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Scarred Love (Sulfur Heights Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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After her mother dies when she is fourteen, Darcie has been at the mercy of her evil stepfather all alone for the past three years. Abuse from him is nothing new, however being locked away in a run down house for the last eight months is. She has had enough one day and finally after her stepfather leaves, somebody hears her screams. Reggie Evans is that someone.
Reggie Evans is a saint with a bit of a dark past. Raised by a crack whore mother, Reggie was left to care for his younger twin brothers and another boy that has been in the family since the age of three. He brings the battered and beaten Darcie into his home and nurses her back to health. The boys take to her like a sister, and after a while she enrolls in school trying to live a normal life. I like how the boys taught her to fight and stand up for herself if they aren't around to protect her.
Reggie, the boys and Darcie all live as one dysfunctional family. Reggie gave up his dream of MMA fighting and bought a bar where he works now. The kids are all in high school, well when they aren't at the bar drinking, illegal drag racing or fighting, they are in school. The story takes place in a bad part of town which is why after all of the bad things that happened throughout the story the cops aren't called. They just don't care what goes on in this part of town.
Darcie has seen Reggie as her knight in shining armor since he saved her from that awful place and as time goes by she has more feelings for him. Reggie feels the same way as Darcie, however with him being twenty-seven and her only seventeen, it seems a bit creepy. They do the dance of flirting and hurting each other, while fighting their true feelings.
This is a good story, there is a lot going on and it was hard to imagine a life like the ones these kids were brought up and still living in. More than once it was mentioned that they were in the bad part of town, so lots of stuff goes unnoticed by the authorities. The book made me think of the tv show Shameless, a family of kids just looking out for each other. A few good twist kept you on your toes wanting to keep reading to see what was going to happen to who next.
Their personal stories are graphic and ugly but quite realistic. We all have pasts..some more haunting than others but hopefully we have people who save us and encourage us to be better and to choose life. Despite the ugliness we may have to endure, we can be fighters and not succumb to what the predators and perverts want.
Where do I begin with the review for ‘Scarred Love’? The story was a great story, very dark and yet captivating in it’s own way. You can’t help but sympathize for ‘Margaret’ Darcie Claiborne-Stein in the story as the main character who is both heroine and victim, depending what chapter you are reading. The main character Darcie aka Margaret is raised by her mother, who marries a very wealthy man who adores her but truly mistreats her daughter, Darcie ‘Margaret’ in horrid ways. Darcie seems like a very silent child, sheltering her feelings because of the evil ways her step-father punishes her even when she’s done nothing wrong. This story will pull you in and makes you hope to see a happy ending for the girl who never knew love for most her life. You will get two P.O.V.’s(Point of views) in this story from both Darcie ‘Margaret’ Claiborne and the main male character, Reggie Evans.
The main female character is seventeen year old Darcie Claiborne, who’s first name is ‘Margaret’, which she hates for a few main reasons and never uses anymore. She’s a beautiful young teenager who’s scarred both inside and out because of the years of torment she suffered under the hands of her step-father, Robert Stein. She is thin, with dark hair and fights a lot to channel the anger she’s carried for so long. She was rescued from her nightmare life by a stranger who was jogging by one day and since that day, she’s become a part of his unusual but loving and protective family.
Reggie Evans rescued Darcie and took her under his wing and into his home after he found her. He is the guardian and older brother to twins Jake and Jeremy Evans and Drake Evans, who all live together. Darcie has become a part of their family. Each character has their own personality which helps to keep the story entertaining. The new family that Darcie lives with has their own secrets and past that may be hard to keep a lid on forever. Reggie is strong, tall and fit with blondish hair and a former MMA fighter who retired early to raise his brothers. He’s a definite heroine in the story because he gives up so much for his family.
In every story where there are heroines, you will also find villains. Robert Stein is the true epitome of an evil villain. How he treated a young child like ‘Margaret’ Darcie through the years makes you loathe his disgusting existence. No matter how much negative and terrible things come Darcie’s way, she seems like such a strong character and you know her heart is big because she will risk anything for those she cares for. Reggie is the same way. He gives up so much and takes chances to protect and help those he loves in his life. This truly is a great story with a lot of dark moments but there are also many triumphant moments that make it all better. I do recommend this story and I will definitely continue with this series.
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘SCARRED LOVE’ (4 out of 5 stars)
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