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My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird.

Every day I silently scream out, “My name is Mia Faraday!” My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake.

And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything.

I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia.

But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past.

When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again.

But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it.

Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye.

After all, who could ever love a jailbird?

216 pages, Paperback

First published December 1, 2017

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Taylor Dean

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Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of CLEAN Romance in her line-up.

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Profile Image for Julie Carpenter.
1,388 reviews161 followers
January 25, 2018
4.5 stars

I have to start out by saying that this is a book you have to read in order in the series. Yes, this book focuses on Mia but there was so much backstory from book one, Stone Silence, that you need that information before you read this one. Ok, you might be able to read this and understand what's going on but I tell you that Stone Silence is amazing and to have the full experience of this story and these characters in this series you need to read them all in order and together. Yes I have also read and finished the third and final book in the series, Hothouse Flower, and will be writing my review for that next. I absolutely loved how the characters' stories continued on throughout the three books. I loved having a continuation of Stony and Spencer's story all the way through and then Mia and Grayson's into the next book. So good! There are some different issues dealt with in the books but mostly the last book has a little bit heavier topic that it is dealing with. All three have plenty of emotional tugs on the heartstrings to read about so a heads up about that. The love stories in all three though...So good!!! (I keep saying that but it's true! So good!)

After finishing the first book, I felt like it just didn't give enough information about Mia and why something happened and that was really my only complaint about the book. Then I saw a friend's review about Jailbird and she said that she had the same thoughts but it was all resolved in this book. So if you haven't read the first book and decide to just know that it is all revealed in Mia's story.

I feel as if I won't be able to do full justice to my thoughts for this book. I read it several days ago and it has been a whirlwind several days in between that my brain is exhausted and information overload has happened. So I'm going off of thoughts and impressions that are coming back as I am thinking back on this book. It does help that I just finished the third and final book last night. So the characters are still very fresh in my mind.

Mia's story is sad. She's broken. A choice was made by her and the consequences of her choice/actions have not been easy. She was in jail, her dreams after she is released from jail are not really possible anymore. She has to rethink what she wants in life. She can't have the life she thought. The man she loved is not available for her anymore. He has found someone else. And truth be told, someone who is perfect for him and he for her. Mia holds no anger about him moving on and is working the best towards moving forward with her life. She's avoided her hometown which has helped some in moving on, but when she is needed back home she is thrown right into the fire and her feelings and insecurities and sorrows are front and center in her life again.

If she ever has any hope of moving forward, then it needs to begin with her apologizing and making right something that no one knows about. But it will take all of her courage, her gumption, her strength to do so, possibly swallowing lots of pride too. But that's not easy because all she has is a little bit a self pride left, if that's gone she might sink. As she takes that first step to right a wrong it backfires a little. Not in the sense of the apology but in the sense that it can't come out because she is thrown into being around him, his wife (pregnant wife) and her brother.

Everything she feels and thinks will be thrown front and center and she must confront it all if she wants to move forward. Her redemption and strength comes in the form of Grayson. The new brother in law of the man she thought she'd spend her life with. Talk about adding salt to a wound. Not just a couple grains but buckets of it. Never will that work. But what do you do when your heart is calling out for healing and peace and love and the only one it's calling to is off limits?

Talk about throwing lots of awkward situations together, heartache, guilt, the need for redemption and peace, love, sickness, struggles and a whole lot of soul searching together to create this story. It was very well done. Redemption is possible and love after sorrow is too.

Again, you really should read all three together. I loved them and highly recommend them.

Content: Clean. Lots of emotions, a fire, peril in the form of a pregnancy/delivery and a character suffering from pancreatic cancer.

I received a review copy from ebooksforreview. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
Profile Image for Aimee (Getting Your Read On).
2,966 reviews243 followers
December 1, 2017
This book can be summarized in just a couple words for me.  Redemption and forgiveness.  Maybe two of the toughest words in the English language.  For Mia, it is what her life is all about in this book.  

Mia carries the weight of mistakes and secrets on her shoulders.  That weight is heavy and burdensome and because of this, she feels unworthy of happiness and love.  Guilt has a way of doing this.  After a year of hiding away, Mia has come home to care for her sick mother and is forced to face the demons of her past.  The road to redemption is difficult for Mia and as a reader I found great satisfaction in her journey.  I was rooting for her even when I had no idea what her big secret was!

