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When all else fails, just keep breathing. It’s funny; no one ever warns you how hard life can be. People go through tragedies and loss every day, but even when nothing is wrong, sometimes it’s hard. I know it’s hard for me. I don’t blame anyone for what I feel. I’m content with going on with life like a zombie, wondering what the big deal about it all is. Living. Seems kin When all else fails, just keep breathing. It’s funny; no one ever warns you how hard life can be. People go through tragedies and loss every day, but even when nothing is wrong, sometimes it’s hard. I know it’s hard for me. I don’t blame anyone for what I feel. I’m content with going on with life like a zombie, wondering what the big deal about it all is. Living. Seems kind of overrated, doesn’t it? But then I meet Mason and Calum—and the strangest part is, I think they like me. As in, really like me. And what’s even weirder is that I think I like them. It doesn’t matter, though. Soon enough they’ll get tired of me and they’ll leave. That’s what life is about, right? Disappointment. Mason and Calum seem intent to try to prove me wrong. I suppose I could let them, if I don’t push them away, first. *Sounds of Silence is a standalone ménage romance, and deals with some heavy topics like depression.*


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When all else fails, just keep breathing. It’s funny; no one ever warns you how hard life can be. People go through tragedies and loss every day, but even when nothing is wrong, sometimes it’s hard. I know it’s hard for me. I don’t blame anyone for what I feel. I’m content with going on with life like a zombie, wondering what the big deal about it all is. Living. Seems kin When all else fails, just keep breathing. It’s funny; no one ever warns you how hard life can be. People go through tragedies and loss every day, but even when nothing is wrong, sometimes it’s hard. I know it’s hard for me. I don’t blame anyone for what I feel. I’m content with going on with life like a zombie, wondering what the big deal about it all is. Living. Seems kind of overrated, doesn’t it? But then I meet Mason and Calum—and the strangest part is, I think they like me. As in, really like me. And what’s even weirder is that I think I like them. It doesn’t matter, though. Soon enough they’ll get tired of me and they’ll leave. That’s what life is about, right? Disappointment. Mason and Calum seem intent to try to prove me wrong. I suppose I could let them, if I don’t push them away, first. *Sounds of Silence is a standalone ménage romance, and deals with some heavy topics like depression.*

