No one told me that I’d hate my baby when I brought her home from the hospital. No one told me that I’d want to put a pillow over my husband’s head and smother him in his sleep. No one told me that I’d want to slap every person who gave me the ever-so-cliché advice to ‘cherish every moment.’ No one told me that I’d despise my life the minute I became a mother, but I did. Then I met Chris King, the kid who made me want to pull myself up from the dark recesses of my mind and face each day. This kid, whose passion for life and talent for music, touched my soul deeper than I could ever touch his. Chris gave me a reason to live. I was once affectionately known as Mrs. H., Chris’s juvenile detention counselor. This is our story.
*ARC received from the author for an honest review*
I don’t know about you all, but So Much It Hurts left me heartbroken!! Tears streaming down my face for Chris.
“Not only was he gorgeous beyond belief, but he was humble, sweet, amazing, and compassionate.” -Salem
But then I was offered an ARC of Then There Was You and my hopes for happiness came alive for Chris. But ladies, it is not instant happiness. I wish I could tell you that you will instantly feel all better for him. But,you will…eventually 😉 My heart still aches from the back and forth of breaking and mending. This story put my emotions through the ringer. I am not an emotional person but I was so pissed at times that I had to take a breather. But, it’s not all bad emotions. I don’t mean to scare anyone. Even though I was so ticked and hurt at times, I also had MANY moments of swooning, smiling, and maybe even some happy tears.
I know it says this book can be read as a standalone, but I feel like you don’t feel and understand all the emotions without knowing what happened in So Much It Hurts. There are parts that I think wouldn’t be as touching without knowing that part. But, I was pleasantly surprised by all the back story we were given about Chris. He is quite an awesome guy, even with all the shit he has been through. I loved being able to know so much about where he came from and how he gets to his HEA. Be prepared to shed some tears, though. IT WILL HAPPEN!! I cried for Salem. I cried for Chris. I cried because I was happy. I cried because it was sad. And I cried because I just wanted it all to get better!!! LOL
“Little did he know, he was giving me a reason to get up every day. He gave me a reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other.” -Salem
The addition of Salem to this story was the highlight for me. I loved Salem’s character and her sweetheart of a daughter, Alexis. She is the main character that made me cry the most. She puts up with a lot of crap that she shouldn’t and she STRUGGLED!! But, she has an amazingly caring heart and even through her toughest times, she was there for others.
I can’t stress to you all enough of how much I have enjoyed every part of this series so far. So Much It Hurt broke me in the end, but Then There Was You eventually put my shattered heart back together piece by piece…after a few hiccups 😉 I enjoy every aspect of Melanie’s writing and I can’t thank her enough for sharing this story 🙂 It’s definitely a roller coaster ride of emotions that you don’t want to miss!