Today we are celebrating the release of ACHE by S.M. Soto. It is a standalone, second chance romance novel. It is available to purchase now for only $2.99!
ACHE by S.M. Soto
Now Available | Standalone Novel
Book Blurb:A second chance romance.
What happens when you fall for the boy next door?
Bea Norwood had the market on normal.
Drama free life? Check.
A single-mother who doubled as her confidant and partner in crime? Check.
A neighbor and best friend she trusted more than anyone? Check.
But that was until the day her mother remarried. The day that changed everything.
When her best friend's cousin, Liam Falcon, is sent to live with his aunt and uncle to clean up his act, Bea finds herself falling for the boy next door. With their hearts so infinitely entwined, Bea turns to Liam as her only escape from her new step-brother's daily torment at home. Bea thought their love could conquer anything. But she was wrong. Love was for fools, and she was the biggest fool of them all. When Liam left Lakeport, he took her heart with him, shattering the organ to pieces.
Six years later, Liam takes a trip back to Lakeport to visit his family and to see HER.
His first love.
The girl who holds his heart.
The same girl who shattered it six years ago without looking back.
Liam is hell-bent on seeing Bea again after six years, but what he finds tears his heart in half. Bea Norwood is a shell of the girl he fell in love with. Underneath the baggy clothes, and pale skin, he knows she's still in there somewhere, he just needs to find her.
Liam will stop at nothing to win his girl back, but sometimes, ignorance is bliss, and Liam isn't prepared for Bea's truth.
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My Review:Ache was a gut-wrenching, heart-pounding story of pure amazingness.
I am going to try and keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. I will also try not to gush over it too much, but no promises.
Bae used to be a strong, independent girl who wanted so much out of life. She had an amazing best-friend who lived right next door, she'd met Liam; the boy she was quickly falling in love with, Bae and her mother were very close, and she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Then her mom found someone and that someone came with the person that would ruin her life forever. When Liam leaves to go back to live with his parents Bae is heartbroken but she knows he'll come back for her. But that never happens, because Bae stops texting, stops calling, and stops talking to her best friend.
Six years later, Liam's back to get closure for the girl who still owns his heart and broke it with her radio silence years ago. He doesn't find her. Instead, he comes face-to-face with the shadow of the girl he fell in love with and he knows he can't leave until he finds out what happened to her.
I have to say, this book already won huge points for me by signaling that there were trigger warnings in this book. I can't tell you how many books don't do that and then I'm reading a rape scene that has me hyperventilating on the floor in the corner. This book is graphic and I'm just going to say I made it through one of the many rape scenes in this book. One. That's it. I skipped the rest.
I loved this book. I honestly don't have enough words to describe how much I loved this book. It was beautiful and terrible and perfect.
Liam got his dream of becoming a baseball player and has found someone he could be happy with, but she's not Bea. I love how he came back for closure and wasn't a complete jerk to her. He was caring and he didn't pry and he was very patient with her. I loved Liam's character very much. I liked how as soon as he saw Bae and the sparks of who she was under the scared scarred layer, he knew no one else would do for him.
Bae....I don't have enough words for her character. When we meet her in the present day she's broken. There aren't any other words for it. She's been through torture every night for six years. Her mother abandoned her. Bae is hiding from her friends, she doesn't have a job, or hobbies, or anything. She's isolated, scared, and damaged. I loved reading the scenes about younger her and then coming back to the present day to see that inner strength that was hidden and buried down deep reemerge stronger than ever.
This story was beautiful. I cried a lot and I wanted to go into these pages and hold Bae and tell her things get better. That she'll be okay. I also wanted to throttle the "family" in her life that abandoned and hurt her and scream and throttle them.
This book has all the feels. Ache is the perfect title for this book because I felt all the aches and pains with Bae and Liam and later her family and friends. This will definitely be one I reread again sometime.
S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life).
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