Sunday, February 21, 2016

Review: The Scars of Us By Nikki Sparxx

Publication Date: 2/9/2014
Series: The Scars of Us #1
Rating: 4 Stars


Official Blurb:

Kaiya Marlow has always been cautious, precise in every decision she makes. When her dark past threatens to resurface, she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym.

Her instructor, Ryker Campbell, is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya attempts to resist Ryker's advances, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him.

Ryker's view on relationships is simple: strictly sex, nothing more. Haunted by demons from his past, he never allows himself to become attached to any woman. No attachment means no weakness, no vulnerability, no pain. He doesn't realize that his whole world is about to be turned upside down when Kaiya enters his self-defense class. Determined to have her, at least for one night, Ryker sets a plan into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Will love be able to heal their scars, or are they too deep to overcome? 

What do you do when someone just as scarred as you walks into your life? Do you hide behind your own problems or do you let someone who understands likely more than anyone else in? 

The Scars of Us follows two very deeply mistrusting and fearful characters.  Their pasts in two very distinctive ways have shaped their lives forever. While Kaiya hides away from the world and only lets those in who play by her rules, Ryker doesn’t let anyone get close enough to hurt him.  Both of these tragic characters broke me in ways that I don’t even think I could describe. I had trepidations about reading this book because Ky’s situation rang a little too close to home for a friend in my life.   I struggled as I read her past and relieved the many nights that I comforted my friend who faced similar nightmares.  Even has her demons plagued her life, Ky and my friend learned to trust again and let the right person into their life. 

Ryker, on the other hand, faced a completely different form of betrayal and mistrust.  His story seems as if the headlines were ripped right out of a new article.   His determination to protect his heart is somewhat of a modern marvel, but its when someone as vulnerable as him trips into this life that he knows it’s time to fix the past to live through for the future.  Of course, his stubborn arrogance and alpha male tendencies put him into some tricky situations with Ky, but that only adds to the depth of this story. 

Sparxx hits all the right marks for me in this book.  She tackled a very difficult subject and brought to light the horrors that some children face in this world.  Abuse isn’t an easy thing to read about and Sparxx lays it all out for readers.  The Scars of Us is heartbreaking yet daringly brave read that will leave readers hearts shattered and eyes completely cried out.  

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