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