Title: Talker’s Graduation (Talker #3)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Tate “Talker” Walker, Brian Cooper
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
When you get past the basics of survival, what next? Brian Cooper recovered from the attack that almost killed him, and Tate Walker faced down his own demons. Now all that’s left is… each other. Growing up together and growing into their love is everything but easy.
Talker’s eternal optimism and Brian’s quiet faith just might be able to conquer the obstacles, big and small, in their way—as well as overcome the complications of having all their dreams come true.
The beginning doesn’t get much better than this. No, not the end, the beginning, because everything leading up to these moments in Talker’s Graduation, the big and the small, the dark and the luminous, were the preamble to what will surely now be the start of the true and ultimate journey for Tate Walker and Brian Cooper.
Though the external scars are permanent, the internal scars that torment Talker have reached a point where their ache and intensity no longer threaten to eclipse the man whom Brian loves. Talker now knows that Brian’s love is something beyond pity, beyond obligation. Tate learns that the enduring reality of that love was difficult to accept up to the moment he heard the truth being spoken, not to Tate himself but to another. Tate overhears a confession so profound, so utterly honest, so entirely palpable that it screams louder than the doubts, and shreds the last vestiges of uncertainty he’d been holding on to. Tate stops talking and finally listens, realizing that sometimes you hear things even in the silence; those are the things you hear with your heart and not with your ears, and those are the things in which you can place your closely guarded trust. Tate also learns that sometimes, seeing is believing.
This is the part of the journey in which Tate becomes empowered by the belief that where he and Brian have been has served only to direct them to where they belong. The horrors, the hardships, the shattering and the repairing of both body and mind will serve as the firm foundation on which they will find the strength to build a brighter future. This is the part of the journey in which both Tate and Brian will learn that discovering where they belong and what they want is sometimes found not in what they should do but in what they want to do. Discovering a passion for something oftentimes materializes when it’s least expected and that is the moment when the dream must be captured, treated with the proper respect, and given a chance—succeed or fail, difficult or not.
This is peace, the ultimate destination, but this is not the finish line for Brian and Tate. This is merely the beginning of their happy ending.
And it is the perfect commencement.
Reviewed By: Lisa