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.

Add the book to Goodreads

Amazon US:




Amazon CA:

Amazon AU:

Amazon UK:

My Review

Let me start by saying that ACHE is most definitely an emotionally charged, deeply personal, heart wrenching, raw, and gritty journey of two people who are destined to be together…destined to give one another everything that they have to give…destined to love one another for as long as they possibly can, but what ACHE also illustrates is that other people’s hatred…their selfishness…their need to dominant and control makes them think they can do whatever they want…makes them take and take, never stopping to think about the person or people they’re punishing for reasons that have nothing to do with them and everything to do with the monster inside of that person…the bastard whose devastating acts must be stopped in order to prevent any further irreparable damage.

Ache is divided into two parts – the first one focuses on Liam Falcon’s, Bea’s best friend, Myrah’s cousin, coming into Bea’s life and the progression of their feelings for each other as they get to know one another and realize that they would give each other the sky and the stars if they could, and the second one that explores what happens when circumstances change for both of them. Part two is 6 years later and the time that has passed has allowed Liam to prosper and Bea to lose every single piece of what defined her all those years ago.

And S.M. Soto brings her A game when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of Bea’s descent into a lonely and dark place – one that seems almost impossible to pull herself out of because of the emotional and physical damage that has been inflicted upon her. There are so many layers to this book and Soto meticulously develops each one in order for her readers to fully understand who Bea was and who she is in the present due to broken promises and the uncontrollable acts of others. All of Bea’s emotional torment, self doubt, and steps forward and back truly show her struggles and just how horrifically difficult it is for her to regain herself…to regain control after everything has been stripped from her.

In so many ways, this book is solely Bea’s story, so it makes sense that her voice would be the only one readers get as the book continues, but Soto brings Liam’s perspective into the second half, providing another significant view of the events that are unfolding and allowing readers to see exactly what Liam’s feelings are when it comes to the girl who he vowed to bring the universe to…

The different representations and meanings of ACHE that are explored throughout Bea and Liam’s story speak to the positive and negative symbolism that, that word connotes, making it the perfect title to capture Bea’s desire for Liam, the love they share, the abuse she suffered, her transformation, and hopefully, her resurrection.

You DO NOT want to miss ACHE by S.M. Soto; she crafted a deeply moving story that does so much more than show a victim of abuse because that’s not where Bea’s journey ends and even though the journey back is both heartbreaking and damaging, through it, readers see a heroine who fights for her life, for the love she deserves, and for a chance to regain control and finally breathe again, and while the the ache will always be there for everything that was lost, for everything that happened, for everything that was forced upon her, it no longer has to dominate and define her.

5 Poison Apples


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).


Sign up for S.M.’s Newsletter

Join S.M.’s Reader Group

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Instagram | Bookbub | Goodreads

InkSlinger Blogger Final

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “BLOG TOUR REVIEW: ACHE by S.M. Soto

  1. Pingback: The Fairest of All Book Reviews’ Year in Review and 2019 Top 22 | Fairest Of All Book Reviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.