Ache
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.

Ache Details

TitleAche
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreSociology, Abuse, Romance, Dark, New Adult

Ache Review

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    'ACHE' Is a full length second chance romance novel by S.M. Sotto MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS A word of warning: This book won't be for everyone. It contains themes of abuse. And may cause triggers.Just like the title of this book, your heart will ache in the same way as these characters did. My heart broke in two, such a heartbreaking roller coaster of a read that gutted me to the core. There were things I adored about this book, the 'ACHE' Is a full length second chance romance novel by S.M. Sotto MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS A word of warning: This book won't be for everyone. It contains themes of abuse. And may cause triggers.Just like the title of this book, your heart will ache in the same way as these characters did. My heart broke in two, such a heartbreaking roller coaster of a read that gutted me to the core. There were things I adored about this book, there were other things even for me were too hard to swallow. I went into this eyes wide open fully understanding what was going to occur and was prepared for the emotional turmoil that I was going to go through. And it honestly did put me through the paces, rage, sadness, disbelief, shock, the emotions just kept coming, and coming, and coming, which is what this author excels at. She's the queen at throwing everything at us readers, and like gluttons for punishment we call just keep coming back for more, but this is what I love so much about her writing. Her mother pissed me off to no end what I couldn't understand was how her own mother was so oblivious to the behaviours her daughter was displaying. How could she not see the change in her demeanour. Just hard to fathom. That is where the struggle for me occurred. That is where I felt such a deep emotional rage that gutted me..* Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *
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  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Gut wrenchingly beautiful! ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***5 TAKE MY HEART CROWNSI was warned. I was told of the triggers, but sometimes the best love stories come from the darkest parts of humanity, and ACHE by SM Soto is certainly one of those stories.Bea. Sweet Bea. My heart broke, shattered into a tiny million little pieces for her. The degradation she suffers, the violence and humiliation left me breathless, but my God, how she is strong. She exemplifies in every way that there is strength Gut wrenchingly beautiful! ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***5 TAKE MY HEART CROWNSI was warned. I was told of the triggers, but sometimes the best love stories come from the darkest parts of humanity, and ACHE by SM Soto is certainly one of those stories.Bea. Sweet Bea. My heart broke, shattered into a tiny million little pieces for her. The degradation she suffers, the violence and humiliation left me breathless, but my God, how she is strong. She exemplifies in every way that there is strength in the ability to endure, strength in protecting those you love. Like several of the secondary characters I wanted to wrap her up and whisk her away, implore people to open their eyes and see, but Bae’s HEA is hers to win and hers to fight for. Her happiness is one of the most hard fought and well earned endings I’ve ever read, so although my heart broke and there are moments that gutted me, her story is ultimately one of hope. Liam is so incredibly sweet as a boy and a man. His compassion and care with all things radiates off of him. They way he handles Bea with care and protects her is everything. He has his moments where readers want to scream at him, where they want to be angry with him, but it is clear that he lives this woman with the way he fights for her and tries to save her. The way SM Soto tells this story is brilliant. By moving readers between the past and the present she allows readers to see the beginning filled with happiness mixed with the horrifying deeds to come, with certain scenes being much more poignant with the juxtaposition between the present and the past. So, well played SM Soto for tearing my heart to shreds. At least she has the wherewithal to piece it back together, allowing us to heal along with Bea as she does with the help of the secondary characters. Some may read Ache and see the horrifying deeds that are left unpunished for so long, but I see a journey of a survivor, someone who comes alive and fights for her HEA. I see our story that is so much more than a romance. It is story that exemplifies even the most broken can find love, even those who seem defeated can rise, and that through it all love can prevail, making ACHE by SM Soto a top read of 2019!
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  • Claypot_Reads - Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Straight into my Forever Favourite FolderI have now read this story 3 times. I was lucky enough to beta read this one last year and have read it twice since. I have cried every single time. Bea is a warrior. A broken but fierce warrior. It's not a sweet story, but it is a love story. The kind of story that punches you in the heart. That makes you think. The kind of story that stays with you for days after finishing. You know when an author writes a book so real - so raw - that you feel a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Straight into my Forever Favourite FolderI have now read this story 3 times. I was lucky enough to beta read this one last year and have read it twice since. I have cried every single time. Bea is a warrior. A broken but fierce warrior. It's not a sweet story, but it is a love story. The kind of story that punches you in the heart. That makes you think. The kind of story that stays with you for days after finishing. You know when an author writes a book so real - so raw - that you feel a little battered? Well that's how I feel again today. It's not a pretty tale of hearts and flowers but it's so freaking beautiful in its honest pain and growth that even through my tears I found myself smiling. Stories like this need to be told.Packed with extraordinary characters. Real pain. Real love. And so much heartache I almost ran out of tissues... There are definite triggers in this one but for those who can handle that, this is a book that is genuinely one of my favourite reads ever. Beta ReadARC Read
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    3 really hard to read starsI can tell you right now, this is book is not for everybody. Hell, I'm not even sure if it was for me or not. I'll be very short with this, it wasn't an easy read guys, and in this case I'm not sure if it is a good thing either. There are a lot of aspects about this book that I did not like- obviously the very graphic rape was one, and for another, how no one in her life interfered.For. Six. Fucking. Years! The mom especially, was irredeemable. All throughout the re 3 really hard to read starsI can tell you right now, this is book is not for everybody. Hell, I'm not even sure if it was for me or not. I'll be very short with this, it wasn't an easy read guys, and in this case I'm not sure if it is a good thing either. There are a lot of aspects about this book that I did not like- obviously the very graphic rape was one, and for another, how no one in her life interfered.For. Six. Fucking. Years! The mom especially, was irredeemable. All throughout the read, I kept wondering why does Bea just never stand up for herself, even after Liam comes back, why does she just go through with it, and then I realized that the psychological damage goes deeper. And really right until the end, she never says anything, it was other people stepping in for her, so I was very thrown off her character.And it came to me, when her own mother, who lived in the same fucking house never bothered finding out what the hell happened to her daughter, why would she even think anyone would believe her? I mean, even after it all comes out, the mother rents a hotel room for herself, and just leaves her daughter in the fucking house where she was fucking brutalized, because mom couldn't deal with it. AAAAARGH!!!!What a piece of shit mother!This is the mother in my head—"Oh dear, you completely changed your attitude and started wearing baggy clothes all of a sudden? Maybe it was just the fact that your teenage boyfriend left you to go build a future for you both. Oh my darling, you tried to kill yourself? Stay at home alone while I go gallivanting all around the world. Oh my dear, you've been depressed for the last six years? Here have some tea!"Sorry guys, this book really makes me angry. The only character I actually liked was Liam, because the guy actually does something. For a change.It was really depressive, and not even in the end did I really feel empowered or anything. Bea survived by dumb luck alone, and I don't think I can appreciate that.
