So Much It Hurts by Melanie Dawn: Review


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.

Leary says…

I was so utterly engrossed in this book that it took me a bit to realize and chuckle at similarities to some of my favorite  movies. Now, I have talked with others about seeing these similarities and I think they thought I was just a wee bit crazy but any who..I saw it and giggled. Take a little bit of Footloose, ‘bad boy’ savior from abusive boyfriend. Parents praise boyfriend and warn off from ‘bad boy’. Now add in years of pining from The Notebook and some hidden truths by her parents. I loved these movies so clearly this book was set up for me!
I loved spending the majority of the book learning about everything that Kaitlyn had been through during high school and how Chris was there for her when she felt she had no one else. I LOVED Chris and Kaitlyn, he had such a love for her and want to make her world perfect and have her treated the way she should be.
Kaitlyn has found herself in a marriage she has been feeling lost and unappreciated in. She desperately needs a break and finally takes a vacation with her girlfriends. Little did she know that she would run into Chris after not seeing him for nearly a decade. She’s vowed to not leave this getaway with any regrets. Whether it’s a regret of not taking the chance with Chris or the regret of betraying her husband, you will have to read to find out.
I absolutely loved the story and totally thought I knew what was going to happen. Half way through the book, I had the whole scenario worked out and written in my mind. Disappointment, anger..and a mini temper tantrum was my reaction to the end.
These are the hardest reviews to write. A book that you were addicted to for the first 90% but felt a wee bit disappointed with the ending. Now, don’t get me wrong…I totally see why it ended this way but I would feel better about it if the ending was just a little longer. There were a few things I would have enjoyed, a little more conversation between everyone and a few more words said instead of things being quickly wrapped up in a pretty bow. I me I KNOW there are people who loved this ending, but for me..I just needed more to justify it.
Although I disliked the ending, I still thought it was a fantastic book and would recommend it to others. Just because I wanted one thing doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t want the other!