovely story that involves a slow blooming romance but never once drags. As I mentioned in a previous review, O’Reilly’s prose tends to be simplistic but in this particular story the writing is much tighter and lends itself very well to the story arc. Included were interesting and likeable characters with a quick moving plot and a surprisingly amount of dialogue considering one of the protagonists has trouble speaking. Focusing on older men and realistic problems ...more
Elisa Rolle
Finding the Words is a nice book since I found that the characters are real thanks to their many faults.

Ryan is a speech therapist in an University Medical Center. He is recovering from a broken heart: his younger lover (Ryan is 35 years old, Jeff is 25) for the umpteenth time cheated on him, and even if Ryan still loves him, this time he isn't willing to forgive. The strange thing is that the author manages to not give nor to Ryan or to Jeff the fault of the breakup. On his way, Jeff loves Rya
Mar 10, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
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3.5 This was so difficult to rate, because I absolutely loved Andre. We meet him just after a stroke, when he is having severe language problems. He is unable to say much more than yes, yes, no, no, but, shit for about half the book. The man doesn’t give up, he doesn’t feel sorry for himself and he’s just a conflicted, trying hard to get past this kind of guy. He is definitely flawed (see below) but he’s likeable, he’s lovable.

He is divorced, and his ex-wife
Jul 23, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been so long since I've read this one that I forgot about it until I saw Serena's review. It's prompted me to take another look to see if my memory of how much I enjoyed it was accurate.

And I did. Here's the review.

The premise for this one is unusual. Normally the main characters in a romance of any kind have few, if any, physical limitations. To have a problem as severe as the one Andre is recovering from--well, it's off-the-chart's surprising. To start a new relationship while recovering
Mar 19, 2014 Candice rated it it was ok
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Aug 29, 2014 Det rated it did not like it
(゜◇゜) I'll make this short. Ryan is a pervert and Andre was an almost cheater and the wife was made to look like the bad one even though she's really been almost cheated on that I felt like it was ok for her to be angry and snappy for finding out everything that way. I won't elaborate but the main characters annoyed me.
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2010, owned, ebook
Ok m/m romance about a speech therapist who finds himself increasingly drawn to one of his patients.
Mary Mary
Aug 15, 2014 Mary Mary rated it it was ok
it was fine, but as much as i love stories with mute or deaf character i didn't feel connection neither with Ryan nor with Andre. and the fact is that it just got worse in the end:(
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Nov 08, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
Almost fell asleep. So slow and vapid, I didn't feel anything for the characters. Everything seemed completely meaningless.
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