Title: Locked In Silence (Pelican Bay #1)
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.
Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.
Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.
But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.
Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?
Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
Locked in Silence is the beautifully captured love story of Nolan and Dallas and first book in the new Pelican Bay Series. The story is coming together of two damaged men and how they find their forever.
I completely fell in love with the book by the time I finished reading it. Dallas and Nolan will quietly sneak into your heart and take their place. Right from the first page the book completely captivated me and pulled me into the story. Nolan was dealt a bad card and everything he has is taken away in the blink of an eye. He returns home to Pelican Bay and there meets Dallas who gives him a chance when everyone else turns him away. Dallas who is ostracized by everyone finds Nolan a breath of fresh air in his lonely life. The story is all about how these damaged men find their happily ever after. I loved the way author has developed their relationship. They both have their own share of past which haunts them. But they both are understanding of each other. I loved how Dallas and Nolan healed each other and gave each other what they had been missing out. Everything about this book was completely endearing. Dallas’s past made my heart break for him but I was glad when he got his happily ever after. This book will completely capture your heart and you will fall in love with Dallas, Nolan and everyone else.
Locked in Silence is a beautiful, soul- stirring and captivating story. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Highly Recommended.