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~ REVIEWS: Scarred by C.R. Gress ~

81HNVgV6OXL._SL1500_Synopsis**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language,sexual content and explicit drug references.

Hi. My name is Jordan. I never had the perfect life as a child but I wasn’t abused. More like confused. I grew up in one crazy family, but they only made me the person I am today. Well, let’s just say that they built the mold until I was sixteen.

Life has a way of smacking you around sometimes.

My life, after sixteen; well let’s just say that I was sucker-punched. How many rounds do you think I can take or will I just cut and run the minute the whistle sounds?

I am scarred, alone, and vulnerable; fighting everyone, including myself in self preservation.

Will I find redemption, my own peace of mind?

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christie review 3 starsScarred is a story about a troubled young girl who suffers almost unbearable loss beginning at a young age. She loses someone very important to her and finds herself numbing the pain through meaningless sex and drug abuse. The story begins in 1991 and ends in 2012. It chronicles her life through its highs and lows, and she does have her share of lows, but she always manages to pick herself up and go on. When she is just getting out of high school, she meets a young cop, Gavin. The two begin a hot affair, but Jordan isn’t ready for commitment yet, so she runs. However, Gavin isn’t about to give up on Jordan. Will they ever find their HEA?

Scarred had so much potential to be a 5 star read. It addresses some very important issues, such as loss and drug abuse. It is done in a very raw, realistic way, but I felt like parts of the story were rushed. I do realize that it is a book that takes place over a long period of time. However, I think it would have been better if there was more detail during the important parts of her life. There was a good bit of time described when she is undergoing treatment for her addiction. In my opinion, more time should have been taken in detailing her relationship with Gavin since he plays such a big role in the book. With all that said, Jordan was a character readers will not soon forget. There are times I didn’t really like her because of the choices she made, but other times, I loved her. She has a tenacity and determination not many people have especially when life knocked her down as many times as it did.

I will be reading the next book because it is from Gavin’s point of view. So, I am curious to see their relationship from his perspective. He really does love her, and I hope they finally get their HEA.

daniell review 3 starsJordan has had a rough childhood and just when things are looking up, at age 16, a tragic event sends her on a downward spiral. She is on a path of self-destruction with drugs and sex and doesn’t care enough to change until she’s given no alternative. About a year later, on a night out with friends, Jordan meets the one who will change her life yet again, Gavin.

Gavin is a local police officer and even though there is a 5 year age difference, he and Jordan are drawn to each other. They start dating and grow closer together and neither have ever been happier. But Jordan gets into a bit of trouble and rather than put Gavin’s job in jeopardy, she decides to leave town.

5 1/2 years later, Jordan is back in town and when she and Gavin cross paths, even though they are with other partners, they are unable to deny their feelings for each other. But circumstances prevent them from truly being together. Will Jordan and Gavin ever get their chance to be together or is it too late for them?

This book spans about 20 years and at times it is difficult to figure out what is going on. The time span moves too quickly in places before the reader can get a clear picture of what is happening. I did like both main characters and hope that at some point they find their happiness together.  This book is the 1st in the series, so even though there is not a huge cliffhanger, the story is to be continued.

**ARCs were provided by author for an honest review**

Abou the authorAfter stressing myself out for most of my life and obtaining three engineering degrees, I decided it was in my best interest, for my health, that I uproot the family and move to the east coast of Florida. Then add to that the fact that I refuse to work in the engineering field rather I wait tables at a local restaurant and write books in my spare time.

I am married with two teenagers and a very spoiled pit bull but we love living at the beach year round. The family enjoys boating, swimming, fishing and more while I enjoy being around lots of different people at work as well as stay in shape with all the running.

I love Rock-n-Roll music and spend a lot of time at concerts around the region. I also love riding Harley motorcycles and can be thought of as the redneck type.

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Erased
by Elle Christensen, K Webster
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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Joss Parker’s life is a fairy tale come true. She’s a concert pianist in New York who lives with her longtime boyfriend and is close with her fiercely protective father—until one fateful night when she is taken in the middle of the night.

In a desperate attempt to access a program that could be a threat to national security, her ability to play the piano is threatened. Her world comes crashing down when her father puts his need to protect a program over his own daughter.

At the last minute, Joss finds herself whisked away by an unlikely ally.

She later lands in the protective custody of none other than small-town bad boy and bar owner Derek Slade. Slade is entrusted to look after Joss and see to it that she hides behind her new persona, Jill, so that bad people don’t find her ever again.

Joss has been erased. Joss is now Jill.

As Joss trades her blond locks for Jill’s mahogany ones, she also takes on the strength of her new persona. Jill is someone who doesn’t put up with crap. Jill doesn’t trust easily. Jill must protect the broken heart of Joss.

Joss and Slade battle an intense attraction, but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Behind Slade’s silver eyes are mysteries he’s unwilling to share. Slade knows better than to get involved with Joss, yet he finds it nearly impossible to push her away.

What happens when Slade crosses the line of protector? Can he protect her when the evils of both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

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Elle Christensen is a debut author. Her first novel, a collaboration with author, K. Webster is due to release in December of 2014.

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I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Wild Girls Rule
by Rosalie Lario
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Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Wild girls get what they want…

After moving to New York City, Hailey Thompson lands a job as the assistant to her older brother’s best friend – and her childhood crush – Andrew Everly. Seeing Andrew again both thrills and terrifies her. The lighthearted boy she remembers has grown into an impossibly handsome man, but he’s also become a cold and ruthless businessman.

When Andrew agrees to hire Hailey as a favor to his childhood friend, he still thinks of her as the fresh-faced girl that he knew growing up. On the contrary, she’s all woman. Temptation in a short skirt. As alluring as she is though, the little beauty is far too flighty for a man like him…not to mention that he’s her boss.

As Andrew secretly struggles with his self-control, Hailey does everything in her power to crack his rigid façade. After being forced to spend a weekend away together on business, Andrew’s rigorously sculpted mask of discipline begins to slip, and Hailey gladly takes advantage of the opportunity to educate him in the ways of seduction. He can claim all he wants that he likes his women elegant and controlled, but Hailey knows a dirty little secret…when it comes to matters of the heart, wild girls rule.

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Rosalie Lario

Rosalie Lario is the author of the contemporary romance series, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, as well as the paranormal romance series, DEMONS OF INFERNUM and THE FALLEN WARRIORS. Rosalie double majored in Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate student, and briefly considered becoming an archaeologist before realizing they don’t actually live the life of Indiana Jones. So what was a classical geek armed with a lot of useless knowledge to do? Become a lawyer, of course!

After attending law school in Florida, she practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. When not writing, you can find her on a boat somewhere along South Florida’s waterways, chasing down a rainbow or pretending to be a pirate.

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