Title: See My Words
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Spectrum Nights, #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 272
Heat Level: 4 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 is book two in Melanie Hansen’s contemporary romance series, Spectrum Nights. In this book we are back with the MC from book one – Scott and Rylan. These two captured my heart in Pieces of Me and I was eagerly awaiting the continuation of their story. Scott & Rylan’s story picks up with the plot right where book one stopped – which left us on a bit of a cliffhanger. Now we get to find out will these two get their happily ever after or are they just not meant to be? One things for sure and thats Melanie Hansen’s ability to write an angst filled romance that will leave you raw and emotional yet completely satisfied.
Throughout this story Scott and Rylan have a very “it’s complicated” relationship. Scott is not at his best and acts like a self absorbed ass throughout a lot of this story. Rylan, he loves Scott – he wants Scott – he would do anything for the man. Watching Rylan put his life on hold and rearrange everything for Scott was a tad annoying and I while I understand he did it because he loved Scott – it was a pretty unhealthy love at this point. Add in Scott’s self-destructive behaviors, his self-pitty, and his attempts to push Rylan away because he felt he didn’t deserve to be loved. You have an emotional rollercoaster. There were times during this story where I begged Rylan to just get up, walk away, and never look back.
I don’t want you to think I didn’t enjoy this story, because I did. I just became so emotionally invested in the characters that it hurt to see Rylan allow the cycle of mental and emotional torment to continue. I mean sometimes love isn’t enough, right? Self-Respect is a huge thing and neither of these characters seem to have much of it – which made the story all the more emotional.
And this carries on throughout at least 70% of the story…
Finally though there is a turning point and Scott is able to redeem himself while Rylan does some growing as well. Sometimes the journey to happiness is painful and this story is a perfect example.
Overall, 4.5 stars and I DO recommend this series – Scott and Rylan will leave you with a lasting impression.
Review Copy of See My Words provided by NineStar Press for an honest Review.