Review + Excerpt: So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Review + Excerpt: So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn

so much it hurts

4stars

Synopsis

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 friends 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.

My Review

What a ride. Fate can be so enduringly cruel sometimes. This emotional story evokes so many questions. Why does one stay with someone who hurts us? Does a mistake made in the name of love right the actual choice? Plus, how to we know that it was love to begin with? Love can be both the electric shock and fireworks… the burn of an unquellable connection as well as the stability and comfort of the every day, of the promise of forever and the power of forgiveness. I honestly didn’t know how to feel about where this story took me sometimes, this isn’t one in which I knew where it would end, or frankly where I wanted it to end.

Kaitlyn is a married woman, unhappily so at the moment. She’s a stay-at-home mom who struggles with feeling like a whole person, with feeling like there’s more to life than the monotony of cleaning, feeding, picking up, despite loving your children more than life itself. And on top of that, wanting to feel noticed, important, beautiful. Those are the feelings swirling inside her when she goes on a weekend getaway with her friends. Little did she expect to hear a voice from her past. The voice of a man now, Chris King, who back in high school saved her in more ways than one.

He enveloped me in his arms and whispered into my ear, “I’ve never forgotten you.”

The first half of the book takes us back into the past to understand the dynamic between Chris and Kaitlyn, as well as more about them as individuals. Chris is the bad boy, sporting piercings and recently back from juvie, his connection with Kaitlyn, the high school cheerleader whose boyfriend is the captain of the football team, is unlikely at best, but real nonetheless.

“Kaitlyn, I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about you… some kind of magnetism that draws me to you. It’s crazy, but true.”

Kaitlyn, is a sweet, inexperienced girl who gets caught up in the throes of first love, only to have her innocence taken away at the hands of an abusive boyfriend, Trevor.

“My fear of Trevor kept me running like a hamster on a wheel going nowhere; I hated myself for it. I was too scared to do anything about it.”

I felt heartbroken over what happened to Kaitlyn, frustrated over her choices, but I understood that her behavior is typical for so many victims of abuse. Held captive by fear, she couldn’t get away. She turned to Chris, a friend, who helped her, cared for her and during that time, their connection fortified and developed into something that would endure the test of time.

“Chris.. you have made me realize how love could be–should be. You saved me in more ways than one. I can’t thank you enough for that.”

I absolutely fell in love with Chris, I wanted so badly for him and Kaitlyn to be together, but fate continued to interfere and choices made with good  intentions broke them apart. So when Michael enters the picture, he is there to pull Kaitlyn from her depression. Life is life, time goes by and now they’re married with a son. So when destiny, their cruel friend, crosses their path in the present, and their love is once again an impossibility, Kaitlyn’s heart is torn… and tempted. I didn’t know what to feel, who to root for, what was the right kind of love that Kaitlyn needed… and did that even matter if she was married with a family? It is really a fresh approach to be challenged by the story line in that way, and I applaud author Melanie Dawn for not giving us readers the easy way out, dictating how we should feel… instead, it was up to us to feel the authenticity of the story, the flawed people, the difficult choices.

There is lots more that happens, the story takes turns that challenged me morally, gripped me emotionally and broke my heart while simultaneously giving me hope.  The ending is a a happy one, but one that is laced with some lingering, bittersweet feelings that kept the story alive in my head long after I finished. I really enjoyed the book — it was a heartfelt… an emotional ride with ups and downs, twists and turns that made it easy to devour the book in one quick sitting.

“Just know that no matter what happens, I will always love you. I mean that with every fiber of my being. You will always hold my heart. Always.”

addtogoodreads

About Melanie

Melanie Dawn Author picI 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!

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Excerpt

“Yo Kaitlyn, is your man Trevor gonna carry us to the championships this year?” Allen asked with admiration in his voice.

It never failed. Trevor seemed to have followers everywhere.

“Hopefully!” I answered with fake enthusiasm.

“Tell him I said good luck.”

“I will. See you later, Allen.”

