Review: Body Language by Dahlia Salvatore (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted January 19th, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 6 comments
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by Dahlia Salvatore

Publisher: Self-Published (Jan 17, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Suspense
Format: eARC (Novel length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★★☆☆ (2 stars)

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.

At A Glance
The romance was slow and most of the story was boring. I did like Carmen though.

The Good
I did love watching this suspense story unfold. You don’t know who the bad guy is till the very last minute. But it was Carmen who fascinated me. She was so complex. She was tortured by a psychopath, walked away alive, but just couldn’t bring herself to talk since. It was interesting to see how she lived daily life without ever saying a word. I felt so bad for Carmen as she tried to pick up the pieces of her life, getting back to her dancing, but obstacles kept getting in her way. And then she found the love for singing (yup, long story) and found a second calling. It was like seeing her in a new light. I really, really liked Carmen in every way.

The Bad
Really, it comes down to that I was bored 80% of the time. The plot took too long to get fleshed out. Not enough was happening at any time to make me want to pick this book back up.

Jacob’s story was just not that interesting to me. I didn’t really care for him as a character either. He was so boring and then creepily forward at random times. Carmen deserved better.

I just didn’t feel like this book had it’s crap together. Without Carmen, Body Language had nothing except an okay mystery element.

The Snuggly
There was almost no romance until the very end. I expected more build up but Carmen and Jacob barely acknowledged each other outside the therapist office. It was so odd. Then, all of a sudden, bam, they like each other 80% into the book.

One sex scene and it was a little awkward. The sex is somewhat described so it is an adult or new adult book.

Final Thoughts
I can’t really recommend Body Language to people. It just didn’t have enough pizazz to keep someone reading. It’s such a slow book in every way. But I am happy to have met Carmen. Not recommended.

I start to get up, but before I can stand, she stops me, reaching out for the first time and resting her small hands on my shaking ones. In that touch, a thousand words pass between us. Somehow, it stops being important that she can’t speak. In that moment, the only thing that matters is that she’s here listening to me, when she could just as easily get up and walk out the door.

I smooth crimson lipstick over my lips again, and look at myself in the mirror as I slide the veil back down over my eyes. In the bright vanity lights, one can see right through, but on stage it provides just enough shadow to hide my identity, almost like the mask on a superhero. But, I’m anything but super and I sure as hell haven’t saved anyone.

Author Bio
I’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.

This is a Tour Wide Giveaway
  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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6 Responses to “Review: Body Language by Dahlia Salvatore (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Braine TS

    I can deal with the almost zero romance, the story and heroine does sound fascinating. What an ordeal and I can tell Carmen’s emotional journey is compelling! Too bad the hero fell flat. I just DNFd a book because I was more than halfway and I still don’t know what the main thread of the story is. Thanks for the review, I think I’ll be skipping this one

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