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Review: So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn

So Much It Hurts CoverTitle: So Much It Hurts
Author: Melanie Dawn
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/New Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Book description:

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.

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I seriously have no words for this story. I can tell you all, that the plot is unlike ANY OTHER book I’ve ever read. It broke my heart, put it back together, broke it again, etc, etc. So Much It Hurts is a heartbreaking and beautiful story about a woman and her struggles with love.

When we meet Kaitlyn she’s..somewhat..happily married, to a man who hasn’t been paying as much attention to her as he does his job. They have a beautiful son who she loves unconditionally, and is her everything! One weekend is all she asks for. One weekend to hang out with her girlfriends and have some “me” time. Everything is going smoothly until she hears a male voice of someone from her past, and just like that we find out what a huge role he has played in her life. As we flashback, we see her life was tougher, and sadder, than we ever imagined. But yet, Kaitlyn is still as resilient and brave as ever. Chris, we find out, was a major confidant, or aid, in her life back then, and was probably one of the biggest loves of her life! AWW!!

What happens when he comes back and all those feelings they both felt arise again? OMG, I can tell you, A LOT! Damn. THIS. BOOK. I loved Melanie’s writing, it was effortless and wonderful. I read this story in one sitting and did not want to put it down. I mean, I was barely having lunch because I was still reading on my phone.

If you happen to pick up this book, which you totally should ESPECIALLY since it’s only $.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME, then please be prepared to reach for some tissues. That’s all I’m saying. 😉


Melanie Dawn Author picAbout Melanie Dawn:

Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. When her head isn’t in the clouds, she spends her time as a jack of all trades to her family. Melanie resides in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, her three children, and her cat. She enjoys lazy summer afternoons cruising around the lake on the pontoon boat with her family.

Melanie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and earned her MA in School Counseling from Appalachian State University. She spent the first six years after graduate school as a middle school counselor. Those were years she deems as some of the best years of her life. That is, until she had children of her own. The last seven years have been spent as a stay-at-home mom. She has learned some tough life lessons, like what the inner absorbent pellets of a diaper look like scattered in the washing machine.

She has also learned the strength of the willpower of a two year old lacking a nap. Through it all, Melanie has learned how to roll with the punches and appreciate the time she has been able to spend at home with her children.

Now that her last child has started Kindergarten, Melanie is ready to add a new chapter in her life. That chapter begins with her debut novel—So Much It Hurts..

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