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To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’sTo stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word.After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys. But their chemistry can no longer be denied, and their heated affair seems destined for happily ever after. A destiny Andie’s terrified to embrace.When Andie’s guilt, Rhys’s awkwardness, and the abrupt appearance of an erratic ex threaten to dismantle their delicately blooming relationship, they must decide if love is worth the challenge. Can Andie and Rhys find their way back to each other? Or will the demons of the past simply prove too strong?...

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The First Word Reviews

  • Lytton Bell
    2019-05-19 20:47

    I like it so far, but I must say that the first few chapters read like 50 Shades, but with Autism rather than S&M. Filthy rich, quirky stud; young, beautiful brunette living on-site - what's the worst that could happen??OK, so, as someone who knows about autism on so many levels, I get majorly annoyed by ignoramuses who want to tell me about the condition. So this handsome, wealthy, successful CEO is so "different" and "alienated" because he doesn't like to wear shoes? HELLO? Show him having uncontrollable meltdowns. Show his personal hygiene issues. His food issues. Interrupting others when they speak. Hugely offensive commentary at just the wrong time. Time management issues. Coordination issues. Show how debilitating the disorder can really be. Is the world nice to you when you don't conform and act like everybody else? Does society reward you for that? Get real. This author is dangerously close to portraying autism as something cute. She probably thinks she has done her homework: GUESS AGAIN.Furthermore, many aspies are extremely gifted, but this does not endear them to their teachers, who hold them back for this very reason - and spite. They resent that they do not need to study for tests and consider them lazy. Most teachers think of studiousness as "work," and the idea of someone being naturally gifted offends their sense of justice, that you get what you "deserve" by being "worthy." Are those teachers going to give aspies A's and let them succeed? The good ones do. But, there are few good ones. This is why autistic geniuses are working at the car wash instead of running corporations. For those who don't/can't understand.Now on Ch. 17. I think you have a fundamental and unsolvable paradox when you are writing an aspie as a romantic lead. The cliché tenets of masculine sexiness are mind reading and sexual finesse/prowess. Yet with Aspergers you need to search for deeper traits. Their prominent inner lives can seem like emotional insensitivity to someone on the outside, or a failure to relate to you on your own level. Coordination issues can lead to a kind of clumsy but sincere ineptitude in the physical realm (however this is waaay preferable to heartless expertise). In fact, the woman would have to be the mind reader and have all of the sexual prowess in order for the relationship portrayed in this book to stand a chance. This heroine doesn't, but you can almost see how her therapeutic training and personal insecurities nearly add up to the same thing. Though the insecurities could turn on you and work against you at any moment too. And also, she would be working 100% of the time as a therapist, which would get exhausting no matter how hot and rich this dude is. Still, I like how the author shows that the protagonist's clinical approaches are 90% instinct. That makes things a bit more believable. And of course true love is deciding you'd rather be miserable with a particular person than happy with anyone else.OMG, some of the sanctimonious and condescending comments. Fucking know-it-alls with an IQ in the double digits. Please, educate me. Either ASD exists, or else the spectrum is so broad that it actually has become meaningless again because hey - anything goes. Mike the headless chicken lived for two years with no head; someone is now trying hard to beat his record.I had a hard time getting back into this book after a short break. It is actually unbelievably boring to me now. Rhys doesn't seem so attractive at this point, and wow is Andie a cowardly and distant person with limited self awareness in spite of being a behavioral professional. The answer to all of that could easily have been to make everything hotter, but instead this author is pursuing the emotional turmoil route, which was all forced drama to begin with - no real person has this kind of dilemma. We just make the mistakes first and then agonize and regret them later.OK I had to give up where I am at. I am too friggin' old to read shit that does not utterly captivate me. Being boring is about the worst sin there is when it comes to any artistic endeavor. I hope it all works out for the kid though. Buh-bye!

  • Julie Kassel
    2019-05-14 21:31

    This turned out to be more of a romance novel then I expected. The story line was enough. In fact the love scenes cheapened it. In my opinion, it would have been better without them.

