Today we are celebrating the release of ACHE by S.M. Soto.
It is a standalone, second chance romance novel.
ACHE by S.M. Soto
Now Available | Standalone Novel
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.
The title of this book is so appropriate because that's exactly how I felt whilst reading. I've read a lot of books that deal with this subject but NONE have had such a profound effect on me. The writing is phenomenal the author very cleverly straddles that line between the emotion of the story and the love story.
I'm not going to pretend this is an easy read because it's not. My heart and soul ached for Bea. Several times I had to stop because I couldn't read the words in front of me. Saying that Bea is strong is too weak a description what she endures literally broke me. Liam is her first love her one and their separation didn't only affect Bea, he has missed her every day and when he comes back everything falls apart but In a good revelatory way. Of course Liam is an important part of the story how he deals with Bea when it all implodes is heartwarming.
This is a book I'm not going to forget Bea and Liam will stay with me for a long time. A story of resilience, a story of strength, a story of hope.
reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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S.M. Soto I don't know whether to curse you for ruining my day or hug you for ruining my heart.
I started this story last night. I went in relatively blind. I knew it was a boy next door story (a favorite trope of mine) but I had no idea what was in store for me.
Ache- continuous or prolonged dull pain in a part of one's body.
Ache can be both a noun and a verb. This story is both. It's an active pain to your heart, mind, and spirit. It also a thing - a living breathing entity. Its described beautifully in this soul-wrenching tale.
Star crossed lovers, fates design, and good old fashioned first love, however, you say it, Ache IS it.
I want to simultaneously shake and hold Bea. I want to protect and avenge with every thrum of blood through my veins. I Ache.
This hauntingly beautiful second chance story isnt just a second chance with love- it's a second chance at life!
Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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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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