Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review and Giveaway: So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn

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.

This is an emotionally gripping story of love, loss, redemption, and hope.

4 Star Review by Reviewer Allison East

This book had me reeling. From the underlying relationship built upon abuse, to having a savior, and finally not your typical "happily ever after."
The dialogue was very well written and kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. 
Kaitlyn goes on a girls' weekend with her friends in the present day. Kaitlyn is unhappy in her marriage and needs this time to get away from everything. Little did she know a voice from her past would lull her back to 8 years ago and memories she wants to remember and some she wants to forget. 
Chris King- swoony mcswoon! I really loved his character and so rooted for him, he belongs with Kaitlyn. 
I really liked the back story, it kind of gave insight into how and why the main characters were the way they were. There were loads of taboo subjects  in this book- rape, abuse, drugs, unfaithfulness, closed minded people. 
I fell in love with Chris, the misunderstood bad boy who saved her in more ways than one. At the beginning of the book I hated her husband which, at that point there wasn't too much of a reason not to. And then you also can't help but fall in love with Kaitlin and everything she had to endure. Finally- about the end I fell in love with Michael her husband. It's a crazy warped thing, but you will have to choose and read this wonderful debut story from Melanie Dawn

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