#Review “Chasing the Moon” by S.M. Soto

He was the sun, and she was the moon.
A love like theirs was never destined to last.

Chasing the Moon, an all-new intense and consuming romance from author S.M. Soto is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Timeless Crowns

So, I never thought that S.M Soto would write a book that could affect me the way Ache did, but I stand corrected. She completely and utterly decimated me with this timeless, slow-burn, second chance romance that will rip your heart straight from its cavity leaving only a hole where it once stood. I died for Endymion and Selene in a way that I haven’t for characters in such a long time. Their pain was my pain, their love was my love, everything they went through I went through just the same, rendering me a speechless, sobbing mess. This is more than just a book it’s an experience, one that you won’t want to put down. 

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the journey for anyone. But just know that S.M Soto pulls no punches with the emotions she wrenches from you. Her words will wrap around your heart and soul, unyielding and savage pillaging every single thought and feeling you have. But trust me it is so worth the ride. This journey is so much more than a simple love story. This book is about knowing your truth and being open to a real true pure love. It’s about loving someone more than yourself and believing that one day that love will be reciprocated. And it’s about forgiveness and the ability to look past mistakes made and know that the love you have will always be more than those mistakes. This is a definite MUST READ!!! Seriously do not pass this one up, you will not regret it. 

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Sarah’s Musings…

4 Moonlit CROWNS

So, I love S.M. Soto. I have been an avid reader of hers since Scoring the Quarterback. While Chasing the Moon was enjoyable, it was not my favorite. It has the writing I love and follows a loose retelling of the Greek Myth of Selene and Endymion, but ultimately it lacked the magic of Ache, Blood and Chaos, Twin Lies Duet, and Hate Thy Neighbor.

It could very well be that while a retelling of Greek mythology is one of my favorite things to read, the trope of Chasing the Moon is not. I had a lot of mixed feelings related to the heroine. She isn’t really a strong leading lady, and she never really evolves into one. She seems content to go with the flow and to let things happen to her or run her life. The overall lack of evolution of character is what was ultimately problematic for me.

End is a bit different. I liked him, for the most part. I didn’t love him at the beginning. I thought his behavior was abhorrent, and not in the “romance bad boy” way I love. In fact, S.M. Soto has written worse heroes who I loved more. The way their first time goes, as well, seemed very unrealistic to me. I just can’t imagine all things working with the level of toxicity in his system.

The pacing of the story was okay. There are several subplots that run through the story as well, but ultimately some of them were dropped or wrapped up very quickly. Large plot points were downsized to brief mentions and only utilized to push the plot forward when it could have and should have had a bigger impact on the plot and characters. BIG ISSUES, like the conflict between End and Selene, just ended too quickly. There was so much build up and waiting to reveal the big secret, which made me dislike the heroine a bit more, for it to be over with just the snap of a finger. I did enjoy the elements of suspense she wove into the story, as I live for her suspense romances, but, again, I wish it would have been woven in more to the story.

This could very well be a “me” issue, as many reviewers are loving this book. You might even be wondering why I still gave it 4 crowns. Ultimately, some of these issues are mine, reader preference as well as not personally loving this trope. Even though I had issues with the novel, S.M. Soto is still one of my favorite writers, and I will read anything she writes. And although this cover is one of her prettiest and the story does have its good parts, this just happened to be a personal miss for me.

ARC review

A modern-day retelling of the Greek Myth of Selene and Endymion.

He was the sun, and she was the moon. A love like theirs was never destined to last.

Selene Drake has always been the girl that blends into the background.
The wallflower.
Quiet.
Unnoticed.
Sweet as can be.
It never bothered her, she preferred slinking into the shadows.

When she first laid eyes on Endymion Black, she fell irrevocably in love with him.
The bad boy.
Cold.
Distant.
Handsome as ever.

For years, she pined after the unattainable boy who had somehow burrowed his way into her heart.

Until everything changed.

One unforgettable night bridled with passion and forbidden lust destroyed her naïve heart and reshaped her innocent soul. It sent her fleeing from the only town she’d ever truly known.

Five years later, Selene is back in Dunsmuir and the boy she spent years loving in silence, has now turned into a man. A man with his sights set on her. Somehow, the tables have turned, and this time around, he’s the one doing the chasing, determined to claim her heart as his. Only, he doesn’t realize, she has a secret of her own.

One with the potential to change their lives forever.

Chasing the Moon is a full-length standalone romance.

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About S.M. Soto


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.

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3 Comments

  1. I was already excited to read this but will be moving it up my TBR list after reading your reviews.

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