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Peek Inside Without Words

Firefighter Roberto DeRosa’s career is over. After an accident leaves him struggling with words, communicating with people is difficult, but Dani Hodge has a way of seeing through the walls he’s put up, and being with her makes him want to try

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Sometimes love speaks for itself…

After an accident in the line of duty, firefighter Roberto DeRosa’s life is turned upside down. His career fighting fires is over, and he’s left with an uncertain future and an injury that makes communicating difficult for him. The only time words flow easily is when they’re lyrics and he has a guitar in his hands. Talking to women is definitely out, especially if they have bright blue eyes that seem to see right into his soul.

Dani Hodge is on the brink of realizing her dream of opening a small combination wine and book store in San Diego’s funky Ocean Beach neighborhood. But before she can open the doors, there’s work to be done, more work than she can do herself.

When the tattooed guy who completely ignored her at a bar walks by and offers her a hand wrangling a tile saw, Dani can’t afford to say no—and why would she say no to Mr. Strong and Silent when his stare conveys more than words could?

Each book in the Under the Pier series is STANDALONE:
* Without Words
* Without Promises


“I really loved this book, I especially loved the chemistry between Rob and Dani!” –Heather, A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

“This was a sweet, hope-filled read. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I hope to read more in the future.” –Dawn, Always Write

“This may be right up there with the best books I've read this year. It's touching, emotional and yet so romantic.” –Lori Z., Goodreads

“This book had me sucked in from first page!” –Kim M., NetGalley

A perfect escape read that had me rooting for Rob & Dani until the end!” –Teresa, Bookseller, Old Firehouse Books

Without Words has everything a romance reader could want….an interesting plot, a likable heroine, interesting secondary characters and a to die for hero.  I’ve always had a soft spot for an alpha hero with a vulnerable side, and Roberto DeRosa was all that and more.  This book was like watching a lost soul find his way home and I enjoyed it so much.” –Michelle, Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind

“Delancey Stewart’s Without Words had me by heart from the first chapter when I feel in love with Roberto. He is such a sympathetic and endearing character, and I became so invested in him finding his happy-ever-after that I could hardly wait for things with him and Dani to play out.” –Mary, USA Today Happy Ever After

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759404
Series: Under the Pier, Book 1
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Page Count: 278
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen, new adult
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Lisa May 23, 2017

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, and what a delightful find this was. It has everything I like...a damaged vulnerable hero, a little heat, some romance, some obstacles, a little angst, a little misunderstanding. Now, I could stand my hero to be a bit more damaged and more of an asshole, but ...more

By Karen Mc May 27, 2017

There is no greater BOOK HIGH than meeting an author's work for the first time. I popped my Delancey Stewart book cherry and it was one blissful bomb! Without Words is a SLOW BURN of feels on fire. Raw. Riveting. Relentless. This emotional explosion of words detonated me!

A hot and heartwarming firem ...more

By Bette May 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this one. Loved these characters. They felt so honest and true that you could imagine them as your best friends. The writing is excellent and the story is intriguing with a nice flow.

Life has dealt Roberto DeRosa quite a few blows but none have been as frustrating as the last. While ...more

By Ayekah April 10, 2017

This may be right up there with the best books I've read this year. It's touching, emotional and yet romantic all the while looking at a life lived with a TBI (traumatic brain injury). I absolutely loved this book.
It opens with Rob playing guitar at his friend Trent's bar when he spots two girls co ...more

By Teresa May 22, 2017

**I received Without Words from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and hones review**

Without Words by Delancy Stewart is the first book in what I hope will be a series of books featuring Dani's sister, Amy, Trent and all of the firemen from Rob's old firehouse. This book ...more

By Maria April 29, 2017

"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
This was a pleasant read with the right amount of drama and pain and I connected easily to both main characters. The secondary characters are also engaging and the setting (San Diego) is beautiful.
I really liked how the main characters ( ...more

I just finished reading WITHOUT WORDS by Delancey Stewart, which was my first book by this author. I liked her writing style and the story was well developed. What I did not totally understand honestly was the choice of title. Rob’s problems were sever but the title made them seem even worse than th ...more

I had the blurb that got me in. Then I read a couple excerpts from the book. Then one excerpt had me saying that I must read this one. This man was in pain, feeling tortured, found the one, and his soul knew it deep down. The sorrow in his inner thoughts were just enough to keep me wanting to read ...more

By Chantelle August 12, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and the story line was sweet! ...more

By E-Reader Addict May 22, 2017

Every once in awhile I come across a young adult romance that has all the typical plots and conflicts of that genre, but still manages to surprise me. And by typical plots and conflicts I mean the hero and heroine with the unfortunate childhoods, and really poor communication skills. I spend a good ...more

By Christie72 May 23, 2017

I’m left without words…literally…I’m not sure I can come up with the adequate words for how phenomenal this book was. There aren’t enough stars to give it! I was moved to tears of sadness and tears of joy. It’s very rare to have characters affect me like these two did, especially Rob!