I could feel Grayson's happiness through the pages of this book.  Genuinely happy people are so fun to be around and Grayson's charm was a shining beacon in this book.  I love how he was sincere while still being playful and light.  He was the perfect person to bring light and hope back to Mia's dark world.

Even though this book is full of weighty issues, it never became overwhelming to me as a reader.  I felt the hope, the love and the forgiveness through all the difficult things.  I love Taylor Dean's style of writing.  The first person narrative pulls me right into the character so I feel like I know them intimately.  So good.  And while I really enjoyed this book (yes, it's still a 5 star book for me), it didn't top the first book for me.  I'm completely in love with Stone Silence.

This book is the second book in this series and really needs to be read in order.  We first learn about Mia in the first book, Stone Silence.  I'm so glad that Stony and Spencer were in this book because I just love them.  Having a continuation of their love in this book was perfect.  I am SO looking forward to the next book!  Only a month to wait!

Content:  clean romance, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Katie (Hiding in the Pages).
2,921 reviews218 followers
February 2, 2018
**Be sure to read Stone Silence before reading this one**

Love can be complicated, that's for sure. Mia made a colossal mistake, paid dearly for it, and her life-long boyfriend, Stony, moved on and now it's time for her to do the same. Isn't that easier said than done? Taylor Dean writes in first person, which really drew me in and caused me to deeply feel and understand the reasoning behind Mia's mistake.

Mia has a new outlook on life, but it's really hard to move forward--I honestly can't imagine how hard it would be. I greatly admire and love her character. Grayson has a tricky connection to Mia, but his adorable sense of humor and positive attitude towards life is a huge bonus. I adore Grayson--he kept me smiling and laughing! He's the gift that every struggling woman needs to have appear in her life.

What really captured me is the heart and soul that Taylor Dean manages to portray with her words. The characters are life-like and their struggles are real, but it's not heavy and depressing at all. A hope rises out of the pages and really grasps the heart. I love the journey, the progress, and the chemistry that abounds throughout the story. This is one series that I just can't stop thinking about.

Content: mild violence/peril; mild, swoony romance.
Profile Image for Kathy Jo.
718 reviews114 followers
January 19, 2019
January 2019:

Yep! Still amazing! *dreamy sigh* I think I fell even more in love with Grayson!

March 2018:

Oh. My. Gosh! 2nd time reading Jailbird and I think I loved it even more! This feels are still definitely real! I didn't want to put it down! It's AMAZING! *dreamy sigh*

December 2017:

I have to start out by saying, if you have not read Stone Silence yet then STOP reading my review! I cannot guarantee you that it won't have spoilers. I will do my best to keep them out of my review but parts of this book deals with things that happened to Stony in book one. If you are still reading, you have been warned! I will not be held responsible if anything gets ruined for you! Haha.

Jailbird. That is what Mia's hometown has renamed her. One mistake. Just one mistake and her whole life is turned upside down. Her past has been controlling her for the last few years but enough is enough. She needs to move on and hopefully be happy again.

But before she can, she must confess to Stony the ugly truths that have been plaguing her since the accident and ask for his forgiveness. Why, you may ask? Hasn't he already forgiven her? Yes, he has. But, you see, there is more to the story. A lot more.

When she finally gets up enough courage to tell Stony, things don't go as planned. She clams up at the sight of him, his pregnant wife, Spencer, and their happily-ever-aftering. Add in her instant connection to Grayson, Spencer's older brother, and she's floundering to get the heck out of dodge.

Grayson is instantly drawn to Mia. There is just something about her that has him wanting to get to know her better. But there's something that's holding her back. He doesn't know what but he can see the sadness in her eyes and he knows that she is building up walls to keep everyone out. She's no longer living, she's just existing and he knows that is not her. He knows the real Mia is in there somewhere and he will do everything in his power to breathe life and love back in to her.

However, the closer Mia and Grayson get, the more terrified Mia becomes and the more she pulls away. What will Grayson do once he finds out her past? How can he love her when she doesn't even love herself? She is filled with so much doubt that it has her running scared. But Grayson is not letting go without a fight. Will they ever be able to overcome the past and move on to their own happily-ever-after?

*dreamy sigh*

Oh how I loved this book! Once I started reading, I just couldn't stop! It has been a LONG time since a book has kept me up WAY past my bedtime! The feels are definitely real! I found myself enthralled from beginning to end. I just could NOT put it down! I am not afraid to admit that Jailbird had me laughing out loud, crying, on the edge of my seat and letting out little dreamy sighs.

