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.

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Ache was heartbreaking and raw and absolutely pushes every single one of your boundaries.

I read the blurb of Ache when the cover was first released and knew this was a book I wanted to devour. I'd never read a book by S.M. Soto and was excited to listen to the audio version of this.

Bea Norwood's story is one of heart break, pain and survival. Bea is your typical 13 year old girl, who lives next door to her best friend. She's outgoing, happy, and an only child to a solo mum who loves her and dotes on her.

During her first year at High School, Her best friends cousin Liam Falcon comes to live in her town. Liam is gorgeous, talented and so sweet. Bea and Liam have an instant connection that rocks both there world within a matter of months.

But not everything in Bea's world brings her joy. Her mother remarries and moves into there home a new Step Father and Step Brother changing Bea's world forever.

6 years later, Liam Falcon returns to Lakeport to find Bea a shell of herself. Liam is desperate to bring back the Bea he once loved but Bea's been keeping secrets for 6 long years.

I was emotionally exhausted by the time I finished listening to Ache. My heart hurt, there was a lump in my throat and my eyes were stinging with tears. Ache was incredibly well written, with a well thought out plot and character development.

Ache does need a trigger warning, it deals with scenes of sexual abuse that i found very hard to listen too. I enjoy a dark read like most but these themes i find very hard to be able to listen to or read and still remain within the story.

Joe Arden and Ava Erickson are fantastic narrators, they captured the essence of Bea and Liam perfectly. You could feel the tension, the emotion and the pain in there voices. The narrators are what kept me going through this story, the way they portrayed the characters and the honest way they used the emotion of the writing was fantastic.


Joe Arden

Ava Erickson


Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5

Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5

About The Author: S.M. Soto

S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life).

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