The Smile Has Left Your Eyes by Danielle N. Dawsen

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Trigger warnings: homophobia, homophobic slurs, physical abuse, violence, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, suicide attempts, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, explicit language.

“We’ve been best friends for fourteen years. Did you really think I wouldn’t notice? I can see it… in your eyes. Your smile never reaches your eyes.”
When Aspen Ace falls, he falls hard. It’s a gradual descent that happens so naturally, Aspen doesn’t even recognize anything’s changed until he’s already neck-deep in an unrequited love for his best friend, Rafe Alvarez.
Nervous and insecure, Aspen brings this new revelation to the person he trusts most—his older brother, Alex. He doesn’t expect to be met with unconditional acceptance, but the reaction he receives is nightmare fodder. Regret barely scratches the surface of Aspen’s emotions when his brother decides to blackmail him, but with no other option, Aspen learns to survive. Aspen can deal with the abuse as long as Alex keeps his sexuality a secret. He’ll just wait it out. Aspen will graduate high school with a baseball scholarship and get the hell out of his conservative hometown… if he can endure. But he can’t, and Aspen’s suddenly fighting not only his brother, but the all-consuming monster in his head.

  • File Name:the-smile-has-left-your-eyes-by-danielle-n-dawsen.epub
  • Original Title:The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
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  • Language:en
  • Identifier:MOBI-ASIN:B09NYG4181
  • Publisher:anonymous
  • Date:2022-01-10T16:00:00+00:00
  • File Size:1.083 MB

Table of Content

  • 1. 1. Aspen
  • 2. 2. Aspen
  • 3. 3. Aspen
  • 4. 4. Aspen
  • 5. 5. Aspen
  • 6. 6. Aspen
  • 7. 7. Aspen
  • 8. 8. Aspen
  • 9. 9. Aspen
  • 10. 10. Aspen
  • 11. 11. Rafe
  • 12. 12. Rafe
  • 13. 13. Rafe
  • 14. 14. Aspen
  • 15. 15. Aspen
  • 16. 16. Rafe
  • 17. 17. Rafe
  • 18. 18. Rafe
  • 19. 19. Aspen
  • 20. 20. Aspen
  • 21. 21. Aspen
  • 22. 22. Aspen
  • 23. 23. Aspen
  • 24. 24. Aspen
  • 25. 25. Aspen
  • 26. 26. Aspen
  • 27. 27. Rafe
  • 28. 28. Aspen
  • 29. 29. Aspen
  • 30. 30. Aspen
  • 31. 31. Aspen
  • 32. 32. Aspen
  • 33. 33. Aspen
  • 34. 34. Aspen
  • 35. 35. Aspen
  • 36. 36. Aspen
  • 37. 37. Rafe
  • 38. 38. Rafe
  • 39. 39. Rafe
  • 40. Epilogue - Aspen
  • 41. Acknowledgments
  • 42. About The Author

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Ellie Mae
Ellie Mae

I feel like this story could've been amazing, but just missed the mark. It's a very painful read and the author handled the subjects of self-harm, depression and suicide competently and compassionately, but I felt like it jumped around and missed some of Rafe's POV that would've brought it to life. Maybe she struggled to hold the depression thread and baseball thread at the same time? Also, it's like G-rated with its lack of sex scenes, when it shouldn't be based on the adult nature of the story.

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