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Ache by S.M. Soto

Ache Book Cover Ache
S.M. Soto
Contemporary Romance
9 April 2019

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.

Warning: Contains themes of abuse. May cause triggers.

Tracey’s Review

Have you ever thought, once getting to the end of a book that the title is just perfect?

My heart aches, my soul aches, my body aches. Everything ACHES!!

I have never been so engrossed in a book, where I’ve literally started on a Sunday night at 11pm and finished it the same night. I know I am a pretty fast reader but for me, this book just had me from the first word. With that being said, it has taken me a week to be able to write this review, just to give justice to this book. 

Ache is not for the faint hearted and the subject matter that this book is based around will have triggers for some readers, so please be warned. 

This book evoked so much emotions that I am seriously having difficulties highlighting which ones I want to discuss. Sadness, pain, anguish, joy, courage, and so much more emotions were swirling around my mind. 

Let’s talk characters and storyline, now I don’t want to give too much away, because I absolutely recommend giving this book a chance even with the trigger warnings. 

Bea is a true survivor. As I read her story and the abuse that she goes through in this story my heart was wrenching. The violence and daily abuse were some of the most difficult elements of this story and at times I felt myself really thinking, I just don’t know how she continues to live. But Bea has this strength that wraps you up and give you this calmness and believe that things will work out in the end. 

Liam mended my broken heart. His compassion and believe in his love for Bea was beautiful. It is clear to see as you read this story that he has a undying love for Bea, one that will not be broken no matter what happens to them. He knows that this is his and Bea second chance and he’s not letting her go without a fight. 

As I had said, Ache isn’t for the faint hearted and while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea and it will have you asking some important questions. Questions that need to be addressed and have you asking yourself whether you would do the same if you were in the position of these characters. I saw this story as a journey of a survivor, someone who has an excruciating experience happen to her but once she realises her worth, she chooses to fight for love. I also saw this story as a nod that everyone is entitled to a happy ending, no matter what happens you are worthy of love, friendship and happiness. 

S.M. Soto has written a painful and beautiful love story. This story highlights that sometimes even the best love stories have a dark beginning. But it is that ray of sunshine that can have the most impact. The care and attention to detail shows just how important S.M. Soto has taken when writing this story and characters. She certainly doesn’t sugar coat the issues and for that I applaud you. It would have been so easy to reduce the level of abuse to appease readers, but in everyday life this abuse exists and as human beings we should be aware of the damage that being abused, physically and mentally can have on another person. 

One of the best stories I have EVER read! This book will forever be in my top 10!