Words

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What does it take for a man to say, "I love you" out loud? Certainly the woman he loves can tell from his actions. And if she can tell, why must he initiate those words? Words explores new love first from his point of view, then hers. A sensual read, guaranteed to make you seek out that special someone in your life.
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Words: 2,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452335131
About Terry Odell

Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she'd be a good mom and watch it so they'd have common ground for discussions.

Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fanfiction, then through internet groups, and finally with groups with real, live partners. Her first publications were short stories, but she found more freedom in longer works and began what she thought was a mystery. Her daughters told her it was a romance so she began learning more about the genre and craft. She belongs to both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband in the mountains of Colorado.

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Review by: Tom Odyssey on Aug. 05, 2017 :
This is a very touching and elegantly written story. It has a soft touch to it that any romance reader should be able to appreciate. Given its short length, this can easily be read in one sitting, but it does a great job of using that limited space to its fullest. The writing style is very clean and well edited, allowing for an uninhibited reading experience. The structure of playing out the same scene twice from both characters' perspectives is very interesting and adds a second dimension to the whole thing. I honestly didn't find anything lacking in this story, which is definitely rare, even for something short. I can easily recommend giving this one a read, especially since it won't take but a few minutes to do so, and it'll definitely be worth your while.
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Review by: KaraSkinner on Sep. 24, 2016 :
“I love you” is much more than three simple words. Saying them can be an obligation to someone or a way out of trouble.
But saying them can also be dangerous because it bares the speaker’s soul to the person they’re talking to. Once they’ve been said, they can’t be retracted.
Terry Odell captures the drama and fear in saying “I love you” for the first time in her short story Words. The story is about a nameless couple who have been married for two months.
Even though the woman knows that her husband loves her, he’s never said the words because he’s been scared about it. He’s never opened up to anyone like that before.
This story shows both of their points of view leading up to the moment when he tells her.
I normally don’t like short romance stories. They can be rushed and poorly written a lot of the time, with not enough effort put into the characters for me to care about them. But not this story. It’s exactly as long as it needs to be, and it’s full of emotion.
I like that the characters are nameless because it makes the story more versatile and relatable. Even though it’s mentioned that the man’s a carpenter and the woman has an office job with a secretary, this story could be anyone’s story for saying “I love you” for the first time.

“I love you” is much more than three simple words. Saying them can be an obligation to someone or a way out of trouble.
But saying them can also be dangerous because it bares the speaker’s soul to the person they’re talking to. Once they’ve been said, they can’t be retracted.
Terry Odell captures the drama and fear in saying “I love you” for the first time in her short story Words. The story is about a nameless couple who have been married for two months.
Even though the woman knows that her husband loves her, he’s never said the words because he’s been scared about it. He’s never opened up to anyone like that before.
This story shows both of their points of view leading up to the moment when he tells her.
I normally don’t like short romance stories. They can be rushed and poorly written a lot of the time, with not enough effort put into the characters for me to care about them. But not this story. It’s exactly as long as it needs to be, and it’s full of emotion.
I like that the characters are nameless because it makes the story more versatile and relatable. Even though it’s mentioned that the man’s a carpenter and the woman has an office job with a secretary, this story could be anyone’s story for saying “I love you” for the first time.
“I love you” is much more than three simple words. Saying them can be an obligation to someone or a way out of trouble.
But saying them can also be dangerous because it bares the speaker’s soul to the person they’re talking to. Once they’ve been said, they can’t be retracted.
Terry Odell captures the drama and fear in saying “I love you” for the first time in her short story Words. The story is about a nameless couple who have been married for two months.
Even though the woman knows that her husband loves her, he’s never said the words because he’s been scared about it. He’s never opened up to anyone like that before.
This story shows both of their points of view leading up to the moment when he tells her.
I normally don’t like short romance stories. They can be rushed and poorly written a lot of the time, with not enough effort put into the characters for me to care about them. But not this story. It’s exactly as long as it needs to be, and it’s full of emotion.
I like that the characters are nameless because it makes the story more versatile and relatable. Even though it’s mentioned that the man’s a carpenter and the woman has an office job with a secretary, this story could be anyone’s story for saying “I love you” for the first time.

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Review by: Word Wise on April 06, 2016 :
A lovely story - well structured, evocative and with a strong emotional appeal. Thank you for sharing it.
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Review by: Philip Brewster on April 03, 2015 :
Wonderful story and beautifully written.
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Review by: Linda Arditto on March 02, 2014 :
Absolutely wonderful. So much tenderness.
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Review by: heatherbartley on June 20, 2013 :
This short story is totally awesome. Fantastic writing and sweet romance! This is definitely a keeper.
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Review by: asjahstrina on March 30, 2013 :
Lovely
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Review by: Brenda Burkhamer on Feb. 05, 2013 :
I absolutely loved this short story. I will be looking for more from this author. It was so unique, nothing like I've read before in a love story, much less a short story. Nice & sweet.
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Review by: Ally Cabella on Feb. 22, 2012 :
Wonderful short story. Terry allows you to see and feel what her characters are experiencing. Love it!
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Review by: shonatariro on Oct. 16, 2011 :
A beautiful read. Cleverly crafted & beautifully written, it's one of my favourite pieces of writing at the moment.
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Review by: R Morse on June 16, 2011 :
This is just a lovely story. A must read.
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Review by: Leigh D'Ansey on Dec. 16, 2010 : (no rating)
I was moved by this touching, beautifully crafted story.
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Review by: Timmy Polu on July 04, 2010 : (no rating)
Enjoyed reading this book. Beautifully written. Captures the real essence of a man and a woman in a relationship.
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