Guys! If you have not read this series yet then you are definitely missing out! It is AMAZING! I am LOVING it! These are NOT standalones. They MUST be read in order.

If I haven't already told you this, Ms. Dean is AMAZING! I have been sucked into every single one of her books I have ever read. She really knows how to catch and keep your attention. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next!

As for my casting.... *dreamy sigh* I absolutely LOVE these two! <3


*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*

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Profile Image for Jacob Proffitt.
2,937 reviews1,547 followers
October 13, 2019
This is second in a series and characters and storyline from the first continue into this one. So definitely read these in order, I think.

This turned out to be every bit as bad as I suspected from the first chapter. We know from the first book that Mia is a bit broken. Prison will do that to a person, so I was looking forward to seeing who she was and how she'd move on from her past and seeing her ex so happy with Spencer. Unfortunately, Dean piles on the angst by giving Mia what she refers to as her "ugly truth"—an ugly truth that she feels she must confess to Stony to get his forgiveness if possible but at any rate to gain closure and move on.

Which is bad enough, but she also spends half the story (literally half, I kept track) telling herself how she couldn't possibly be with Grayson because he's Spencer's brother (and thus she'd have to be around Spencer and Stony a lot). She actually moves back and forth between whether that's bad because it'd be uncomfortable for her or bad because it'd be uncomfortable for everybody else. This despite that she actually kind of likes Spencer and there's no sign that her presence is uncomfortable to them at all. Indeed, quite the opposite.

So we have two conflicts this entire novel. One, the negative motivation* that he's Spencer's brother and she "just couldn't". And two, that she has to get this "ugly truth" off her chest. Which she could have done at any time except that she chickens out whenever there's the actual opportunity. I spent this entire novel thinking she's a stupid coward. Sadly, I'm not wrong about that.

But the thing that chafed the whole thing through is that Dean deliberately hides the details of Mia's "ugly truth". It's a huge part of her internal landscape, it's in the way of the great guy who makes no secret that he wants her, but the narrative literally skips over the details any time they might have been made known. And that includes the scene (at 70%) where she tells Grayson! That's right, we have a scene where she gives him her ugly truth and the narrative just says "so I told him", essentially. Naturally, the great guy that he is, he encourages and supports her and holds her hand while she finally gets it out there at the very end of the story. Ugh.

And it almost doesn't matter that Grayson is a cipher. He's funny! And light-hearted! And a huge goof! And a major in the U.S. Army! Wait, what? Yeah, I never got a handle on his character at all. I'm not saying U.S. Army majors can't be huge goofs, but it was weird to have this not-young guy with an army career bouncing a bouncy ball through the grocery store or singing/dancing the YMCA song with waiters at a theme restaurant. He was serious when Mia needed serious and joking when she needed cheering and totally into her despite nothing I could see that would attract him (beyond that he thinks she's beautiful, of course).

I'm going to give this a second star because I love that they communicate when bad things happen so that misunderstandings and misreads aren't allowed to fester. And the setting is still evocative. But I pretty much stuck with the story only so I could mark when Mia finally talked with someone about her ugly truth and when we finally found out what it was (I didn't expect those to be two different places!)

A note about Missing Faith: This one was handled perfectly in that their emotional intimacy doesn't reach the point where I expected physical intimacy to be a thing. Very well-done and I'm glad to see that Dean has it in her to give a chaste romance where the absence of sex is never questionable.

A note about Chaste: There are a couple kisses but nothing more so I consider this very chaste. There's a post-wedding epilogue, but Dean doesn't need to go into sex there and she doesn't.

* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back (or, if that link doesn't work, here's a cache of the original) and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
Profile Image for Kelly.
712 reviews51 followers
January 30, 2018
This is the second book in a series and you really need to read it in order.

I loved this story. Grayson was definitely a light of sunshine when he walks in a room. He is always upbeat and happy. His glass is always half full if not full! He comes home to relocate to be near his sister(Spencer) and soon to be niece. When he gets there, not only is his sister and her husband, Stony, there, but there is a girl. Mia. Mia is the girl who was Stony's ex and who had been in prison for starting a fire by accident which had also caused Stony to be burned. Mia had come that day to not only apologize to him but to confess something else that she needed to tell him about that night. But she never gets to. Each day gets harder and harder to find it in her and time to tell him.

