3 stars for Loud & Clear by Aidan Wayne @justsayins #MM #Romance @RiptidePublishing


Title: Loud & Clear
Author Name & Publisher: Aidan Wayne (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 23, 2016 – 93 Pages


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.

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Loud And Clear is a heartwarming story about a dyslexic cab driver named Jaxon, and a sweet business man with a stutter named Caleb. They’re coming together is cute and reading about how hard they tried to communicate with each other to be together had me rooting for them.
I gave this 3 stories because I wish there was more to it. Yes, it was a healing comfort romance with two characters who has real life problems to deal with, but I feel like it wasn’t explored enough. It’s a short story with under 100 pages, but there could have been a little more hurdles for them. They’re coming together was just too easy. Still, I liked the two characters well enough.


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Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.

When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.

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