30 review for Sounds of Silence

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amara

    This was perfect. Not my usual brand of darkness I like to read... but it's dark in a different way. It's dark in the way depression is insidious and creeps up on you... stealing every bit of joy, making it hard to make decisions, complete and total apathy towards most everything, the hollowness that never wants to leave, that pessimistic, neurotic, and insecure thought process that works it's way in and becomes the norm. I felt it on every page. And then having people who won't give up. It's a t This was perfect. Not my usual brand of darkness I like to read... but it's dark in a different way. It's dark in the way depression is insidious and creeps up on you... stealing every bit of joy, making it hard to make decisions, complete and total apathy towards most everything, the hollowness that never wants to leave, that pessimistic, neurotic, and insecure thought process that works it's way in and becomes the norm. I felt it on every page. And then having people who won't give up. It's a total game changer. It can literally save lives. This book will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. Oh and it has a happy ending, and two sexy guys who won't let her forget her worth. I know it's a downer. But if you have ever felt it, you'll get this book. If you haven't and know someone who has... this is a look behind the curtain. Love it, love it, love it. I don't think I have ever read a book that so completely puts into words the way depression affects a person and controls every aspect of his or her life. I literally could feel Bree's apathy, isolation, hopelessness, pessimism, and anhedonia as I read the words. Even making small decisions is hard... like choosing what to wear or eat. Depression literally sucks the life out of you and Candace really hit the nail on the head. Absolutely phenomenal writing. Every person who deals with depression needs people in their lives like Mason, Calum, and even a sister like Michelle. Bree was so far in it that she couldn't see a way through. Mason meets her by chance and is drawn to her sadness, because he feels it too. Perhaps it's not as bad but he gets it. He wants to know more about her and the more he knows, the more he falls for her. Calum is the brother of her sister's boyfriend. Their meeting was a result of well meaning siblings trying to help. Bree has lost interest in everything. She feels hopeless and lost. She's literally suffocating under the weight of her depression. My heart literally goes out to her and those who feel that way. She can't choose between them so she would rather give them both up. In her mind she believes she isn't worth it and that everyone leaves anyway. The guys aren't having it. What a heartbreakingly relatable story, and one that ends with a HEA. I completely love this book. I highly recommend it. I would love to see a follow up story of their relationship after this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Getting a glimpse into depression was really eye-opening. Her guys helped bring her out of her shell. A good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaymie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm really let down on this book. It had such potential and blehhhh. Where is the information behind Bree's depression, what caused it, what brought it about. Where's the information about her family doing anything to help her. Mason and Calum are used as a crutch, her happiness is with/about them and only them. Depression is a horrible thing, but there is always something that's a factor. Bree has no friends since she was young she figured it best to eliminate them before they could hurt her by I'm really let down on this book. It had such potential and blehhhh. Where is the information behind Bree's depression, what caused it, what brought it about. Where's the information about her family doing anything to help her. Mason and Calum are used as a crutch, her happiness is with/about them and only them. Depression is a horrible thing, but there is always something that's a factor. Bree has no friends since she was young she figured it best to eliminate them before they could hurt her by pulling away "this is understandable it makes sense for someone with Depression" but why does she feel that way? Her Mother, Father, Sister are all there for her never left her or abandoned her. It never goes into why she feels this way. Back story is huge in this type of book. She thinks she's ugly and not worth anyone's time or attention " again I understand this, depression i get it" but why, where is the background behind this. Why does she feel this way? What is/was the cause? Depression has a cause. Somewhere along the way, something happened and bam depression. This book never gets into what the cause was. Which leaves it lacking in the ways that pull you in. How has her family not tried to step in and help her? "Apart from a double date" its so obvious to everyone in her home she's depressed, but what they don't care, tell her to put herself out there. That's it?????? No doctor visits, attempts at therapy. Nada nothing. The book goes into her family being a good family but... Noooooo their not if they are allowing their daughter to wither away and die. I'm not saying Depression is easy to see. But for how long she has been depressed to the point of a shut in, come on! Ok next part. Calum and Mason, So much wrong here, so much. I love a RH as much as the next gal but come on here. This just didn't do it. Calum- just broke up with his ex for cheating, within a month hes dating again and in a relationship with a girl who is dating another guy. What!!!! Ok insta love ill take it. Whatever. But wait he doesn't like her, she's not his type at all he doesn't want anything to do with her. But then he wants another date, no dialog no commentary just "I don't like her. Let's go on another date" even insta love needs some depth. Mason- stuck on himself, confused, super talkative, kinda nerdy. And a bunch more all rolled into a guy that falls in love with a pink haired girl. Ok got it, not knocking this one seems normal. He's jealous but keeps trying the whole book, but wait its OK lets share! Sharing is caring right? I guess he's your typical RH guy. But oh wait he takes Bree's V card and lasts a while minute. Not really what most people wanna read. Atleast in my eyes. Was the sex scenes even necessary? I feel like the book would have been better without them. They were unnecessary, rushed to have them even in the book and completely sad. This is a story about a girl with serious depression that falls in love with 2 guys. This should have been uplifting about how someone can overcome depression with love and support or something along those lines. But no this was a girl with depression, 2 dudes come along and bam she's better but oh yea at the very very end they have sex, just to show they physically love each other. I want to say so much more but I just can't bring myself to keep thinking about what a waste this book is. Every chapter I was hoping for more insight and it just never came. This book has no real life to it, its just a random unfulfilling story about a pink haired girl with depression who meets 2 guys and they all fall in some weird kind of love. I'm actually upset with myself for reading this book tell the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Nicole Nicole

