I received this book for free from the Mark My Words Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on November 14, 2014
Source: Mark My Words Publicity
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. Warm up this winter with a sexy, paranormal New Adult romance from Viv Daniels. Contains magic spells, true love, and the hottest scene ever set in a greenhouse. Not meant for readers under 18.
Thoughts: I want to start by saying that I think there are people who will absolutely love Hear Me by Viv Daniels. At 200 pages, it is a very quick read with a sweet romance, a happy ending, and a great message that love conquers all. (I don’t think the happy ending is a spoiler because I can’t imagine anyone picking up this book not already expecting that.)
It’s an enjoyable read. It just wasn’t for me.
The main plot takes place over only a couple days and has a lot of backstory introduced throughout. Part of this backstory is the main couple, Ivy and Archer, falling in love as teenagers. Neither of them had moved on from their first love, even after three years, so Hear Me is more about them dealing with what kept them apart than it is about rekindling romance. It was hard to feel invested in their relationship when I didn’t get to see them fall in love.
I also wanted more from every part of the story outside of the romance. For example, the town is seeped in prejudice and distrust for forest folk, which adds a lot of conflict, but is resolved incredibly easily in the last few pages. The town did a complete 360, and it made the happy ending ring false for me. Additionally, Ivy learns something heartbreaking about her late father and it was hard to see her deal with it when the story takes place over such a short amount of time. It never felt emotionally resolved for me.
O.O moment: All the time the townsfolk treated Ivy like a child, especially when the men in charge of the town denied Ivy her rights.
Favorite moment: Any scene that involved Jeb, Ivy’s old neighbor, who is maybe a little more observant than she would like.
Overall: Cute, but it felt like the last third of a story instead of the whole thing.