“Brown offers a powerful look into the world of hearing loss... a notable and groundbreaking debut by an author to watch. An empowering and satisfying romance.” -- Kirkus Reviews
Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.
All my life I’ve tried to be like you. I’ve failed.
So I keep it hidden.
But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.
He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.
He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.
And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.
Reed makes me feel things I’ve never felt. It’s exciting . . . and terrifying.
Because he sees me like no one else has, and I’m afraid of what he’ll find if he looks too closely.
The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.
An Avon Romance
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book was great, characters wonderful. Will be looking at her other works.
Carli is a Hard of Hearing college student who wears hearing aids to class. When one of her hearing aids runs out of batteries she meets Reed, a completely deaf student who offers her a spare. Meeting Reed opens her up to a life that she had always lived on the fringe. Learning ASL and hanging out with other deaf and hearing impaired students makes her realize how much of life she had been missing. Reed fills a hole that she hadn’t realized she had, guiding her into this new life as a friend and then boyfriend. During her journey we learn a lot about Carli’s background. She grew up in a family where excelling was extremely important and falling behind because of a “little hearing problem” was unacceptable. That pressure added to her insecurities and as the novel goes on we find out the basis for Carli’s hearing loss. The tone of the story shifts from a bright excitement at her new life with Reed to a dark undertone of abuse. I’ll admit, this shift caught me by surprise, but it wasn’t an unwelcome change. Hearing Loss is normal, and this author treated it as something for Carli to learn and explore, but not a major conflict. They needed a larger obstacle to overcome before finding their happy ending and boy did they get one! Signs of Attraction was actually filled with a lot of backstory and subplots as Reed had a pretty big sub plot as well. I liked how the author made this story about so much more than that they were deaf and fell in love. Life has all sorts of challenges and sometimes they hit us all at once, just as they did for Carli and Reed in this novel. I liked both of these characters although I did want to kick each of them a couple of times when they made a decision that I didn’t agree with, but it kept my interest. I wanted to see what path they would take to remain together. This was my first book by Laura Brown and I’m intrigued by the hearing loss subject matter. Hearing Loss is something that a lot of people can relate to and I’m glad she’s bringing attention to the subject and yet keeping it real.
Signs of Attraction is easily the best romance novel I’ve read in a long time. This story features a Deaf character (Reed) and a hard of hearing character (Carli), and follows their journey as they not only fall in love but also learn to define themselves. The writing, with its mixed feel of literary and contemporary, grabbed me from the start. Reed and Carli each have a unique voice that jumps off the page and encourages the reader to continue. In addition to the swoony romance, I also love the dark edginess of this story. Signs of Attraction has a deep, well-rounded plot that is sure to hook all readers interested in contemporary romances. I will definitely read all of Laura Brown’s future works; she’s an author to watch!
Warning: Past Abuse This is only Laura Brown’s second book and I thought this was a great showing of her writing talents. I’m not really a New Adult fan (I tried it and couldn’t make it work) and I didn’t realize this was New Adult when I first picked it up. But I felt that this one avoids the parts of New Adult that I don’t like (over the top drama, womanizing jerks, and immature characters). There were times, especially in the beginning of the book where things were alluded to or hinted around, most likely to build tension, but they came across as confusing. I think sometimes an author has every little detail of a story in their head so their understanding of the characters and plot is so full that they sometimes forget that the reader doesn’t know these things. So there was some confusion in the beginning. The author is also Hard of Hearing herself so both Carli and Reed and their experiences were very authentic. You can really see their struggles but also see how you can accomplish anything even when you’re Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The diversity in Deaf/Hard of Hearing characters was also great because just like people with hearing, no one is the same. Reed was a wonderful hero who was smart, caring, mature, and a great source of support for Carli. He really had his life together and was a refreshing break from the usual player hero I’ve been seeing lately. As for Carli, she had more issues due to her upbringing under her abusive father, but she was also a great character. She was so determined to make it as a teacher and to be independent and strong even though she considered her hearing status as a disability. It was great to watch Carli grow into herself and begin to accept herself for who she was. There are some hard moments for these two especially after Carli is injured, but they both are willing to admit their mistakes and try to be better people. There were a few plot holes that bothered me, in particular the issue surrounding Carli’s hearing. I don’t know what goes into diagnosing someone as Deaf/Hard of Hearing but something was a little off for me. I also think it’s a bit odd that Carli didn’t realize the true extent of the abuse in her household, to the point that she doesn’t even know it’s happening. The portrayal of her father makes me think that he wouldn’t have just stopped beating her. And I get that with limited hearing it made it easier for Carli’s sisters to be abused out of sight and Carli not to hear anything. I don’t have experience with abusive families so I might be totally wrong about this.
I really and truly recommend reading this book . I love the story line as well as the characters . I cried on parts and was mad on others . The best book ever a must read .
Amazing. I loved this book. It has already secured a place on my favorite book list.
My life has always been lived by the adage that no obstacle is hard to overcome. When I feel something is hard to bare I keep in mind that there are people that have it way harder than I currently do. Lauren Brown took that and created a revealing and breathtaking read. Carli and Reed were the real deal. Made even more poignant by first person storytelling, Signs of Attraction is a story of courage that stirs every emotion and is easy to fall for. A wonderful introduction to Laura Brown.
Where do I start with this deep, emotional story? It’s difficult to go into detail without spoiling anything. Signs of Attraction is a story I can easily identify with, because of my own hearing loss and the problems I now have because of it. I fell in love with Reed and Carli's story. Reed is a beautiful deaf man. Even though Reed can't hear with his ears, the man can hear with his heart, and oh how Reed can speak with his beautiful heart. Carli is hard of hearing; she uses hearing aids, but it's still hard for her to hear clearly. Plus there's more going on with Carli then just her loss of hearing, but I won't spoil that for you. Reed and Carli's story is grab-your-heart and a break-you-heart and heal-your-heart love story. Signs Of Attraction is a beautiful, deeply touching love story that will stay with my heart forever. Reed hasn't put his heart out there for two long years, since the betrayal that damaged his trust. But when he sees Carli, something pulls Reed to her, and he thinks maybe she will be different. What Carli sees when she first spots Reed is the hot, sexy, new deaf guy in her linguistics class, and maybe a short-term romance with some bedroom action. Yeah, Carli has issues too. Carli has been raised by an abusive father who made her feel ashamed and less than others because of her hearing loss, and this has made Carli feel like she's unworthy of love. But Reed shows Carli another life when he brings her into the deaf community. A life where people that are deaf and hard of hearing aren't ashamed of their disabilities. This is all new to Carli, who has hid her disability from the world. Reed is showing Carli a whole new life—a life where she feels free and not embarrassed for the first time in her life. But can Reed show Carli the beautiful woman that she is, the one that deserves to be loved? I can only touch the surface of Reed and Carli’s deeply beautiful story. Laura Brown has written a romance between two amazing characters that you can only hear with your heart as you read Carli and Reed's love story. I highly recommend Signs Of Attraction as a must read.