Title: See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2)
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Page Count: 278 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
Tags: angst, family drama, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, model (ish), Photographer/photojournalist, reunited, step brothers
See My Words by Melanie Hansen is the companion book to Pieces of Me. It starts off where book one ends. This is an emotional story of second chances, inner strength, and love. It was at times really difficult to read, but the writing is outstanding and the care taken with Rylan and Scott’s love story is well worth the pain.
First thing: Can this be read as a standalone? Abosolutely not. You have to read Pieces of Me first.
-The characters. The characters are complex, well developed, and show growth throughout the story. Melanie Hansen exceeds at making us fall in love with flawed characters even when they’re driving us crazy with frustration. *coughs*Scott!*coughs*
-The love story. Rylan’s devotion to Scott is what romance novels are all about. His love was unwavering, his feelings palpable throughout. This story broke my heart but just like Rylan was there for Scott- as cheesy as it sounds- he was there for me, too.
-The pace. The pace is smooth despite the high anxiety factor of the story.
-The secondary characters. Mihn and Chris were great additions to the story and piqued my interest. I’m hoping we get more of them in the future.
-Angst. Do you like angst that makes your stomach hurt? If you do, this series is definitely for you.
-The end. The way the story was pieced together mended my heart.
My only niggle…I wish this all would’ve been one book rather than broken up into two. This is a personal preferance.
Would I recommend this series?Yes, I would. As painful as it was at times to read, I still recommend it. Melanie Hansen has become a favorite author of mine. She delivers gripping, raw emotional love strories. Her books are thought provoking and will stay with you. 4.5 Stars.