Friday, September 13, 2013

So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


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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When I walked into the class, I caught my breath. There he sat—the mysterious guitarist who had kept me swooning the past twenty-four hours. He glanced up at me just as my eyes and smile widened with pleasant surprise. I looked away, bewildered, trying to compose myself. Walking as casually as I could manage, I took my assigned seat right next to his.

“’Sup?” he said, acknowledging me with a slight nod of his head.

My breath hitched at the sound of his voice. The burst of adrenaline caused my heart to pound in my chest. He leaned toward me. The scent of his cologne awakened my senses with its crisp and refreshing aroma that reminded me of the sandalwood and cedar scents from my favorite clothing store in the mall.

“I’m Chris,” he said, introducing himself. “Chris King.”

“Hi,” I said as my mouth fumbled for words. “I’m Kaitlyn Davenport. You must be new here.” Well, genius, that was a brilliant observation. Duh!

“Yeah, I stopped by yesterday afternoon to get my new schedule and to check out the school. I just transferred here from Fairbanks.”

His deep brown eyes searched mine as I mentally struggled for the next thing to say. “That’s cool,” I managed. “Fairbanks is a good school.”

“Not the school,” he corrected, without even as much as a hiccup. My expression must have shown my confusion because he clarified his statement by whispering, “Juvie.”


I enjoyed this book and quickly became invested in Kaitlyn story! It is a realistic look at what happens when the one person you want to be with and fall in love just can't have.  So you move forward with your life but then get an unexpected chance to make the most of just one night....even though you are you live your life with regrets or do you live in the moment and live life with no regrets? 4 stars.

So Much It Hurts is told in the past and in the present.  Kaitlyn a wife and a mother, married unhappily to Michael.  They were once very much in love, but their life together has become very routine and Michael doesn't show Kaitlyn any appreciation or affection anymore.  Kaitlyn gave up her dreams of a career when she became pregnant with Eli but he is the one bright spot in Kaityln's life.

Kaitlyn heads off to the beach with her girlfriends for a very much needed weekend getaway. Here she runs into Chris Knight, the one guy she feel in love with eight years ago and never forgot, and apparently Chris has never forgotten Kaitlyn either. Chris helped Kaitlyn through a very difficult time and we get to learn all about this through retelling of the past in the book.  The connection that Chris and Kaitlyn share is still as strong as ever but Kaitlyn is a married woman.  What's a girl to do when a flame from the past that she thought was extinguished is reignited with just one glance, and burns her all the way to the depths of her soul? Read on to find out!!!

This was a wonderful debut novel from Melanie Dawn. So Much it Hurts was full of emotion, angst, love, grief, anger.....I felt so many emotions while reading this book.  I look forward to reading more from Melanie in the future. 

*Reviewed by Brandi

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I am a dreamer, a thinker, and a hopeless romantic! I never considered myself a writer until one day I sat down and started typing. Before I knew it I had 40,000 here I am, trying to make my way as an author!

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