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  • Trilina
    January 1, 1970
    I sat for ten minutes, after I was done and stared at the screen. I knew it was the end of Liam and Bea’s story but it’s as if the story had taken up room inside of me. It didn’t leave me at the last page. I’m not sure it ever will. Because it smacks you in the goddamn face, you cry, you scream, you get angry but it reminds you why the human spirit is so truly unbreakable. It’s because we have hope. Bea is a survivor, a courageous girl who in the face of nothing always finds something to hold on I sat for ten minutes, after I was done and stared at the screen. I knew it was the end of Liam and Bea’s story but it’s as if the story had taken up room inside of me. It didn’t leave me at the last page. I’m not sure it ever will. Because it smacks you in the goddamn face, you cry, you scream, you get angry but it reminds you why the human spirit is so truly unbreakable. It’s because we have hope. Bea is a survivor, a courageous girl who in the face of nothing always finds something to hold onto. That kind of message is something we all need. Everyday, all damn day. This book made me better. Their love makes you grateful.This is the kind of book that heals people, that gives them courage and wills them to keep pushing forward. I loved it beyond measure. #foreverfavorite
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARS How do you save someone if you don’t know they need saving? This book has been on my radar for so long that the second it released, I jumped on the chance to read it. Second chance romance is my catnip. The blurb made me damn near salivate because it sounded emotional and angsty. Truth be told, I struggled with my rating. Because while there were a lot of things that didn't work for me, it's clear as day that this author has some real writing chops. I'm definitely a new fan and would 2.5 STARS How do you save someone if you don’t know they need saving? This book has been on my radar for so long that the second it released, I jumped on the chance to read it. Second chance romance is my catnip. The blurb made me damn near salivate because it sounded emotional and angsty. Truth be told, I struggled with my rating. Because while there were a lot of things that didn't work for me, it's clear as day that this author has some real writing chops. I'm definitely a new fan and would eagerly read any of her other books. Unfortunately, not every book is for every reader, and this was that case for me.First of all, I didn't find this to be a romance at all. At best, this read like women's lit with a bit of romance thrown in. But the romance is not center stage. It plays second fiddle to the abuse for practically the entire book. Now normally, I wouldn't have a problem with that. But since I felt absolutely zero chemistry between the hero and the heroine, the romance did absolutely nothing for me. The way they got together in the beginning felt rushed and entirely unbelievable to me. And then the way they get together in the end felt rushed again. The story is told in two parts, and I'm not really sure why it's broken down that way. Aside from one part being set in the past and the second in the present, there's still flashbacks that continue well into the second half. I suppose because they separate in the first half and reunite in the second? I don't know. It felt a little...blah. But I digress. I struggled with Liam. As much as I wanted to love him, I just didn't have enough of him to love. There was zero, and I mean zero character development to him. He just was. He felt extremely two dimensional, and considering that part of the book is in his POV, that was extremely disappointing.Look guys, I will tell you to heed that trigger warning. It's no joke. Practically the entirety of this book felt like it was about the abuse. I'm talking graphic, detailed, constantly happening abuse. It got to the point where I just couldn't take it anymore. And not because I couldn't handle the heavy subject matter, but because it was just so much that it stopped adding anything to the story. A story can be just as powerful without the repetitive reminders. It felt like that's all there was to the story, to be quite honest. There's a little of that second chance romance that's slapped in there, but it just felt....off.As for Bea. Man. I really REALLY wanted to love her. But sadly I just couldn't. This girl was a victim. But as a survivor myself, I wanted to read about her finally finding her courage and being just that. A survivor. But she never came off as that. It takes someone else to constantly ride in to save her. It's never her. And yes, she has one moment where she takes the leap with something. But it wasn't enough. She was a victim until the very end to me. I hate stories like this where the man rides in to save the poor helpless little female. And that's how this felt to me. It was so disappointing.There's a little romance that happens at the very end but it felt a little too late and definitely not enough. I think had I connected to the rest of the story, I may have felt different. But sadly, it is what it is. Ultimately there were too many character, plot and overall pacing gaps that just took me way out of the story. The author is an incredible story teller, and I enjoyed her writing style. It takes a lot to pull off a story like this, and I give her so much props for doing it. I'm sad that it didn't work for me, but I'm sure I'll be in the minority. So I suggest reading it and seeing for yourself. If you're in the mood for an emotionally powerful book, this one will certainly fit the bill.Find me on:
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  • C.L. Matthews
    January 1, 1970
    This book is beyond my vocabulary of words for how beautiful and emotional it was.I've never quite read a book like this, one that consumed my every thought and moment.I sat and read this until my back ached from the position I was in.I fell love with Liam, I waited for him to prove me right, to show me the man he is.And he did.I loved every single thing in this book. Even the stuff I hated.Even when I cried.Even as I screamed.Even as I threatened S.M. Soto with a divorce.This book was a masterp This book is beyond my vocabulary of words for how beautiful and emotional it was.I've never quite read a book like this, one that consumed my every thought and moment.I sat and read this until my back ached from the position I was in.I fell love with Liam, I waited for him to prove me right, to show me the man he is.And he did.I loved every single thing in this book. Even the stuff I hated.Even when I cried.Even as I screamed.Even as I threatened S.M. Soto with a divorce.This book was a masterpiece, weaved with purpose, and told with more emotion than ever.Loved it.Fucking loved it.😭
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  • Chele'
    January 1, 1970
    Ache (noun) a continuous or prolonged dull pain in a part of one's body.Your heart will experience this while reading this story. You will feel pain, you'll cry, you'll be completely gutted, devastated, shattered and destroyed. I'm not going to lie, this book is hard to read at times. I really give props to Ms. Soto for having the ovaries to write this, it's such a complex, hurtful, stunning and heartbreakingy beautiful story that needs a very talented author to walk this fine line. I wanted to Ache (noun) a continuous or prolonged dull pain in a part of one's body.Your heart will experience this while reading this story. You will feel pain, you'll cry, you'll be completely gutted, devastated, shattered and destroyed. I'm not going to lie, this book is hard to read at times. I really give props to Ms. Soto for having the ovaries to write this, it's such a complex, hurtful, stunning and heartbreakingy beautiful story that needs a very talented author to walk this fine line. I wanted to judge Bea. I did, it's so easy to say what you would have done. What she should have done or why didn't she do this but you know what? You can't and I can't either. Bea lives right next door to her soul sister, her best friend Myrah, they're inseparable and do everything together. Bea has a beautiful and simple life but things are about to change when her mother re marries bringing along a new step father and his son, Connor. Another change..... Myrah's cousin, Liam is going to be living with her now. The moment Bea and Liam meet that "thing happens" an immediate bond, those butterflies, that feeling. Over time Bea and Liam get closer, understanding each other in ways No one else can but as lovely as that feeling is, there's another feeling growing inside Bea.....and that's dread. Things at home are uncomfortable for Bea, her mother is blindly living life in bliss with her new blinded family but Connor is making Bea feel very uncomfortable. There's something off about him, maybe even sinister. Liam and Bea are separated when Liam leaves town  and what Bea goes through over the next 6 years is stomach churning at best and horrendous at worse. And that's all I'm going to say about that. This is Bea's story, her story about star crossed lovers, about love that's written in the stars, about friends and the family you choose, about survival, hope, guilt, fear and about learning to breathe again......live again. I AM SO SHOOK AFTER READING THIS STORY!!