Rob is a man tr ...more

By books are love June 01, 2017

overall enjoyed. I love rob and his dog Sampson. My heart went out to Rob from the beginning. He is a survivor and now was floundering trying to find his place in the world after all he went through. His mom seemed loving but his stepdad boy not good. His friend Trent was great and supportive. But s ...more

By Joelle May 23, 2017

This was a cute romance not very involved but flowed easy with a nice plot.The main characters Dani and Rob were easy to like and were quiet enjoyable to read about.

Rob is recovering from being in a coma.He still has issues and is not yet a hundred 100 percent.Still dealing with physical and mental ...more

By Cathy May 24, 2017

"Without Words" by Delancey Stewart is the story of Rob and Dani, two souls that both have some baggage and aren't sure about where the intense attraction can or will go. Rob, having been injured as a firefighter, has issues with his speech. Honestly, while I found him quiet, I didn't necessarily se ...more

By Renee May 24, 2017

4 Star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Dani and Roberto’s story. Roberto had an accident while working that caused him issues he is still dealing with currently. He has trouble communicating from that injury. Dani sees him at the bar pe ...more

By Mommaleena May 24, 2017

Without Words by by Delancey Stewart
Without Words was an awesome story of triumph and tribulations, rising above what life has thrown at you in one form or another. It was emotional, I shed happy and sad tears as well as laughed! This story will have you melted to your spot from beginning t ...more

By Tina May 22, 2017

"This was insane. I'd never been on a knife's edge like this, never wanted so badly for a man to just. Touch. Me." Yes, Delancey Stewart builds up some major chemistry and heat in her new book! Our hero, Rob deRosa, may have been injured, but he definitely has the smoldering and hot hero requirement ...more

By Layna May 22, 2017

Rob is a broken hero trying to find his place in the world after a tragic accident. Dani is a dynamic heroine dealing with past insecurities while opening her own business. Their worlds converge in this touching romance that demonstrates that the right person in your life can make all the difference ...more

By Jody June 01, 2017

Readers looking for a straightforward tale of two people trying to be independent after arising from adversity will get all that and more with this charming contemporary romance. It's a story full of instantly likable characters dealing with issues that are easy to relate to and which had me furious ...more

By Bobbie May 22, 2017

I can't ever put any of Delancey's books down. Without words was no exception. I was hooked immediately with Dani's strength and was intrigued by Roberto and his brain injury. The writing is powerful and takes place in a great setting. My imagination took me right to OB. The only disappointment was ...more

By Patricia June 27, 2017

This is one of those books that pull at your heartstrings.
OMG! All I could do was read faster and root for these two souls.

It was sweet, captivating and made you believe in hope and happiness.
I can't believe how much it touched my heart. I look forward to more from this author. ...more

By Books and Spoons May 23, 2017

Every now and then you read a story that is so beautiful it leaves you in the state of awe for a long while after. Without Words is one of those stories. It is heart-shattering with its pain, torment, and agony, it is raw with life-like emotions and deep feelings, yet it heals all the wounds with th ...more

By Heather March 30, 2017

You have to love Dani, the girl is just so cute and the things that pop out of her mouth tend to have a different meaning at times, “it looks amazing,” I said, unable to keep from clapping my hands like a child. “I love caulk.” I couldn’t help it, the words came out before I thought about what I’d s ...more

By C April 09, 2017


a good read. I liked the book start to finish ...more

By C May 28, 2017

Safe read

-insta connection > build up to love
- Both not virgins, but also haven't been with anyone in a while
-H not a man whore
-Some push or pull
-No OW/Drama
-HEA with epilogue

I really enjoyed this book, super sweet and charming read! ...more

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Delancey Stewart

About the author

Delancey Stewart

Delancey Stewart always knew she wanted to be a writer, but it took her several decades to gather together enough experiences to be sure she had something worth writing about! With an English degree from UCLA and many years working in various fields tuning her writing chops, Delancey now focuses on contemporary romance, working from her current home outside Washington D.C. Thanks to a traveler’s heart and her marriage to a Marine, Delancey has lived in small towns and big cities, and writes about both. She stays busy as the mom of two little boys, and finds time for writing when she’s not at soccer games, PTA meetings or basketball practices. Delancey writes the Love in the Vines Series – romances set in vineyards from Paso Robles to Oregon. She’s also penned the Prohibited! Duet, published by Carina UK. She has written WITHOUT WORDS for Entangled Publishing, LLC Entangled, and has another steamy romance called RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW coming from Loveswept in summer 2017.

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