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Published by Forever on June 12. 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Rocker
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.
I was provided a review copy by Forever, Grand Central Publishing; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Live fiercely and without regret.❞
The reason Mia Sheridan is a one-click author for me is that she knows how to pull my heart-strings. Her words are descriptive, leaving me with a vivid picture of the scene as I am reading and a strong sense of the emotions the characters are experiencing. <i>I become emotionally invested.</i> She typically writes multi-dimensional characters with real-life struggles, who are damaged in some way. Sheridan’s stories are stories about the human spirit. They are about trials and tribulations of everyday people.
As children, Jessica and Callen met in an abandoned boxcar. He was escaping the torment caused by his father and she was escaping the strife her family was suffering at the hands of her father. Callen was her prince and Jessica was his princess. She gave him the gift of music and he gave her her first kiss. Unfortunately, Callen stopped coming to the boxcar, leaving Jessica to wonder how and where he was.
Fate brings them together years later while she is in France working as a translator and he is there on vacation. Even though Callen is now a world-famous musician, he is haunted by his father’s words and doesn’t feel he’s good enough for Jessica. There is a constant push and pull throughout the book because while he wants her in his life because she’s the only one who quietens the noise in his head, he also feels he’s not good enough for her so he pushes her away.
❝No one makes me feel like you, princess Jessie. No one ever will.❞
Even though ‘More Than Words’, had moments that tugged at my heart, I didn’t find myself emotionally invested in the story and characters as I have in her previous books. Further, I felt it lacked the strong romantic connection I have come to love from this author. My favorite part of the book was the letters Jessica translated. Those letters held yearning, emotion, love, romance, and angst. I wanted to get lost in them, I wanted more of THAT story.
‘More Than Words’ was a sweet second-chance romance filled with beautiful scenery and held a beautiful and romantic side story.