  • ★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
    2019-05-01 22:25

    Very intriguing read and it tugged at my heartstrings. However, I'm not a fan of this author's writing style which kind of distracted me from the story. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either.

  • Twist
    2019-04-18 20:22

    This was a really good book. Andie is an occupational therapist for little Will who has autism. Rhys is his father. While there is romance, it is by no means the only thing in this book. There are medical issues, kids, cruelty and love and emotional abuse and forgiveness and peace and pulling up your big girl panties and getting over yourself. This story is about figuring out who you want to be when you grow up, and taking the steps to get there. I absolutely adore Will. Oh alright, Rhys is adorable too, in his own way. He is a lot like Will in some ways.I do recommend this book.

  • Giulia
    2019-05-15 01:27

    The main character Andie had a traumatic experience as a child and it still haunts her in the present day. She still tries to put on a brave face most of the time. She is an OT and has one special patient --a child with autism named Will, that really connects with her. The book follows the love story of Andie and Will's single father-Rhys. Interesting plot at the beginning but then turned a bit too predictable from the middle onward. I would recommend but only if you can borrow from the library.

  • Brie
    2019-04-27 19:32

    Liked but didn't love. The author has the most distinct voice I've read in a while, and it gives the story this unique quality that reminded me of an old school contemporary romance, which isn't a bad thing, at least not always. I can't speak of how accurate the representation is or of how sensitive its portrayal might be, but nothing stood out as being egregiously bad. The biggest issue I had with it is that, as usual, there's an evil ex, which is a trope I hate and a shade of sexism that looks bad in every book and every author.I probably wouldn't recommend the book, but I will read this author again for sure.

  • Pam
    2019-04-25 20:28

    4.5 Stars is an Occupational Therapist who devotes her time to helping others. She devotes herself to her work to help distract her from the tragedy of her past. Due to cut backs at her job she was let go, but is given an opportunity by the very handsome Rhys Griffiths and his autistic son.When Rhys's son Will spoke his first word and it was Andie's name he knew he would do anything to have Andie work with his son. Andie accepts the position as a live in therapist for Will at Rhys's home. Andie and Rhys soon find out they have unmistakable chemistry, but along the way there are obstacles. The abrupt reappearance of Rhys's ex, Will's mother who abandoned them when Will was 6 months old. She will do anything now to be back in there lives including ruining the relationship Andie and Rhys are developing.Andie also needs to overcome her demons from her past in order to move forward. Can they find there way through this and have a happy ending?This was a well written book that kept me hooked from the very beginning. I enjoyed the characters and their growth throughout the story.*** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. ***

  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    2019-05-06 23:48

    Fast moving, sad and romantic all wrapped up in one story. Rhys' son is autistic; wife runs out on family and he is left to raise him. Along comes Andie, pediatric OT, who comes with baggage of her own. But makes wonderful breakthroughs with Will (Rhys' son). When she loses her job, Rhys offers her a job as OT for his son exclusively, residing in his home. Thinking this is what she needed to block out her own rocky childhood, she accepts but things get a bit hot when they both find themselves drawn to each other - at the same time Rhys' ex-wife returns to the family. Great Story, looking forward to other books by Robson.

  • Di
    2019-05-07 00:28

    EnjoyableReading about Will and his autism was amazing. It brought another dimension to the romantic slide of the story, making it a unique read for me. So much of the a story focused on Will, giving the reader an insight into what it is like to raise a toddler, with this diagnosis, from the point out view of the parent.Throw in the crazy ex, evil mother and a traumatic experience and you have a book that covers so many bases.

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-05-04 21:41

    My MusingsI'm so glad I took the plot to read this book in advance of publication offered as past of the Kindle First program. I fell in love with the characters, especially the little boy. This have an excellent look into the life of a family of an autistic child. Wonderful love story is blended in. Happy reading 📚!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-06 18:40

    I got this during a free Prime trial. However, my review isn't exactly fair. Somehow, I missed that this was a romance, and it's not my favorite genre. Even so, the book held my interest and was an easy and quick read. 3/5 stars.