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  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    I HAVE DIED A THOUSAND DEATHS READING THIS GUT WRENCHING, HEART-STOPPING, SOUL CRUSHING STORY. I cannot even form words right now. A TOP READ OF 2019. I ACHE. In the best way after this journey. I WILL NEVER forget Bea and Liam. NEVER.
  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Ache Author: S.M. Soto Publication Date: April 9, 2019 NOTE: This book is not for everyone. Contains themes of abuse. May cause triggers.I don't even know what to write to be honest.If there is a book that is going to make you ugly cry....this book is it.If there is a book that is going to make you want a glass...heck! A bottle of wine after reading it...this book is it.I've read my share of romance books that deal with abuse and books that have rather graphic details but this one was a Title: Ache Author: S.M. Soto Publication Date: April 9, 2019 NOTE: This book is not for everyone. Contains themes of abuse. May cause triggers.I don't even know what to write to be honest.If there is a book that is going to make you ugly cry....this book is it.If there is a book that is going to make you want a glass...heck! A bottle of wine after reading it...this book is it.I've read my share of romance books that deal with abuse and books that have rather graphic details but this one was a sucker punch to the senses.Ache has left me feeling hollow.I can't wrap by head around all the emotions that are buzzing through my veins.The subject matter in this book is painful. And it makes me so mad....this book makes me so angry with all the injustice and suffering.Bea's mother pisses me to no end. I have never felt such an extreme need to punch a character!Bea's story is brutal... utterly brutal but it's honest. it's real. it's heartbreaking.The story in this book is one where I feel like it kills a part of your soul. Yes, it's emotional...it's sad and horrifyingly depressing but it's as close to real as you can get. The honesty in this book breaks my heart.Ache is a story that is not sugar coated at all. Every experience, every emotion, every heartache, every flicker of hope and love felt genuine. 
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  • LianaReads blog
    January 1, 1970
    When i started this book i went blind because i love everything by this author and of course i had to read this one as well, as one of my favourite tropes is second chance romance.I had my heart broken in million pieces and had to step away from it for few days because i just couldn't read it, it's a story that will make you cry all the tears and more. A story that may as well be a real story of real life, of a girl who is a survivor in a word full of bad things that happens mostly because of th When i started this book i went blind because i love everything by this author and of course i had to read this one as well, as one of my favourite tropes is second chance romance.I had my heart broken in million pieces and had to step away from it for few days because i just couldn't read it, it's a story that will make you cry all the tears and more. A story that may as well be a real story of real life, of a girl who is a survivor in a word full of bad things that happens mostly because of the ignorance that people are living in our days, of the self-centred and no feeling of empathy or anything else but egoism.Bea is a girl that becomes a woman who will fight until her last breath to protect the ones that she loves and i love her so much for it, for growing to stand up against all the abuse and suffering that she had to go through, to stand up for what she wants and to get out of the situation that will mark her forever.Liam is so sweet as a boy and so caring and compassionate as a man as well. I did want to smack him at times but he comes around and redeems himself and is forgiven.I could never say enough about this book, the writing is great as usual, the story will break your heart and make you realise that sometimes not everything that you see it's what it means and maybe you have to pay more attention to smaller things in life.Heartbreaking but love will always find a way to fight everything and anything in its way.
