Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Second Chances #1
Katy Spencer’s life fell apart two years ago. Since then, she’s closed herself off. She’s a shell of the person she used to be. The only person she trusts is her best friend Rollo, but even he can’t keep the nightmares away. Then she meets Jared. He’s the first man she’s been around since the event that she’s not afraid of. He makes her heart race, not in fear, but in a fluttering that could become something meaningful.
Jared can tell that Katy is broken. He sees something in her eyes that he’s often seen reflected in his own.
Jared is determined to get to know her.
He wants to solve the mystery of Katy Spencer.
He will… unravel her.
Unraveling is one of those books that really sticks with you. Micalea Smeltzer has written something so raw and genuine that you can’t help but find yourself consumed by the story. Jared and Katy have both experienced traumatic childhoods that left them feeling broken and unworthy of love, but from the moment they met their worlds changed. The connection between Katy and Jared was undeniable. There’s a spark that immediately touched my heart and guaranteed my full investment in this unique couple. Their connection felt deep and unshakeable. Even though they both had some healing to do, the possibility of their future together brought light and a feeling of optimism to Unraveling. Katy and Jared must work through their own demons, while navigating their growing feelings for one another, giving their story an additional complexity that made Unraveling simply mesmerizing. Micalea Smeltzer has captured the emotional impact of both characters’ personal journeys, making me feel each heartbreaking moment of this story as if it were my own.
“You can’t lose yourself if you’ve never even found yourself.”
One of my favorite things about Micalea Smeltzer is the depth with which she crafts her characters. Jared and Katy were carefully developed, their personalities, fears, imperfections, and dreams meticulously selected to create unforgettable and surprisingly relatable characters. I loved how Micalea unraveled Jared as the story progressed. His initial carefree and positive demeanor gave way to the scarred and deeply hurt man underneath, leaving me in complete awe of Jared’s complexity and unexpected vulnerability. On the other hand, Katy wore her pain in an obvious way. She was defeated and clearly haunted, unable to fight back against the things that had hurt her. I hated seeing her struggle, so totally lost in the darkness and unable to find the strength to move on with her life. As we got to hear more of Katy’s story, my frustration for her turned to understanding and I quickly found myself connecting with this character in a significant way. Micalea Smeltzer obviously put some serious emotion into this character, writing Katy with her whole heart and soul, and resulting in a character transformation that was nothing short of beautiful.
“Your scars are my scars. Your pain is my pain. But together we can heal eachother because love can heal anything.”
I absolutely adored the storyline of Unraveling. Micalea Smeltzer deals with some difficult topics and does so with sensitivity, ferocity, and hope. The exquisite writing captured me from the beginning, encouraging an emotional vulnerability that allowed me to let go and just feel this story. While the major issues in Unraveling were dark and painful, the budding romance gave Jared and Katy’s story a lightness that balanced the overall tone of the novel. The secondary characters brought further relief and I easily found myself fascinated by Karlie, Holden, Rollo, and Piper. Their relationships with Katy and Jared revealed so much about the main characters, giving them dimensionality and the story a sense of completeness. There were a few chapters that felt unnecessary, not really adding to the development of the plot or growth of the characters, but aside from these pacing issues, I thoroughly enjoyed the events of this novel and the direction in which Micalea took this couple’s journey. Unraveling is a poignant and heartfelt novel of love, acceptance, and moving forward that is absolutely worth reading. Micalea Smeltzer will make you laugh, make you love, and make you feel with this stunning story.
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Don’t miss the other novel in the Second Chances series:
Undeniable (Second Chances #2)
Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.