  • Karin
    2019-04-19 23:27

    Terrible!! Shades of Gray meets pediatric OT. Bits of goodness about an autistic boy and a potentially talented therapist- overlayed with cheesy pining after her boss. Awful.

  • Christine
    2019-04-21 18:19

    The author was clearly fueled by earnest enthusiasm and good intentions; however, the meandering writing and tepid romance did not work for me.

  • Tara
    2019-04-26 01:35

    I finished this, but it was a bit of a struggle. I did like the plot, but I didn't feel a connection. We were told about the chemistry from the get-go between the main characters (Andie and Rhys), but I didn't feel it. The words were there, but they didn't transcend the feelings behind them. Also, I like romance novels with dual POVs. From time to time, we would get Rhys POV but it was hard to tell when/if that was coming. I also enjoy epilogues which this did not have. From what I gathered, this is the 1st in the Visionaries Series. However, there was little character development outside the main characters. Rhys was supposed to have a close bond with his co-workers (the other Visionaries). At one point he confided his relationship woes with them, but there was no connection/development. I had a hard time relating to them and because of that there was not anything interesting me into the next book of the series.

  • DCT
    2019-05-02 00:44

    3.5 Wordsmith Stars.I received this as a free read through the Amazon Prime program; the synopsis sounded intriguing and I always love stories that tackle issues that broaden my knowledge and exposure, in this case, autism. Right away I realized that this author has a way with words; I was glad I was reading with my Kindle, as I often had to use the dictionary feature so I would be in the know. I must admit, that as I was reading the story, the characters always seemed a bit distant and a step removed from me; I had a hard time relating to them. Did I enjoy the read, yes; did it totally engage me emotionally, sadly no, and I really wanted it to. When dealing with such emotional topics, I want to feel the story, and I felt as though the words were there, but they just were not able to transcend to the feelings behind them. A little ironic considering the subject matter and the author's beautiful use of words.

  • Rob Vlock
    2019-04-22 23:32

    I was lucky enough to be given an advance copy of Isley's debut. Normally, this type of women's fiction/romance novel wouldn't be at the top of my to-read list. But I'm so glad I read this one! The writing is exquisite, the characters are so well fleshed-out and the story really pulled me along. I was actually a little surprised to discover how much this novel struck a chord with me. It's one of those books that goes so far beyond merely being interesting and, instead, wraps itself around your heart. I found myself aching for the main characters to find a happy resolution (and also aching with jealously of Isley's writing prowess) and because of that, I couldn't stop turning the pages. Will I become a regular reader of romance? Probably not. But will I read the next book in Isley's Visionaries series? Definitely. This book changed what I always thought I knew about the genre. If you like sophisticated romance or smart women's fiction, THE FIRST WORD is a must-read.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-27 17:39

    I got this free through Amazon Prime and I really enjoyed it. This was not just a romance, although there were elements of that - and yes, it's somewhat the rich guy - poor girl set-up, but she's not the nanny/maid/housekeeper - rather she's a live-in occupational therapist of the rich guy's autistic son. The rich guy - Rhys - is a great character: slightly geeky and awkward, handsome, devoted to his son. I liked that there was a lot more than just the romance here - a lot of the book dealt with things like serious health issues (autism, bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis) and domestic violence. I can see how the business team that Rhys has around him could be the basis for more stories as this is marked as the first in a series. I'll likely keep an eye out for the next in the series.Quotes to remember:All Rhys had to do was love him, and Will would be who he was. Beautiful. Miraculous. All Rhys could ask for in a son....that's what love was: the courage to endure having a piece of your heart walking around outside your own body, exposed to the vagaries of fate and the world's incipient cruelties. Love was having the ability to comprehend that risk, but the faith to embrace it anyway.

