Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne – Review

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Title: Loud and Clear)

Author: Aidan Wayne

Date of Publication: May 21, 2016

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Synopsis

Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.

When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn’t think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.

If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.

 

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Meagan’s 4 Star Review

 

This was such a sweet novella. Even though the writing was awkward at times (some of the wording felt forced), I really enjoyed the story. I loved watching Jaxon and Caleb’s relationship form. They didn’t let their disabilities keep them from something they knew could be amazing. I’ve read books where one of the main characters is dyslexic, but I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book where one of them has an intense stutter. I had never thought about what it would be like to live with a debilitating communication disorder. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be to have ideas in your head but be unable to easily share them.

I would have loved to see this story go on longer or maybe be reworked into a full-length novel. This is the author’s debut so I can only imagine his writing will continue to evolve. I’ll be picking up the author’s second book, Counterbalance, soon.
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Excerpt

 

“You speak ASL?!” Caleb signed back, sure his eyes were bugging out of his head.

“Only a little,” Jaxon said. “I tried to learn some basics. Thought it might make things easier for you if you could sign at least a little to me. I didn’t get to learn very much. I only had a few days. But it’s not that hard to learn! It’s just memorization, so even I could get it through my head.” His smile was bashful, but he still looked nervous, like he was waiting for Caleb’s approval.

This man had started learning ASL for their first date. And he was good at it.

And he thought he was stupid?

Caleb blinked himself back to reality and tried to give Jaxon his warmest smile.

“It’s good,” he said. “Thank you. You’re amazing.”

Jaxon rubbed the back of his neck. “I’m glad it was okay.”

Okay to try learning the language Caleb was most comfortable speaking? Okay? This was already the best date of Caleb’s life, and they hadn’t even ordered dinner yet.

 

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About the Author

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Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.
When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.

Comments

  1. Oh this does sound really sweet, thanks for the recommendation!

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