I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
“I could see it in his eyes—he wanted to be the prince who rode up on his horse and saved the day. But I was no princess, and my Prince Charming had come and gone. I couldn’t survive losing another to dragon’s fire. Or to my own poisonous touch.”
Reeling from a traumatic and heart-shattering night, Scarlett Rossi escapes back to her hometown, a place that never changes, though nothing about her is the same. The new Scar is fierce. Untouchable. And resolved to bury the twisted nightmares of that horrible night… the night when everything was stolen from her… the night that divided her life into two: before him, and after.
When do-gooder Vance Holloway makes it his personal mission to cheer up the new girl at work, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Scarlett’s tough shell and spicy attitude doesn’t fool him. He knows deep down, that sweet, innocent smile still exists, and he’ll stop at nothing to prove it. Patience, persistence, and a little ice cream pay off. Slowly they become friends. Then best friends. Then more. Only one problem: he was never supposed to fall in love.
So begins an explosive tryst of pull and resistance, between one worthy white knight, and the damsel who doesn’t want to be saved. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak, but can their friendship survive a compromise?
If Vance is so determined to break down these walls, he’ll have to learn—just as she did—that when it comes to things like trust and love, there are always consequences.
Because the last man that she loved swore to protect her, then paid with his life. And took with him a piece of her soul.
Now Scarlett must decide if true strength means guarding her heart, or surrendering to it once more. One final secret remains: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood?
An emotional journey of mystery, redemption, and epic romance. Complete stand alone with 250K words. Recommended for mature readers due to some heavy material.
We meet Scarlett at a party. Cherubic and as innocent as she looks. When she’s bullied by a girl, an angel named Gabriel steps in and saves the day. The next time we see Scarlett, she goes by Scar, dyed her once blonde hair black and she has a major chip on her shoulder. And she cannot stand her lead at work named Vance. Vance is goofy and simply wants to see her smile. Only problem is, Scarlett doesn’t want to smile. She doesn’t want to feel, she barely wants to exist. And this begins the story of Scarlett and Vance.
I’ll be honest, Vance is unlike most romantic leads. He’s sweet and funny and listens and lets Scarlett come to her own conclusions. He’s confident in himself as a man and doesn’t need to be alpha of anything. It’s refreshing to see a romantic male lead being like that. Scarlett doesn’t know her butt from a hole in the ground most days. Only thing she knows is that she’s too messed up for him and she’ll hurt him. And she was right on target with that one. At least from my opinion. I will say throughout most of the book, I wasn’t a fan of hers. I wanted to tell her to get over herself so many freaking times, and tell Vance to find someone worth his time. To be honest it wasn’t until the end that it all came full circle and I got a better understanding of her and her despondency. I still liked Vance so much more, but by the end I was rooting for them to end up together.
Ms. Jean writes a very detailed world both in the present time and in the memories of Scarlett. And I like how she lets just enough through so that when all is out on the table, it shows you just how much Scarlett refused to acknowledge the truthful events of that one Valentine’s Day night. The book was a little long for me, but that’s a matter of personal taste. Overall it was an interesting read. So the question begs to be asked. Would I recommend this book? Yeah, for those who like a plot twist and mild sexual scenes. There wasn’t sex in this book, though there was a little bit of fooling around. And I would warn those who didn’t like the discussion of God that toward the end, there is discussion of God, but I didn’t find it preachy.
About the Author
I am blessed with a husband that makes me laugh every single day. I enjoy early evening walks with our Aussie, Delilah, and find beauty in music and books. Some may call me the quiet one at first, but until you know I love heart-to-heart convo’s, dancing like a fool, and riding the merry-go-round, you don’t know ME