    Had the pleasure of reading an arc.... Guys its fantastic not the usual Candace Wondrak thriller. Its unique and hooks you in from the beginning. A truly relatable standalone about a college student struggling with mental illness. This book made me laugh, cry, smile and cheer 5 stars Releases july 1st, 2020 books2read.com/soundsofsilence Had the pleasure of reading an arc.... Guys its fantastic not the usual Candace Wondrak thriller. Its unique and hooks you in from the beginning. A truly relatable standalone about a college student struggling with mental illness. This book made me laugh, cry, smile and cheer 5 stars Releases july 1st, 2020 books2read.com/soundsofsilence

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Vargas

    Sounds of Silence isn't like other books by author Candace Wondrak. While most of her work tiptoes on the darker side, this one is a lot different. There isn't violence, murder, killers, bullies, etc, but rather it deals with a common yet neglected issue : mental health - in this case, severe depression. I will give a small warning, my review will contain some trigger topics related to mental health, so please read with caution. Also, it's 3am where I live, so pardon me if there are grammar erro Sounds of Silence isn't like other books by author Candace Wondrak. While most of her work tiptoes on the darker side, this one is a lot different. There isn't violence, murder, killers, bullies, etc, but rather it deals with a common yet neglected issue : mental health - in this case, severe depression. I will give a small warning, my review will contain some trigger topics related to mental health, so please read with caution. Also, it's 3am where I live, so pardon me if there are grammar errors, but I had to write a review as soon as the book ended. Bree has a lot of issues, though from outside most people don't see it or ignore it. She is as depressed as one can be, trying so hard to keep going even if giving up seems like the better choice. I wouldn't call her a strong MC, but she is not weak either. Her resilience is shown even if her head is completely fucked up by her sickness. She is trapped in a loop of self-loathing created by her own mind, which is nothing less than a prison. But Bree tries, she tries to live for her family. I found myself highlighting a lot of Bree's quotes throughout the book, many of the things she thought - specially about herself - were things I though about myself plenty of times. It's very difficult explaining to others why we feel so sad, specially when we don't have a real reason to be. Bree's life was okay, her parents were good, her sister cared for her, and yet she hated herself more than anything in the world, and boy I could relate to that so much, my eyes threatened to tear up during my reading, which is not something that happens often in my case. The male characters were just perfect. Seriously. I love a bad boy just as much as the next person, but Calum and Mason were the exact opposite and I loved them for it. They were everything Bree needed and more. They were both good to her, both loving and caring. They wanted to see her smile more than anything else in the world, and it broke my heart that she felt like she didn't deserve it. The book had very little erotica, but it wasn't a bad thing. The author clearly had something to say, and maybe it would've taken the focus if smutty scenes were happening all the time. If I had a minor critic to the story, it was that Calum's arc felt bit rushed. He does not connect with Bree instantly, and unlike Mason, I felt as if he needed more time to develop. It wasn't something that put me off, honestly the story was still pretty good from start to finish. Perhaps I got a bit emotional while reading because I saw so much of myself in Bree, or maybe because unlike her, my own life hadn't found it's joy. At the end of the day some of us keep going, some of us unfortunately do not, and it sucks. It sucks that people with mental health issues feel as if they can't reach out for help. It sucks that we have to feel so alone, and that mental health is still taboo. Depression is a serious issue and by far one of the most frequent problems in mankind, a disease without a cure, and even in 2020 it's still ignored and neglected. Suffering from depression myself, I genuinely felt that the author captured this mental issue well. I'm going to end my review differently and not talking about the book itself, but rather by saying that if you - yes, you there, the person that's reading my review - also feel hopeless and that you don't matter... please believe that you do matter, and there ARE people out there to support you. We may not know each other and perhaps never will, but I - and many, many others - understand what you are going through. Know that you are not alone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Such an emotional story! There aren’t many books out there that I have read that focuses on mental health and depression. This one was done perfectly in my opinion. We all have moments in our life where we feel some degree of depression. We feel like we aren’t good enough, not deserving enough, not pretty enough, and the list goes on and on. I feel like everyone can relate to Bree on some level, at least I know I can. I can admit that I had a bout of depression in my younger years so to read abou Such an emotional story! There aren’t many books out there that I have read that focuses on mental health and depression. This one was done perfectly in my opinion. We all have moments in our life where we feel some degree of depression. We feel like we aren’t good enough, not deserving enough, not pretty enough, and the list goes on and on. I feel like everyone can relate to Bree on some level, at least I know I can. I can admit that I had a bout of depression in my younger years so to read about someone else struggling with it and the men in her life who are fighting to be what she needs was endearing to me. This wasn’t a story where the lead characters had to save the world, or where there was an evil villain who needed to be stopped. This was just a story about a girl who is trying to live her life while struggling with depression and the men who are determined to show her how much she is worth to them. It’s a beautiful story showcasing love. I loved every single word of it. I know some people were annoyed with Bree and her self depreciating view of herself but that was the whole point of this story. She is depressed and this story is showing how she manages her depression with the help of the people in her life. I could understand the annoyance if you are reading a book where the character isn’t supposed to be seen battling depression and supposed to be a strong character but that is not this book. I will shout it from the rooftops: THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS BOOK, BATTLING DEPRESSION 🗣 So guess what, that means you will be reading about a character who doesn’t see the value in herself for a majority of the story but you see her start to become more comfortable in her own skin. I loved how the author crafted this story between Bree and her 2 men. It was beautifully done and definitely puts a spotlight on something that most people tend to turn a blind eye to since it isn’t a “visible disease”. Mental health always seems to be something that others consider to be taboo or awkward to talk about but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Mental health is just as important as your physical health so if anyone out there reading this is struggling with depression, anxiety, etc, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are people out there who care, you just sometimes have to work harder to find those people but don’t lose hope. 🤗

