More Than Words
by Mia Sheridan
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Source: PublisherNo one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Timesbestselling author Mia Sheridan.
The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.
Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It's only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.
But they don't belong in each other's worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.
Mia Sheridan is one of my go-to authors for an emotional romance. Archer's Voice is such a unique book and I've been gobbling up all of her other books that I can get my hands on. I was so excited for this romance that was set in Paris and I couldn't wait to dive in!
From the moment they met in an old train car, Callen and Jessica connected over their pain and desire to escape in the make believe. But when Callen stops coming to their secret meetings, Jessica is left with the memory of her broken prince. Years later, Callen is an award-winning composer and known for his womanizing ways. Jessica is finally living in Paris with the opportunity to translate lost diary pages of a woman who traveled with Joan of Arc when she runs into Callen. The two enter into a whirlwind romance where they truly discover if they've just become too different to ever fix each other.
When this book started, I really enjoyed the premise of how these two met and how they ran into each other again in Paris. I was really intrigued by Jessica's job of translating old journal pages that were found. As Jessica's story progressed, the story of the woman writing in the journal was unraveled as well. I will say, though, that Jessica's character was very pure and innocent and I found it really hard to connect with her. She was so passionate about her work and that was pretty much it. She was a little too bland for my taste.
When it came to the romance, I had a hard time buying into it. Callen seemed to like the cliche rock star and I wasn't a fan of him at all. His insecurities were not surprising and I had a really hard time buying his big secret. Then, things that happened with that secret were pretty predictable. I just didn't care for the story by that point and found myself dragging through the end.
While I really wanted to love this book, it was lacking for me. I didn't care for Jessica, the main character, and I couldn't bring myself to love the romance. There were too many cliched parts and decisions that were made for the sake of the plot. I really love Mia's other books, this one just didn't do it for me.