I was totally swept away by this story. And it was the hero I was cheering for, every step of the way-- something quite rare for me. I found myself so emotionally invested in his struggle to speak, to reclaim his sense of power and freedom and then to become the man his Maddygirl deserved.
It left me drained, totally spent and grinning with sheer joy at the beautifully written resolution and so well deserved happy ending.
It's out of the mold, it's hero-centric (imho)and seriously one of the best I've read in the genre.