  • Romance Rehab
    2019-05-14 00:32

    I got this as part of my Amazon Prime First to Read program, and I considered not reviewing it. Why, you ask? Because my thoughts after finishing it could be summed up like this: Meh. It all started off promising enough. I mean, when the autistic kid’s first word was the heroine’s name, I’ll admit, it got a little dusty in my reading room. (It was dusty, I tell you, because I DON’T CRY). But that’s where the feels ended for me.Andie, the heroine, got on my nerves with her self-doubts and self-hatred over a horrible accident that happened when she was a kid."But it was impossible, the idea of living under the same roof as this man and his son. Accepting their trust when she knew, in the deepest corners of her soul, that she wasn't worthy of it."She was practically a saint and a highly accomplished occupational therapist and she still didn’t feel like she was worthy of trust and love because of one (admittedly horrific) childhood event? I’m calling bullshit.Rhys, the hero, didn’t get on my nerves, but the way he was written kind of did. So, you’re telling me this handsome, super successful billionaire has some form of autism himself? Other than the fact that he’s not entirely comfortable with his emotions and doesn’t like to wear shoes, I didn’t see any evidence of autism. Why try and soft-peddle? If the guy’s autistic, make him autistic, not some shiny, happy, romance novel version of autistic. Not that people with autism can’t be handsome and super successful because they totally can. I’m just betting he would’ve had to struggle a bit more than he did to get there and stay there. Maybe if I’d seem a little more of Rhys’s character, warts and all, I would’ve been more invested in his romance with Andie, instead of feeling decidedly “meh” about the whole thing. I also might’ve found the whole “long lost mom back for a second shot with the kid she abandoned” subplot interesting if she’d been sincere and not portrayed like a total crackpot. That whole thing just felt like lazy writing to me. (It was easier to make her a total crackpot than to find a way that she fit into everyone’s lives and got a chance to be a mother again.) In fact, I don’t even remember the character’s name. That’s how much of an impact she made on me, which is kind of sad, really. Overall, it was a well-written book, mechanically speaking. I just didn’t give a crap about any of the characters. (Except the kid. I liked the kid a lot. Maybe if the book had only been about him and didn’t bother trying to tell Andie and Rhys’s story, I would’ve rated it higher.)

  • Lisa
    2019-05-01 23:20

    This is a romance novel. I didn't know that when I started. All the detailed sex should have been a giveaway. The characters are likeable; the psychological drama is there, though barely; the writing is not bad, but certainly not good. And all ends . . . nope, no spoilers! But I was glad it was over. It's like a Hallmark movie with lots more sex.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-05-09 00:48

    The First Word,  Isley RobsonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre:  Romance, I got this as part of the Prime First to Read programme and loved it. I wasn't sure if it would be one for me, and put off reading it for a coupe of weeks, but once I started I was hooked. Andie has a tragic past, and its affected her as an adult. She's an amazing lady IMO, has overcome so much, given the lack of family support she deserved. She's very focused on a kind of redemption, and throws herself into her work of helping children. Then just as the clinic she's working in closes she gets offered a live in job working with autistic toddler Will. She says no, she can't get that close to a child, scared of the responsibility but when Rhys tells her Will has spoken her name as his first ever work she agrees to three months. Rhys, what an amazing man. Its clear he shares some traits with Will, and I do feel that many of us are far from "normal" but live somewhere along the line, where normal isn't a set definition, but some common traits, and we may be more or less along the average spectrum. He's kind of geeky, which has worked well for him professionally but not so well in his personal life. His workplace, the way his staff adore him, protect him show what a kind and generous man he is. I so wanted him and Andie to find that connection, could feel how attracted they were but Rhys isn't sure how to proceed, he's a bit self conscious, a bit unsure when it comes to things outside his professional life, and Andie...well she doesn't seem to feel she deserves love. Sad, so sad and I wanted things to change for them. Will is adorable and it was good to see how people react to kids - and adults - in the real world. Yep, sadly its like that, people do judge, blame, get impatient, though when they understand many can be more supportive. Not all though ;-( He was really well portrayed, I know a few kids with disabilities, though none with autism, but from what I've read his actions and reactions were pretty accurate and made sense. Throw in Rhys ex, who suddenly appears, beautiful in an ice queen way, and determined to get back with Rhys, an Andie's family and we've a terrific cast of characters that make for a great story, with so much more than a simple romance. One I loved and would re-read. Stars: five, a fabulous story, so real, so moving and a beautiful romance. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-05-10 22:28