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  • Little Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Ache is the most emotional book I have ever read. I’m still shaking internally from the excess of emotions that accompanied me while reading this story. I cried a sea of tears but every single drop that left my eye was worth the experience. I survived the complete catharsis and it opened my eyes. Because apart from the fact that Ache is really amazing and outstanding read it also brings a very important message - stop for a second and look around. Someone may need you right now. A person close t Ache is the most emotional book I have ever read. I’m still shaking internally from the excess of emotions that accompanied me while reading this story. I cried a sea of tears but every single drop that left my eye was worth the experience. I survived the complete catharsis and it opened my eyes. Because apart from the fact that Ache is really amazing and outstanding read it also brings a very important message - stop for a second and look around. Someone may need you right now. A person close to you can now internally scream for help and you’re too busy with your life to see it.Bea Norwood was a completely normal teenager with a loving mother and the best friend who was also her neighbor. But she had many changes waiting for her. First of all, her mother got married and Bea got a stepbrother as part of a package. Secondly, her friend’s cousin Liam Falcon came to the neighborhood, who under the supervision of his aunt was supposed to clean up his act. Due to changes at home and constant distress related to the strange behavior of her stepbrother, Bea found her haven in Liam's presence. Their relationship developed day by day and eventually turned into the most beautiful kind of love that can connect two young people. However, the day came when Liam had to leave Bea. Hearts were broken and nothing was as it once was... After long six years Liam returned to Lakeport - the place where he left his heart. But he never expected Bea to be just the shell of a girl he loved with all his strenght. Her current state breaks Liam's heart once again and he’s determined to find his beloved girlfriend in Bea. But nothing can prepare him for the truth about what happened during his absence.I can’t count how many times I started to sob during this read. My heart broke into a million pieces and my chest ached from too many emotions. I suffered with Bea and I still can’t understand how it was possible that no one saw what was really going on. It was like a kick in the stomach- awareness that such situations are not fiction. Even though Bea survived the hell, I admire her for her strength. She bravely endured the constant torment to protect her loved ones. I also admire her determination to start living normally again. And Liam ... sweet, wonderful Liam. I'm completely in love with him. As a young man he was the best boyfriend a girl could ever dream of. Devoted, faithful and extremely affectionate. As a mature guy he was very caring and patient. Although he had moments when he made mistakes, he quickly tried to redeem himself and did everything in his power to fix them. His love for Bea is unconditional, strong and eternal. That kind of man is the best that can happen to woman.S.M. Soto is my hero. She created a masterpiece that took first place on my list of emotional reads and I will never forget about this story. Although raised topic may be somewhat disturbing I think that everyone should read Ache. The message it carries is very important. Don’t be afraid to reach for help when you need it. And also pay attention to your surroundings- at this very moment someone may need you. This book will always remain in my heart. Thank you S.M. Soto for the beauty of your words. I’m honored that I could take part in Bea and Liam’s journey.*ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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  • BookSmacked
    January 1, 1970
    So Ache by S.M. Soto hit me out of nowhere. The title is fitting for this book because I felt the ache, the extreme ache. OMG this story was just gut wrenchingly horrific. And don't misunderstand me, it was so good and is a top read of 2019 for me. But damn, the torment is excruciating so if you can stomach it I do implore you to read Bea's story. I am not sure there was a moment throughout this book that I didn't want to scream, cry or puke. Even as I type this my heart aches. This is a story t So Ache by S.M. Soto hit me out of nowhere. The title is fitting for this book because I felt the ache, the extreme ache. OMG this story was just gut wrenchingly horrific. And don't misunderstand me, it was so good and is a top read of 2019 for me. But damn, the torment is excruciating so if you can stomach it I do implore you to read Bea's story. I am not sure there was a moment throughout this book that I didn't want to scream, cry or puke. Even as I type this my heart aches. This is a story that will hit you square in the chest, it will steal your breathe at times and having you beside yourself. There were people in this that absolutely made my blood boil. It's one of those stories that will having you softly saying "OH GOD, NO". It's one of those stories that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. It's one of those stories that will have linger in your mind well after you finished it. Liam and Bea, a second chance that I was beyond desperate for and their journey to get that chance is heartbreaking. Is it weird that even though they aren't real, I hope that the rest of their lives are filled with happiness. That's when you know you've read a good book. You hope for those characters the author has brought to life.This story is not for the faint of heart, it deals with abuse that is unfathomable and I applaud S.M. Soto for putting this out there. I'm sure there is much more that I could say but I'll stop here. But if you need to talk about it, I'm available. It's one of those books that you will want to talk about with a close friend. It's emotional beyond words.Easily a top read for me.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED!!Let me start by saying that ACHE is most definitely an emotionally charged, deeply personal, heart wrenching, raw, and gritty journey of two people who are destined to be together…destined to give one another everything that they have to give…destined to love one another for as long as they possibly can, but what ACHE also illustrates is that other people’s hatred…their selfishness…their need to dominant and control makes them think they can do whatever they want…makes th FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED!!Let me start by saying that ACHE is most definitely an emotionally charged, deeply personal, heart wrenching, raw, and gritty journey of two people who are destined to be together…destined to give one another everything that they have to give…destined to love one another for as long as they possibly can, but what ACHE also illustrates is that other people’s hatred…their selfishness…their need to dominant and control makes them think they can do whatever they want…makes them take and take, never stopping to think about the person or people they’re punishing for reasons that have nothing to do with them and everything to do with the monster inside of that person…the bastard whose devastating acts must be stopped in order to prevent any further irreparable damage. Ache is divided into two parts - the first one focuses on Liam Falcon’s, Bea’s best friend, Myrah’s cousin, coming into Bea’s life and the progression of their feelings for each other as they get to know one another and realize that they would give each other the sky and the stars if they could, and the second one that explores what happens when circumstances change for both of them. Part two is 6 years later and the time that has passed has allowed Liam to prosper and Bea to lose every single piece of what defined her all those years ago. And S.M. Soto brings her A game when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of Bea’s descent into a lonely and dark place - one that seems almost impossible to pull herself out of because of the emotional and physical damage that has been inflicted upon her. There are so many layers to this book and Soto meticulously develops each one in order for her readers to fully understand who Bea was and who she is in the present due to broken promises and the uncontrollable acts of others. All of Bea’s emotional torment, self doubt, and steps forward and back truly show her struggles and just how horrifically difficult it is for her to regain herself…to regain control after everything has been stripped from her. In so many ways, this book is solely Bea’s story, so it makes sense that her voice would be the only one readers get as the book continues, but Soto brings Liam’s perspective into the second half, providing another significant view of the events that are unfolding and allowing readers to see exactly what Liam’s feelings are when it comes to the girl who he vowed to bring the universe to…The different representations and meanings of ACHE that are explored throughout Bea and Liam’s story speak to the positive and negative symbolism that, that word connotes, making it the perfect title to capture Bea’s desire for Liam, the love they share, the abuse she suffered, her transformation, and hopefully, her resurrection. You DO NOT want to miss ACHE by S.M. Soto; she crafted a deeply moving story that does so much more than show a victim of abuse because that’s not where Bea’s journey ends and even though the journey back is both heartbreaking and damaging, through it, readers see a heroine who fights for her life, for the love she deserves, and for a chance to regain control and finally breathe again, and while the the ache will always be there for everything that was lost, for everything that happened, for everything that was forced upon her, it no longer has to dominate and define her. 5 Poison Apples
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  • Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you SM Soto!I love it when a book enraptures me like this. When the book is so good I just can’t put it down. When a book is so good I hold in my pee because, well, that’s time wasted which I could spend reading the book. Needless to say I read this beauty in one sitting. This book tackled difficult subject matter, but just because it is difficult and many dont’t WANT to talk about it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you SM Soto!I love it when a book enraptures me like this. When the book is so good I just can’t put it down. When a book is so good I hold in my pee because, well, that’s time wasted which I could spend reading the book. Needless to say I read this beauty in one sitting. This book tackled difficult subject matter, but just because it is difficult and many dont’t WANT to talk about it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t NEED to be addressed. Thank you, SM Soto, for your bravery in writing this story; on deciding to share it with the world. At the end of this book, I felt emotionally drained. I just wanted to stare at my ceiling wishing I could see the stars. My heart was heavy, but light at the same time. It was an odd contradiction, but a beautiful one.Bea and Liam, god, just writing their names right now gave me chills. They are special, their love was written in the stars. I’m going to permit myself to quote one of my favorite rappers right now: “the darkest nights make the brightest stars” - Witt LowryAnd Bea and Liam? They are some of the brightest.I definitely recommend this book. I think everyone should read it. It won’t be easy to get through it, but it will be worth it.
