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Contemporary Romance Review: Wordless by Mel Sterling

Wordless by Mel Sterling (Pink Sofa Secrets #1)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Disaster reporter and internet celebrity Jack Tucker is disillusioned after a stint embedded in Iraq. The IED that destroyed his team's Humvee brought him tragedy and regret, robbing him of the joy he took in his job--or anything else. He spends his days in a small Camden bookshop, struggling with writer's block, until the elderly proprietor dies, leaving him adrift.

Lexie Worth abandoned a promising career to keep her uncle's beloved bookstore alive. But the store's tabby cat hates her, local poets invade twice a month for scurrilous readings, and she knows she shouldn't get involved with sexy, troubled strangers like Jack. When the FBI comes knocking, with suspicions of fraud and racketeering, Lexie realizes someone's after more than a first edition or two.

Someone's been using the bookstore to hide their crimes. Someone dangerous--maybe even deadly. Jack wants to protect Lexie--if he can believe her. And if she doesn't find out exactly who he is...

Wordless, book one of the Pink Sofa Secrets series.

Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK


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 I really like Mel Sterling's writing. She is very descriptive, lyrical and at the same time precise. There are no reiterations, and she is succinct. Aah, I do love it in an author! 

Wordless is a contemporary romance  with elements of cozy mystery. 

Camden, a small university town, is very atmospheric, and Horace's Bookstore is to die for. This was one of my secret fantasies at one time, you know? To own a charming, quirky bookstore. And what bookworm doesn't wish for one?

Lexie is Horace's niece, who comes to Camden with a background in corporate accounting ready to change her life when she inherits his bookstore, his house and his grumpy cat, Melville. She is a bit prim and proper, a bit uptight, but she is also earnest and truly tries to make Horace's legacy a success.

Jack manages to come off as ruggedly AND scholarly type. He is a famous journalist, who's been reporting the worst in humanity from the various disaster and war zones around the globe, and he is burnt out. He is hiding in the bookstore fighting a writer's block when Lexie waltzes in and starts dominating his thoughts.

Something mysterious is happening in the store, and both Lexie and Jack are determined to find out what is going on, especially since Lexie's life and wellbeing are at stake. Lexie is independent and Jack has to fight tooth and nail to be her knight in shining armor, which made me smile a bit. He totally had to work for it!

Their romance is slow-burn and very quiet, but at the same time it's hot and sweet and suits well to the feel of the place. The mystery is unusual as well, and I really wanted more details of it. The supporting characters were pretty adorable, starting from Gard and ending with the cat, and I just found this read lovely and charming. Recommended.

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Мне очень нравится писательский стиль Мел Стерлинг. Очень всё у неё лирично, с пронзительными деталями и компактно получается. Здесь нет пережёвывания одних и тех же деталей с растеканием их же по древу. А мне это очень по душе.

"Без слов" - современный роман с элементами уютного детектива. Камден - маленький университетский городок, тихая атмосфера которого передана замечательно. А уж описание книжного магазина - вообще мечта!

Лекси приезжает в Камден из Чикаго, готовая изменить свою жизнь корпоративного бухгалтера и унаследовать книжный магазин своего дяди Горация. Она немного чопорна и зажата, но она очень старается удержать бизнес дяди на плаву.

Джэк умудряется выглядеть как сексуальный интеллектуал и в то же время как потрёпанный жизнью бродяга. Известный журналист из горячих точек мира, он недавно пережил травму и перегорел, и теперь пытается найти вдохновение, прячась в магазине Горация.

Лекси с её пылом библиотекарши и странные вещи, происходящие в магазине, интригуют его и заставляют объединить силы с Лекси в интересном расследовании. В процессе он неожиданно для себя в неё влюбляется и начинает за ней ухаживать пока Лекси неохотно не осознаёт, что на его чувства отвечает.

Их роман развивается медленно и мило, но его темп настолько органичен для духа маленького городка, что читать о нём  - одно удовольствие.

С другой стороны, детективная линия хоть и уникальна, нуждалась в разработке. Прямо-таки просилась раскрыться, а не получилось.

Второстепенные характеры тоже многослойны и интересны, начиная с кота Мелвилля и заканчивая бывшим десантником Гардом.

Мне понравилось. Как-то подходит мне этот автор, буду покупат на автопилоте.
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