Hope the week is off to a good start! Today we are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Heart Unheard by Andrew Grey! This is a touching story about real love and we have a great excerpt, my review and a giveaway too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Title: Heart Unheard
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Hearts Entwined Book 2
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Nov 17 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott.
Scott first pushes Brent away, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.
Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental.
4 – 4.5 Stars
Andrew Grey delivers another touching, heart felt story that embraces a character with a disability that really doesn’t define the person or the relationship. I love his ability to empower characters and bring love to everyone and this book is another great example of that storytelling. Heart Unheard is the story of Brent and Scott, two co-workers with crazy chemistry but both a little afraid of acting on it since they work together. When Scott is in an accident that changes his life, it’s time for Brent to step up and be the man Scott really needs.
I loved these two – right from the start – their adorable flirting got my attention right from the start. These two have undeniable chemistry but age and work seem to keep them apart, that is until Scott is in an accident that leaves him deaf. Brent doesn’t know how to react other than to be there for Scott and show him what he should have all along, that he really does matter to him. Their budding relationship has challenges, Scott is trying to come to terms with his new life and Brent wants to make his real feelings known. But these two work it out. And oh what a journey to that point!
Scott struggles for sure, what a shock to have to adapt to, the silence, but he does and he does it with strength. He is determined to take his life back and he’s finding he’s determined to do it with Brent. Brent wants his real feelings to be known, not just pity, but his deep love for Scott. I loved seeing these two navigate through their challenges as well as the sweet moments to find that love together. This is a touching story, one that went straight to the feels and will stay with me. It’s not about the ability or disability but the love and finding the way through the challenges life can throw at you. Heart Unheard is another great example of why Andrew Grey is a must read for me!
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Scott was in a small room, the bed surrounded by monitors with a number of tubes and cords hooked to him. His usually robust cheeks were sallow, his normally intense eyes closed, his pouty lips pale.
“Please remain quiet.”
“Of course,” Brent said as he pulled forward the small chair and sat next to the bed. He didn’t ask her a bunch of questions about how he was doing because Brent knew she couldn’t really tell him anything without specific written permission.
The nurse checked Scott over and left the room.
“Hey, Scott. It’s Brent. I wanted to stop by and see you.” He blinked as Scott’s chest slowly rose and fell. “I read somewhere that people can sometimes hear things when they’re out like this. So I hope you get better.” He turned to make sure no one was around to hear him, then leaned closer. “I should have told you how I felt.” He sniffed and took one of the tissues from the box on the tray table. He reached for Scott’s hand and slid their fingers together. Brent probably didn’t have a right to do that, but he wanted Scott to know he was there.
To his surprise, Scott’s fingers squeezed his just a little. At first, he wasn’t sure it was real, but Scott did it again. Brent gently rubbed the back of his hand but received no further movement in response.
“Are you Brent?” a man who had to be Scott’s dad asked. He looked so much like him, only an older, more weathered, and very worried version, with touches of gray in his hair.
“Yes,” Brent whispered, setting Scott’s hand back on the blankets, his cheeks heating. “I was just trying to make a connection with him. I think he might have squeezed my hand a little.” He wondered what Scott’s dad—and then his mom as she followed him inside—must be thinking with him holding Scott’s hand.
“He did that last night before we left. It’s the only indication that we’ve had that he’s there and knows we’re here.” Scott’s mother approached, and Brent stood to give her the chair. She sat, gently stroking Scott’s hand. “Is there something between you and my son?” She lifted her gaze, and it was like she was looking deep into his soul. It was immediately evident where Scott got his amazing eyes, even if hers were red and definitely filled with concern. “I heard what you were saying to him before we came in.”
“Don’t mind Carolyn. She has bat-like hearing sometimes.” Reggie stepped to the other side of the bed, looking at Scott. If Brent were to hazard a guess, Reggie was willing his son to wake up. The worry and sheer willpower were written on the lines of his furrowed brow.
“Reggie,” she said gently, then turned to Brent. “Scott talked about you all the time. I think he may have a crush on you.” She looked him over. “I can see why, but aren’t you a little old for him?”
Brent nodded. “That’s why nothing ever happened.” He turned back to Scott, not believing he was having this conversation. “I’m his manager and….” There were so many reasons why he’d never said anything to Scott, though all of them seemed too stupid now. Scott lay on the bed, largely unmoving, and none of Brent’s reasons mattered. All that did matter was that Scott would recover and get better again.
“I see,” she said, as though there were some great meaning behind Brent’s words. “He told me about the time the oil gun sprang a leak and he got sprayed. You got the oil shut off and him out of there and cleaned off so fast, before it could get in his eyes.”
“He told you that?” Brent closed his eyes, stifling a groan, as his cheeks had to be turning beet red. He’d cleaned Scott off and had damn near kissed him just because he was relieved Scott was all right. Just as he’d gotten close, Scott had opened his eyes and their gazes had met, but Brent had backed away. His cowardice had taken over the way it usually did.
Carolyn nodded. “He said you were gentle and made sure he was okay before everything else. Then you apparently took apart the equipment, fixed it, and made sure that didn’t happen again.” She smiled. “Scott tells us stories about work all the time, and many of them featured you.”
What was he supposed to say to that? Brent wanted to hide and lick his wounds somewhere. It seemed that the teasing and flirting Scott had done was more than just playing. Brent had never been sure, but now he knew. Scott had cared and might have been truly interested, but now it might be too late.
“That’s so nice to know.” Brent couldn’t help looking at Scott and wondering what might have been if he had just had the guts.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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The Titles Below Are for the Heart Entwined Novels Only
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Heart Unseen Book 1
Heart Unheard Book 2