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  • Book Maniac Forever
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐ 4.5 "Sweet B" Stars ⭐Ache is so fittingly titled, because it’s exactly what I felt reading this profoundly emotional story! My heart was in a vise; I was losing my breath from the agonising feelings that had me a blubbering mess through a good portion of the book. My throat was raw from all the crying! Bea’s ache from her abuse were transmitted to me as a reader and Soto’s beautiful writing captured the distress of her situation perfectly! "He's my planet. All my stars. My whole world. My s ⭐️ 4.5 "Sweet B" Stars ⭐️Ache is so fittingly titled, because it’s exactly what I felt reading this profoundly emotional story! My heart was in a vise; I was losing my breath from the agonising feelings that had me a blubbering mess through a good portion of the book. My throat was raw from all the crying! Bea’s ache from her abuse were transmitted to me as a reader and Soto’s beautiful writing captured the distress of her situation perfectly! "He's my planet. All my stars. My whole world. My solar system. My entire universe. Liam Falcon is my everything. He' always has been, and he always will be." The subject matter of this book isn’t easy and the descriptive sequence where Bea suffers from her abuser can be difficult to bear, but this story needed to be told. Sexual abuse is something terrible, but it’s something real too! Liam Falcon, Bea’s first love, comes back into her life when she feels broken from all the mind games and awful treatments she received for the last six years. He certainly doesn’t recognize the girl he fell in love with and is determined to find out why she’s so skittish and closed. "I do have a life, Bea. You know what else? I also have a girl that I love more than life itself." I enjoyed the scenes set in the past that provided a beautiful show of Bea and Liam’s teen romance. I would have liked to get longer scenes though, because those moments were so lovely! Liam is perfect with Bea, her forever protective hero! So caring and dreamy really! Years later, he’s still very thoughtful about the way he handles her with respect and care! The way he is so patient with Bea in letting her open up about her trauma is wonderful and so touching. I also enjoy seeing Bea take confidence and learning to breathe again. Not only with the help of Liam, but because she's strong and wants to be better! She's a true survivor! "Our love was written in my scars, just as it was scattered across the stars." There’s little details here an there that bothered me throughout the story and kept me from rating it 5 stars, but they weren’t enough to eclipse the whole feel this book gave me. It was a sublime story of perseverance and fighting your demons! A beautiful example of true love never-ending that gave me goose bumps! S.M. Soto unquestionably established herself as a new favorite author of mine in the recent months. Each new book is a punch of feels to the heart and Ache isn’t an exception!** ARC received in exchange for an honest review **
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  • Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
    January 1, 1970
    Esse livro faz doer. Comecei a leitura dele antes de dormir e já nas primeiras páginas meu coração se quebrou pela personagem principal. Acordei no outro dia pensando ainda no livro e com medo do que mais estava por vir. 💔Bea passa por muitas situações de violência e degradação ao longo do livro e a autora não poupou o leitor em nenhum desses trechos.Apesar de tudo que ela passa, Bea ainda é forte e foi lindo de ver ela com pequenos passos tentando viver e retomar a vida depois de 6 anos inferna Esse livro faz doer. Comecei a leitura dele antes de dormir e já nas primeiras páginas meu coração se quebrou pela personagem principal. Acordei no outro dia pensando ainda no livro e com medo do que mais estava por vir. 💔Bea passa por muitas situações de violência e degradação ao longo do livro e a autora não poupou o leitor em nenhum desses trechos.Apesar de tudo que ela passa, Bea ainda é forte e foi lindo de ver ela com pequenos passos tentando viver e retomar a vida depois de 6 anos infernais aguentando o que ninguém merece sofrer.E Liam, que moço bonzinho! Ele reaparece na melhor hora possível, como se uma força divina o enviasse novamente para a vida de Bea, para ajudá-la a se livrar de todo o mal que a domina. O livro é dividido em 2 partes, mesclando passado e presente e na primeira, apesar de ser dolorida, não me fez sentir a conexão entre Liam e Bea como deveria ter ocorrido. Já na segunda parte essa química melhorou, pois então a história passou a ser contada com pontos de vista intercalados.Foram muitos os momentos chocantes em que eu perguntei-me como ninguém desconfiou de nada por todo esse tempo, ou como uma mãe ignora uma filha assim; mas ao parar e pensar um pouco mais, dei-me conta que não é nada impossível, já que lemos nos noticiários casos semelhantes ou piores que esse abordado na história.É um tema bem pesado e a autora conduziu tudo para outra vertente diferente de outros livros desse estilo. Gostei da maneira como ela desenvolveu mas me deixou sentindo falta de alguns outros arremates melhores. Arc gentilmente cedido pela autora e InksLingerPr. Obrigada.
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  • Autumn Grey
    January 1, 1970
    Beta read. S.M. Soto's writing, the characters, this story... it's everything! Get ready for this gut-wrenching story!!
