Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Tour for Silent Love by Casey Clipper (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a disabled person I was drawn to this story of a woman blinded in a tragic event and the party boy doctor who falls for her completely.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Silent Love by Casey Clipper for yourself, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC and leave a comment below for the chance to win a digital copy of this book from Smashwords too!

Former Navy SEAL Sean Millen has been perfectly fine with his bachelorhood until recently, when he realizes he's unhappy with his single status. Unfortunately, his playboy reputation doesn't offer him the type of woman that could fulfill his days and nights as well as settle into the specific life he envisions.  
Four years ago, Beth Connors' world was entirely altered. Beth spends her days trying to remain invisible in order to avoid unwanted attention. Each night she sheds grief-filled tears over the former life she once led but will never be able to regain.
When Beth literally runs into him. Doctor Sean Millen. A force of nature. A rock. A reputable heartbreaker, who takes an immediate interest in her, there's no place for her to hide. But Beth's natural instinct to push Sean away to save herself and him from the difficult task of adjusting their lives to her shortcomings is always front and center. Yet, Beth secretly longs for love. Is she strong enough to tear down the walls of her self-imposed prison?
Sean finds himself falling for a woman who is determined to reject his every advance and deny their surprisingly deep connection. Can Sean push past Beth's concrete walls that she refuses to destroy? Or will Beth's shocking revelation of her past prevent them from finding the love they both deserve? Or will a tragic accident pull Sean and Beth apart permanently?

EXCERPT:

Seated at her desk, Beth pulled up the notes on the patient whose bill was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Medicare was auditing the chart, and she had to make certain all the i's were dotted and t's were crossed before the paperwork left the office. About to plunge into the work, a large figure loomed behind her. She'd seen his shadow step into the background of her dark computer screen.
Heart fluttering with nervous excitement, he returned despite her objections.
A gentle hand landed on her shoulder. Spinning in her chair, Sean stood behind her with a giant grin donning those devastatingly handsome features. Gawd, he should be a model for SEALs 'R Us.
"Hi," he said.
"Hi."
"Lunch today?" he asked.
She nodded. There was no way she could turn him down. After he left her house last night, all she did was think of him late into the early morning hours. Thoughts of a potential future toyed with her. There'd been a time in her life when she defined herself by the man who held her heart. That changed a long time ago when she'd needed the support of her boyfriend the most, but he checked out. Disappeared. He'd left her at her most dire time.
"Good," he said. Reaching into his lab coat pocket, he pulled out a small white box tied with white string. "This is for after lunch." He leaned down and kissed the top of her head. "I'll come and get you at noon." He sauntered off before she could argue she'd rather eat lunch a half an hour earlier.
After she'd watched him until he was out of sight, she spun back to her work but eyed the small box. She'd never been a patient girl when it came to gifts. Many Christmases her parents spent coming up with new hiding places for her presents.
Beth pulled her scissors out of the desk drawer and snipped off the string. She unfolded the lid and gasped. A tiny chocolate cake with fudge icing sat picture perfect inside the white box. Tears formed in her eyes. That simple pastry was the most thoughtful gift she'd ever received from a man.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a disabled person I love encountering characters dealing with their disabilities in a realistic way and Ms. Clipper does that fairly well in this story with Beth who became deaf four years ago in a tragic event.  Not only has she created a personable heroine but a hero that is truly drool-worthy in the former Navy SEAL turned doctor, Sean.  He enjoys the ladies and they enjoy him as he's sexy and charming.  He's also very dedicated to family as seen by his brother joining the service with him and the two of them sharing a home.  Up until now Sean was happy with his bachelor life but the day he met Beth he became a different man, one who set out to prove he was worthy of her and willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and happy.  No matter how much she pushes him away he's there supporting her and giving her time to cope with her dark moments.

Beth goes through a lot of emotional turmoil in this book as she's harassed at work because of her disability and fears that no man will ever want her because of her disability.  Sean isn't the kind of man to let what he wants get away from him though so it's a subtle battle of the sexes as theirs is a rocky road to HEA due to outside forces and inner heartache.  Beth is still trying to cope with her loss and keeping events from her past secret that end up intertwining with Sean's cousin Courtney which forces him to choose between love and family.  Throughout this rocky journey events keep befalling Beth, like her home catching fire, that leave us rooting for her and feeling deep sympathy for her.  She deals with it as best she can but there were times I found her a bit too quick to cry.  In most other ways I liked her.

This story truly belongs to Sean though as it's told mostly from his perspective.  He's a wonderful hero who protects Beth no matter the cost.  Their romance teems with sexual tension from their first encounter as their relationship evolves from sweet to sexy with him charming her every step of the way, as well as us.  His brother Ryan is also a charmer who forms a deep and loyal friendship with Beth giving her even more support to get through the pain of her past.  I long to see his story told as he has hero material written all over him.  Some of the events that befell Beth throughout the story felt a bit over-the-top and took away some of the story's believability but I applaud her rising above it all with the supportive Sean by her side.  Though Sean was introduced in a previous book of Ms. Clipper's it's not necessary to have read it to enjoy this one.  With her heartwarming yet sexy storytelling ability though readers will want to add more of her books to their bookshelf.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got a copy of this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Bestselling Contemporary Romance Author Casey Clipper lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She's an admitted sports fanatic and chocolate lover (though that could be classified more as an addiction). An avid romance reader, she loves to lose herself in a good book. Casey is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, Pennwriters, the Authors Guild, TRRW, ASMSG, and IAN.


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9 comments:

  1. What a fabulous review. This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  2. Casey Clipper is an awesome author and Silent Love is her best work yet. Sean and Beth are a beautiful couple and are so easy to like and fall in love with!! (Leeann)

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  3. Silent Love is an amazing book and written by a very talented author. You will fall in love with Sean and Beth's love story. You won't be able to put it down its that good!!! Definitely a five star read!! Casey is amazing!!

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  4. Great blurb, sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing, good luck on the tour!

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