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Ache

By: S.M. Soto
Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Joe Arden
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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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.

Some aspects of this story may be difficult for listeners.

©2019 S.M. Soto (P)2019 S.M. Soto

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A roller coaster of emotions that you can't miss!!

Just when I didn't think my soul could take any more, S.M. Soto throws another punch to the gut that left my heart irrevocably broken. Ache has all the feels, I mean ALL of them.I was on such an emotional high with devastating lows. The perfect recipe for an outstanding story that you will tell all your friends and even complete strangers to read.

I went in completely blind to this story, not reading the blurb, reviews or any other book by Soto and never once was I disappointed. Bea & Liam are the kind of characters that will stay with you for a long, long time.

Soto did an amazing job at making me understand Bea, the why and how of her actions. Often times it is so easy to judge a person's decisions from the outside. Soto gives us such a raw, gritty look that elicits strong emotions, leaving me devastated at times. I didn't see Bea as a victim but as a survivor.

I listened to the audio version of Ache. Ava Erickson did a PHENOMENAL job of bringing Bea to life. I think having the words brought to life brings a whole new dimension to the story. Joe Arden is one of my favorites and always does an outstanding job. The narrators are engaging, keep you listening and always wanting more.

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NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!!!
Wow, this story is really H E A V Y but incredibly beautiful.
If you ever wondered what makes the heart of Heros beat, look no further, this is the book!
Soto has a unique ability to put real human emotions into writing and the always five star performance of Joe Arden and Ava Erickson , make this one for the keeper section💋

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Raw, Poignant and Unforgettable Love Story!

omg this second chance romance took my breath away! It was so raw, heartbreaking, sensual and suspenseful. Ms Soto expertly weaved a dark, seductive tale about very flawed and damaged characters making us feel heartbreak, horror, confusion, and yet compassion, empathy, and so much more. I went into this blind, and wasn't sure I could listen. But it held me captive, as the story went from past to present, unfolding Bea and Liam's journey, and made my heart race as I tried to will everything to be okay. It was sweet at times, and horrifying in others. But I cheered as I watched Bea become stronger, resilient, and courageous as she fought for her life and the love she deserved. Narrators Ava Erickson, and Joe Arden were phenomenal as they brought this story to life. They challenged my imagination, and compelled me to feel everything these characters think and experience. Both narrators embodied these characters perfectly making my heart race from beginning to end. This is a raw, passionate, poignant and unforgettable, love story!

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Emotional Listen that will hit you right in the heart!

ACHE BY S.M. SOTO

OMG!! I DEVOURED THIS BOOK!!!! I seriously couldn’t listen fast enough. This book is exactly it’s title. Ache!! My heart ached through this entire book... for Bee, for Liam, for Myra, for Melody, and yes, even for Emery.

Bee is young and carefree with a future ahead of her that looks promising. She’s got her best friend by her side and a mother who loves her. What more could she need.

When her mother announces that she met a man and is getting married, Bee’s apprehensive but excited that she’ll now how a step brother moving in and a step dad to keep her mom company too.
But when Bee comes face to face with her new step brother Connor, her skin instantly crawls and her nerves spike with unease.

Determined to prove to herself that she’s just being silly about the way Connor makes her feel, Bee begins spending more time with her best friend Myra and keeping her distance from the stranger in her home.

Excited with news of her cousin’s arrival, Myra drags Bee to her house to meet him. When she walks through the door and her eyes land on the most handsomest boy she’s ever seen, Bee’s skin heats with desire and feelings take root that she’s never experienced before.
As time progresses and Bee and Liam build a friendship like no other an ugly secret begins to build behind closed doors. But with Liam’s opportunity arising to take a hold of his future, Bee can’t hold him back when she knows this is his dream.

Gone is the carefree girl that laid in the field with the sexy boy who gave her all the right feels. Now in his wake lies a dirty secret that would tear her family apart and threatens to bring Bee to her breaking point.

This story is broken into two parts and is deeply emotional. If you have triggers than this probably isn’t for you. However, S.M. Soto tells a tragic story of one girls fight for survival and the ultimate test of finding her voice. I cried more than once and wanted to scream. Why couldn’t anyone see what was going on and how did it get this far. Believe me, it may be brutal but the battle is worth the reward.
Ava Erickson and Joe Arden did a phenomenal job narrating this book. Many kudos to Ava for reading some of the scenes she did.
This was definitely a book to remember!!

