Title : Sound of Heartache
Author :Chelsea Roy
Series : Sound of #2
Rating : 2 Stars
Blurb : Aimee was cruelly yanked away from her first and only love. She has never gotten over him and watched from afar as he rose to superstardom. She’s let fear control her and never reached out to him no matter how much she wanted to. This time is different. This time, she’s determined to see things through to the end. But will he still want her? Brent tried to get over the woman who shattered his heart. Moving on has been impossible, and God knows heâs tried. He knows if she wanted to find him, she could. He has never given up hope even though he knows it’s highly doubtful he’ll ever see her again. And if she did show up, what would he say to her anyway?
When choosing my books to review I try always to be as careful as possible to avoid disappointments, which will result in negative reviews. But sometimes all the good intentions in the world do not help avoiding what happened yesterday.
I received an ARC of âSound of Heartacheâ by Chelsea Roy in exchange for an honest review and I have a real hard time writing this.
I think our followers will know our blog for being quite positive and constructive when reviewing, but sometimes it can not be helped. The storyline sounded promising and the first few pages were quite promising. But as soon as the book really started it basically ended for me. At first I only struggled with the way the story was told.
It was very difficult for me to connect to the protagonists as the âstorytellingâ felt disconnected, like a third person retelling a film he just saw. And for me it is very important to be able to connect to the characters so this was already a serious issue
But as the story went on I got also got some serious issues with the storyline. I am struggling how much to reveal of the story to explain my problems with it. I guess to explain I have to go against my policies and tell a little more than usual just to explain myself.
Please do not read further if you want to avoid any spoilers.
I could follow the story almost up to the moment when suddenly her mother appeared AFTER this there are so many issues that I would have to tell the whole story to explain my point. I know a book is a work of fiction but still if it is contemporary with no âparanormalâ or otherwise mentioned influences I do expect it to be at least near to reality, but in this story there were so many âthingsâ placed together that it became totally unbelievable to me.
– A 17 year old hiding her true age to the boyfriend â reality check OK
– Getting pregnant â reality check OK
– Hiding it to her parents â reality check OK
– Her mother âkidnappingâ her when she is 8 months pregnant, threatening the boyfriend and declaring the daughter mentally instable to give away the child â works for a story so reality check still OK
But THEN â¦ the girl disappearing for 10 years ? While still using his money ? Only to suddenly reappear and say âwell I thought now is the time to meet your daughterâ ? And after a little discussion going on to party together, than basically meet the daughter, party some more and be together again to live HEA ?!? – sorry but the story lost me there.
I am not even sure where to start with that plot. Each and every single one of these things might have worked if the story was told in way that would show a more personal connection to the characters.
And I – as a reader – felt that the characters had no actual âdealingâ time with the issues at hand. It was like a lineup of events that was placed in the way of an HEA and the characters just dodged the stuff to get to the end.
Really I am sorry to be so blunt in this case, I know how hard it is to write a novel and to find the courage to publish it, but if I am asked for my honest opinion I will give it.