  7. 4 out of 5

    BookmarkedbyKat

    2/5 ⭐️ • 1/5 🔥 I love everything I’ve read by this author so I had high expectations for this book and I was disappointed. I love that it hits on depression - and I feel like it detailed and described depression perfectly and in a way anyone who has ever suffered from depression can relate to. BUT the book was a tad boring and anticlimactic. It was bland in the sense of not enough information and not enough going on. Bree is a twenty year old virgin who has never even been kissed before. 🤨 Okay.. s 2/5 ⭐️ • 1/5 🔥 I love everything I’ve read by this author so I had high expectations for this book and I was disappointed. I love that it hits on depression - and I feel like it detailed and described depression perfectly and in a way anyone who has ever suffered from depression can relate to. BUT the book was a tad boring and anticlimactic. It was bland in the sense of not enough information and not enough going on. Bree is a twenty year old virgin who has never even been kissed before. 🤨 Okay.. she suffers from depression. WHAT brought on the depression? HOW is her family okay with her locking herself in her room every day and eating next to nothing? WHAT are they doing to help her? WHY aren’t they helping her? And wth is up with Bree’s dad? We need a back-story. The guys… ugh. Insta love. Mason sits next to Bree in class and instantly sees she’s sad and decides he needs to be the person to make her smile. Okay I can work with that. Callum is cheated on and goes on a blind date with Bree where her constantly thinks Bree isn’t his type and it’s the worst date ever but at the end of the date, completely out of left field, begs for a re-do? Huh? And for him to be okay with her seeing Mason too after JUST experiencing cheating? Yes, I know Bree wasn’t cheating, but how can he just be a-okay with everything after what he just went thru? The agreement too share was too easy for me. Mason and Callum… they are the only reason for Bree existing outside of herself and the confines of her bed. I felt like they were a crunch. Although the main characters are all between ages or 20-25 it almost felt like a book for preteens the way it was done. The sex scenes felt like they were thrown in just to have sec scenes included. Again, kind of out of nowhere. Weirdest ending ever. This was a flop for me, but definitely doesn’t change my decision to continue to support the author because I’ve read such great things from her too. This just didn’t do it for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Bree is a college student and she feels worthless and that nobody loves her and she has given upon life and is just going through the motions of every day life. She doesn’t no what she wants to major in at college and is just doing any course she wants. But then a chance meeting with Mason Who is in one of her classes at college and a blind date setup by her sister with Calum her life starts to change. Both the guys can see how sad she is and that she has no confidence in herself but there is som Bree is a college student and she feels worthless and that nobody loves her and she has given upon life and is just going through the motions of every day life. She doesn’t no what she wants to major in at college and is just doing any course she wants. But then a chance meeting with Mason Who is in one of her classes at college and a blind date setup by her sister with Calum her life starts to change. Both the guys can see how sad she is and that she has no confidence in herself but there is something about Bree that draws them to her and want to be with her but also to make her smile and laugh. Because of how Bree feels about herself she try’s to push both the guys away but they won’t let her because they are starting to have feelings for her. But will Bree let them into her heart. I loved this story you see Bree fight with her mental health off feeling different because she always she has no self worth so why would anyone want to be with her. But the guys can see her and they want to see her smile and laughter and show her that they love her. Candace wondrak you have done it again and I loved it the story you wrote a story that a lot off people can relate to with how Bree is feeling and how she see herself it is a very moving heartfelt story if I could give more than 5 stars I would.