|Cover Artist: Reese Dante|
What No One Else Can Hear
by Brynn Stein
Length: 220 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Romance, Paranormal, Suspense
Young Stevie Liston is diagnosed with autism, but is really an overwhelmed empath who mentally called out for help. Jesse McKinnon heard him in a dream from clear across the country, and that dream sent him on a six-year search to find Stevie. Once they meet, they think everything will work out and Jesse will help Stevie cope.
Stevie does improve immensely, but a disgruntled coworker of Jesse's conspires with Stevie's estranged but politically powerful father to keep Stevie and Jesse apart with trumped-up legal charges claiming Jesse sexually abused the boy. Jesse must watch helplessly as Stevie loses all the advances he's made.
If it wasn't for his growing relationship with his coworker Drew Ferguson, Jesse knows he wouldn't have the strength to fight for his rights and Stevie's future. Drew just might be the real thing, but with the very real possibility of serving jail time for a crime he didn't commit, Jesse's hopes for a future with Drew might be doomed
My Review: 4 of 5 stars
Part drama, part suspense, part romance, What No One Else Can Hear is a unique story set in a contemporary world where a small group of people have something more. Mostly undocumented, the abilities manifest in unexpected ways and are anomalies most people aren't equipped to handle.
Jesse has been sensing Stevie for years and has dedicated most of his life searching for the young boy who finds him in his dreams. When they finally find each other, young Stevie begins to emerge from his own world and starts to live in the present. Though not without challenges and setbacks, the gentle, honest and caring bond between Jesse and Stevie grows stronger.
Unfortunately for them both, the malicious action of a disgruntled co-worker nearly destroys the ground they have fought so hard to gain. Money, politics, public opinion and the darker side of human nature threaten to break Jesse, the only person capable of shining a light of hope into Stevie's world.
What No One Else Can Hear, an intense story about finding goodness in dark places, is not for the faint of heart. Each character plays an integral role in this powerfully written story. Touching on the topics of mental illness, neglect, abuse and child endangerment, I cannot recommend it to all readers, but those who are willing to tackle this emotionally charged story should be satisfied with how it ends.
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
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