Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn

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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.

This is an emotionally gripping story of love, loss, redemption, and hope. This Contemporary Romance Novel coming in Sept 2013!

Elle says:

Melanie Dawn delivers an emotional page-turner in her debut novel So Much it HurtsIt’s unique, it’s fresh, and it is a welcomed departure from the typical “cookie-cutter” romance.

Kaitlyn Thomas has reached a plateau in her marriage and life. Day after day, she’s going through the motions wearing herself thin taking care of her children and doing everything she can to be an exemplary stay-at-home mom. Michael, her husband, feels more like a roommate than the once romantic man who swept her off her feet in high school.

Hiding her pain beneath the surface while putting forth a flawless fa├žade is something Kaitlyn is all too familiar with.

Kaitlyn is incredibly relatable and a heroine I truly rooted for. After a troubled past, Kaitlyn found her happily ever after in Michael, but years of marriage and children have put a strain on their relationship. I think everyone has lulls in their relationships, and I love that I found myself asking

“Does ‘Happily Ever After’ last forever or is it only something temporary?”

The novel follows Kaitlyn’s significant relationships she’s had in her past and present: Trevor -- her high school boyfriend, Chris -- the wildcard, and Michael -- her high school sweetheart and now husband.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot, but I will say that Chris was by far my favorite of the three. He was kind yet sexy and his relationship with Kaitlyn was beautifully tragic.

Melanie Dawn really pushed the boundaries with the situations Kaitlyn found herself in. The lines separating what is right and what is wrong are often muddied throughout this story. In turn, I found myself hoping for outcomes I normally wouldn’t choose.

I absolutely loved this novel and it’s step away from a traditional happily ever after. I was brought to tears, my heart ached, and I felt this book all the way to my soul. If you’re looking for a book hangover, So Much it Hurts will deliver one hell of a hangover. Melanie Dawn’s book will stay with you long after you reach ‘The End’.

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Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. When her head isn't in the clouds, she spends her time as 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. She enjoys lazy summer afternoons cruising around the lake on the pontoon boat with her family. 
Melanie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and earned her MA in School Counseling from Appalachian State University. She spent the first six years after graduate school as a middle school counselor. Those were years she deems as some of the best years of her life. That is, until she had children of her own. The last seven years have been spent as a stay-at-home mom. She has learned some tough life lessons, like what the inner absorbent pellets of a diaper look like scattered in the washing machine. She has also learned the strength of the willpower of a two year old lacking a nap. Through it all, Melanie has learned how to roll with the punches and appreciate the time she has been able to spend at home with her children. 

Now that her last child has started Kindergarten, Melanie is ready to add a new chapter in her life. That chapter begins with her debut novel—So Much It Hurts.

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