Audio Book Review: Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay book 1) by Sloane Kennedy

Release Date: December 1, 2017
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Genre: Romance, lgbt
Buy: Audible | Kindle 


I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.

At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…

Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.

Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.

Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.

But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.

Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?

Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?


I really liked this book. Dallas has been blackballed by the town he grew up in because they all believe he killed his parents, pillars of the community. Injured in the accident that killed his parents Dallas secludes himself on a farm where he helps save injured wildlife. Nolan is back in the boring bible town of Pelican Bay after being unjustly accused of stealing a very expensive violin. Banned from getting any new jobs with orchestras he comes home to help his mother with his father who just had a stroke. Finding his parents in horrible financial straights he tries to get a job to no avail until he convinces his old high school crush Dallas to give him a job.

This is a nice romance with an interesting story and well written characters.  I loved the chemistry between Dallas and Nolan and the complicated relationships they have with their family. Everything about this book worked.  I feel everything wrapped up in the end a little too quick but I also like the set up for the next book.  While this was an audio book the rest of the Pelican Bay series isn't available in this format so I'm going to have to read them on kindle and I can't wait.

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