Inarticulate by Eden Summers
Release Date: September
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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He's silent - but his touch speaks louder than words.
At first sight, Savannah is drawn to the harsh appeal of a man who refuses to talk to her. Keenan's hard start is arrogant and unapologetic. The quirk of his sensuous lips is cocky and in control.
But there's more. There's something deeper he's trying to hide behind those steely grey eyes - a slight hint of vulnerability which captures her intrigue.
She'd been warned, told that his silence hides a myriad of lies capable of affecting her career and relationships with loved ones. Only she can't help herself. Testing Keenan's defenses is an addiction she can't deny.
Falling in lust is easy. Learning his secrets comes with a price. The cost? Her broken heart.
Let's see if I can *ahem* articulate my thoughts on Inarticulate.
First off, this is a riveting story. That Summers was able to make a character, who couldn't speak, so compelling was a feat. I was fascinated with Keenan and completely under his spell from the get-go. I could tell there was more than meets the eye with him. He was enigmatic and not only because of his silence. The way he was able to communicate through body language and facial expressions was awe-inspiring. Who needs words? But I could also tell he was keeping secrets and that made me sad.
Savannah, on the other hand, was exactly what you see if what you get. Her forthrightness was admirable, honestly. She knew how to provide people with what they needed - calming or placating, etc. - but always did it honestly. She was able to see beyond Keenan's inability to speak and fell for the man underneath.
The secrets - I admit to being nervous about the reveal. I had figured out one in a general sense but some others were shocking and I appreciated that. The romance as a whole and all the circumstances around it kept me engaged with Savannah and Keenan. It was exciting, a refreshing foundation for a relationship, and it was nerve-racking wondering how things would go.
I do wish some of the romance development had taken place on page rather than off page. I felt it would have made me feel their connection more strongly had I been privy to those happenings. I also wish I'd had more time with Savannah and her cousin, Dominic, because I liked their dynamics and it could have added more to Savannah's character.
Overall though. I thoroughly enjoyed Inarticulate. It was unlike anything I've read before due to Keenan's disability. But I really liked Keenan and Savannah and the minor characters as well, It's been awhile since I read Summers and I think I need to add more of her work to my queue.