Freefall by Tess Oliver is a beautiful love story of a young woman who lost her voice and a man who's determined to give it back to her.
After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander "Nix" Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he's never met, Nix's life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop.
Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn't spoken one word. Up until now she didn't care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn't hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.
It's the most unlikely of love stories. You've got this young woman with no voice who's entire story is told from inside her head. She's in a relationship by default with a man who saved her but at his core is evil. Insert Nix who appears as a typical bad boy tattoo artist from nowhere but ends up her salvation. And the cool twist is that she's literally the woman he's carried for a year now - a photo of a pin-up model he can't throw away. Scotlyn and Nix belong together but first, readers experience just how they get their chance to be together. Since she was technically with another man, the author handled their relationship with restraint and dignity - not always an easy task in a romance novel. Well-written and satisfying, Freefall is a book I'd recommend to others. When you read as much as I do, it's unique story line is refreshing.
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries