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Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2) by J.M. Darhower

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Scarlet Scars Duet #2
J.M. Darhower
Fiction, Dark Romance
February 6th 2017


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 they call 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 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 see every day in the mirror.

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ARIANNA’s review

“Maybe we’re all crazy. Maybe the trick in life is just to find someone whose crazy plays well with your own.”

Once again, J.M. Darhower managed to amaze me with her talent! I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I adored this story. I absolutely loved every single aspect of it, ‘Grievous’ being without a doubt one of the best (in every way) conclusion I’ve read so far. Lorenzo and Morgan ‘Scarlet’ ’s story was amazingly written, so addictive and original, so…perfect. If you’ve read and loved ‘Menace’, the first installment in the series, I guarantee that you will love this second installment even more. It was that good!

 “She wants the fairy tale with the happy ending. All I have are bullet holes in a house with no soul.”

Morgan desperately tries to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her. She wants to find HER. She NEEDS to find HER. She knows how lucky she is that a powerful man like Lorenzo wants to help her. And Lorenzo? He’s ready to do anything for this woman who makes him…FEEL so much and he will do ANYTHING to help her find HER. He tries to fix…things for Morgan, he tries to make everything better for her. Morgan begins realizing that Lorenzo is far from being the monster everyone thinks he is.

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddman toxic every touch is just too much.”

I f@cking loved this story! Every aspect of the story was more than well done…everything was flawless.  J.M. Darhower managed AGAIN to blow my mind! As I mentioned, this second installment was gripping, but what I didn’t tell you is that it was even more gripping than the first. The multitude of twists and turns, the way that the action was perfectly blended with the suspense and steam made this the perfect conclusion to the duet. Everything I mentioned above held me at the edge of my seat and every single dark and gritty aspect of the book made me devour this story like no other.

“Whatever this is I’m feeling, I want it to stop. I want it to go away. I want to stop fucking seeing her every time I blink. I want to stop fucking thinking about her every time I pause to take a deep breath. She’s like an infection that’s settling into my chest. I would rip out my own organs if I thought it might purge her from my system.”

Lorenzo was simply amazing in this second installment! The perfect anti-hero. I loved everything about him – his “colorful” personality, his thoughtfulness and consideration, his compassion, the SIMPLE way he cared…EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I love a “good” anti-hero and Lorenzo was more than perfect – dangerous, f@cked up in the head, yet so very unique, appealing and intriguing. He blew me the f@ck away and I simply loved it! Needless to say, his portrayal was absolutely stellar and, once again, I found his crazy antics to be entertaining as hell.

Morgan was as fantastic as she was in the first installment in the series. Strong, courageous, fearless, she was the perfect match for our anti-hero. As I mentioned in my review for ‘Menace’, Morgan was my favorite heroine this author has written so far – the way she loved, the way she cared were great and I loved how she accepted and…more than accepted Lorenzo just the way he is.

“The woman’s touch is witchcraft. It’s a sin to give in, but seeing as sinning is my specialty, I let her dark magic consume me, because what do I have to lose?”

Lorenzo and Morgan’s relationship was once again entertaining. I don’t want to give too much away about how everything unfolded here, but if you loved their dynamic in the previous installment, you will love it here as well.

The ending was so very satisfying and the epilogue – simply perfect.

Overall, this was an amazing conclusion to these characters’ story and I highly recommend if you are looking for a dark, gritty, captivating tale with a strong heroine and a fascinating anti-hero.