Tuesday, June 12, 2018

More than Words by Mia Sheridan

Title: More Than Words
Author: Mia Sheridan
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Callen and Jessie
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Timesbestselling author Mia Sheridan.

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It's only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don't belong in each other's worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

My Review:
There was so much to love about this book. It has a lot of layers, symbolism, and ideas to unpack...and I loved every single one of them.

Jessie and Callen met when they were children. Callen was the bloodied, bruised boy who showed up in the abandoned train car. Jessie was the girl with her head in the clouds spouting off fairy tales and fantasies, letting Callen escape his life for brief moments in time. They had an incredible friendship that spanned two years, but then Callen disappeared without a word.

So, it was totally bizarre when they ran into one another again in Paris, a half a world away (although Callen didn't recognize Jessie at the time) or again, later, in the French countryside. Fate...sigh. And Callen seriously needs that fate to intervene in his life because he's going to such a bad place. Jessie pulls him out of that and brings a lightness to his life that he desperately needs. 

Like I mentioned before there are a lot of layers to this story. First is the relationship between these two and how it's constantly saving Callen. There's Callen's music and how he connects to it through his world. There's also Jessie's job. She's in France translating some journals going back to a girl who lived with Joan of Arc...and there's a whole story happening in the background there that I loved. There's the history between the characters and all the things that Callen isn't confessing. 

It all combines to create a magical story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was a beautiful story with a really moving plot line. I was completely immersed in the story from page one and loved it so much. I definitely recommend it and now it feels like I've just come back from a holiday to the French countryside...BONUS LOVE!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest and voluntary review.

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