Without Words by Delancey Stewart was sweet, charming and a bit sad all in one. It had a hero that endeared you to him and a heroine that filled his life with light and hope.
Roberto’s (Rob) DeRosa’s life changed drastically after an accident in the line of duty. As a firefighter, he knew the risks. Now he is trying to rebuild his life and find new direction after a life-altering injury. After learning to do things again, he continues to have difficulty communicating. Talking to women is suddenly more than he can do. He finds solace performing. It provides the calm he so desperately needs.
Dani Hodge is finally seeing her dreams coming true, but she needs help finishing the construction of her new combination wine and book store. To her surprise, the man who ignored her at the bar and was attracted too is now willing to help her.
Dani sees Rob for the first time performing at a bar while out with her sister. Feeling an instant attraction, she is drawn to this man, but when she attempts to talk to him, she feels rejected when he does not talk to her. Then as if fate intervened, he finds her needing help and offers to give her a hand. Dani accepts, though she is cautious. But as they begin to spend time together, she begins to learn more about him and why he has trouble communicating.
I loved Rob. He was so strong and determined, but the accident left him vulnerable and trying to find his way again. Dani was almost the complete opposite to him. She was open, bubbly and likeable, though she did sometimes drive me crazy with her actions. I found her at times to be indifferent to what happened to Rob and how it affected him. But you could also see her side as well, as communicating did not come easy to Rob. However, in Dani, he found the same calm performing gave him.
Though the connection between these two was strong, though they each carried insecurities and doubts that kept getting in the way. And when it seemed they might find a way, outside factors threatened to take them apart.
I enjoyed the story, how it flowed, the characters, especially the broken hero and their friends. And we can’t forget Rob’s dog. I found Without Words to be a touching and romantic, with a touch of sadness and hope.