Listen… the bells have stopped ringing.
Once upon a time, Ivy belonged to Archer, body, heart, and soul. They spent long summer days exploring the forest, and long summer nights exploring each other. But that was before dark magic grew in the depths of the wilderness, and the people of Ivy’s town raised an enchanted barrier of bells to protect themselves from the threat, even though it meant cutting off the forest people—and the forest boy Ivy loved—forever.
And there’s a naked man lying in the snow.
Three years later, Ivy keeps her head down, working alone in her tea shop on the edge of town and trying to imagine a new future for herself, away from the forest and the wretched bells, and the memory of her single, perfect love. But in the icy heart of winter, a terrifying magic blooms—one that can reunite Ivy and Archer, or consume their very souls.
*Not meant for readers under 18.*
Hear Me was a quick and addictive read, I seriously couldn’t put it down. Sometimes with a steamy read, you get writing that borders on mediocrity and but not with this book. Viv Daniel’s writing is brilliant!
“Maybe there was a place where the people were safe, where Archer and his kin had carved out a place free from danger. Or maybe the dark magic her father had feared had consumed them all, and turned the only boy she’d ever loved into a monster beyond reckoning.”
And what I loved about this story was the fantasy element of the forest!! *throws confetti in the air*
Archer, came from the forest and fell in love with Ivy, a townie. But as life would have it, they were separated and so begins all the drama of being reunited.
There’s a certain darkness when it came to Archer that I thoroughly enjoyed and I wished that could have been explored more. Also, when Ivy and Archer gave in to their carnal desires *snickers* (don’t mind me…I crack myself up) it was quick and unexpected which felt jarring. I wish the tension would have lasted longer.
The pacing was quick, almost too quick and had it been a full length novel vs. a novella, I don’t think I would have had issues with that or even with Archer and Ivy’s intimate moments. Actually, the more I think about it the more I know that this book had no business being a short story. *sigh*
I’m not one to re-tell a story because I’m incredibly lazy *shrugs* but the less you know, the better off you are. Who doesn’t love being pleasantly surprised? *wink*
“She just had to be careful and clever and brave. She could be Puss in Boots; she could be Jack the Giant-Killer. She knew all the rules. Her father had taught her when she was just a girl, and her father knew everything about the forest.”
Reading Hear Me is like being in a dream because they imagery is creepy and beautiful which was the best thing about the book! Despite the its flaws, I still highly recommend it!
*Note: Viv Daniels is the pen name for Diana Peterfreund*