ARC REVIEW: Ache by SM Soto

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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5 Hearts!

I kindly received an ARC of this book and this is my honest opinion. Thank you!!

This story was gut wrenching, soul shattering, and heart breakingly beautiful. I am still in tears as I write this review. This story gutted me…I finished it in one sitting because this incredible story is not the kind you can just start and put down. Wow….just, wow.

I mean I don’t even know how to form my words right now for this review, I’m utterly speechless. This story completely made me ache with pain, ache with an immense amount of hope, and ache with happiness. 

This is not your typical second chance’s beautiful yet haunting, its mesmerizing yet soul shattering, and it will stick with you long after you finish it.

I loved Liam more than words could ever describe! I kept hoping and praying that he would catch on, that he would see what was happening. My heart literally broke into a million little pieces and died a hundred deaths for the pain that Bea had to endure. Poor sweet Bea….But even despite the horrifying things that she endures, she comes out stronger. She’s a fighter and she won’t go down easily. 

This story is so, so much more than a romance. It’s a story of a girl’s journey to overcoming a horrifying situation and trusting in those that care about her and believing in the power of love and overcoming her demons. It’s a story of two star crossed lovers finally being pulled back together, showing that love can overcome anything, even the most heartbreaking truths.

This book is 100% a top read of 2019!!!

You have truly outdone yourself SM Soto!

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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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Emily is a 24 year old born and raised Virginia girl currently living in Massachusetts. When she isn't reading or blogging, she's illustrating happy and colorful artwork on her iPad Pro. She's a cat lover, her favorite season is Fall, and her favorite place is Disney World!

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