    Amazon Kindle offered a deal to read a selection of books released to Kindle prior publication. Normally, I give these a pass as I have so many chosen books to read. And, to be honest, I enjoy gentle cozy romance but not explicit sex scenes. Getting older, I guess. What compelled me to read this novel, 'The First Word,' was it's core subject matter. dealing with an autistic child in a loving and nurturing way.Andie Tilly is a pediatric occupational therapist. Due to challenges within her own life's story, Andie herself is slightly 'damaged.' Working with children keeps her sane and makes life bearable. She loses her job to downsizing and is besides herself, when one of the parents of a child she has been working with, comes to hire her to help him with his autistic son.Rhys Griffiths is a man who has succeeded in life. He owns an alternative energy corporations. Has a wonderful lifestyle and home. What he is having trouble with is his Son, Will's silence. Will is now a toddler of almost three years old, and has just been diagnosed as 'Autistic.' Rhys has trouble accepting the diagnosis. What he does know is that his son only can say one word...'Andie.'Hiring Andie for three months to be a live-in therapist is Rhys attempt to create a workable living situation. His dreams are of having help with bath time, eating, meltdowns, and so on. For Andie, she has a job with one of her favorite clients, Will, and yes, there is an instant attraction between the two adults.There is the real life drama of living with a special needs child. Also, an ex-wife with her own demons enters their lives again. Andie continues to try and deal with her own personal nightmare from her childhood, and Rhys begins to realize that he, himself, may have a touch of autism.To my taste the sex scenes were too much, but, that is because I was so compelled by the actual storyline. The Hippotherapy and other teaching methods were fascinating to me.The population of Autism is every increasing as new methods of recognition and diagnoses are maturing. Understanding is crucial to aid these persons and enfold them in our society without being labeled as is currently happening. I was very interested in the actual story. Good writing.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-27 01:35

