Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne was a cute and engaging short story. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and found it amusing that a guy with dyslexia and a dude with a stutter meet and start a relationship together. The fact that BOTH characters tried to bridge the gap just to be able to communicate was beautiful. I really enjoyed this book!
Jaxon broke my heart with his view of himself. Being told you’re stupid your whole life because you have dyslexia and had no special help when you were a kid really heats my blood. Jaxon had done amazingly well for himself given his upbringing and the disadvantages he had to deal with. I loved how he came to realize that there are different kinds of smarts and that he isn’t as stupid as he was told he was.
Caleb was freaking adorable. Lil booze hound that he is. I loved how he had managed to make something so great of himself even though he has a speech impediment. Granted, unlike Jaxon he had a lot of help growing up from what I ascertained of his “rich” or “well off” family. I loved how he got agitated at Jaxon about him calling himself stupid and made him realize that he’s more than his dyslexia.
I gave this one 4 stars. Though the storyline was fantastic and there was a natural progression between the two MCs, I was a bit disappointed that the slow build up left me wanting, like there was nothing, nada, zip. I was really looking forward to sparks flying and getting that closeness of the two MCs. However, I would still recommend this book as it is highly entertaining and a great read!
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Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.
When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn’t think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.
If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.