Title: More Than Words
Author: Mia Sheridon
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 12 June 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Mia Sheridon has a way of drawing deep emotions out of her readers in empathy with her characters; with emotional scars and turbulent childhoods, Mia makes her characters work for every piece of happiness they get; with the reader supporting them whole-heartedly throughout. Unfortunately, with More Than Words, the connection to the characters was a little off for me personally. I found Jessica a little too submissive and Callen very douche-like with only a small amount of redemption following the revelations as to the contributing factors to his behaviour.
I loved the idea of a true, deep love forming through the bonds of friendship and developing into so much more as time passes and the characters mature. Jessica and Callen have that type of connection and fate has a starring role in ensuring they reawaken and build on the feelings they had for each other as they grew-up. I also loved both Jess and Callen’s imagination and dreams of a brighter future, especially as Callen discovered this incredible talent he has been gifted.
The true foundation of the story is that of the emotional trauma Callen endured as a child and the lasting damage it has caused to his self-esteem. Although Callen was physical abused it was the verbal attacks that left the deepest scars. Whoever said words can’t hurt you must never have experienced the pain they cause for themselves.
Ultimately, the morale of the story is that a person is so much more than the words carelessly thrown at them. Belief in yourself is the ultimate gift you can give, as it allows you to fully accept and trust those closest to you.