on December 6, 2017
Genres: Artist, Friends to Lovers, Romance
I've been in love with him forever.
But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.
Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.
By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.
I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.
How was I to know it was the secrets we didn’t share, the words we didn’t dare utter, that would tear us apart?
Every once in a blue moon, I get super excited for a particular book to come out. Like over the top, fan girl excited. And with being so excited, I may happen to have some unrealistic expectations. Set the bar a smidgen too high, if you will. And I’m saddened to say that I think that’s the case of what happened to me with Sounds of Secrets.
Reading The Weight of Life earlier on in the summer, I was head over heels for Ames and Mila. I’m talking, one of my favourite books of the year. That’s how serious I was. And ever since, I had greedy little grabby hands aimed in the direction of Samson and Lotte. The glimpses we got into what their story could be in TWOL were dramatic and angsty and everything I love. I felt like they were going to strip me raw and slowly build everything back up. But unfortunately, it just didn’t happen for me.
I’ve never been a huge “friends to lovers” trope fan, simply because I’m critical and don’t believe that a character is in love with another (and has been for ever and ever) just because the author said so. I need to believe it. I need to see it. I need to feel it. And I think that’s what started my journey of SoS. I didn’t believe that these characters were in love, no matter how many inner monologues there were about it. I needed to see it happen and I felt like that’s where my expectation was too high.
Though the actual chemistry between Lotte and Sam when things started happening was definitely a bonus. This was palpable and you could really understand the feelings each character had towards the other in these moments. They then just needed to keep these moments going!
I love how Whitney always seems to have a theme/feeling that she shows through the characters. In Into The Tomorrows, it was sorrow. In The Weight of Life, it was grief. In Sounds of Secrets, it’s none other than — you guessed it — secrets. The ones kept close to your heart and the ones that you let go. Where they take you, how they affect those around you, and how they can change the trajectory of your life. I really enjoyed how the author used this theme and the heroine specifically to show how handing over your secrets can leave you vulnerable and give others power. And yet how it can also work in the opposite manner. It was an interesting perspective.
Sometimes I feel the need to warn people, just so no one gets upset for something terribly small. This book has a slow build and seemed to move at a slower pace than I’m sure a lot of people are used to. There’s nothing wrong with this, there’s just a lot of feelings/emotions/decisions to go through beforehand. I didn’t have much of an issue with this, but I do know that some people prefer fast paced books with action packed plots.
Would I recommend this book? Sure! But was I in love with it? No. Whitney is still an author that I adore and respect the crap out of, and it’s perfectly okay to not be head over heels in love with every book written by the authors that you like. [For instance, the last CoHo book I read I gave three stars to. *gasp* Yeah. I went there]. This just happened to be one of those books for me.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.