My last word stopped short as I caught a glimpse of the deepest, darkest eyes staring at me. One of the guys I had heard singing was staring at me as I walked past him sitting on the brick retaining wall. He had the most beautiful dark brown eyes, with eyelashes that cast shadows onto his cheeks. A gray Hurley hat sat cockeyed on his head with a few soft curls flipping out around it. His black hoodie draped carelessly around his shoulders. He wore a stud diamond earring, a coned barbell in his eyebrow, and a silver hoop in his lower lip—but all that cold hard metal didn’t take away from the softness in his eyes. He held my gaze as the butterflies awakened and began fluttering in the pit of my stomach. His hand stopped strumming and dropped down by his side. Ever so casually, he pulled the corner of his mouth up in a half grin. I caught myself shyly smiling back, and our eyes locked. Slowing my pace, I tried to relish the moment between us. I had never felt so enraptured, and yet so…addled. Quickly, I tore my eyes away from his gaze and rushed toward my destination. I was afraid to look back at the mystery guy with the dark, enchanting eyes and the guitar in his lap. I could almost feel him staring at me as I continued walking toward the football field. When I finally got far enough away, I heard the music start again.

Who was that guy?!

Trailer

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

I love my nighttime 🌙 serum. Also, omg it’s been so dry outside lately that I’m having to add all the hydration. Anyone else struggling with that? Even my eyes are so… https://t.co/z911goqR5A

Are you done with your Christmas shopping?!!! I am so done done done thankfully! If you are looking for some more ideas, 𝐆𝐈𝐅𝐓 𝐆𝐔𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐆𝐈𝐑𝐋𝐒 is up on the blog!!!! 👉🏻 https://t.co/ceJxaS8pnV… https://t.co/v9Qu0owptA

So disappointing and incredibly angering. How is this continuing to happen?
https://t.co/4dLrQH7iJ1

You guys I can’t believe it! I am going to be on the @TODAYshow this Thursday in the 8:30am half hour talking about the best books to "gift" this holiday season! I can't wait! I'm so excited!

Thanks @vilmairisblog for inspiring me to check out Amazon jumpsuits! https://t.co/fnWWN6CPWA

Anyone else reading or listening to 𝐐𝐔𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐎𝐅 𝐀𝐈𝐑 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐃𝐀𝐑𝐊𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 by @cassieclare?! This is one of my most anticipated of the year and so happy I’m finally back in this story, back in the… https://t.co/1onAVb6Xmx

RT @vilmairisblog: Read an excerpt from The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake! Second-chance historical romance! https://t.co/wGnnOrgxVL

Review + Top Rec: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by @christinalauren! https://t.co/3faFDjVmg3

Review: Hotshot Doc by @authorrsgrey! https://t.co/SA9VlLGHmM

Review + Top Rec: Verity by @ColleenHoover https://t.co/zZsZ94fI58

Read an excerpt from The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake! Second-chance historical romance! @StMartinsPress https://t.co/cfkWTr9RrZ

My Saturday morning: Kicking it old school with my VBB Christmas mug and reading Verity by @colleenhoover—on my bookbeau bean, no less. Has anyone finished it? Who’s reading it?… https://t.co/I5irGVLXJv

It’s a cold, rainy day 🌧 in Austin and I am fighting a migraine. Trying to work but seems like the kind of day I just want to snuggle under a blanket on the couch and close my eyes.… https://t.co/iUMyEbYoJE

I had so many requests for this particular gift guide, that I got it up a little early! 𝐆𝐈𝐅𝐓 𝐆𝐔𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐁𝐎𝐘𝐒 is #upontheblog! I know I struggled this year to find gifts for my boys and… https://t.co/E480tWWEql

Love in Suspense exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at stand-alone romantic thriller Verity by @colleenhoover, releasing on Dec. 18. https://t.co/vCqzY1bnBI

𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗣𝗧 + 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬 — It's a big day of blog posts and I'm so so excited to share an excerpt from 𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗬 by @colleenhoover! It's up on #usatoday #hea blog and you'll want to click… https://t.co/GbJka5i1US

Love in Suspense exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at stand-alone romantic thriller Verity by @colleenhoover, arriving Dec. 18. https://t.co/vCqzY1sYtg

#COVER #REVEAL! Check out the cover of my 1/7/19 release over at @vilmairisblog
.
See it here: https://t.co/7SILnQT00z
.
Pre-Order it here: https://t.co/UOftilvXa8
.
#prisonerofnight #BDBworld #comingsoon #soexcited #watchoutforthewaterfallshot @simonschuster @GalleryBooks

Load More...