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UgH! Heart-wrenching and beautiful!

UgH! This book has all the feels. So heartbreaking, yet so uplifting, too! This is my first read by S. M. Soto, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the depth of the storyline from their childhood to adulthood and all the struggles along the way.

Bea was strong and grew so much through the book. I haven't known anyone personally who's been through this kind of abuse, so it really was heart-wrenching and sad, but the way Liam always wanted her and was so patient and kind when he came back, it was so sweet! I'm sad that he was away for so many years, but that made the story what it was and it was quite a ride!

I listened on Audible, and Ava Erickson and Joe Arden were superb. Most was from Bea's POV, so I didn't get to hear as much of Mr. Joe Arden as I would've liked (I adore his narrations!) but they were both fantastic through this story and some very difficult subject matters.

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Emotional

First book from this author and it was great, I loved the narrators. Bea's story is brutal, emotional and heartbreaking.

"Liam Falcon is the boy who captured my heart, and the man who saved my life."

Even though it was an audio I have so many emotions, I loved how the story goes, separated into past and present,with flashbacks that follow Bea and Liam’s romantic relationship.

"Our love was written in my scars, just as it was scattered across the stars."

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Powerful and tender and sensitive...

This story does have triggers and a sensitive storyline but the author and narrators handled it beautifully. There were times it was sad and a hard listen but well done. I adore Joe Arden when he's narrating. He and Ava were wonderful together. You get your HEA but you might shed a tear or two getting there.

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  • Philomena(Cheekypee)
  • 08-14-19

Absolutely fantastic

This is my first ever audible. I have tried listening to others before but gave up. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind.

I read this book earlier on in the year but as I loved it so much I couldn’t resist listening to it too.

ACHE is an all-new emotionally charged second chance romance by S.M. Soto.
‘What happens when you fall for the boy next door?'

Emotionally charged... yep that’s true.

After reading this story I still wanted more so I read the authors note to her readers. The author tells us of her struggle to release this. Of how difficult it was to write due to the subject matter. I’m so glad she found the strength to release this story as it needs to be read.

Bea believed she had everything she wanted in life. She was even happier when Liam entered her life. He gave her the happiness she didn’t know she was missing.

Then he left.

He took her heart with him.

She broke.

Liam has missed Bea so much. When he returns he sees a very different Bea.

He needs to find out what happened her.

Can they move forward or will Liam find closure.

This is certainly going to be one of my favourite stories this year. My heart broke for these characters over and over again. I knew what I wanted to happen but did I get it?

A heart wrenching but beautifully told story that will stay with me for a long time x

The narrators did a fantastic job. Let me say that if I didn’t like it straight away I’d have stopped like I’ve done previously but these narrators were awesome. They literally brought the story to life.

After listening to this I’ll certainly be trying Audible again.

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  • Gillek2
  • 07-04-19

Bea and Liam!

Bea was a happy and healthy teenager who had a great relationship with her mother and her best friend Myrah lived next door. When her mother remarries her life is forever changed and she will never be the same again.

Liam has been sent to live with his cousin Myrah and her family to correct his bad behavior. Bea spent as little time at home as she could so that meant spending a lot of time at her neighbors. Liam and Bea become close and he becomes her safe place but when he left Lakeport she was left alone once again with no help in sight.

Six years later Liam is back to see the only girl that he has ever loved but the Bea he finds is not the Bea he left. The atrocities that Bea has had to deal with for the last six years has changed her and uncovering the truth could break both of them.

This is an emotional story that will break your heart and put it back together. Bea has endured so much in her life and she doesn’t know where to turn so she takes it all upon herself. Liam is so determined and patient and he shows Bea that he is the one person she can trust and depend on. The narrators did a great job of bringing the emotion and angst of this story to life.

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  • Sara
  • 06-30-19

My Aching heart!!!

Oh my LANTA!!! this story is painful in every single way possible! Seriously when I say my heart is aching, it is. This is brutal. There was only one area where I wish we received more. I feel like Jenny should have revisited after the scene with her. I would have loved an apology. SM Soto is a pro in pulling out emotions. I was literally yelling at the characters throughout this story. I kept begging the friends to look... or the parents to see. Hindsight is always 20/20 and all that jazz.

The performers were brilliant. Ava Erickson sounded like a kicked puppy... I thn k that's what they were going for when the story is so traumatizing. Joe Arden is emotional and so strong. I can't even explain how they both spoke strait to my soul, hitting it!!