April 9, 2019

Today we are celebrating the release of ACHE by S.M. Soto. It is a standalone, second chance romance novel. It is available to purchase now for only $2.99!


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ACHE by S.M. Soto

Now Available | Standalone Novel

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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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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Ache is the first book I have read by SM Soto and guarantee that it’s not my last! I actually signed up for the book because I fell for the cover and it said, Second Chance Romance. That was it, I didn’t even read the whole synopsis. I had no idea it was going to be such a page-turner.
Six years. It had been six years since they were in the same town. Their love was fierce, sweet, and it was supposed to last forever. That was until hearts were broken.
Liam thought when he finally had the courage to go back to Lakeport that he would find her happy. His cousin, Bea’s best friend, Myrah did not prepare him. Bea was a shell of a woman he loved. She wore baggy clothes. Her skin was pale. She was skittish, she was anything but happy. She was still beautiful and always would be but she was like a zombie. He didn’t know what happened to the girl that was once vibrant and full of life. It was his mission to find out. Did their breakup really hurt her this much? 
Bea couldn’t believe Liam was here. She should be happy but she was also scared. She was scared since he could always see right through her. He didn’t know it but everything changed the day he left. She knew she wasn’t herself maybe it was time to find her again.
I can’t really get into their story without spoiling too much. I will say to read the trigger warning. Also, this isn’t the easiest book to read but it’s worth it. I couldn’t put the book down once I started it. I loved the characters. Most of them anyway. Bea is strong, beautiful, sweet, and a badass. Liam is swoon-worthy, delicious, and protective.
Overall…I loved the fight in this one. It was also poetic, raw, and inspiring. Like I said, it’s not an easy book to read but it was a story that needed to be told.
P.S. I live in Northern California and have been to Larkport many times. I even went to the bar mentioned in the book! That was pretty cool.
Liam wasn’t your average boy…oh no, there was nothing boyish about him. As my gaze travels up and down Myrah’s cousin, I know without a shadow of a doubt, he’s trouble—wrapped in one beautiful package.
“Whenever I’m around you, this is what you do to me. You make it hard to breathe. You make me smile. And on days like these, you make my heart skip a beat.”
“Talk to me, Bea. What’s going on?”
“I can’t,” she says, shaking her head back and forth. “I’m ruined, Liam.”



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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