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Title: More Than Words
Written by Mia Sheridan
Read by Chelsea Hatfield, Jean-Paul Mordrake
Published by Hachette Audio, Forever
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Times bestselling 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.
It’s been a while since I ugly cried and this book tore me to shreds! More than Words broke me just in the prologue! I tell you, I have not cried this much since a few months ago! I have found an author whose backlist will be read by me!
Full disclosure, I received an ARC for this book last year but I wasn’t in the right mood to read it. This year, I decided to pick up the audiobook and listen to it instead. It was the best decision I ever made!
I absolutely fell in love with More than Words – the characters, the setting, and the emotions. While the story seems simple – lonely little girl meets broken little boy, they become best friends, the kiss, boy disappears, then meet years later and rekindle their relationship – but this book is more than that. I fell in love with Mia Sheridan’s writing and the emotions she put into this book. Yes, I had a box of tissues with me.
More than Words really spoke to me. As you may know, I am such a sucker for childhood lovers/second chance romance and this book checked all the boxes for me. This book is written in dual POV and I love it! Jessie’s POV was interesting, too because we also get to read certain passages of the letters she was translating. This letter was interesting to me because it was supposedly a letter written by Joan of Arc’s companion.
While More than Words had a simple storyline and Callen’s issue was very predictable. However, love how Mia Sheridan’s words slowly sucked me in. I actually listened to this book in almost one sitting because I really could not stop!
I felt so much pain for Callen. His struggles and when he finally realized his true worth was perfect. What he did to make himself worthy of Jessie’s love was a grand gesture that I think was absolutely needed.
As a side note, I LOLed out loud when Callen named his dog Pierre. As you know, my husband’s name is Pierre and I told him about this. I don’t think he was amused.
This book is read by Chelsea Hatfield & Jean-Paul Mordrake and I liked both narrators. This is the first that I’ve listened to them, too. One of the things I always look for in narrators are the voices they use. Jean-Paul Mordrake did not have a problem with this and he did not use an annoying high pitched voice for female voices. Thank God! Chelsea Hatfield’s voice is perfect for Jessie’s. Both have good pace and timing and I did not have any problems following them.
More than Words is one book I regret not reading ASAP. I highly recommend this book to everyone and recommend having tissues handy.
What was the last book that made you ugly cry?