Thursday, March 5, 2015

#114 : Scarred by Marie Long : A Review


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BOOK TITLE: Scarred
ISBN: 9780986301902        
AUTHOR: Marie Long
GENRE: Fiction – Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 313     
FORMAT: Paperback
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #1
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: ARC in exchange for an honest review by the writer via NjKinny Book tours. Thanks Nikita & Marie.
SUMMARY: Sometimes, love comes with a price…

The past is always gonna try and bring you down, but you gotta fight. Fight hard for what you love. Fight to win is what twenty-two-year-old Dominick Anderson believes, but his life is a struggle. Growing up with an abusive father has made Dominick slow to love and trust, and he relies on his brother Kevin to keep him on a straight path. Dominick fights his demons every day, every night. Now a sophomore at the University of Washington and working a steady job at a mechanic’s shop, Dominick wants to create a better life and find the future his father never wanted him to have.

Dominick suppresses his identity and feelings until he meets Denise Ramsey. Smart, stunningly gorgeous, and sharing his love for motorcycles, Denise is everything Dominick longs for in a girl but knows he can never have. When a past love threatens her life and brings out Dominick’s suppressed dark side, he must decide if she’s worth the risk.
REVIEW:        
The book synopsis didn’t exactly jump out for me. It was just another routine from this genre, but I didn’t want to write off the book for some reason. I’m glad I didn’t. The story line is pretty much conforms to that of the summary, except that “demons” and Dom’s “past” are elaborated (of which I am not going to mention for it will be a major spoiler)
Characterisation: Simple and Neat
The characterisation was simple and neat. Writers normally tend to get carried while writing a story that has a heavy storyline in terms of emotions making their character all complex and dark. Thankfully again, this writer did no such thing. All the characters were in check with their emotions. Chivalrous men are such a turn on. Dom was such a gentleman all throughout in spite of Denise being such a strong character. I felt Denise’s character was a bit rough and could have used much more emphasis.
Storyline: Sturdy and Clean
The story line was simple, clean and had all the right ingredients such as romance, drama and action in the right amount to make sure the reader isn’t bored. In fact, I wanted to finish of the story in one go just to know what Dom’s haunting past was.
Writing and other essentials
The writing was simple and focused. There was enough proper “good old romance” and there was enough “new age romance” too. A perfect balance between them I’d say. The writer beautifully tied all the loose threads that she initially left hanging. In spite of many pluses in the form of good characterisation and a neat story, the book lacked something for me. I felt the emotions could have been a bit deeper, with the exception of the Frank and Dom thread of the story. 
The writer obviously has a potential to create magic, maybe she needs a push.
VERDICT: A good story backed by good characterisation. Just lacks that magic!

RATING: 3 on 5


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for giving this book a chance, and for your great, detailed review. And many thanks for featuring this book on your blog! :)

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    1. Welcome Marie :-D Enjoyed reading your book! All the best with the next book :)

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  2. Thanks for participating in the tour. :)
    Loved your review...I am eager to read the next book in the series :)

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    1. Welcome Nikita! Glad you loved my review! I'm waiting for the next book too :)

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