#NewRelease “Ache” by S.M. Soto


An all-new emotionally charged second chance romance

from author S.M. Soto is AVAILABLE NOW!

Sarah’s Musings…


I 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!


Book Blurb:

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.

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S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life).


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