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Life is full of uncertainty, so what happens when a what-if from your past collides with your present?
Kaitlyn Thomas, a weary wife and mother, is taking a much needed getaway with her friends. All she wants to do is relax and rejuvenate on her weekend escape to the beach. Having a drink at the bar with the girls sounds like the perfect way to unwind. That is, until Kaitlyn hears a familiar voice from the stage that shakes her to her core. She grapples with her memory until Chris King, the lead singer of the band, walks up to her and eliminates the questions in her mind.
Chris King...the misunderstood bad boy who once saved her in ways that no one else could.
Kaitlyn's friend beg to know the story behind this mystery man. Forced to revisit a painful past from which she has spent years trying to heal, Kaitlyn's recollection of Chris awakens intense feelings that she has kept buried deep inside her heart. Has time changed him, or is he still the same person Kaitlyn fell in love with so many years ago?
Marriage vows are sacred, but temptation is a powerful thing.
Seeing Chris again has caused a war between her head and her heart. In the end, which one will win the battle? Facing a difficult decision, Kaitlyn just wants to be sure of one thing when she walks away from this weekend - no regrets.
So we are going to do things a little bit different this time around. We are going to show you our reactions as we were reading it. Hope you all like it!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Here are our reactions as we were reading it.
Yari: Ok so in So Much It Hurts...
This Trevor dude is something else!!! How dare he. I have a feeling things are taking a turn for the worst.
Karinna: How far are you?
Karinna: He is totally stressing me out!!
Yari: No bueno, AT ALL!!!
It's funny how people can apologize after doing something so badly and expect forgiveness right away.
Karinna: I have a feeling I'm going to want to have a Lorena Bobbitt moment with Trevor lol
Yari: Oh my god, YES!!!
This sentence gave me chills... "No one knew that under that facade of godliness, he was a monster."
Karinna: I hope someone will see the monster if she can't get away
Yari: For her sake I hope so too.
Oh no! Why does she have to make stupid decisions after everything that's happened?
So this might be a preference thing, but although I appreciate the flashback to better understand what happened, I can't help feeling like I want the story to go back to the present and get on with it.
I'm sooo torn! As much as I want to feel sorry for her, I can't help but to blame her at the same time!
Karinna: I know right!! I was hoping she would be strong enough to leave him.
And I agree about the past. It kind of felt like I was reading two books in one.
Yari: Yes exactly!
Sooo...even though I understand her mother's motives, it still upsets me that she interfered.
Karinna: Yeah me too!! Are you talking about the letters?
Karinna: So you read the part where I wanted to Lorena Bobbit Trevor!
Yari: Oh my god YES! I was speechless!
But I was mad at her too.
Karinna: For even going?!?
I hate the cycle. If you know what I mean. I understand that it happens but it still upsets me that they fall so easily for their antics.
Karinna: Yeah I totally agree. Even after everything he put her through she still went back. Also her friends SUCK!!
And I use the word "friend" lightly
Yari: Totally! They were just as bad as her. So blinded.
Karinna: And how sweet is Chris
Yari: My heart hurts for Chris.
Karinna: Teen Chris or adult Chris?
Yari: Both. As a misunderstood teen and adult Chris.
Karinna: I hurt for him as a teen and a little as an adult by my heart goes out to Michel. You know how I always defend the wounded party
Yari: Yeah yeah.
Yari: I don't know why but there is something about Michael that doesn't sit right with me. Maybe I'm looking too much into his behavior.
Karinna: No I felt the same but he definitely redeems himself and he is such a great guy
Yari: GRRRR! I don't want him to be great. LOL!
Yari: Not the ending I wanted AT ALL!
Karinna: It was a satisfying ending for me
Yari: I had a few issues with the ending. Choices that she made that I don't believe were right. It felt like for the majority of the book it was going to end in a completely different way.
"A good debut by Melanie Dawn with a little bit of everything I like in a book. I'll definitely keep my eye out for her next book." ~Karinna
"So Much It Hurts was painful, heartfelt, emotional, frustrating, and angsty. Melanie Dawn's writing is full of potential. She is someone to watch out for." ~ Yari
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Jasper ran up to Chris and shook his soaked fur all over us. I didn't mind the cool spray of water. It seemed to extinguish the spark that had momentarily ignited between us.
Chis laughed. "I'd better get this drowned rat home and get him cleaned up. My roommates are going to kill me." His deep voice reverberated in his chest, more hearty and masculine than in high school, but a gentle reminder of the same laugh that coated my soul with happiness years ago.
"Okay," I nodded again as I pushed a strand of my matted wet hair behind my ear.
Chris ran his hand through his own windblown hair. Eyeing me from head to toe, he slowly shook his head at me.
"What?" I asked innocently, suddenly aware of every imperfection in his line of sight. Glancing at my toes that dug nervously in the sand as if they were trying to find a place for me to hide, I twisted the knotted strand of hair around my index finger.
"God, you're beautiful...just like I remember you." With that remark, he smiled, turned around, and jogged off with Jasper eagerly racing ahead of him.
I stood there watching him run away while my heart fluttered in my chest.
Get a grip, Kaitlyn. This can't happen, whatever this is...
I am a dreamer, a thinker, and a hopeless romantic! I never considered myself a writer until one day I sat down and started typing. Before I knew it I had 40,000 words...so here I am, trying to make my way as an author!