SO MUCH IT HURTS by MELANIE DAWN ~ Review & Giveaway


Life is full of uncertainty, so what happens when a what-if from your past collides with your present?

Kaitlyn Thomas, a weary wife and mother, is taking a much needed getaway with her friends. All she wants to do is relax and rejuvenate on her weekend escape to the beach. Having a drink at the bar with the girls sounds like the perfect way to unwind. That is, until Kaitlyn hears a familiar voice from the stage that shakes her to her core. She grapples with her memory until Chris King, the lead singer of the band, walks up to her and eliminates the questions in her mind.

Chris King…the misunderstood bad boy who once saved her in ways that no one else could.

Kaitlyn’s friends beg to know the story behind this mystery man. Forced to revisit a painful past from which she has spent years trying to heal, Kaitlyn's recollection of Chris awakens intense feelings that she has kept buried deep inside her heart. Has time changed him, or is he still the same person Kaitlyn fell in love with so many years ago?

Marriage vows are sacred, but temptation is a powerful thing.

Seeing Chris again has caused a war between her head and her heart. In the end, which one will win the battle? Facing a difficult decision, Kaitlyn just wants to be sure of one thing when she walks away from this weekend—no regrets.


4.5 stars
I’m going to be completely honest here. I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book. I found myself siding with different characters the whole way and I LOVED IT!!

Kaitlyn is a married woman with a sweet little boy at home. She and her husband have had times full of more passion than she currently feels but things are okay…at least she thinks they’re okay. Feeling the pressure of losing her identity to being a wife and mother, she decides to head off with her friends for a girl’s weekend at the beach.

When the singing voice of a local band takes her back in time, she finds herself catching up with an old flame. This is where my feelings began to waver back and forth and then back again. Pieces of the story are revealed as Kaitlyn relives her past – the heartache of previous relationships, her feelings of trapped, and the ways that life had both betrayed her and saved her. I was surprised by the outcome of the story but happy for the resolution although it wasn’t perfect. One thing it was? Real.

Life is not clean and neat. Melanie Dawn’s debut novel reminds us all that just because things end differently than you would have planned, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a happy ending.

Thanks for a great read, Melanie. Everyone go get your copy now!


Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. When her head isn't in the clouds, she spends her time as a jack of all trades to her family. Melanie resides in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, her three children, and her cat. She enjoys lazy summer afternoons cruising around the lake on the pontoon boat with her family.
Melanie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and earned her MA in School Counseling from Appalachian State University. She spent the first six years after graduate school as a middle school counselor. Those were years she deems as some of the best years of her life. That is, until she had children of her own. The last seven years have been spent as a stay-at-home mom. She has learned some tough life lessons, like what the inner absorbent pellets of a diaper look like scattered in the washing machine. She has also learned the strength of the willpower of a two year old lacking a nap. Through it all, Melanie has learned how to roll with the punches and appreciate the time she has been able to spend at home with her children.
Now that her last child has started Kindergarten, Melanie is ready to add a new chapter in her life. That chapter begins with her debut novel—So Much It Hurts.

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