My parents couldn’t have known the problems they would cause by giving me the name they did. You see, I have a lisp. And having a name ending with an “s” isn’t the best option for someone like me.
I control it fairly well now, after going through speech therapy when I was younger. And most people don’t detect it – unless I am especially tired.
Or on the phone.
“What is your name?”
And on it goes. 🙁
Alas, I know my lisp is insignificant compared with other speech impediments people deal with every day. Especially those who are ridiculed for theirs. . .
Three Fortunes for the Billionaire
Series: Billionaires of REKD #3
Published by Emerald Arch Publishing
Publication Date May 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
***A clean billionaire romance***
Musician Ezreal Wallach might be a billionaire, but he can’t talk in front of crowds—or unfamiliar women. He’s asked to help with a music program for underprivileged children, but working with a woman is way out of his comfort zone. He’s about to say no until he meets her and her children. They bring the music in his mind alive in new ways. He’s never been on a date. For the first time in his life, he’d like to change that. But he has to figure out how to talk to her first.
Sara Fortune is suspicious of men and will do anything to protect her children from their violent father. She moves them across the country for safety. In her new location, she has the opportunity to help bring music to poor children. She finds herself drawn to the quiet, eccentric composer who’s been asked to help, but she worries that she and her children are becoming too attached to Ezreal. In her experience, all men are violent and controlling. Can she stop herself from falling in love before he shows his true colors?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Hiding with the Billionaire
Music flowed throughout this story of the composer and the single mother. I loved the way Ezreal and Sara’s little daughter, Jenna, were able to overcome their shyness towards each other through the way they both hear music in everyday life. Ezreal’s habit of getting lost in his world of composing at the oddest moments (like the dinner table) added to the things that made this quirky, gentle man endearing.
While I did (and sometimes still do) have a lisp that was severe enough for me to need speech therapy, shyness and speaking was never a problem. So, while I couldn’t relate to Ezreal’s fear of women which caused him to lisp, the author helped me to empathize with him. It was so fun to see him attempt to communicate with Sara through talking to Jenna because he was comfortable with her. The conversations and the little girl’s compassion were so sweet!
An undertone of impending danger carried through the story – knowing that Sara’s ex had been stalking her until she found a way to disappear. This was lightened by the romance and the interactions between Ezreal and Sara’s children.
For those who roll their eyes at the “billionaire” books (as I generally do), rest assured that this story is not all about Ezreal being rich. That only comes into play when there is a concern about publicity and in relation to the fact that he is one of the partners at REKD, a video game company. I wouldn’t even have picked this one up if it wasn’t by an author I trust like Donna K. Weaver.
While the subject of domestic abuse is covered, it is handled sensitively and there are not many details given. It appears in the story more related to the fear Sara and her children lived in and in the ways Sara has had to learn to overcome attitudes formed from a lifetime of abusive men.