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Really good book I found this book hard to get into to start with but so glad I stuck it out and finished it. The reason I found it hard to start with was because of the depression the MC was dealing with i thought I wasn't really connecting with the MC but it was about halfway i realised I was struggling so much because I had fully immersed myself in the story I was feeling a lot of what she was feeling, now that's depressing and hence all those depressing feelings were kinda making me feel awfu Really good book I found this book hard to get into to start with but so glad I stuck it out and finished it. The reason I found it hard to start with was because of the depression the MC was dealing with i thought I wasn't really connecting with the MC but it was about halfway i realised I was struggling so much because I had fully immersed myself in the story I was feeling a lot of what she was feeling, now that's depressing and hence all those depressing feelings were kinda making me feel awful that I thought I possibly couldn't continue with the book. Once I realised this it made me appreciate the MC and author so much for making a reader really feel it all. (Should probably apologise to my work mates and family for my mood while reading this book) I would also like to say I really appreciated that the MC never really had a reason for being the way she was, she never suffered anything traumatic, or had abusive parents or had a bad break up or anything like that it was just how her brain was wired. I think we need more books like that where you really don't need a reason to have depression and no one can really tell you "you have no reason to be depressed "

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Hopson

    GRAB THE TISSUES 💔😨🙊 I read all the posts about how this book was different and how it varied and I watched and I waited for it to release because I couldn't wait to read just by how you described Bree. Bree was so heart breaking. 💔💔 You could not help but fall in love and pray that she kept going, pray that she kept trying. That she gave Calum and Mason a chance. I sat up til late in the morning finishing this books on pins and needles praying these men would not destroy a very fragile women. Ne GRAB THE TISSUES 💔😨🙊 I read all the posts about how this book was different and how it varied and I watched and I waited for it to release because I couldn't wait to read just by how you described Bree. Bree was so heart breaking. 💔💔 You could not help but fall in love and pray that she kept going, pray that she kept trying. That she gave Calum and Mason a chance. I sat up til late in the morning finishing this books on pins and needles praying these men would not destroy a very fragile women. Never expecting the happy ending you gave us. This was one of the most emotion filled and raw books I've read in a long time!! And I freaking loved every page of your beautiful words. No matter what genre you are writing you are amazing ma'am!! I have struggled hard with depression the past couple years so this also touched close to home. Thank you for writing this!! Depression is one of the hardest thing a person can deal with! Sometimes you are your own worst enemy! If you have not read this book I beg you to check it out it was AMAZING!!♥️♥️♥️

