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Stone Silence

(Sound of Silence #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist?

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.”

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Taylor Dean Books
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Julie Carpenter
There's something wonderful about opening up a book and starting that first sentence...

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." ~Rebecca

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." ~Harry Potter

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat" ~The Hobbit

Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oh man. I will always read everything Taylor Dean writes with no hesitation. Right now I'm feeling like one lucky girl that I get to read and review for her. I LOVE Taylor Dean books. If you have never read anything by her, you really must.

This book was full of those emotionally charged moments that I crave as a reader. It's more than just chemistry and physical attraction, although that is there in abundance as well. There is a building intensity throughout the book and I was so caught up in it
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I knew after reading Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean that she would be one of those authors that I didn't pass on. I wasn't particularly compelled by the cover and description of this book, but I spotted some 5 star and rave reviews on Goodreads from friends that got me curious... and once I started reading it I blew through it in one morning. (One of those amazing mornings where the kids play so well together that I was granted the privilege of reading a book all the way through!) There's some ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, clean-read
I am always for books with wounded war vets and this one has one! I love books with families as an important part of their lives, again, this book has it too! And I love a good romance, again another check for me!

Stony is a man with a furrowed brow and very little smile and he is respectful and kind and a man of few words. Intriguing indeed!

Spencer is a woman who just can’t get into dating and has dated very little and wonders if her “great big beautiful love” will ever come to her. She is not
Kathy Jo
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
January 2019:

This is still an AMAZING book and I still LOVE it! Definitely one of my favorite series!

March 2018:

Oh my gosh! I still totally LOVE this book! It is SO good! Can't wait to reread the rest of this series! *dreamy sigh*

November 2017:

Spencer has been waiting for her big beautiful love her entire adult life. She starts to think that something is seriously wrong with her because she is repulsed by the touches of the men she has dated. She wishes that love would just hurry up and find
Katie W
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop obsessing about this story and it's fantastically flawed and real characters. Love sometimes comes when it's least expected and that's just what Spencer discovers. A very scary and bad experience ends up being the best thing that ever happened to her.

Although Spencer is in her late twenties, she's naive in the ways of relationships and love and I adored watching her discover her passion and emotional and romantic connections, especially with someone like Stony. He is like a stone--
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silence is golden...

I'm not sure what I expected when beginning this book, but it sure took me by surprise! I was taken back upon our main character's first encounter with our hero. I had a hard time imagining how their romance could grow based on his quiet and reserved nature, but grow it did! There was such a sweetness to this story- a tenderness to the way they fell in love. I was also not expecting some of the plot twists. It was a wonderful book, with a toe-curling (and clean!) romance. I c
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I loved this book! If Books 2 and 3 were already written, I would be reading them right now! Luckily, Book 2 comes out in a few weeks and Book 3 comes out in a month and a half so I won't have to wait too long.

I love how Taylor Dean tells a story, and I love the story of Stony and Spencer. Spencer starts out in a precarious situation, and so she's not at her best when she meets Stony for the first time. Unfortunately, he's not at his best either. Fortunately, because of the situation they are fo
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars.

A very different story. I don't usually love books written in 1st person present tense, but I can read the authors' just fine. It just goes to prove, if it's done well, it works.

Elliott meets Stoney in unusual circumstances. I had to suspend my belief of reality a little about their arrangement, but once I put it aside, I was able to keep reading.

Stoney has lots of secrets, things that have really affected his life, but his heart is in the right place. Elliott is naïve and her disco
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful love story is about Spencer (the heroine) and Stony (the quiet hero). When a tragic scene places Spencer on Stony’s porch desperate for water and care, he wants nothing to do with the forlorn stranger. But knowing there’s no other option, Stony takes care of the young woman and finds himself falling for her, even as he battles demons from the past. Spencer has never felt that pitter-patter of her heart for a man before, and has often wondered if something is wrong with her. But sh ...more
Amy Koster
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Does love really exist? Spencer Elliott is determined it does not. She just cannot catch a break. After a date gone wrong and being deserted in the middle of nowhere, Spencer is left to the help of others. Only the person who she asks for help wants her gone.
Stony is a private man who has his own trials to work through. A man of few words he reluctantly agrees to help Spencer.
I loved watching their relationship unfold. Both in need of trust and understanding they begin to heal. Spencer is a woma
InD'tale Magazine

A solid contemporary romance, “Stone Silence” has all the features of a winner of a clean romance.

Read full review in the 2018 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
This book was a fun surprise. I don't normally love a book written in first person, but this book was definitely the exception. I had to make myself put it down so I could take time to savor every minute. The characters in the story were well written and developed. I enjoyed reading their story. I love Stoney and the way he communicates with Spencer. I love Spencer's open and honest way of living life.