  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: April 9, 2019 Genre: Second Chance (Ugly Cry) Romance Actual Rating: 5+ StarsThis book left me in a puddle of tears. What an emotional story! Gosh, I don't even know how to begin to book review other then letting readers know that this is a powerhouse of a novel- one that you will not easily forget even though you may want to (the subject matter is extremely sad). This book made me ache. It left me feeling raw, vulnerable, and heartbroken. It also made me see that there is ligh Release Date: April 9, 2019 Genre: Second Chance (Ugly Cry) Romance Actual Rating: 5+ StarsThis book left me in a puddle of tears. What an emotional story! Gosh, I don't even know how to begin to book review other then letting readers know that this is a powerhouse of a novel- one that you will not easily forget even though you may want to (the subject matter is extremely sad). This book made me ache. It left me feeling raw, vulnerable, and heartbroken. It also made me see that there is light after darkness. If you are in a situation such as this one there is hope. I hope people see the message that so vibrantly shines though this story. It's certainly one I will never forget and I commend the author for telling this story with heart. This is a must read and one of my favorite books of all time. This book will not be for everyone. I am just stating that now because for me, this book hit me HARD. The subject matter is very hard to read about and it's frustrating as a reader to see just how long it took sweet Bea to finally share her story. I think, even though I felt agitated that she never spoke up, that this is how it really is for people in similar situations. It's not easy to speak up. Fear is paralyzing. We as readers may have wanted Bea to tell someone she was being brutally abused because we want to best for her character. But in real life, it's not easy to tell, and this is truly shown (in a realistic way) throughout the story. So be warned that this book will anger you. It will make you cry UGLY tears, and it will break you down. But there is hope and light and if you can hold on you will see this. Possible Plot Spoilers Ahead... Read at your own risk! Ache is an emotional, second chance romance. It's aptly named after it's title as the characters in the story live with a constant ache in their lives- not just from the loss of love, but from personal demons they are fighting in real life. This is also a story about a girl who is brutally abused by the hands of her stepbrother for many years. This girl is the shell of a woman she used to be. She has not only lost the love of her life after he moved away, but she lost her own soul because of the hatefulness of someone who is supposed to love her. 6 years later though, the boy she used to love strolls back into town. Only he's no longer a boy and instead is a man. Will he reawaken Bea's need to live? Or will her world come crashing down even harder than it was before he came back? Well, you'll need to be a part of this emotional journey to find out. End Possible Spoilers You guys, this is one of the best books I have EVER read. It's got emotion, heart, soul, hope, and so much more. This is the kind of book that wakes up your mind and heart. And it's one that will leave a strong impression on your soul. I loved this book. I didn't always love how it felt when I was reading, but I love the message and the power it brings. I HIGHLY recommend it.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, just wow. This was a total 6 star read for me. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it from start to finish in just over 2 hours. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and confronting, the emotions were so intense. I felt their pain and my heart broke for Bea and Liam. Second chance romances are usually my least favourite trope but this one will forever be one of my top reads. There are trigger subjects, and i won’t lie and say it’s an easy read, because it totally isn’t - but the sto Wow, just wow. This was a total 6 star read for me. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it from start to finish in just over 2 hours. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and confronting, the emotions were so intense. I felt their pain and my heart broke for Bea and Liam. Second chance romances are usually my least favourite trope but this one will forever be one of my top reads. There are trigger subjects, and i won’t lie and say it’s an easy read, because it totally isn’t - but the story will grab hold of you and you won’t be able to stop until the end. The book hangover right now is epic!
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  • queen_of_the_books_18
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this book! 5 emotional stars from me. S.M Soto killed it with Ache. My heart was not ok reading this book. As soon as I started reading the first chapter I knew I wasn’t going to be ok and now I’ve finished this book- I’ve realised the title is spot on because my heart just...Aches. I cried like a baby, and then I stopped and then I started sobbing again all the way through this books. The wide range of emotions I felt whilst reading Ache... I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared for. I felt sad, like Wow this book! 5 emotional stars from me. S.M Soto killed it with Ache. My heart was not ok reading this book. As soon as I started reading the first chapter I knew I wasn’t going to be ok and now I’ve finished this book- I’ve realised the title is spot on because my heart just...Aches. I cried like a baby, and then I stopped and then I started sobbing again all the way through this books. The wide range of emotions I felt whilst reading Ache... I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared for. I felt sad, like I’d been punched in the gut, sick and angry. Just be prepared because this book won’t be for everybody. It isn’t an easy read but my god was it worth everything that I felt. Just beautiful.
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  • Annette Brignac
    January 1, 1970
    With an exhausted heart and a worn out soul... I have finished reading the hardest book I have ever read...This is a story that should be allowed to have more than 5 stars... because it deserves that.While this book is the hardest I've ever read, it was written with so much love, respect, and heart. This is story about two people finding happiness on the hardest road that anyone on this earth can experience. I was given the honor of Beta Reading, and have since read it a second time. Liam and Be With an exhausted heart and a worn out soul... I have finished reading the hardest book I have ever read...This is a story that should be allowed to have more than 5 stars... because it deserves that.While this book is the hardest I've ever read, it was written with so much love, respect, and heart. This is story about two people finding happiness on the hardest road that anyone on this earth can experience. I was given the honor of Beta Reading, and have since read it a second time. Liam and Bea's story was just as powerful the second time around and sends and equally powerful message. It's a story that needed to be written and a story that needs to be read.This is a must read. I know I just repeated myself, but it's that important. You need this book!!!
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  • Vanessa (nessreads)
    January 1, 1970