  11. 5 out of 5

    jade

    An relatable story that will leave you emotional This book wrecked me then built me up again like a jigsaw puzzle. I have read a lot of books before where the main character suffers through depression and self-depreciation but they always had backstories of why they ended up that way. But with this book, it’s very different. Like Bree, she didn’t undergo any trauma and any person from the outside would question why she would feel ‘sad’ about her life when she had it better than others with a lovi An relatable story that will leave you emotional This book wrecked me then built me up again like a jigsaw puzzle. I have read a lot of books before where the main character suffers through depression and self-depreciation but they always had backstories of why they ended up that way. But with this book, it’s very different. Like Bree, she didn’t undergo any trauma and any person from the outside would question why she would feel ‘sad’ about her life when she had it better than others with a loving family and a comfortable situation—which I relate to so much. It was nice to see how different the two guys involved in this story are—one’s attraction was almost like an instalove situation while the other is the complete opposite. I felt happy that in the end, Bree and her guys reached an HEA, though I would’ve really loved to read more about their future. Guess i’ll have to leave that to my imagination ♡

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bugler

    Wow floored by this. I could not put this down. This book is so real in its description of feelings. Bree is suffering in silence not one of her own making like people think but by the depression wrapping its thick chains around her. Bree is not your typical fmc whos had a hard life and comes out kicking and tougher than ever. She is the fmc you can see in yourself on the days thay we have all had where life is just too hard to get out of bed. Depression is a harsh reality sometimes and this book Wow floored by this. I could not put this down. This book is so real in its description of feelings. Bree is suffering in silence not one of her own making like people think but by the depression wrapping its thick chains around her. Bree is not your typical fmc whos had a hard life and comes out kicking and tougher than ever. She is the fmc you can see in yourself on the days thay we have all had where life is just too hard to get out of bed. Depression is a harsh reality sometimes and this book does it justice. This was not your typical read but it is one that is definately worth the read. This is a book i can read over and over and will touch me each time. Well done on such a truthful story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Jamerson

    Thank you for showing people aren't all perfect. So many people don't understand depression. This book felt like it was written about me. You can't help the way your mind doesn't work properly. You'll never quite be right. It's such a hard thing to describe, and most people just don't want to deal with you. They do leave. They get tired of the fact you can't always function properly and they leave. Thank you Candace for writing this book. It isn't what you normally write, but it helps bring awar Thank you for showing people aren't all perfect. So many people don't understand depression. This book felt like it was written about me. You can't help the way your mind doesn't work properly. You'll never quite be right. It's such a hard thing to describe, and most people just don't want to deal with you. They do leave. They get tired of the fact you can't always function properly and they leave. Thank you Candace for writing this book. It isn't what you normally write, but it helps bring awareness. Hopefully people will understand a little more. And I'm glad Bree got her HEA, but that isn't the way the normal world works. I hope people see how hard it is for people with depression and just show a little understanding.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shyann

    Just not for me Beginning of this book is slow. At 13% into the book I don't see myself finishing it. The first three chapters don't make for an interesting start. And honestly I'm not happy about Calums comment about women that are overweight (an overweight ogre, really?) The FMC is not overweight, thankfully or I guess this would have been a different story huh? But in my opinion it's highly offensive to any readers that are defined as 'overweight'. And rather men and women have types they're a Just not for me Beginning of this book is slow. At 13% into the book I don't see myself finishing it. The first three chapters don't make for an interesting start. And honestly I'm not happy about Calums comment about women that are overweight (an overweight ogre, really?) The FMC is not overweight, thankfully or I guess this would have been a different story huh? But in my opinion it's highly offensive to any readers that are defined as 'overweight'. And rather men and women have types they're attracted to, can't we normalize people stepping out of their comfort zones and possibly meeting someone unexpected? Sorry mini rant over now. Update: after finishing that chapter and the following, I couldn't finish the book. It's probably just me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    I loved, loved, loved this book. Not everyone understands that you don’t have to have some major thing happen in your life to have depression. I loved how Candace showed that here. People don’t understand that something very small to them can seem so big to someone with depression or any mental illness. It’s a never ending cycle with depression and no matter how good someone seems to have it doesn’t mean there isn't something deeper going on. Although I would have liked a bit more of the story, I loved, loved, loved this book. Not everyone understands that you don’t have to have some major thing happen in your life to have depression. I loved how Candace showed that here. People don’t understand that something very small to them can seem so big to someone with depression or any mental illness. It’s a never ending cycle with depression and no matter how good someone seems to have it doesn’t mean there isn't something deeper going on. Although I would have liked a bit more of the story, I loved the book. This was my first book by this author and I hope to read more by her soon. I don’t want to spoil the book and go into too much of it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    All the feels This book was not what I was expecting from the queen of darkness but I loved It all the same. It was sweet and heartfelt. Anyone who has struggled with depression knows how hard it is to go through normal every day things let alone life altering one's. When Bree struggles through her life, not feeling like she deserves to be happy, two guys pop in and and show her just how wrong she is. I loved this! It gave me all the feels and a little hope to never give up on yourself. All the feels This book was not what I was expecting from the queen of darkness but I loved It all the same. It was sweet and heartfelt. Anyone who has struggled with depression knows how hard it is to go through normal every day things let alone life altering one's. When Bree struggles through her life, not feeling like she deserves to be happy, two guys pop in and and show her just how wrong she is. I loved this! It gave me all the feels and a little hope to never give up on yourself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tinaj Johnson

