ARC Review | More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

More Than Words by Mia Sheridan
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | June 12th, 2018
ARC from Netgalley

 

 

Book Blurb:

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

| Book Review |

I have to admit to being nervous picking up More Than Words. I’ve only read one Mia Sheridan book, and for me, it didn’t live up to the hype. From the very beginning, this book was everything I wanted my first read to be. This book was just so full of emotion; it was a hard won happily ever after that I was rooting for throughout the entire book. I did have a few issues with this book, so lets get them out of the way. First – I thought Callen’s promiscuity was laid on way too thick. A large chunk of the beginning of the book spent solidifying this, when really, any book I read with a male celebrity as the hero seems to have a revolving door on his bedroom; it’s not something I need a lot of time spent on. Second, Jessie was just a bit too naive to me, to the point where some of the things that came out of her mouth made me cringe. But really, in the grand scheme of this story, these are things that pale in comparison to what I loved. I adored this story from the very beginning when they met as children, and their subsequent interludes had me wanting so badly for them to find their way together, but Callen just couldn’t seem to get out of his own way. Even so, it wasn’t long before they were falling for each other, but nothing about this felt insta-. It was clear this event was years in the making. Jessie was so sweet and candid, and her easy way was just so foreign to Callen, who spent most of his life with people who were fake and could turn on someone on a dime. She herself had a past that left her quite scarred, but it’s not something she carries with her the way Callen carries his. Callen, even while private, seems to wear his scars while trying to drown them with booze and women. And there are times when Jessie struggles to see the boy who stole her heart when they were children.

There were parts of Jessie and Callen’s past that made reappearances and made for some very poignant moments, and I love that Callen was able to give parts of himself to Jessie that he couldn’t give to anyone else; she was the only person he could be himself with. I will say that while this was four and a half stars and I loved this book, this was a hard road to four and a half stars. For the first third of this book, it was a solid five star read. About two-thirds of the way through, it had slowed down enough to three, and at one point, Callen did something that made me so angry I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to forgive him. But by the end of the book, I was so in love with this couple that and as the story was woven together, it made me see the importance of all the parts of this story. Except maybe the whole thread of the Joan of Arc text that Jessie was translating. While I found it interesting, I’m not sure it was pertinent to the story, and it felt like an attempt to bring more substance to Jessie’s half of the story, but her good heart was enough for me.

More Than Words won me over and had me tearing up more than once. It was a rough ride for Jessie and Callen, but so worth it. If you’re a fan of Mia Sheridan or Contemporary Romance, this one is a must read.

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  1. I recently listened to my first Mia Sheridan, Dane’s Storm, and was bowled over by how wonderful it was. It, too, was a hard fought story to the end, emotionally. I’m guessing that is something of a theme for her writing. I have one more on my shelf. This one looks really good, too. I love the way you describe this pair.

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  2. I haven’t read this book or any of the author’s works, but I can relate to your feelings. I’ve read books where I wasn’t sure if I could keep going or like a character, then things happened that made me see how these insufferable moments were important for character development. I’m glad you ended up liking this read! 🙂

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    1. I do like when I am surprised in the end, especially if I was ready to write it off at one point. It’s a great writer that can turn a story around like that on a dime!

      Thank you. 🙂

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  3. This book just showed up at my house today. I just peeked at your review so that I can be surprised when I read it but I am thrilled to see that you really liked it. Can’t wait to get started!

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