First of all… I have to say that I grew up reading traditional romances, but I have fallen in love with the New Adult genre. My reason is that I tend to like a little nitty gritty thrown in with my romance. I enjoy stories that impart an aspect of psychological angst and shows that love can come to even the most difficult people, or from the most difficult situations. This brings me to my review of Scarred Love.
Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she’s feared for all those years.
Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.
Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she’s fighting with something she isn’t prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.
From the first page, I knew I was in for it. I pulled out the snuggie, ordered a pizza and put my phone on vibrate. You are instantly pulled into the darkness of Darcie’s experience, and pray that it doesn’t get any worse.
My thoughts on Darcie: I like that her character was balanced. She was haunted by the trauma of her past, but knew that they didn’t hinder happiness in the future. She was tough, but you were able to see her softer side through her thoughts. She seemed to be her very own Dr. Phil.
My Thoughts on Reggie: Yay!!!! Yes!! Thank you!
He saved Darcie’s life. He took her in and made her part of his family. He maintained his level of maturity as the adult in the situation when he recognized his feelings for her had changed. I’m not going to spoil the book, but yes Reggie is a true HERO.
M.S. Branson was able to take a few very touchy issues and turn it into a story you could digest. Was there a big age difference between Darcie and Reggie? Yes, but it happens everyday to people in less living proximity. Love doesn’t have a standard, or a specific audience that it caters too. Somehow Scarred Love shows us the parts of life we choose to disregard, but can’t be denied.
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