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Trigger Warnings:
This book contains brief mentions and short instances of gaslighting behavior, mental manipulation, mental abuse, and family abandonment by one parent. There are explicit sexual scenes between two consenting adult men.

Book Info

Author:
Series:

Love in the Pacific Northwest

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
2
Publisher:
Beck Grey
Published:
28 April 2022
Book Type
Words:
99,000
Pages:
332
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Synopsis

Tadhg:

After a nasty breakup with my manipulative ex, I returned home to Seattle to lick my wounds. I’m done with relationships. From now on I’m focusing on my career.

There are just a few problems with this.

One, it’s not that easy for a Deaf man to succeed in a Hearing world, even with the right degree and experience.

Two, Quinn MacDougall. He’s my co-worker. He’s also incredibly talented, driven, and distractingly handsome.

Three, he’s hearing. And that’s the biggest problem of all. Can someone who isn’t Deaf ever truly understand and accept me?

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Quinn:

Nothing is more important to me than family, and someday I’ll have my own. Well, I will, If I can ever find the right guy. Sadly, I can’t seem to make family and romance mesh. So for now, I’m concentrating on my career and getting a promotion at work. That is until my company hires a hot-shot architect with all the right credentials to easily snag the position.

I should resent him, but Tadhg Byrne is supremely talented and incredibly sweet. He’s also drop-dead gorgeous. And even though we have a ton in common I can’t ask him out. Why? We work together, and that’s just a disaster waiting to happen.

Plus, there’s the communication issue. He’s Deaf, my ASL is rusty as hell, and he’s just been through a really bad breakup. How could I possibly convince him to take a chance again with me?

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

4.5/5

I found Tadhg and Quinn’s story very interesting to read. The author managed to convey the hurdles, misunderstandings of deaf people, in a intuitive and interesting way.  I particularly liked the way the author often described the Asl fir words and phrases, again don in a natural and entertaining way.

Though Tadhg’s hearing disability is the main theme, the book offers so much more. We read of the characters strengths and struggles in starting a relationship between a non-hearing person and a hearing person.

Tadhg is a very strong and independent person after refusing to get caught in a abusive relationship again.  He has built defences that Quinn struggles to break through.

Quinn is determined, but has one big flaw, in allowing his family to take advantage of his view of family duty.  Basically, he is their go to guy when they need help, being babysitting, or moving, to working on a car.

The cast of supporting characters was as strong as Quinn and Tadhg themselves.  Especially Tom their work colleague and Tadhg’s brother Blake I think his called, who does not mince his words when Tadhg fails to see the full picture of an argument.

I did occasional feel that Quinn was over trying to be the perfect partner, well apart from dropping things to be at the beck and call of his siblings.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story and characters.  It left me feeling positive and with a few deep thoughts on how difficult deafness, causes not only communication issues but isolation from the hearing community.

Not every hard of hearing / deaf person will be as lucky to have a partner like Quinn, who goes all out to make sure Tadhg is fully included in conversations.  Sometimes I felt like I had whiplash when Quinn was signing and talking.  The author did an excellent job of describing this, especially when there were several people in the conversation.

The author is new to me, but I will be seeking out more books from them.

Excerpt

To say it had surprised me to see the hot guy from the coffee shop at my new job is an understatement. Quinn. His name is Quinn. And he’s adorable. Wait, no. He isn’t adorable. The way he’d concentrated on signing had been adorable. Okay, not adorable. It had been nice. Or fine, even. Yeah, definitely just fine. And there’s nothing wrong with professional interest. Which obviously is all this is. My heart is racing because of first-day nerves. That’s totally understandable and has nothing to do with the almost frightening level of attraction I’m feeling. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. Fine. He’s attractive. But under no circumstances will I do anything about it. I don’t need that complication. No hookups, no dating, no relationship. I’m fine just as things are. Plus Quinn doesn’t know ASL. Okay, he seems to know the basics, but I have no interest in playing instructor. Not with ASL, anyway. Wait! Jesus, what is wrong with me? Even thinking about that with a coworker, especially one I just met, is supremely stupid. I watch Quinn leave and remind myself he’s a distraction, no matter how hot he is. But damn, Quinn MacDougall is very hot. In fact, he ticks all my boxes. Tall? Check. He’s at least six-feet. Blue eyes? Check. They are a beautiful deep blue, and I could lose myself in their velvety depths. Even his dark red hair and smattering of freckles work for me. And Fit? Dear god, check. Quinn has the broad chest, back, and seriously wide shoulders of a swimmer. I’ll bet he’s a breaststroke man. I very purposely do not imagine him in a competition speedo. Walking around the office with a hard-on would not be a good idea.

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Giveaway

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Biography

Hello all! It’s lovely to meet you! I’m Beck Grey, and I write sweet, sexy, LGBTQ happily-ever-afters. Why? Because we deserve all the happy!

I live in the Northeastern United States with my two adorable dogs. They really are adorable. Just look at them! My weekdays are spent buying things with my employer’s money. They pay me to do that. It’s crazy!
Evenings and weekends are devoted to writing stories involving hot characters, favorite tropes, and happily-ever-afters.

Any additional time is spent reading, laughing with friends, drinking red wine, printing and painting minis, and playing D&D because, yes, I’m that much of a nerd. There is also some time spent learning new accents because it’s D&D and everyone needs that level of silliness. There might even be video games some nights, mostly RPG. If there’s cake involved at any point it’s a win! (Caaaaaaaake!)

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