I was intrigued by the blurb and excerpt for this title, because it presented an interesting dilemma. How could a person who has trouble reading communicate with someone who prefers to write his words rather than speak them? I love the gradual evolution of the relationship and the glimpse into some of the ways technological advances have eased challenges for some folks. The author does a very nice job of portraying the developing romance between these two men who have managed to work around their handicaps, overcome the bullying and misunderstanding that has characterized their interactions with others, and find a way to have a productive life. I would love to know more about each man, and although the story ends on a positive note, I was disappointed that it ended, and hope that the author(s) plan to continue telling the story of the ‘differently abled’. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories by Aidan Wayne.
“Loud and Clear” by Aidan Wayne is a sweet m/m romance that details the relationship that forms between Jaxon, a cab driver, and Caleb, a marketing researcher and developer. Each of the men has a handicap he is reluctant to share with the world, but continued exposure to one another leads to the discovery that their apparently insurmountable differences can be overcome with sufficient patience and perseverance.
Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.
When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn't think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.
If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.