    Thank you! Thank you from an individual that deals with depression and anxiety. Thank you from a Mom who’s 19 year old daughter deals with depression and anxiety. Books like this one brings much needed awareness to mental health issues. Many people don’t think they have depression because they have not suffered a traumatic experience but you can. Thank you for showing that with the right help and support a person with depression and anxiety can be happy and live a successful life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Sweet, relatable story This is a book that needed to be written. Its not full of angst, abuse, big plot twists, and love triangles. Its just the story of a girl who has decided life is pointless, and just existing, until someone (or someones) take an interest in her and help her realize life can be fun. Beautifully written, with a little easter egg for those of us who are fans of ALL of Candace's work, but unlike most of her other stories. This is a quick read that shows a real life girl falling Sweet, relatable story This is a book that needed to be written. Its not full of angst, abuse, big plot twists, and love triangles. Its just the story of a girl who has decided life is pointless, and just existing, until someone (or someones) take an interest in her and help her realize life can be fun. Beautifully written, with a little easter egg for those of us who are fans of ALL of Candace's work, but unlike most of her other stories. This is a quick read that shows a real life girl falling in love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    S D W

    Why a 4 star? Small spoilers... This is a wonderful book to read because of the topic covered. Honestly, it would have received a 5 star if not for two things. First, about eighty percent into the book, there's an abruptness that takes away from the flow of the book. It feels like we didn't get to see part of the story. Second, the ending was weird. Seriously... and right after is the author's note. Without a page or chapter change. The end of the book flows into the note. Will I read this author Why a 4 star? Small spoilers... This is a wonderful book to read because of the topic covered. Honestly, it would have received a 5 star if not for two things. First, about eighty percent into the book, there's an abruptness that takes away from the flow of the book. It feels like we didn't get to see part of the story. Second, the ending was weird. Seriously... and right after is the author's note. Without a page or chapter change. The end of the book flows into the note. Will I read this author again? Probably. Do I recommend this book? Yes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Gunter

    Loved it! I absolutely love this story! Depression is always hidden like it's something to be ashamed of and I love that Candace wrote this book with it being the main issue. Yes, there is romance and a little sexy times. But just head on addressing depression is amazing, as someone who struggles with it myself. It is definitely explained well and with enough sensitivity that it wouldn't be offensive to others. Absolutely love this book! Loved it! I absolutely love this story! Depression is always hidden like it's something to be ashamed of and I love that Candace wrote this book with it being the main issue. Yes, there is romance and a little sexy times. But just head on addressing depression is amazing, as someone who struggles with it myself. It is definitely explained well and with enough sensitivity that it wouldn't be offensive to others. Absolutely love this book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Mullens

    Beautiful story The way Candace captures the thought process of someone so deeply depressed is amazing. Thank you for showing you don’t always have to been exposed to trauma to experience depression. You can have a great family and appear to have a great life and still be suffering. I love that Bree found her people that could provide her the support she needed to understand it’s ok to be depressed and there are things that can help lessen that burden.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michaella Dieter

