Nonverbal: A Best Friend’s Brother Romance by Raina Ash

(Love Beyond Words Book 1)

Published:  25 May 2022

Publisher: Pink Fox Publishing

My Rating: 2.5 stars


Paige—a bubbly, autistic woman obsessed with EDM—is lost when it comes to finding a man to connect with. But when she moves in with her best friend’s brother, the chemistry is instant. Is there room for love in her fight for independence?

Paige yearns for one thing: release. But physical barriers make that wish seem impossible. Thanks to a shattered home life, she also doesn’t know how to trust. Especially those she loves.

Paige isn’t expecting a spark with her bestie’s brother, Brody. He’s gigantic, protective, and makes her feel something she hasn’t felt in a long time: safe.

Brody wants to keep his relationship with Paige platonic, but he can’t get the troubled woman out of his mind. Maybe it’s the way she makes him question his entire stance on relationships. But his sister, Amber, warns him to stay away. He needs to listen. For everyone’s sake. 

As Paige struggles to navigate her tumultuous feelings and legal troubles, words fail her. How can she understand her heart when her past left her damaged?

And what if revealing the truth means losing Brody forever?

My Review:

This book is hard to rate. It has some very good elements but like other reviewers have found it is very heavy on the sex, uncomfortably so. The obsession detracts from some really fantastic points the author makes.

I do think the author covers autism extremely well. I particularly found that the way the author handled the way abuse can happen and how the courts can be used to disadvantage and hurt people who are different. Paige is well able to look after herself but her mother and stepfather use the system for their own gain.

My issue was with the romance. It just felt off. There was a lack of a spark and it felt like the obsession with orgasm that Paige has was put in purely because sex is supposed to sell. It really felt forced and if cut completely then I think the book would read better.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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