Then Grayson thought that his sister had Mia there for dinner to set him up. And he was interested. That wasn't what was happening, but it just never came out in polite conversation.

So the more Grayson persues Mia, the more Mia likes him and the more Mia feels the need to stay away from him. He is Spencer's sister, too close to home. But Grayson isn't taking no for an answer. And little by little he helps her to heal. But she still also needs to tell him what she did. So many secrets and so many desires to be normal and could this work if she wasn't a jailbird?

I loved their chemistry. I loved how Grayson persues her. He is so good to her and so upbeat. You just can't help but smile around him. Mia who is so sad and lonely is slowly coming alive and feeling loved if only she can just ........

You gotta read it to find out how it goes but I promise you you will enjoy her story!
Profile Image for Alisa.
777 reviews37 followers
May 24, 2023
May 2023 - I just re-read this whole series - it was just as great the second time!

Mia made a tragic mistake that has cost her everything. We met her at the end of Stone Silence (book 1 in this series - and if you haven't already read it you should really read it before reading this book) when she got out of jail. This book takes place about a year after Book 1 ended. Mia has avoided her hometown - and seeing how Stony has so happily moved on without her. But now she has to return to take care of her mother.

She knows she can't move on until she confesses everything to Stony and can finally forgive herself. She's at the wrong place (or maybe the right place?) at the wrong time and meets Spencer's brother Grayson, who mistakenly thinks Mia is a girl that his sister is setting him up with. And Grayson falls for Mia right away. It's awkward at first for her to be pursued by the brother of her ex's new wife. No matter how much she likes him, it's doomed from the start because of his close connection to Stony and Spencer.

I loved Grayson and his happy and forgiving nature; he was perfect for Mia! I can't wait for Book 3 to come out next month and to finally meet Jace!

Source: Kindle Unlimited
Profile Image for Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...).
1,499 reviews440 followers
August 14, 2018
Such an emotional book and a great sequel to Stone Silence! It was great to see Mia's point of view and get inside her mind. It was easy to see why she was attracted to Grayson with his infectious happiness and vibrant personality, but I had a harder time seeing why he fell for Mia so quickly since she was pretty standoffish and rather depressing at first. Since it's told in first person from Mia's POV only, I wish there were more clues as to what drew him to her. Once she allows Grayson to draw her out of her shell and allows herself to let go and feel happy, the chemistry between them skyrockets :) I appreciated the struggles she was going through and admired her resolve to overcome and seek after the good things she could have in her life, instead of dwelling on negative thoughts that she is undeserving. It's a powerful redemption story with themes of forgiveness and grace. I loved how much a part of the story Spencer is and seeing how her and Stony's life was moving forward. Can't wait to read the next book!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Profile Image for Charissa.
Author 13 books72 followers
December 1, 2017
This is book 2 in the Sound of Silence series. I learned about Mia in book 1, but never really met her until the last few pages of that book. She intrigued me right from the first few crumbs thrown to me about her life. She is a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, and so broken as this book starts out that you are not only cheering for her, you are trying your darnedest to lift her up and scream that she’s worth something. Her angst is palpable. You could cut it up and chew on it for months. She’s had a hard life the last couple years, spending much of it in jail. Trying to figure out her story and crime sweeps the reader into her life. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished once I started. I cried. I laughed. I swooned. The hero, Grayson, is a perfect book boyfriend. He’s just what Mia needs. But Mia first needs to learn to love herself before she can love anyone else. The question in this book is whether she’ll ever be able to do that or not. I can’t think of anything I disliked about this book. Usually there is something that bugs me a little, but nope! Can’t think of anything I didn’t love! This series is incredible. Totally worth the money and time to read all this author’s books.
January 18, 2018
Loved this book! Kept me interested the whole time I was reading it! Included romance and mystery combined. I found the entire series fascinating!
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Author 8 books336 followers
December 1, 2017
All books in this series are emotional reads – all Taylor’s books are! Mia’s story was though in that respect that she made a really stupid mistake, and paid dearly for it. Not only did she pay, Stony did more than she can deal with.
Now she returns to try and make amends, and before she can even get the burden off her chest, she meets the fun, handsome and lively Grayson. Naturally she’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame, but she’s so broken, she can’t open up like she might want to.
I read this book in about 1,5 days, in between work, and many responsibilities. I just couldn’t put it down, and wanted to see were this would take me. I like the pace and flow of the story. I love the notion of second chances. This book brings it in such a raw, real and brutal way. The hard issues were faced, they wounds were cleaned out, and it hurt. But the healing that came was beautiful, and the hope that replaced the pain was like the rising of the sun on a warm, summer’s day.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will tug on your heartstrings and leave you a little changed afterwards. Taylor Dean at her best!
64 reviews4 followers
March 30, 2018

