Sunday, January 26, 2014

review: Body Language by Dahlia Salvatore + giveaway!!

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 Body Language by Dahlia Salvatore 
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Drama / Suspense 
Release Date: January 17, 2014

Carmen Andrews hasn't spoken for a year, not since she was viciously tortured by a psychopath. Forced into silence by the trauma, she finds a new life in a new town. As a dancer, she can get away with her silence. In her head is a mess of memories, withheld frustrations, and a host of wingless dreams. When her new psychiatrist sends her to a speech therapist to help loosen her tongue, she meets Jacob Weller.

Fresh out of graduate school, Jacob is eager to help those who are suffering from mutism and other speech and language disorders. When he meets Carmen, he finds her attractive but his high ethical standards keep him from mentioning it. But when he's blown away by another woman, his thoughts wander back to the hauntingly beautiful face of Carmen, of the emotive way she looks through him and seems to know him.

As Jacob begins to treat her, he finds himself drawn more and more to her, and even begins to confide in her about himself. As his actions border on the unprofessional, with no visible changes in Carmen, he faces an emotional and professional dilemma.

Carmen struggles with her demons and secrets... secrets that keep her mouth firmly shut and her heart desperately wanting.


Author PicI'm a thirty-two-year-old female author living in Seattle, Washington. I'm married to the love of my life and have been for ten years. I come from Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to Seattle six years ago. I love it here and don't see us going anywhere anytime soon. 

I've been heavily influenced by contemporary writers like J.K. Rowling, Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and many many others. Indie authors who've influenced me (and these are just a few) are Jasinda Wilder, Michelle Hughes, Kristin Flynn, Katie Mac, Dawn Robertson, Ada Slow, Melissa Brodky, Brandelyn Harris, Brandy Dorsch, and Brandy Jellum.

My Review -
Body Language is an emotional roller-coaster of a story about healing, loss and love.  This story was amazing right off the bat and I couldn’t stop once I started it. 

Carmen is an excellently written character.  She goes through so much in this story, it’s just crazy.  I enjoyed her attitude and felt so horribly bad for her after her traumatizing experience.  Even though she didn’t speak, she still communicated with Jacob and Ms. Mabel enough to convey her meaning.  I think she was strong and determined, in her own way, to heal herself.

Jacob is a great character as well.  I thought his approach to communicating with Carmen was spot on.  He saw something in her that the other therapist couldn’t.  My issue with him was how deeply he reacted to the death of an ex he hadn’t seen on over a year.  His grief, to me, was a bit overdone. 

I liked this story a lot.  The premise for it was unique and captivating BUT I think that the 2nd murder was unnecessary – she could have been seriously hurt and saved last minutes or something.  The chemistry between Carmen and Jacob was tense and I enjoyed the heck out it.  Great job to the author – I look forward to reading more from her!!


This tour has lots of stuff to give away and will have a total of 40 winners pulled!

20 Signed Body Language Bookmarks 
3 Signed Paperback Copies of Body Language 
4 $5 giftcards to Amazon 
10 Ebook Copies of Body Language 
3 50% off Coupons for ShoutLines Design



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