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Signs of Attraction Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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About the Author
Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.
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Twenty-one year old Carli is a Hard of Hearing college student who wears hearing aids, but has never utilized any type of support services for her impairment. She just "fakes it 'til she makes it." Except that she realizes during her first linguistics class that there is no way to do so in that class because she can't understand a single word her foreign-accented professor is saying. Handsome twenty-three year old Reed, who is Deaf and has ASL interpreters, notices her struggling and is compelled to help this beautiful girl find her way in the hearing impaired world. The two students are immediately attracted to each other, but both have their own demons and insecurities that threaten to keep them apart. Little do they know, they are exactly what the other needs to thrive. Will they thrive together in the end? You'll have to read it to find out.
Signs of Attraction was great! I loved how Carli and Reed's romance started out as him just trying to help her pass her class, and then introducing her to more Deaf people. He also shows her ways to make her everyday life much easier, as she's never used anything other than her hearing aids thanks to her family being super awful. He basically opens her up to a whole new world, and now Carli is able to truly be herself without hiding or being ashamed.
It's not all sunshine, rainbows, and making out though. Signs of Attraction does get dark once we start learning more about Carli's and Reed's families. For Reed, he's adopted and just received a letter from his birth father, but he's afraid to read it. He's also still struggling with the fact that his dad killed himself and hadn't let anyone know that he was struggling. As for Carli's family, they made her ashamed of being hard of hearing. She never sought help for anything, and she's been plagued with constant headaches which she's been self medicating for. I kind of figured out what was going on with her and her family, but I was still shocked when the whole truth came out. How in the world could someone do that to their child!?
There was one thing that really bothered me about Signs of Attraction. There's one scene where Reed has sex with Carli while she's super drunk. He's trying to put her to bed, but then things go from there. She does consent, in that she wants him, but it was still unsettling for me. Especially, given something we learn about Reed's past relationship. Additionally, there's another scene where Reed is helping to take care of Carli when she's having a particularly bad health day, and again, has sex with her. There's nothing blatantly wrong with these scenes, but they just didn't sit right with me.
Other than that, I adored Signs of Attraction. Carli and Reed are both great characters and I was invested in both of their individual stories as well as their romance. I also feel like I learned quite a bit about Deafness and the Deaf community. I had only know a little bit from the ASL class I took in college, but it was different getting to see day to day life.