I received this book free with the intention to review, this didn't effect my opinion of the book.
Having loved reading the previous book, I started reading this book with high expectations, I was not disappointed! I don't usually like to read series that change the main characters from book to book, but the characters are so clearly depicted that you feel like you are there and they are your friends. I cannot praise this book enough, I absolutely adored reading it.

Profile Image for Pattisue.
417 reviews
February 14, 2018
Mia Faraday “can’t move forward until she gains closure from her past.” She must learn to love herself and forgive herself before the guilt consumes her. “Stony’s best had happened for him. She has yet to find her best.” They used to be best friends, “now they are practically strangers.” Her life will forever be defined by that one, fateful event. She only moved home to care for her cancer-ridden mother. Once she has recovered, Mia is gone. Army soldier Grayson Elliott is “too perfect. He must have some sort of fatal flaw.” In his relentless pursuit of Mia, I fell in love with this insightful, compassionate, determined man. His ability to ‘see’ her gives her the strength and the courage to face and embrace her future. Her guilt and self- torture are as destructive as the cancer that plagues her mother. The “elephant in the room” is another character in this story. Dean does an amazing job of exploring the family dynamics and Spencer’s compassion and forgiveness. This is my favorite story in the Sound of Silence Series.

“I did not ask for life, but now that you’ve given it to me, I will fight for it.”

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Amber Jones.
367 reviews7 followers
March 24, 2018

I read stone silence and I jumped at the chance to read the rest in the series and that was a wonderful idea. I just fell in love with this series and this amazing author.

a must read for sure....

Love can be complicated, that's for sure. Mia made a colossal mistake, paid dearly for it, and her life-long boyfriend, Stony, moved on and now it's time for her to do the same. Isn't that easier said than done? Taylor Dean writes in first person, which really drew me in and caused me to deeply feel and understand the reasoning behind Mia's mistake.

I loved this book as much as the first one. Mia is suffering holding on to the past mistakes and needing forgiveness but too afraid to face Stony. She meets Grayson,Spencer's brother, and is drawn to his warmth and happiness. She wants to like herself and find happiness again. Grayson starts to pursue her and she doesn't know if she can handle dating Spencer's brother.

5 stars
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1,691 reviews8 followers
February 5, 2018
This novel is a continuation of the Sounds of Silence series. In order for the book to make sense, you need to read the series in order. Mia has been released from jail but has been running away from her past. She has been avoiding Stony at all costs. When her mother is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Mia returns home to be her caregiver. The townspeople can be cruel, and many call her Jailbird. Mia goes to confess her deep dark secrets about the night of the “accident” but after apologizing to Stony, lacks to courage to confess all. She meets Spen cer and Spencer’s brother Grayson arrives home from the military in Korea for a short visit. Grayson and Mia have a hard time taking their eyes off each other but it seems that with the history between Stony and Mia, nothing good can come from a relationship between them. The story was well written and the characters likable. The romance is clean. I love the literature quotes that Mia refers to often!
Profile Image for Nari.
942 reviews6 followers
December 30, 2017
I loved this book as much as the first one. Mia is suffering holding on to the past mistakes and needing forgiveness but too afraid to face Stony. She meets Grayson,Spencer's brother, and is drawn to his warmth and happiness. She wants to like herself and find happiness again. Grayson starts to pursue her and she doesn't know if she can handle dating Spencer's brother. Will Grayson's love and cheerful disposition help Mia get back to living life? This is a story of struggling through guilt and redemption. I highly recommend it.
180 reviews2 followers
November 26, 2017
once again i was given this Arc book to read in advance by taylor and again she doesnt dissapoint
jail bird follows on from stoneys story but this is mias life,his ex

we learn all her secrets and how she puts them right and gains forgiveness and entry into stoney and spencers lifes

a quick paced book that i thoroughly enjoyed cant wait to read the last one of this series
1,580 reviews
January 27, 2018
My heart was deeply touched while reading Jailbird. Mia's story is one you can relate to--that of having made a mistake and being unable to move beyond it through forgiveness of oneself. I loved Greyson's confidence and joy that spilled over onto Mia. Her need for him to help restore herself and his constant love brought me to tears.
772 reviews
February 26, 2018
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it.

