Title: Sounds of Love
Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Jordan Waters, Sebastian Sumner
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Physically Challenged Hero
What does love sound like? If you hear it, will you heed its call?
Police officer Jordan Waters is recovering from a shooting by moving to a new apartment in a new town and taking a new job. In other words, he’s lonely. His first instinct is to relieve his anxiety through uncomplicated sex—until he meets a man so far out of his league and experience that he stumbles for the first time.
Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor give him the strength to get through anything—even the emotional defenses of Jordan Waters. But it’s his own family history that poses the biggest challenge. Can he learn to trust Jordan with his heart, or will his upbringing blind him to the sounds of love?
Sounds of Love is the first book I’ve read by Susan Laine and it definitely won’t be my last! I loved the fast-paced storyline and the strong emotional bond between the two main heroes. When I started this book last night, I had intentions of reading a few chapters and finishing it the next morning. Wrong! Once I started Sounds of Love I was immediately drawn into the lives of these very interesting and likeable characters, and I wasn’t able to put the book down until I finished the last word.
When police officer, Jordan Waters, was injured during the line of duty, he knew he wanted a fresh start. He moved to a new city, has a new partner and is determined to make a new life for himself. One night, Jordan’s partner invites him to play some poker with some friends. Thinking it would be a night just like any other, he’s stunned when he meets, Sebastian Sumner, a police volunteer who at first glance, immediately takes Jordan’s breath away. In the past, Jordan has had the love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude when it comes to hooking up with men, so he feels off balance, and off of his game when he meets the gorgeous and very intriguing Sebastian. Even when he realizes that Sebastian is deaf, but he can read lips and speak quite clearly, Jordan becomes even more mystified and captivated by the slightly younger man. Jordan tries to steady his emotions and attraction for Sebastian by deliberately becoming flirtatious with him, and the two men start a cat and mouse banter between them. But, there is something about Sebastian that steadily chips away at the wall that Jordan has around his heart, and Jordan begins to stop being the slick one-liner player he’s used to being, to the vulnerable and lonely man he really is. Once he shows this side to the sweet but cautious Sebastian, the men start forming a deep emotional bond between them that Jordan never thought he’d have with another. Will Jordan be able to work through his fears and finally have a chance to achieve a happy life with Sebastian?
I really loved this book! Jordan is such a complex and interesting character, I couldn’t keep from becoming captivated with his story and with his lover, Sebastian. I admit I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him at first. He’s arrogant and sexy and has kept everyone he knew at arm’s length most of the time. But, as the story progressed, and I got to know his vulnerable and caring side, I really began to like him. I loved how enthralled Jordan became with Sebastian and how Sebastian made him leave his comfort zone of pushing people away, to wanting to be part of a family with Sebastian. His character really evolves throughout the book, but he still keeps some of that naughty arrogance that I came to love. I absolutely adored Sebastian too! His determination to survive in a hearing world and his inner sweetness captivated me as much as it did Jordan! I understood why Jordan fell so hard for him and I also loved the relationship he had with his younger brother.
All of the characters in this book are well written and likeable people. I hope that Ms. Laine takes pity on his reader and writes a sequel featuring more of these characters because I’m definitely pining on reading more about them. Sounds of Love has a firm place on my keeper shelf, and I know any time I’m hankering for a sweet, sexy and emotionally charged read, I’ll reach for it time and time again.
Reviewed By: Gabbi