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*5 “Survivor” StarsHow? How do I even begin what I want to say? How am I even supposed to form words? I feel like I just ran a marathon and I’m spent. And I’m finally able to release a breath I’ve been holding in since I started reading.This book is not for everyone. I repeat, this. Book. Is. Not. For. Everyone. This book put me through the wringer. I’m drained, both emotionally and physically. This story took ahold of everything. My mind, my f *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*5 “Survivor” StarsHow? How do I even begin what I want to say? How am I even supposed to form words? I feel like I just ran a marathon and I’m spent. And I’m finally able to release a breath I’ve been holding in since I started reading.This book is not for everyone. I repeat, this. Book. Is. Not. For. Everyone. This book put me through the wringer. I’m drained, both emotionally and physically. This story took ahold of everything. My mind, my feelings, my heart and soul. It latched on and I had no choice but to hold on as tightly as I could as it took me on one of the biggest emotional rollercoaster rides I’ve been on. With every chapter I read a lost a piece of my heart and little by little those pieces were left scattered on the floor. I was hollow, and was left in an unmovable state. I became very angry and wanted to break everything in my reach. I screamed and screamed and screamed. There was a point where I just couldn’t take it, I wrapped my arms around myself and cried for I don’t know how long. I let all that rage and sadness out and tried to control all my emotions as best I could. And I kept asking myself, why am I putting myself through this? Is all this pain I’m going through worth it? Yes. This book is worth all the tears shed, it’s worth the shattered heart, it’s worth the all the grueling pain. This story is worth it all.Bea, Bea, Bea. Sweet Bea. *breathe in, breathe out* I have no words. The horrifying and violent things she suffers through left me broken. She does everything to protect the people she loves even though it comes at a cost. All I wanted to do so wrap her in my arms and never let her go. She exemplifies the word survivor in all sense of the word. And my gosh does she fight till the end for her happiness and happy ending. Ultimately her story is one of hope.Liam is so sweet as a boy and caring and compassionate as a man. The moment he laid eyes on Bea “it” happens. That feeling that overtakes you, it shifts something in you and you know from that moment on you’ll never be the same. Though Liam’s dream of becoming a professional baseball player leads him to leave and start to build a life for Bea and him. And even though with him leaving it doesn’t mean goodbye. But with those years of him being gone everything changed with Bea and him. So many misunderstandings and confusion. It has Liam returning to the place where he gave Bea his heart desperately wanting answers. But when he sees her it’s only to find she’s not the same person she was when he left.Bea and Liam are written in the stars. It was evident from the very beginning of the connection between them. Their deep and undeniable love is still there even after years of separation. Bea needs Liam more than ever and Liam will do anything and everything to bring the light and life back to Bea. Their love is everything beautiful and together they can conquer it all.Ache more than anything is Bea’s story. Her story is one of perseverance. She is the epitome of a survivor. Though, Ache is also a story of strength, courage and true love. And yes, the title is most definitely fitting because when reading this unforgettable story my body, mind and soul ached. But like I said, it’s so worth it.SM Soto, I applaud you for taking the plunge and writing this story. It was hardly easy reading and I can only imagine how excruciating it was to write. You shattered my heart, but in the end you pieced it right back up as I healed right along with Bea. I know that somewhere Liam and his sweet Bea are lying on the grass looking up at the stars and are extremely happy. Thank you for these two extraordinary characters, I will never forget them and they’ll always have a permanent place in my heart. A DEFINITE TOP READ of 2019
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  • Na
    January 1, 1970
    "You make it hard to breathe. You make me smile. And on days like these, you make my heart skip a beat."Ache was my first book by S.M. Soto and wow, what a heavy start. This book is definitely not for faint-hearted readers. This book is heavy stuff wrapped in one beautiful package of a story that will shake you to the core."Bea's my sun, my moon, and all my stars - the entire universe combined."This book is more.... it's energy will give you chills and makes you feel things you can't put into wo "You make it hard to breathe. You make me smile. And on days like these, you make my heart skip a beat."Ache was my first book by S.M. Soto and wow, what a heavy start. This book is definitely not for faint-hearted readers. This book is heavy stuff wrapped in one beautiful package of a story that will shake you to the core."Bea's my sun, my moon, and all my stars - the entire universe combined."This book is more.... it's energy will give you chills and makes you feel things you can't put into words. I took my time reading it, because it deals with a heavy topic in a very descriptive way."The star crossed lovers who were rewriting the stars, rebuilding our own story."Liam and Bea have a special chemistry and connection. And I really wish I could have felt this deeper. Even though I loved reading their story, despite the heavy topic that hangs over all chapters, the last final touch in their connection was missing to me. However, both characters and all secondary characters are wonderfully written, their voices speak loud and clearly and each of them grew easily on me."Our love was written in my scars, just as it was scattered across the stars."Ache is a very intense love story about two star crossed lovers getting a second chance which is going to break you down piece by piece and it will take your breathe away ... but it also gives you hope, gives you back your smile and shows what it means to be strong and stand up for yourself. "Liam Falcon is the boy who captured my heart, and the man who saved my life.
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  • Brittany&Elizabeth's BookBoutique
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not quite sure I’ll get this right, or be able to do this book any justice but I’ll try. I’ll start by saying after reading straight for 3 hours, I released a breath I didn’t know I was even holding. It was THAT amazing. This book is a hard read, and probably harder for some than others. But through this book I feel we are told more than just a terrifying story. We are shown that love can prevail all, that loves gives you hope, love heals, and love saves. Sometimes I think the best stories s I’m not quite sure I’ll get this right, or be able to do this book any justice but I’ll try. I’ll start by saying after reading straight for 3 hours, I released a breath I didn’t know I was even holding. It was THAT amazing. This book is a hard read, and probably harder for some than others. But through this book I feel we are told more than just a terrifying story. We are shown that love can prevail all, that loves gives you hope, love heals, and love saves. Sometimes I think the best stories sometimes have a harder road to lead you down but the endings are always so worth it. Reading this book is so worth it. Bea is the innocence we all remember and still crave. She is happy, the world is at her finger tips and she knows the feeling of her first love. Liam is the guy that does follow his dream but ultimately realizes that he is missing something. And that something is Bea. This story was beautifully written and each chapter left an impression on me. When an author moves me to tears, but leaves me with a smile on my face, I think it means their job was executed perfectly. I think it’s always tough to tackle hard subjects, but S.M. was able to accomplish not only telling a true love, redemption story, but also managed to pull every single emotion out of me while still being written tastefully, tactfully and truthfully. She gave a voice to those that will need it one day. This book will change someone or reach someone one day, or it might give someone pause before passing judgement on a situation. It is the gripping story of one girls painful path that leads to something so pure and beautiful that it will stay with you for awhile. I think the title is most fitting because my soul, mind and body ached while reading and even now as I’m sitting here typing. I know I won’t be alone in knowing this will be a favorite read of 2019 for me. A full 5 stars!
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  • Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
    January 1, 1970
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  • Rukaiya M.