    Another awesome read The very start of this book drew me in immediately. I resonate very strongly with Bree, and could relate so much to her story. Candace writes beautifully, which has resulted in a book with all the feels, that I had trouble putting down. I can never recommend Candace's books enough, she is an incredibly talented author. ❤ Another awesome read The very start of this book drew me in immediately. I resonate very strongly with Bree, and could relate so much to her story. Candace writes beautifully, which has resulted in a book with all the feels, that I had trouble putting down. I can never recommend Candace's books enough, she is an incredibly talented author. ❤

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon King

    An alright read 3.5 stars I struggled with this one, I couldn't connect with Bree but I loved Mason and Calum and how they didn't give up on her. I felt like I was simply being told a story rather than being pulled in and feeling like I was living amongst the characters. Mason was hilarious with his constant rambling lol. An alright read 3.5 stars I struggled with this one, I couldn't connect with Bree but I loved Mason and Calum and how they didn't give up on her. I felt like I was simply being told a story rather than being pulled in and feeling like I was living amongst the characters. Mason was hilarious with his constant rambling lol.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I loved this book. The blurb is right on in describing the book. This story gives you an inside look at what someone with depression might think and act like. This is a multiple pov book so you also get to read about what the guys think too. This was a sweet slow burn romance. I wouldn't mind a novella or another full book with these characters. Mason was especially funny and easy to love. I loved this book. The blurb is right on in describing the book. This story gives you an inside look at what someone with depression might think and act like. This is a multiple pov book so you also get to read about what the guys think too. This was a sweet slow burn romance. I wouldn't mind a novella or another full book with these characters. Mason was especially funny and easy to love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacquie Stewart

    Well written While it took me a while to warm up to the story, it was well written. Depression is a strange beast and it makes relationships complicated. Bree's parents really bugged me and I think that was the point because plenty of people don't understand that depression isn't always triggered by trauma, it is just the brain works differently for some Well written While it took me a while to warm up to the story, it was well written. Depression is a strange beast and it makes relationships complicated. Bree's parents really bugged me and I think that was the point because plenty of people don't understand that depression isn't always triggered by trauma, it is just the brain works differently for some

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Douglas

    Worth reading Although this book doesn’t have the intricate plot lines it was still worth reading. I recommend this to people who want a nice quick read with a HEA. I love that it is a why choose romance. Also that the girl has no reason for her depression because that really does happen to some people.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danyelle Williams

    She is and was worth it This book was not like anything I have read before. The author did a fantastic job of putting you in the mind of the MC. You really felt her sadness and depression as she went through life. I don't think I've ever rooted for two men so much. I really just wanted her to get a little piece of happiness for herself and see that she was loved and valued. She is and was worth it This book was not like anything I have read before. The author did a fantastic job of putting you in the mind of the MC. You really felt her sadness and depression as she went through life. I don't think I've ever rooted for two men so much. I really just wanted her to get a little piece of happiness for herself and see that she was loved and valued.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    A book this special needs to be shared! I thoroughly enjoyed my read of this book perhaps a bit too much! The characters, especially Bree, were so human and so real every page flew by as if I just needed to know what happened next in their story. My heart is so full and I’m glad I picked this book up, top book of the year for me!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Biegun

    Tough and true love This book was nothing like the other book I read by her. It was a hard, slightly heartbreaking tale about a girl who had a seemingly normal life with a bout of depression. No traumatizing story to cause it, just a chemical imbalance, a young woman fighting to be happy. It was a great story and I couldn’t put it down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lulu Ford

    Beautiful Bree is so beautiful and it breaks my heart how she doesn't see what everyone else does. I love this story and the characters in it. Not one is nasty or malicious. Fantastic read. Beautiful Bree is so beautiful and it breaks my heart how she doesn't see what everyone else does. I love this story and the characters in it. Not one is nasty or malicious. Fantastic read.

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