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Avery Castle carries the weight of a thousand moments of sorrow.
Donavan Hardy carries enough anger for them both. 

When they were young, Donavan learned sign language so he could talk to the deaf beauty. He cared, even when Avery's influential father couldn't be bothered with her "flaw." 

In spite of things, the bad boy made her fall in love with sound . . . with music. 

They couldn't have been any more different, but he was always meant to protect her, just like she was always meant to calm his rage. 

And then, Avery's world came crashing down when the love of her life disappeared without a trace, leaving her broken-hearted and pregnant. She loses her baby, the last bit of him she has left, and her world plunges deeper into darkness. 

Seven years of hurt, confusion, and pain collide when they are thrown back together. Avery has to decide if the life she's been living with the sizzling Cuban cop, whom her father approves of, is worth not having Donovan back in her life. But Donavan is fighting for her forgiveness, to prove that deep-seeded secrets far greater than their love tore them apart. 

Donavan will force Avery to return the key to her heart no matter the cost....

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Amarie Avant (P)2019 Tantor

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Outstanding love love it

Story was well written and the narrator brought the story to light, more books please.

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lovely story

I absolutley loved this book. I was never bored it definitely kept my attention. I would highly recommend this book.

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good story could have been better researched

I've read this book in ebook so took a chance since it's in audiobook. I still enjoyed the story and the narrators weren't bad(maybe just not how I saw it in my head). Sometimes the pacing was slow considering it was audio, and sometimes I wasn't sure whether Avery was hard of hearing or deaf. Deafness is a spectrum, and many times Avery contradicted whether she couldn't hear or she could. Being hard of hearing still requires ASL or sign language, hard of hearing folks still communicate better with sign than the alternative.

But I'm diving into the sequel and it seems more researched than this book did when portraying sign. I think because no one mentioned whether she spoke with a deaf voice or not, whenever long conversations were held without sign, it was weird wondering if the conversation was understood.

I also noticed how much more Salvador was exoticized. That wouldn't be a big deal if I weren't a Black Cuban, but considering his mother was Black, I don't know a Black Cuban alive who would exalt Desi Arnaz over Celia Cruz.

I wasn't sure how they worked out the fact that they were raising their son, even though he was adopted. If I ignore everything I disliked, I can actually say I enjoyed the book.

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Exciting

I enjoyed this book very much it was one I could not put down until I had finished it entirely.

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Amazing

Love this book good reading can’t wait to start part lol. Very good Narrators. Can’t stop reading.

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The story was compelling but a bit rushed.

Great premise! Although more character developement was needed for each. The story was indeed compeling. Parts of the book I originally missed or misconstrued, I porposely went back and relistened.

DONOVAN and AC childhood we needed more investment. We needed the story to open in their childhood not a retelling as flashback. Starting with openning a window into Donovan's biological parents before his spiral into foster care system. There inherently lies a need for greater detail regarding the conflict between Donovan and Alexander. The relationship with the crime boss, it's felt oddly familiar on it face as if the crime boss knew more about Donovan ....

There should have been more chapter development regarding the house history outlining the great grandmother and all occupants of plantatation. I believe there could possibly be a prequel. An antebellum saga featuring grandma Frannie and her family. This would provide each reader with a greater buyin to wanting to save the plantation a better understanding of AC's mom over the top behavior. Most importantly Alexander upbringing, how he came into his money & power.

I personally was waiting to see each main character grow where we could let them go. The ending felt a bit rushed.

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great story

very good 👍 everyone seemed to come to gether for the benefit of the child

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Whirlwind of a Story

The book was so intense I had to take half a year before being able to finish it, my emotions were to strongly tied to this story that I became lowkey paranoid about all men I dated probably being a murderer... glad I was able to finish it, though my lil heart still almost exploded. I cannot believe there were so many twist and turns, overall definitely worth the read. haha

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Isaiah 49:17-26 and Isaiah 43:5-13

This story had a male and a female narrator. Great call on whoever chose them.

This is a romance. It's not a "clean, kissless, sexless, no profanity" romance. The writing is intense, earthy and sexual. So is the Bible. I think this author must love the book of Isaiah, especially chapters 49:17-26 and 43:5-13 because this story is like that, fleshed out.

Avery Castle is black, beautiful, deaf and troubled. Her rich, powerful father and mother are super protective of her. Their protection is the source of most of what Avery is troubled about. Donavan Hardy has been in love with her since childhood, but he's been in foster homes and has anger issues, so her parents basically run him off. Plot opens 7 years later and now Avery has another "protector" in Salvador. YHWH is spoken of in ways that are not preachy, yet quite effective, especially for someone like me who has experienced miracles. There's lots of action and though some things are easily guessed, they don't happen when or where you expect. That keeps it truly interesting, enough so that I listened to the whole book in 1 sitting. The ending seems very unlikely unless you've read those verses in Isaiah, which have some mirroring verses in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Very well done!

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Better to read

The narrator made me want to read the book instead seriously not exaggerating but it sounds robotic

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