See My Words (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2)
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 272
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

Please note: “See My Words” is not a stand-alone book. You definitely need to read “Pieces of Me” first. “See My Words” is a difficult book to read if you are looking for a happy carefree wrap-up of Scott and Rylan’s relationship. You see the result of the horribly dysfunctional relationship between Scott and his mother Heather. When your entire self worth (as well as your financial worth) is based on appearance, how do you develop a healthy mindset? When you feel you don’t deserve anything good in life, what happens when you finally get it?

Scott’s mental state is difficult to embrace; there is irrational jealousy and anger and self sabotage, which basically boils down to Scott trying to make Rylan leave him because Scott doesn’t feel worthy. We get a lot of Rylan placating Scott, Scott becoming jealous, Rylan soothing Scott, Scott pushing Rylan away, etc. and finally there is a HEA in the form of an epilogue. I gotta admit – the ending bothered me. We get a lot of insight into Scott’s psyche, but don’t really get corresponding scenes as it started to turn around. Granted we don’t need to have every “i” dotted or “t” crossed but I personally needed something to counterbalance all the anguish. Also, the eventual reveal of Scott’s mysterious attacker felt rushed and incomplete.

4 stars for “See My Words” for Rylan and the secondary characters Chris and Minh, and I appreciated the difficult journey that finally led Scott took to overcome his toxic past.

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