Jailbird is the 2nd book in Taylor Dean’s “Sounds of Silence” trilogy. The author recommends that these books be read in order because we learn important information about Mia, the main character, in the first book, Stone Silence.

Mia Faraday spent two years in prison for accidentally setting a fire that seriously burned part of the body of Stony, her fiancé at the time. The entire first book is Stony’s story and explains a lot of important background information about this event. Unfortunately, by the end of the first book, I did not have good feelings about Mia. I felt she was a selfish, uncaring person who found the idea of getting married more important than the person she was actually going to marry.

Therefore, as one would expect, I didn’t like Mia at the beginning of the book. I had no sympathy for her two year prison term, and I certainly did not care that people didn’t like her and called her “jailbird.”

However, eventually, due to this author’s skillful writing, I found myself warming up to Mia and, before I knew it, I began to sympathize with her problems. In retrospect, when I realize how much I disliked her at the beginning of the book, I am surprised at how much Taylor Dean was able to alter my thinking. I am not sure how she did it, I just know she did.

On the other hand, I adored Grayson immediately. Grayson is the man who falls in love with Mia as soon as he meets her. He is an upbeat person who uses humor to lighten up difficult situations, and he sees the good in everyone and everything. He reeks of confidence and refuses to let Mia go no matter what she says or does.

Even more complicated, Grayson is the brother of the woman who married Stony in the first book. But, Grayson is unaware about Mia’s background. He just senses her unhappiness and her low self-esteem. He never pushes her to explain the reasons; he just works hard on making her feel good.

As I read this book, I kept wondering how this would work out. What would Grayson do or say when he finds out? How will Stony and his wife take the new information that Mia has kept secret all of these years? I knew there would be a happy ending, but I wasn’t sure how.

I enjoyed reading this second book in the trilogy.
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321 reviews6 followers
January 24, 2018
This is the second book in the Sound of Silence series. Once I got started with this book I didn’t want to put it down. Definitely have to read this series in order since this story refers to events and characters from the first. It nice because you also get to see where/how the main characters from the first novel end up :)
There is a bit of suspense with this novel - although you know the end results of a certain situation you don’t know all of the information surrounding the events which is plaguing the main characters of this series. This of course is addressed but I thought the build up to it was completely relatable & realistic.
As to the characters - Mia & Grayson. I fell in love with them as a couple. Grayson is so fun loving and caring (& funny! I couldn’t slap but smile & laugh at his antics) - Mia is also very caring but is rather quiet & reserved but is trying to find her way back to being the spunky go-getter she used to be. We get to see this side of her a little before the story finishes. I’m looking forward to reading the next in this series!

I was given my copy free in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Megan Tiscareno.
529 reviews9 followers
December 26, 2017
* I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest feedback and review. *
I have not read one of Taylor Dean's books that I didn't just adore. Jailbird is no different.
This is the second book in a series and to really have maximum enjoyment and understanding of these characters, you really need to read them in the order they are written.
Mia's story is a story of redemption and forgiveness-- being able to ask for it, being able to give it to yourself. We can all relate to that need to love and forgive ourselves for the mistakes we've made in life. As she struggles with the understanding that she is worthy, she is met with her own resistance.

In the first book, you have an immediate dislike for Mia, but then you read her side of the story and you see how things continue to grow, change, and develop and you cannot help but becoming her biggest cheerleader. What a beautiful story.
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1,706 reviews24 followers
December 6, 2017

-‘...I think I have a new goal in life and that is to make you smile. I’ll do it one day, Mia, and that’s a promise.”’-

