Scarred (The Anderson Brothers #1)
by Marie Long
Coming March 3, 2015
Sometimes, love comes with a price…
The past is 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 dark side, he must decide if she’s worth the risk.
I love discovering new authors... And when they offer a unique story that hasn't been done over and over again? That's even better!
Scarred is so different from any new adult romance that I've read before. Dominick wasn't a manwhore frat boy, Denise wasn't a slutty heroine with a tragic past, there were no jealous ex-girlfriends, or stupid misunderstandings... Basically this was a new adult romance without all the overdone cliche's. But what really makes this one of a kind was the fact that it was told entirely from the heroes POV.
Dominick has a tragic past, and although he still has nightmares and flashbacks, he doesn't let it define him. He doesn't want a bunch of meaningless one night stands or drunken hookups, he wants something real... And as soon as he meets Denise he knows that she's his something real.
Unfortunately for Dominick, Denise's ex comes back into the picture and puts his relationship with her on hold. At first I was mad that Denise went back to her ex so quickly without even giving Dom a chance but at the same time that's probably what most people would do if their first love showed back up in their life.
Without giving too much of the story away, I'll just say that something went down with Denise and her ex, William, and Dom was there to save the day. I loved watching their friendship and eventual relationship build from there. While they each had their own demons to work through at that point, you could feel their love for each other helping them heal.
Overall this was a great read and I can't wait to check out Scratched, the next book in the series, when it comes out.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Scarred in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.