★★★ 3 Stars ★★★
With a heartbreaking prologue, this book certainly drew me in and made me want to read it all in one sitting. I will put my hands up and admit that I actually cried before 3%.
Ryder is 17 when tragedy befalls him and his life literally changes overnight. He goes from being a happy go lucky boy who enjoys playing video games with his friends to a man who cannot speak.
Alexis has just arrived at college, a freshman who is eager to experience everything college life has to offer. At her first party, she see’s Ryder and see’s much more than all the others who are adamant that he is a ‘weirdo’.
She refuses to believe that he is dangerous and when she is paired up with him in class, she has an opportunity to get to know what is lurking behind his sad eyes.
Ryder does not think he deserves any kind of happiness at all, but for the first time in years, he feels something in his heart that gives him a small amount of hope for the future.
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This was definitely what I would class as a YA novel, and I often found some of the characters a little immature and bitchy. I really enjoyed the premise of the book, where a man cannot speak but can communicate in other ways. Unfortunately, Ryder didn’t really communicate at all other than with his eyes, and I think if perhaps they would have conversed via text or email, then maybe I would have felt more of a connection between the characters. I just felt something was missing there.
It was still an enjoyable read, and if you like a heroine who is just plain nice, and a hero who you just want to give a big cuddle, then this may be the book for you. I liked the writing style, and if the author were to write about older characters then I would definitely give it a go.
This is book 3 in the ‘So Much It Hurts’ series, but can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the previous 2 books.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. She’s an avid reader who recently discovered her love of writing as well. When her head isn’t in the clouds, she spends her time as a 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.