Author: Derek Adams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
On a cold February evening, Robert Chambers gives a panhandler a significant amount of cash. That gift allows Matt Cosgrove to turn his life around. When the men meet again, Matt, now employed at a local home improvement center, offers to build a shelving unit for Robert as a thank you. They become friends, and soon the chemistry between them cannot be denied. Robert, once betrayed by a faithless lover, believes he can finally build a relationship based on mutual trust and honesty. Then Robert discovers the dark secret that left Matt begging on a street corner. Their relationship appears doomed unless the walls of the prison of silence Matt has erected around his past can be breached.
Prisoner of Silence is a formula romance in a novella format. It is a quick read and can be satisfying if that is what you are looking for. We know from the beginning that Matt has a checkered past. We don’t find out until the climax what that past entails. Instead, we get to put it out of our minds and just watch as Robert and Matt grow closer and fall in love. It is sweet and hot, and you just want them to work it out.
Then the obligatory wrench is thrown into the works. It throws you as the reader as much for a loop as it does Robert. By the time you find out what Matt has been hiding, you don’t want it to be true. You want it to be a mistake. Just like Robert.
The part of Prisoner of Silence I admired most was that despite his friends being douches about Matt, Robert doesn’t let them dissuade him from pursuing a relationship that feels right. Yes, he does let their words throw him for a loop, but he confronts Matt about the accusations. I appreciated that scene, even if it didn’t end well. So often, I read stories where the main character listens to his friends and never gives the love interest a chance. Instead throwing a temper tantrum worthy of my pre-schooler.
If you need a re-affirmation of the power and love and family, Prisoner of Silence might just be a couple hours well spent.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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