    I read an advanced copy of this book through Amazon's Kindle First Program and this is actually my first time reading a book from the monthly selection. I will say that I liked it enough, but I thought it could have been better. The story is touching but not heartwarming. It's complicated but not complex. It's good but not great. The different elements of this book added up to make it completely average when it could have been amazing. To my understanding, this is the author's debut novel, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. However, I mean all of this "criticism" in the most positive way possible. Starting off, the main characters. Andie and Rhys were lovable, but it took me some time to love them. I didn't always understand Andie's logic, even when her past is revealed. Her first instinct is, almost always, to flee. It's kind of understandable, especially considering the bits and pieces of her past that are sprinkled throughout the book before we hear the whole story. She had some maturing and healing to do, but it took her almost 90% of the book to do it. I appreciate that the author gave time to Andie in order to learn and grow, but the progress was almost too slow. Then there's that one time that Mrs. Hodge made a comment (view spoiler)[about Andie's sexual relationship with Rhys and how Andie was perhaps, presenting herself as too "convenient." Her first reaction was embarrassment, but it quickly devolved to anger because Andie thought she was being wrongfully judged. So, she decides to locate Rhys and giving him a blow job which turns into a whole new sex session...all while understanding that Mrs. Hodge meant well, but couldn't quite control her desire anymore. Let's just say that would not be my immediate reaction to someone judging my sex life. I understand that she was trying to take charge and be bold and confident, but it didn't resound with me. It just felt like she was throwing a tantrum and trying to prove a point by saying, "I'll prove you wrong! I'm not convenient, I am a strong woman with a sex drive and I don't care if you know it. I will suck his dick because this relationship is temporary and I don't care what you think anymore. I don't care, you hear me? I DON'T CARE." Is that too crude? Probably a little bit, but I cannot think of any other way to phrase it. Her actions counteracted her intentions because running off to seek sexual satisfaction seemed like a very childish and immature, "Fuck you Mrs. Hodge!" (hide spoiler)] I understand her motivations, but I don't always agree with her actions. Now onto Rhys. At first, Rhys appeared to have zero personality of his own. He had weird quirks, he was a genius, and was probably this way because he rests somewhere on the Autism spectrum too. But his character was almost entirely built around being attracted to Andie and being a loving father to Will. His presence is built throughout the book and I grew very fond of him by the end. Additionally, I liked that he was from the UK, but the author didn't try to hard to convince us that he was. There was no forced use of British colloquialisms. Instead, they were subtly dropped into dialogue. Often times, it's a tip of the scale between too much where it's trying too hard or too little where it's unconvincing. It was a very delicate balance that I think is hard to achieve, even with native British English speakers, and I think the author handled it very nicely. A huge part of the story line is based on Andie and Rhys's respective pasts, but it felt lackluster. The breaking point with Rhys's ex-wife was anticlimactic. The confrontation of Andie and her mother felt genuine enough, but at the same time it was definitely a forced resolution. We don't have to have closed ends and pretty bows tied around the conflict and it just makes for disappointing story-telling here. The author could have gone in so many different directions with the Karina's character and with the ridge in Andie and Susan's relationship. I just felt like the author was perhaps a bit too ambitious in fitting both arcs into one story. It made things complicated and awkward, but didn't give the situations any depth. The solutions were straightforward and lacking complexity. The author could have chosen one of these plot points to write really well, but chose to aim for two and it turned out mediocre. I just feel so regretful because this could have been a better reading experience but it wasn't. I know that many, many people will love this book. I guess that I loved it in my own way as well. I loved Will and Jess; how relationships were forged, how old ones were healed, and how love always finds its way. Logistically, however, I just had a lot of baby red flags going off in my head saying, "No!" Don't get me wrong, like I've said before, it's good but I think it had potential to be way better! Of course this is a debut novel and I shouldn't be ragging on the author like this, especially since she didn't do a bad job to begin with. I just think it's a bit of a wasted opportunity. I am interested in seeing the future works for this series and reading more from the author! Perhaps the next book will be about Tom?

  • Tina Marking
    2019-05-06 19:40

    I really liked this book, the building of the trust and relationship between the two main characters, although the "will he/she/they move beyond thoughts to actions?" became a little tedious. Their dedication and love for Will is immeasurable, and that was heartwarming. I do wish there had been more of the story surrounding Will and his progress, but what was portrayed was poignant and heart-wrenching at the same time. "Andie! DADA!" tore my heart out, notwithstanding the scene that brought forth that very special declaration. Andie is a an incredible person, IMHO, giving of herself to others, and especially children with special circumstances. Her background is filled with angst, pain, and self-inflicted guilt (brought on by adults who are protecting their own it, you'll understand more). Her growth within the Griffiths household is heartwarming, and had me pulling for her throughout. There were times when I wanted to shout at her to "STOP IT! JUST move ON!" or "GET THERAPY, FOR GOD'S SAKE!" but I stuck with her. So did Rhys.Rhys is someone I'd like to meet. Open, honest (to a fault), giving, but with a shadow looming over him in regard to trusting anyone who gets close to his heart. His love for his son is so touching, and I would be honored to know him. His struggles as a parent with an autistic child, his thoughts, his weaknesses, his feeling of inadequacies were, to me, spot on. My daughter works with special needs children, and I know how much it takes in dedication, love, and support. It takes a very special person with a very special heart and gift to work with these beautiful children, and that's how I felt about Rhys. The progression of the ex, Karina, and her descent was, at first, enough to make me want to throw the book across the room. However, it was an honest portrayal of what happens to those afflicted. (I won't say more, because I don't want to be the cause of any spoilers. Suffice it to say, you'll understand more by the end).The ending was pure Rhys, although I wish there had been more wrap-up among the participants. I wanted to know more. I wanted the story to continue, and be a part of watching everything unfold for all the characters. Well done, Ms. Robson. Well done.