    January 1, 1970
    Penny For My Thoughts:ACHE, a masterpiece is what it is. I was sold right from the cover reveal and then came the gut-wrenching blog. The journey didn't stop there. I was provided an ARC by InkSlinger PR but honestly speaking, I have never been so grateful for such a privilege before. This story is not a romance novel. It deals with the most sensitive issue being WOMEN ABUSE.  It has lot of triggers. I had to shed lots and heaps of tears. Right from Page 1, ACHE had my heart in its palm. And I w Penny For My Thoughts:ACHE, a masterpiece is what it is. I was sold right from the cover reveal and then came the gut-wrenching blog. The journey didn't stop there. I was provided an ARC by InkSlinger PR but honestly speaking, I have never been so grateful for such a privilege before. This story is not a romance novel. It deals with the most sensitive issue being WOMEN ABUSE.  It has lot of triggers. I had to shed lots and heaps of tears. Right from Page 1, ACHE had my heart in its palm. And I willingly got myself ruined in the story. Dealing with Bea and Liam's childhood love story with them growing up and now on their separate paths, Bea has some life-changing altercations which has broken her into nothingness. While Liam, after a span of 6 whole years returns back to her sweet little Bea only to be shocked to find a shell of woman instead of her love. The story unfolds at a slow pace giving us time to grieve and enjoy every single second of the words indulged. Look Out For:✈ I am speechless here. I am truly at loss for right words to describe this gut-wrenching story the way it does. This is one of the best, most heart-breaking story of 2019 and may be upcoming years. The plot is brilliantly paced. There are times you'll enjoy and grin like teens. There are times you'll cry and when I say cry, I mean you'll literally wail. I sobbed. So much. So Hard. It was very hard for me to read this book but I never once stopped myself from going back. I had to have it's fill and damn, what a journey. ✈ACHE made my heart shatter into zillions of tiny pieces that could only be gathered by Liam. He dealt with Bea so peacefully, like a fragile little doll who has already been broken but there's possibility of her completely ruining herself in the process. ✈ ACHE deals with healing process of a ragged doll who was once cheerful and bubbly. Living with a step brother has it's own disadvantages. Whatever she went through those 6 years has been horrendous even in flashbacks. And the torture still continues. Bea is a breathing being, just not living. There are amazing sparks between Liam and Bea, even after a long span. But is it enough for her to overcome her nightmares? Her reality? ✈ None of the stories I have read or say devoured has ever made me cry so pathetically. Even chocolates or ice-cream couldn't help me out. S.M. Soto took us back and forth in the story, between present and past, investing us in the happiest moments and the filthy reality of life. With efficiency and brilliancy, she managed to pull a number on this book. ✈ Even enduring her torture, she still cares for her friends and family, even at the cost of her own dignity. She has lost once, already. What's the harm in second time now?She is a Warrior. A Survivor. A Victim. A Broken little girl who lost her life in the most exhilarating ways but she emerges even stronger than before.  Special thanks to INKSLINGER PR for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ Rate: 5 / 5 starsI knew this book was going to be emotional but honestly I didn't know the half of it. This book might have been one of the hardest books I ever had to read and you know I love my emotional reads but this one took the cake man... it was just so heartbreaking to read, it physically hurt sometimes.This book has constant triggers so beware of that, it is not easy to read, at all. But it was so amazing, it was a story that NEEDED to be told and it was told beautifully.I loved Bea f ➳ Rate: 5 / 5 starsI knew this book was going to be emotional but honestly I didn't know the half of it. This book might have been one of the hardest books I ever had to read and you know I love my emotional reads but this one took the cake man... it was just so heartbreaking to read, it physically hurt sometimes.This book has constant triggers so beware of that, it is not easy to read, at all. But it was so amazing, it was a story that NEEDED to be told and it was told beautifully.I loved Bea from the very beginning, she was such a wonderful, smart and interesting girl. And I loved watching her fall in love with Liam, their little moments under the stars were so damn cute. I lived for the myths about the constellations.Bea was such an energetic and happy person but she lost all her spark when Liam left town and because of Colton and what he did to her. As soon as Liam came back to town (6 years later) she started gaining her spark and life back with help from her new college friend Melody who understood what she was going through. Little by little, she started getting pieces of herself and her old life back and it was amazing to see how much can happen with a little bit of hope. Bea and Liam were truly written in the stars. These two needed each other to be truly happy and they would do absolutely anything for each other, even if that meant the worst for themselves and there is so much strength and beauty in that. S. M. Soto's writing although brutal to read, was beautiful and magnificent. I loved these two so much. Bea is the epitome of a survivor and that girl fought and fough for her happy ending. I'm so happy that the nightmare she lived in for 6 long and painful years is over and she got the love of her life back.Prepare to feel this tittle ten fold and to read one of the most powerful books - a true embodiment of hope, strength, survival and true love and friendship. Ache is a story you won't soon, if not ever, forget. These characters will leave their imprint in your mind and heart.➳ARC kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review.➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Karen Moriarty
    January 1, 1970
    WOW... I will be honest this was a very intense read l will be honest... Hard hitting at times and had me reeling more than l usually like. BUT the subject is emotional and confronting l will not lie, and described in graphic detail, but it is in keeping with the characters and very much required. It was an emotional roller coaster if l am honest but Oh MY Gosh what a ride..BEA NORWOOD has a spirit about here that just makes you love her from the first time you meet her and LIAM FALCON is the ki WOW... I will be honest this was a very intense read l will be honest... Hard hitting at times and had me reeling more than l usually like. BUT the subject is emotional and confronting l will not lie, and described in graphic detail, but it is in keeping with the characters and very much required. It was an emotional roller coaster if l am honest but Oh MY Gosh what a ride..BEA NORWOOD has a spirit about here that just makes you love her from the first time you meet her and LIAM FALCON is the kind of guy every mom should want for their daughter as we fall in love with him thru out the story. This connection and friendship that Bea and Liam have is beautiful and to see them go thru so many trials and tribulations has you rooting for them before you even realize you are doing it.. This book has so many elements to it, l am finding it hard to do justice to the story so l will say without spoiling it, Take a deep breath and keep reading. It is a story unfortunately that does effect many woman and not all endings are always happy but it is a story that needs to be told regardless. My hat is off to S M Soto for tackling such a dark and controversial subject and giving it a voice that all people l hope will hear. Definitely recommend this book to anybody who can appreciate the struggles that one has to overcome in order to be whole again...To me this was a TRUE LOVE STORY......
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  • Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    "Bea's my sun, my moon, and all my stars--the entire universe combined."Oh my heart!! This story was beautifully told, heart-wrenching, heart-felt, gritty, raw, and rife with pain, intermingled with a love of a lifetime given a second chance. It called to the realness of the dark topic, how it ripples out to those we love, and the strength of those who experience it, even if we don't understand their motivations. I was lost amongst the pages, where at times, even with tears in my eyes, I appreci "Bea's my sun, my moon, and all my stars--the entire universe combined."Oh my heart!! This story was beautifully told, heart-wrenching, heart-felt, gritty, raw, and rife with pain, intermingled with a love of a lifetime given a second chance. It called to the realness of the dark topic, how it ripples out to those we love, and the strength of those who experience it, even if we don't understand their motivations. I was lost amongst the pages, where at times, even with tears in my eyes, I appreciated every second the Author gave me. Bea and Liam's love was palpable, and even with so much time lost, you felt it so deeply, you couldn't help but want it for them even more than they wanted it themselves. I can feel the emotions lingering well after I finished. An absolute must read, a gorgeous story that will make you think, hurt, heal, and feel so very much. I thank the Author for providing a copy to review.~~~Erika, Book Haven Book Blog
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