Wednesday, July 11, 2018

REVIEW - The Sound of Your Heart - Christine Manzari & Laura Ward

TITLE - The Sound of Your Heart

AUTHOR - Christine Manzari & Laura Ward


Julie Prescott is the life of every party. She’s loud, witty, and uses her body and pretty face to get whatever she wants. She’s never had a problem hooking up with guys, or ditching them when they don’t live up to her standards. Julie has a list of exes a mile long and a reputation to match, but she’s looking for more than just a degree in college. She’s looking for Mr. Perfect.

Ben Sutherland is the enigmatic bassist of a popular local band. Born blind, Ben depends on his other senses to help him understand the world around him on a deeper level. His sultry voice and musical talent might make it impossible for him to go unnoticed on campus, but Ben isn’t looking for fame or groupies. He’s looking to perfect his music.

Julie’s been lusting after Ben for months and when she finally meets him at a party, her confidence is shaken when she discovers she can’t use her physical beauty to charm him. Even though she's always relied on her looks, it’s her personality that wins Ben over and he’s determined to show her that she’s more than just a pretty face.

But falling in love is the easy part. Family lies, a questionable reputation, and the chance of a lifetime threaten to tear Ben and Julie apart. Can they trust the futures they’ve chosen or will they take the biggest risk of all and listen to the sound of their own hearts?

Erin's Review:

I found this book an engaging read about college life. It covered the importance of taking a chance, being yourself, believing in yourself and others, and the power of love. It can be read as a standalone novel, but is part of a series. 

“Why don't you take a chance? You could be surprised what might happen if you let someone truly see you.”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. We follow Julie, life of the party sorority girl; and Ben, blind bass musician. They each have reputations, baggage, and issues that complicate their life and love, but work through the lies and frustrations and strife to become better people and partners.

Julie is at first glance an airhead, stereotypical sorority girl. But she's given such well developed backstory for her actions and current personality that she's easy to like and have your heart ache for her frustrations. Ben is a blind musician, working hard to write his music and persevere in a world far from perfect. I loved how at first in reading the book his blindness doesn't even come up and Julie has no clue! I loved how they interacted. You rooted for Ben to have less struggles; and for Julie to find love and acceptance. You rooted for all the side characters, and how they changed the main characters. So well done!

“Holy hell. He had dimples. And tattoos. Lots of tattoos that I wanted to see up close.”

“...listening to her voice was like an audible blowjob and she smelled like a fucking pina colada and that made me want to devour her.”

Julie had a crush on Ben for a while before making her move, only to be met with some initial out of context resistance. But once they got things straightened out, those two! Kisses to melt my Kindle. But Ben kept it slow and burning for a while instead of rushing things to make it last. 

Fast paced and well written, I devoured this book. It was a poignant story about these college students, but also a reminder for all the readers to make sure we're not being a pretend version of ourselves, and being considerate of others. I loved the bold and, brash Julie and the way the author gave her the most witty and facetious lines! It made the book so fun to read! 

This was a great book that sums up so many of the challenges of so many college students and their growth, but also the special needs community. It drew my emotions out so deeply for the characters and their situations. I can't wait to read more by this author. 

Favorite quotes:

“I think you need to examine your definition of perfection. If you can stop and accept yourself, flaws and all, you might be able to accept a guy who has a few too.”

“Everything I believed about myself was being challenged.”

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5 
Characters = 5/5 
Heat = 5/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5

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