Title: Sound of Silence
Authors: Mia Kerick and Raine O’Tierney
Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Renzy Callen exists on the periphery of life, and not just because of the horrific childhood event that robbed him of the ability to speak. Walling himself off from the rest of the world as a means of protection, he occupies his time with art, music, and an obsession with self-help groups—whether he needs them or not. His isolation protects him, and he’s immune to drama and emotional games… or so he believes. Everything changes when he meets Seven and Morning Moreaux-Maddox, the wealthy, jet-setting siblings who move from a life of sophistication in Europe to humdrum Redcliff Hills, Missouri.
Both Seven and his sister are impossibly beautiful and elegant, like the stars in magazines and high-fashion models on the runway. When Renzy is pulled into their push-and-pull of affection and rejection, he realizes there is more to both haunted Morning and cold, diamond-sharp Seven than meets the eye.
The three teens embark on a quest to learn the reason behind Renzy’s selective mutism, and something more than friendship blossoms between Renzy and Seven. It’s during this trip of a lifetime that the three realize the truth they seek might be found in the sound of silence.
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I don’t go straight to class. First off , I don’t give a shit if I’m late to Physics for the Curious, which actually is the class’s laughable name. More importantly, though, is this: I dropped the ball with Morning last year in Paris, and she’s paid a high price for my lax behavior. I’ve sworn on all things holy and unholy that I will not drop the ball again. Therefore, I’m required to lurk in the hallways when I’m supposed to be in class, sizing up our new environment so that I will be ready to protect her.
This is what I’m doing when I notice him—the very same dark- haired imp I saw running out of the Take Back Our Power meeting. I’m not comfortable with this—catching sight of the same boy two times in one day in such close proximity to my sister. I consider it my duty to study him, to memorize his face, to do what I should have done for Morning last year, at which I failed so miserably.
So I scrutinize each feature as if my plan is to sculpt his face out of clay, with no reference point but my memory. Despite the rage that scorches my eyelids with every goddamned blink, I like what I see.
5 of 5 Stars
My relationship with Mia Kerick has been up and down. I’ve started 5 of her books (this is the 5th) but only finished 3. However, the 3 that I’ve finished have all been 5 star reads…the kind of 5 star reads you don’t ever forget. I’m always amazed when in a co-authored book I can’t tell which author is writing when but this book is exactly like that. I’ve read a couple of Ms. O’Tierney’s books but this story flows so seamlessly that I cannot tell two authors contributed. This book is damn near perfect albeit heartbreaking. I could not put it down once I picked it up.
I’m typically not a fan of YA books because I cannot handle the immaturity of the characters (usually) and I do not want to read sex scenes between characters my kids’ ages. While this is absolutely a love story between Renzy and Seven, the sex ‘fades to black’ which I appreciated. The characters are so complex and well-written, and have experienced so much in their lives that nothing about them is young and immature. All three of them have suffered unimaginably at the hands of their parents (which I admit is hard to read). All three of them go through healing and a bit of growth during this part of their lives. All three of them come out on the other end of this story ready to finally live fully and take on the world. I honestly could not pick a favorite character of the three…they are all amazing kids despite what they’ve suffered. They bring out the best and at times, worst in each other. They clearly need each other although they each learn to stand on their own.
I don’t want to regurgitate the synopsis or recount the story for you…you need to read it. It centers around the three meeting and searching for answers surrounding Renzy’s silence. However, through this journey, we learn so much about Morning and Seven that it ultimately becomes a tale about all of them. Most of the rest of the cast of characters are shockingly worthless but crucial to the trio’s lives and what they’ve become.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the book that states precisely what each of them must overcome.
But the truth is, none of us are willing to show our cards: Renzy hides his cards behind silence, and Morning hides hers behind fragility, and I hide mine behind aloofness.
About the Authors
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Contact Mia at email@example.com. Visit her website for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.
Raine O’Tierney loves writing about first loves and friendship. She believes the best thing we can do in this life is be kind to one another, and hopes her stories always reflect that. Raine loves encouraging people to write and has been known to repeat the phrase “I believe everyone has a story to tell” endlessly, until she breaks down even the most stubborn non-writer!
Raine lives outside of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, fellow M/M author Siôn O’Tierney. When she’s not writing, she’s either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.
Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
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