Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Derrek is a local teacher in Clearwater, Florida. He frequents a nearby coffee shop before work every morning, where he finds himself enraptured with a young barista, Alex. But Alex never seems to notice him, even when he’s handing Derrek his morning coffee.
After weeks of hiding in his corner under the pretense of working, Derrek finally gains enough courage to ask Alex on a date. He’s crushed when all he gets for an answer is complete silence. He thinks it’s the end, until he finds out that Alex has a disability that has paralyzed his vocal cords.
Sign language is Alex’s way of communication, and it’s something that Derrek knows little to nothing about. With renewed determination, Derrek asks Alex to teach him sign language. Derrek wants to be able to talk to Alex, to tell him how he really feels, and find out if Alex feels the same.
But more than anything, he longs for a relationship that goes deeper than just words alone.
This was such and adorable and sweet story. Derrek runs when Alex is silent after the he asks him on a date but with the encouragement of a friend he goes back later that day to set things right and learns that Alex is mute. Derrek ends up with a weekly date disguised as learning sign language [even though it really happens] and gets to see Alex on his own away from the coffee shop.
Derrek is so awkward (and a little bit oblivious) it’s adorable and you can see that Alex just wants someone to love him for him. We see their relationship progress slowly but it seems natural for them. We see how Derrek will do anything to help and support Alex even when it drives him crazy. I loved both of these characters and it was great to see them find what they had been longing for.
The cover art is wonderful and perfect for this story.
ebook, 67 pages
Published: April 11, 2017 by Deep Desires Press
Edition Language: English