Title: Louder than Words
Author: Miya Lee
Publisher: Lovelight Press
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Flames: 2 out of 5
Stars: 4 out of 5
4 Sickeningly Sweet Stars for Louder than Words.
This was my first Miya Lee read and I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. Characters who have “crippling anxiety” are usually portrayed to be weak or less than, and that’s just something I don’t have patience for. But… Felice Stevens did alright.
Yes, Joel did have anxiety. Really really bad anxiety, to the point where it interfered with his life every second of the day, but I never got the impression that he was a weak person because of it.
Joel wanted so bad to get over his fears and return to the person he used to be, and that internal conflict brought a lot of darkness to this book. The tragic event in Joel’s life that made him unable to function effortlessly and completely in society was heartbreaking to read about, though I’m not sure I particularly connected with him as a character. Joel was a complex character but I did feel like descriptions of him got a little repetitive, and every other paragraph seemed to be about his anxiety, which got a little annoying sometimes. But I do think that my inability to connect with him as a character was more personally based than technically.
I was so easily frustrated with Joel, partially because he constantly used his anxiety as an excuse, but mostly because he came across as petty and childish throughout most of the book. I almost had to ask myself how old he really was midway through the book because I felt like I was reading about a teenage kid who didn’t get his way and decided to whine to mom and dad. But at the same time, I also know people who are in the same age bracket who act exactly like that so I can’t say that it’s entirely unrealistic. Just annoying sometimes.
Nick, however, was so sickeningly sweet! He made the entire book worth every single minute spent reading it. He was such a hopeless romantic and his love for Joel was nothing short of admirable. I really loved his character! And because of that I found myself rooting for him and Joel.
There wasn’t a whole lot of conflict in this book, aside from Nick coming to terms with his feelings for Joel (and Joel facing his anxiety problem). I don’t think Nick had much of a problem with his feelings for Joel, so it wasn’t conflict in the typical sense of the word, but it was just enough to stir the pot while keeping the focus on their romance and not making the book boring. This was a great, quick read that was easy to digest. I loved the story, the romance, and Nick (Joel was okay).
Solid 4 stars from me. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Felice Stevens books and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another of her books if the blurb caught my attention.
Reviewed by Jordan at Alpha Book Club.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the author or the publisher in any way.