I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Talk to Me by Roseanne Beck
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on February 14, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Getting what you want isn't always what you need.Austin is rebuilding his life after a car accident shattered his leg and his self-confidence. He wants nothing more than to gain his independence. Figuring out why he now hears voices would be an added bonus.Laura can't fathom losing yet another loved one. The death of her brother and business partner still has her reeling, although it seems he might not have completely given up the ghost.When Laura plays the reluctant heroine to Austin's caffeine emergency, they form a bond neither of them was looking for. As tough love makes way for real sparks, Austin's newfound ability helps Laura gain closure. Unfortunately, her brother's well-meaning words may be the very thing that causes her to pull away from the man who finally sneaks past her defenses.As Austin reconnects with his past, can Laura put hers behind her?
Laura recently lost her brother to suicide two weeks ago and while still grieving, her aunt Marge, plays cupid hoping it can lift up her spirits. She sends Laura over to Austin, a tenant in Marge’s building, with some desperately needed coffee. Laura can’t help but to compare Austin to Steven, especially since Austin is in a leg brace and her brother had lost his leg. It brings on a wealth of emotions Laura just cannot handle right now. The similarities were astounding and it’s not a road she wishes to travel through again. Laura is still hurt and angry over her brother taking his own life and she does not need the added stress of a man in her life that has too many similarities to her brother.
Austin has been in an accident and does not have full control over his leg. He is on crutches and may never have the full use of his leg again. When Marge sends her niece, Laura to his apartment with much needed coffee, he can’t help but feel a slight attraction to her. He starts spending more time with Laura and comes to realize that they both have their fair share of demons, but still a friendship ensues. Laura opens him up to a world he did not think he would ever be a part of again.
Is love possible between two damaged people or will demons play a role in keeping them apart?
Talk To Me by Roseanne Beck is a character driven story with a slight supernatural feel. Ever since Austin’s accident, he can hear voices in his head. This is the main catalyst that brings both Laura and Austin together after their initial introduction. It is also a start to their friendship. You can see that they belong together and Laura is probably one of the only ones who can relate to what Austin is going through. It is really sweet and touching the way Laura helps Austin try to overcome his fears.
I do have to say though, that I really liked Austin. He is a good character and we really get to see and feel everything that he is going through. Although he feels sorry for himself, he still has determination and grit to get through the pain and try to become whole again. On the other hand, I had a love hate relationship with Laura. Yes, deep down she is a good person and she really tries to help Austin overcome his fears, but I never fully felt like I could get inside her head or connect to her as a character. Plus, she has a TSTL moment that really made me want to slap her. To me, it just felt like she was using Austin at first as a way to connect with her brother. My favorite character though in the entire story was Marge. She really stole the show. She is caring, compassionate, and has a humorous side that will leave you laughing. I really wish she would have been in more scenes of the story.
Even though I liked Austin and sometimes liked Laura, I never felt like I could connect to them enough to really be invested in their love story and that kind of threw me off the story a bit. I wish the characters were more three dimensional enough for me to care if they stayed together or not.
All in all, Talk To Me is a light and easy read that should not take you long to get through. If you enjoy a character driven story with some slight humor thrown into the mix then you should pick up a copy of this book.