Series: Scarlet Scars #2
Published by Self Published on 2/6/17
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Suspense
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Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.
Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she's not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know--the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.
But fairy tales aren't real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can't slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she's forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But lucky for Morgan, there's a white knight in combat boots out there that isn't afraid of monsters.
You see, it's impossible to be afraid of something you face every day in the mirror.
I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I loved this duet so much, I don’t think there are even words to describe what I’m feeling right now. I’m mad I finished it already, to be honest. As dark and dirty and deplorable as this storyline was, I want to go back and read it all over again for the first time. I’m obsessed. Menace floored me with how much I loved it, and this sequel not only lived up to every hopeful expectation I had, it completely surpassed it. I’m dumbstruck.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
I just… I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I loved this duet so much, I don’t think there are even words to describe what I’m feeling right now. I’m mad I finished it already, to be honest. As dark and dirty and deplorable as this storyline was, I want to go back and read it all over again for the first time. I’m obsessed. Menace floored me with how much I loved it, and this sequel not only lived up to every hopeful expectation I had, it completely surpassed it. I’m dumbstruck. I’m not even sure how to write a proper review because I just want to scream ‘OMG, OMG, OMG, IT’S SO FANTASTIC.’
Lorenzo Gambini is not a character you’re supposed to fall in love with. He’s the guy you should be afraid of. He’s the guy that won’t hesitate to shoot you in the face for knocking on his door. He’s a guy who carries oranges and grenades around in his pockets, for God’s sake. He’s the anti-hero. He’s a loose cannon. He’s unpredictable and ruthless and he’s not a character who you’d expect to even find in a romance novel because there’s nothing romantic, or sweet, or emotional about him. And yet here he is. And here I am. In love with this scarred man who will do anything within his power, no matter how dangerous or terrifying or insane, to help a woman get her life back. He’s a character I simply can not get enough of.
What JM Darhower does with Grievous is phenomenal. Addictive, intense, unforgettable… It’s just phenomenal. This story is so smart. It’s the perfect blend of suspense, sensuality, well-timed humor, and gut-wrenching terror. I was brought to tears with how tortuous it is. Believe the warning. This story is brutal. What these characters are put through, both physically and emotionally, pushes the limits of even the most desensitized reader. The events in this book had me white-knuckling my kindle, had my stomach in knots, had me hungrily turning the pages in both anticipation and dread of what would happen next. Everything about this book is unpredictable. From the suspenseful brushes with death to the undeniable romance, nothing is certain. Nothing.
I’m kind of… ok, ridiculously… obsessed with this author’s books and Menace and Grievous just landed up there as two of my all-time JM Darhower favorites. Everything from the character development to the dialogue to the heart-stopping plot is just PERFECTION. I couldn’t put this book down, couldn’t stop thinking about it. I read half the book before falling asleep and I swear, I dreamt about this story. I woke up so anxious to get back in and finish it, to see where Darhower would take these characters. I wasn’t sure how any of them could possibly make it out of this war unscathed. But more, I had no idea where this story was headed on a romantic level. Lorenzo is the ultimate reluctant hero and Morgan is so tormented by what she’s lost, falling in love is the last thing either wants or expects. Yet their chemistry is this invisible, palpable thing offering up tiny glimmers of hope where there would otherwise be none. Ultimately, JM Darhower simply did what JM Darhower does, delivering a dark, dangerous, consuming crime romance that is nothing short of brilliant.
About the Author
JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal). She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction. You can find her there.