I look forward to reading more from Taylor Dean.
Lindsay Gassin
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I’ve read something from Taylor Dean, and after reading Stony Silence I’m wondering why. The author has a way of writing endearing characters and moving plots that stay with you long after the book is finished. I love the rawness of Stony and Spencer’s journey, and I appreciate the author’s delicate way of addressing heavy issues. I still think there needed to be a stronger punishment for Finn (that man was crazy!), but it all worked out in the end. I can’t wait to start ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always said Taylor Dean and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to how our minds work. This book once again proves it. She writes books that are books I'd write. This is really creepy, but a couple days before I started this book, I had a dream about a firefighter who lost his leg in an accident. In my dream, I told myself that my dream would make a good book. No, Stony didn't lose his leg by being a firefighter, but he did lose a leg! Other books she's written, have been things I' ...more
Mylissa Demeyere
Stone Silence is one of those books that draws you n from the first page.
Spencer gets put into a very prickly situation, and hopes to find help at the mercy of Stony. At first Stony doesn’t want to give into the urge to rescue this woman in distress, but his heart is softened when he sees her predicament.
The spend a great deal of time together. It forces them to get to know each other, and in the process they fall in love. For Spencer this is a new sensation, as she has never felt the pull towar
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spencer is beginning to think maybe there's something wrong with her. She can't seem to find a guy she likes, or ever really have a response where she's not repulsed by them men she has dated when they try to kiss or hold hands.

According to her mom, she has a great big love out there just waiting for her. It'll just slap her in the face someday and then she'll know. Spencer keeps wondering if this is true, and if it is, when will it happen?

After being abandoned by a date weekend gone bad, Spenc
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

-‘...he’s the Beast. Full of both rage and kindness all at once.’-

Her jerk of a boyfriend dumps her on the side of the road, abandoning her in the middle of nowhere because she won’t “put out”. He leaves her stranded without her purse, cell phone, water, or any clothes, in the middle of a hot, Texas summer on a deserted road. After walking for hours, she finally stumbles upon a lone house under construction and weakly asks for help from the stranger who is reluctant to help her in any way b
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Spencer Elliott is a 27 year old single woman. Her friends and family are constantly trying to get her to put herself out there in the dating pool. After a month of group dates with Finn, Spencer decides to take and chance and travels 7 hours to a concert with him. Before they leave, she makes sure Finn knows they each need to have their own hotel room and that she won’t be sleeping with him. On the way home from the concert, the date goes very bad when Finn drops Spencer in the middle of nowher ...more
Megan Tiscareno
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
I've adored every single book I've ever read by Taylor Dean. They are well crafted stories that hook you in by your heart strings and wrap you up in the emotions and the character development that has you rooting for these people that you grow to imagine in your heart.
Stone Silence is no difference. Spencer is left in a situation which will rile you up, and just like that, she finds a mysterious stranger who helps her ou
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stony Silence was absolutely intriguing and breathtaking. I would compare Taylor to Amy Harmon, but recommend her more. Her characters have morals that allows the reader to simply enjoy the story and the emotions without material that is unwanted or unneeded. Spencer’s issues with men and her lack of connection is easily relatable. Stony’s issues were real and created such a strong loveable character. The romance was packed with emotion and drama that had the perfect level to draw you in and tug ...more
Susan K
Romance, clean
Lovely romance. The h isn't perhaps the strongest character, but still a sweet fall. Definitely a Beauty and the Beast retelling in a contemporary setting with the only 'magic' being the romance.
Spencer (the h) has been unlucky in love. Stranded she is walking down a deserted highway, and enters the compound to find water and some help. Stony gruffly greets her, and it is the start of their fall. Heartfelt, genuine, honest characters, and a fun, romantic, contemporary fairy tale re
Paula Bothwell
Stone Silence (Sound of Silence Series 1) - PG
Violence: none
Language: nothing offensive
Sex: no sex, some delicious kissing

Similar to *Beauty and the Beast* if Beast were a catch and a half from the get-go! Oh, Stony is something else! Why haven't I been reading Taylor Dean's books all along? The connection between the leads is so cool and I loved how the heroine finally found Love. Great book!
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved the characters (except for Finn-would have loved to see him go to jail). I loved the setting. I loved the writing. I loved that it was a clean romance. I loved the happy ending.

Just all around wonderful book.

Didn't take me long to read it, then I went and downloaded the next one in the series. Would have gotten the third one but it wasn't available yet.

Highly recommend!
Lorna Asplin
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story. Can't wait for the next book
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute and simple romance. An easy fluff book.
Heather Green
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book, beginning with the very fitting title. It was deep emotionally. It will make you think about what your eyes, facial expressions, and body language say about you and others. It explores emotions, feelings, forgiveness, trust, and relationships. I couldn't put it down. Stoney was my favorite character. He had so many setbacks, but he rose above them to be a better person. He never gave up (except somewhat emotionally). I loved his dry humor and his intensity. Yo ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ebook review copy of this book but was under no obligation to post a positive review

If you had me describe Stone Silence in two words they would simply be Love Story. And one of the most wonderful kind- the kind that gives you butterflies; the kind that gives you the warm and fuzzy feeling deep inside; the kind that just makes you want to be happy.
It all starts when we meet Spencer and Finn on their way back home from a horrible out of town date. We discover that Finn is, for
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amber Jones
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A lovely read I was excited to find a author that isnt all about the act of love it was more about the falling in love part and that is wonderful. Its great to see that there are still authors that are keeping it all about the love. A book that would be great for young adults to read.

This book was full of those emotionally charged moments that I crave as a reader. It's more than just chemistry and physical attraction, although that is there in abundance as well. There is a building intensity thr
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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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Sound of Silence (3 books)
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