Very good. Readers definitely need to read Stone Silence before this one and should read both fairly close together because it’s easy to forget characters and storylines between books. This is Mia’s story and Stony and Spencer are an integral part of this book, as well as Spencer’s brother Grayson. I really enjoyed this story as well, although not quite as much as the first one. I’m looking forward to reading the final instalment when it is released as well. This story is pretty dark but it has a HEA and is well-written.
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Author 8 books11 followers
January 22, 2018
I loved this story about forgiveness and redemption. One thing I really like about this series besides, the fact that it is clean, is that there is an underlying happiness and positiveness about the characters. Jace was hilarious! The things he came up with... I liked how the mc's drew similarities between themselves with their likes and dislikes. I also liked how Jace didn't judge Mia and was willing to overlook her past so she could start over. He was such a gentleman and anticipated Mia's needs. Spencer was an unbelievably trusting angel. The author makes me love the characters. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
111 reviews7 followers
January 8, 2020
I love books about personal emotional growth and healing, I loved this book and all the changes and learning Mia went through. I also feel everyone should have a Grayson in their life.
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157 reviews22 followers
January 11, 2018
A story of redemption and forgiveness

4.25 stars

I am so glad I decided to continue on with this series!
While it did take me a bit to connect with the story this time, I was still reminded why I loved Taylor Dean’s writing so much when I first read Stone Silence. 
Reading Dean’s writing is like listening to someone’s mind. She doesn’t shy away from repetitions and petty thoughts that we all know will always find their way into someone’s train of thought but not always will make their way into writing. 
What I really liked about this sequel was the complete shift in tone from Stone Silence. 
While the first book left me mostly feeling fuzzy and happy, reading Jailbird was a different experience entirely. The book has a much somber tone as we deal with Mia’s insecurities, anxiety and I am pretty sure she suffered from a mild form of depression(but that might be just my own reflection on her). I loved reading about her struggles and will to get better, to regain her control over her own life. 
Much of Mia’s thoughts mirrored my own at some point or another in my life. I can really appreciate her journey, even if it is completely different from my own. 
When it comes to Grayson, I think I fell in love the second he entered Mia’s life. His up beat and humorous approach to life captivated me from the start. I wish I had just an ounce of his energy and take on life. 
Just as with Stone Silence, Jailbird has its flaws as well, but where I might see flaws others might see nothing wrong, so you better judge it for yourself. Either way, if you read Stone Silence I highly recommend continuing on to Jailbird. The story is a wonderful tale of redemption, battling personal demons and forgiveness.
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797 reviews3 followers
January 15, 2018
We met Mia in Stone Silence and this is the story of her redemption and healing. She's over Stony, but not over everything that's happened and needs to confess a few things in order to heal and move on with her life. Thus, we find her at Stony and Spencer's house, just before Spencer's brother is about to arrive for a visit.

And thus it begins! Mia fights against falling in love with the brother of the woman married to her first love and former finance; yes it's a little convoluted. Greyson is sweet and charming and just what she needs; if she'll let him.

Though Mia wasn't my favorite MC of the series, I still enjoyed her story. Everyone deserves forgiveness and a chance at love and their own happily ever after.
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1,175 reviews39 followers
January 25, 2018
I wasn't as intrigued by this second book in the Sound of Silence Series as I was by the first, but I thought the characters were well developed and likable. It was a fast read, and has a sweet love story and message of forgiveness (including forgiving ourselves). I was a bit put off by the amount of time it took for Mia to get to her BIG confession. And then nothing came of it, which I guess plays into the forgiveness aspect, but soooo much attention was focus on the big secret that it seemed sort of anticlimactic.

*I received a complimentary copy of this eBook. All opinions expressed are my own.
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1,379 reviews25 followers
February 22, 2018
Jailbird (Sound of Silence #2) - PG
Violence: no
Language: no
Sex: no
Way, way, way too much time spent in the h's head. She is an emotional mess who talked herself in and out of situations every other page with no real interaction with others. *Stone Silence* is WAY better than this one. I'm sure I'll read the third one, though, because I started the series. I just hope it's on KindleUnlimited.
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992 reviews6 followers
April 25, 2018
I love Spencer and Stony, from Stone Silence, and they are part of this story. Grayson is sweet and attentive. Mia says she wants to go forward with her life, but continually has a difficult time and fluctuates back and forth often. It's obvious she wants to break free and find some happy, I just didn't really see the growth in her until the very end. Still enjoyable and a great series. Strongly suggest you read the first one before this one.
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1,087 reviews6 followers
March 3, 2020
Meh. This is too much of an insta-love story for my liking. There is no growth in Mia and Grayson’s relationship. From the moment Grayson meets Mia he knows she’s the one for him even though she is pretty cold to him. Mia’s character doesn’t really develop either—one moment she’s cold and sad the next she is happy. Kisses only
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