ARC Review: Locked in Silence

Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…

Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.

At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…

Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…

Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.

Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.

Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.

But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.

Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?

Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?

Sloane is an author I started reading last year, and I am obsessed with her books. So when I saw that she was starting a brand new series, I was beyond excited!

If you’ve read Sloane’s other books you know they can be very angsty. This was less so. It was very emotional, so don’t worry about that. It’s just not on the same level as some of her other books. I won’t say much about the plot, just reading the description is all you need to know going into this.

It’s the characters that make this story so wonderful. Her books are always filled with flawed and well-rounded characters, Locked in Silence was no different. Dallas and Nolan are two very different characters, and each are going through their own set of issues. Individually, they are such interesting people, and together, they make an amazing couple. This is also filled with a lot of secondary characters. They all seem so interesting, I can’t wait to see their stories.

Also, Dallas takes cares of unwanted, exotic animals. So animal lovers out there, there are a lot of cute pets in this story! And Nolan is adorable. I just want to hug him and never let go.

Sloane has this incredible gift of just making you fall in love with her characters. I definitely recommend this one! I can’t wait for the next book in the series. (Each book will follow a different couple.)

Free on KU

**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

five star

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