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See My Words by Melanie Hansen
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CC Cat Clontz
Spectrum Nights (Book 2)
About the Author
Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.
She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.
Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
April 24, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
This book is not a standalone. If you haven’t read book one, Pieces of Me, please start there.
Read an excerpt at NineStar Press.
Successful underwear model Scott Ashworth is lucky—his attack at the hands of an unknown assailant will leave no visible scars. His professional goals are still within reach, and best of all, his stepbrother Rylan Mahoney is back in his life, their teenage infatuation at last getting the chance to deepen into something more.
Thrown together by the circumstances of Scott's injury, Rylan's long-dormant feelings for him are quickly rekindled, though he's haunted by the memory of Scott's disappearance on the night of his eighteenth birthday and the six missing years that followed. Rylan pushes Scott for the truth, a firm believer in the maxim that secrets lose their power once they're shared—but resurrecting old demons almost always comes with a price.
Before Scott knows it, his life is spiraling out of control, his toxic insecurities welling up to threaten the fragile relationship he's building with Rylan. Learning to let go of the past and believe in himself will be Scott's greatest challenge, or else he risks losing Rylan forever this time.
What a Ride!
This is my first foray into Melanie Hansen, and it will most definitely NOT be my last! Picking up in the exact same scene where Pieces of Me left off, but from Rylan’s POV this time, See My Words ventures forth into the relationship of Scott and Rylan as adults.
This isn’t an easy read. It has mental health issues, physical trauma and recovery, angst (lots of it), and fear. On the flip side, this book is so incredibly compelling that I simply couldn’t put it down – I had to know what happened next!
The plot meanders around and around a central point, but not in a bad way. It’s a very co-dependent and unhealthy relationship through most of the book, so the vagaries are a necessary component to reach a satisfying conclusion. I spent some serious time wondering why Rylan didn’t step up for himself and just move on. Scott’s insecurity was indoctrinated into him at a very young age, and the path he took as an adult continued to feed into it. This was difficult and heartbreaking to read, so watching him learn to accept himself and what he had to offer had me cheering. I ran the full gamut of emotions over the course of this book.
The secondary characters are mostly superficial, but there was one that stood out as far into the spotlight as he could. Minh is Scott’s best friend, brought together by circumstances or kismet, and he interjected levity into what would otherwise be a very solemn and drudging storyline.
It appears my review is all over the place, but it is what it is. See My Words is a wonderful, terrible look into the demons everyone lives with, and I’m rating this at 4.5 stars. Read the two books and buckle up, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
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