  • Kerry Baker
    2019-04-19 22:46

    The First Word by Isley Robson, on the face of it, promised to be a fantastic read that captured your heart right from the word go.Andie - an occupational therapist - unexpectedly finds herself out of a job and no clue as what she is going to do. A surprising, and rather unusual job offer throws her for a loop. Left with no other options, and a young boy who desperately needs her help, Andie finds herself accepting the offer, even while she is thinking it is not a good idea."But it was impossible, the idea of living under the same roof as this man and his son. Accepting their trust when she knew, in the deepest corners of her soul, that she wasn't worthy of it."Rhys is a single father struggling to provide everything his recently diagnosed autistic son requires. Unable to figure out how to break the barrier between them and get his son to talk he does what needs to be done when his first word points towards one particular person - Andy. Right from the start he can tell she is hiding something, unsure in herself, but he is so desperate to get the help his son needs that he is willing to overlook anything if it means she will stay."From the first moment he saw the miracle of Will's face - the wonder in his hazy, unfocused eyes, and the adamant point of his tiny chin - he knew that being this child's father would forever define him."There were a few moments that definitely had me caught up in the emotions of this book, sweeping me along with the lives of the characters. I did find these to be fleeting though - if I put the book down for any reason this engagement was quickly lost. The story was definitely there I just didn't fully connect with the writing style that went along with it. The way the story was being told I didn't feel was done to its full potential.However, the few bits where I was taken in by the book is definitely enough for me to give this author another go and follow this series through to it's conclusion.

  • Heather in FL
    2019-05-05 01:30

    This was a very interesting story, and I received it for free as a Kindle First selection. We have an occupational therapist, Andie, who has just lost her job, but in assessing almost three-year-old Will, somehow instigated his first word, which happened to be her name. As a result, his father, Rhys, reluctantly accepting his son's autism diagnosis, swoops in to offer Andie a very one-on-one position to help his son. Rhys is a very successful entrepreneur with some quirky behaviors himself, but he also happens to be really good looking. (Not that Andie's a hag or anything.) Andie and Rhys try very hard to keep their relationship professional, but living under the same roof offers them lots of opportunities to get super close, and they definitely have chemistry. Will's mother, with issues of her own, has resurfaced after deserting Rhys and Will when Will was just a baby. With Andie's poor feelings of self-worth due to a childhood tragedy, she doesn't feel like she deserves Rhys or Will, and things get complicated when they shouldn't be. But of course, if things weren't complicated, there wouldn't be a good story. Everything ended very sweetly, and I do like my HEAs, so this was good. The one sort of weird thing about it was the "proper" language. Sure, there's mention of cock, but so much "high brow" language around it all. (And only one real sex scene.) It was just sort of weird to read that kind of language in a contemporary story. I know that's going to sound weird, and it definitely wasn't bad, just different. It was also sort of different from how I expect people in the Northeast to "speak". Then again, maybe I don't hang around any high brow people, lol, so I'm just not used to it! :-) I think I raised my IQ a bit by reading it, lol!

  • Susan Swiderski
    2019-04-22 01:38

    The plot of this story promised a refreshing change from the usual romance novel: an autistic toddler speaks his therapist's name as his first word, and his filthy rich single father wants said therapist to move into his humongous home to continue providing intense therapy to further help his son.Okay, so it's a romance, so we know from the get-go these two will fall in love, right? But the adorable little boy steals the show. You will SOOO want this child to succeed, and your heart may go out to his Asperger's dad, too. He's awkward, earnest, and oh-so vulnerable. The therapist, of course, comes with her own baggage, packed full of years' worth of pain and guilt. Oh yeah, don't forget to throw in a vengeful off-her-rocker ex-wife who abandoned her husband and baby son shortly after his birth, but who is now back (ta-DA!) to reclaim what she sees as hers. I have to admit, there were times I rolled my eyes while reading this book. Some parts are over-the-top sappy, and the plot was so predictable, there were few, if any, surprises.And yet... and yet... the darned book filled my eyes with tears more than once. Evidently, there's more "sap" in my heart than I realized, and this book managed to tap it. So, yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed it, eye rolls and all. I'd give it four and a half stars.

  • Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
    2019-05-09 21:48

    The First Word's synopsis intrigued me and I was in the mood to try a new author so off I went to read without any real expectations.There were some good points and not so great. One thing I did enjoy are the characters. Rhys is a little odd (he thinks he is probably somewhere on the Asperger's spectrum) but he's also very swoony and an amazing father. I've seen some criticism of the author's portrayal of autism and I am certainly no expert. I do feel that the son's portrayal is more in line with what I've seen. As for Rhys... honestly, I think he's just a bit of an odd duck with some sensory issues. To say he is on the spectrum I'm afraid may be glorifying autism (making it sound sexy and intriguing rather than being a difficult disease to manage). Andie is a wonderful heroine but she's a bit soft in that she needs some confidence. However, a difficult past has influenced her behavior and you can see moments of spunk that come out and give her character a little color. My main problem with this book is the endless inner monologue and wordiness. There's a lot of words and really not a whole lot happening for the first half of the book. So it's not that I didn't enjoy it but I did skim over several parts to keep the book progressing. It does pick up and I enjoyed the overall story and the way Andie and Rhys fell in love. I'm not sorry I read it and I love the potential this author has.

  • Tracey
    2019-05-18 00:32

    Romance is my genre of choice, and this was an enjoyable Cinderella type story with characters that have some dimension to them. Andie is beautiful and intelligent, but drawn into herself because of tragic circumstances from her childhood. She sees herself as not worthy or deserving, and unlovable as well. Then comes the charming prince, Rhys, who is Asperger's type smart and is also wealthy because of his successful start up company. Rhys is gorgeous, but doesn't notice women throwing themselves at him because his Asperger's leaves him unsure of the social signals that others take for granted. Although Rhys is good-looking, smart, wealthy, and not a chauvinist, his quality as Father of the Decade places him head and shoulders above other men. Basically, Rhys has no flaws. The link between Rhys and Andie is Rhys' autistic son Will, who steals the show. Will is well drawn and easily visualized even though he doesn't have words to speak. The story flows gently and predictably with just enough mounting tension. I had no problem finishing the book, but it wasn't a story that had me up until 3:00 am unable to tear myself away.

  • Laura
    2019-04-25 17:32

    I chose this book through the Kindle First selection. I was actually glad that they finally had a romance novel as they have not in several months. I was not disappointed in this book. I feel that I did learn a lot about autism, as I have never experienced it first hand.Andie is hired to be the occupational therapist for Will on a private basis after she lost her job. The reason Rhys offers this position is because Will had finally said his first word, Andie. She takes the job with the intention that she will only help Will and not fall for Rhys. So, yes, I agree with some of the other reviews in that it is predictable that they will fall for each other and the romance will spark more than either of them anticipate. However, that is the whole point of romance novels - you are waiting for the happy ever after.I thought that there was more to the story with Rhys' ex-wife and also the story of Andie's family. Both were situations that Andie and Rhys were able to help each other with. It made them stronger to be able to face them together.I enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more from this new author.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-05 18:24

    I didn’t know what to expect from this Kindle First but I was pleasantly surprise. I enjoyed every word. Not just The First Word. This is a romantic novel with a hidden message about forgiveness and the power of a pure love to heal. The First Word digs deep into the hidden pains of autism and mental health that plagues so many people today. I fell in love with Rhys and his son Will and the strong bond that is not always appreciated when it comes to single fathers. Andie, a tormented soul, was heart wrenching to read. I felt sympathy for her inner pain and her quest for healing and forgiveness. I loved the relationship between Rhys and Andie. It showed how with the right person by your side you can overcome all.I did give this a 4-star rating because at times, I felt that the storyline jumped around and never developed where it expected us to follow. When new characters were introduced, I don’t believe they were given enough time to really explain their importance within the storyline. That said, I still look forward to her next book. I can’t wait to see where Isley Robson’s next journey takes us.