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Friday, March 20, 2015

[ARC REVIEW] Scarred by Marie Long


Author: Marie Long
Series: Book 1, The Anderson Brothers series
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 3rd 2015
ARC Source: author
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Sometimes, love comes with a price…

The past is always 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 suppressed dark side, he must decide if she’s worth the risk.


My Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet and sexy at the same time. Scarred definitely went beyond my expectations. I've already said before that I'm quite picky when it comes to New Adult novels, but this book is among the few ones that I liked.

First, I liked the characters. Both Dominick and Denise are just genuinely nice people. Although Dominick has a terrible past, it doesn't make him a nasty, angry bad boy so common in the NA genre. Denise is a smart girl. She's nice enough but smart not to immediately trust strangers, even strangers as hot and chivalrous as Dominick. And speaking of chivalry, I liked the fact that their first meeting happens in a relaxed but meaningful manner with Dominick coming to Denise's aid during a problematic situation. It only goes to show that chivalry definitely isn't dead.

So the cover apparently suggests that Scarred is an interracial romance. However, I didn't read anything that says the characters are interracial. Correct me if I'm wrong, guys. Maybe I just totally missed that part or something. But yeah, I couldn't really picture the characters' appearances in my head. I just relied on the cover models to visualize Dominick and Denise. So I think the characterization is somewhat lacking. And here I am waiting for diverse characters.

But the story's so good! I liked that they started out as friends, even though Dominick was immediately attracted to Denise from the time they met. The build-up of romance between the two was slow, but I'm not complaining. I'd prefer that over insta-love anytime. And I admire Dominick's respect for Denise. He was rejected, but he took it gracefully and remained her friend. Nice guys for the win! The conflict (aka William) is not really something to fuss about, but enough to give the characters the obstacle they needed to overcome to be together. Although, Dominick and William's last confrontation was a bit short and anti-climactic, in my opinion. I was like, "What was that? William just broke down and cried while pointing a gun to Dominick and threatening his life for three seconds? Dude, I need more action!"

All in all, Scarred is a well-written and enjoyable New Adult read. Aside from the few peeves mentioned above, I really liked reading this book. It's romantic and sweet and there are also bits of humor in there. Dominick has some serious issues, but he shows that the past can be overcome and he certainly did it.


Meet the Author

Marie Long is a novelist who enjoys the snowy weather, the mountains, and a cup of hot white chocolate. She’s an avid supporter of literacy movements like We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Marie has shared a fondness and interest in the New Adult genre since its popularity boom in 2009. And now, as both a reader, and debut RWA author of New Adult fiction, Marie dreams to keep this fascinating genre going strong.
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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Thank you for your wonderful review and hosting the book on your blog! :)

  2. Hmm. I do like being able to actually visualize the characters based on their descriptions so that would probably bother me a little. It looks good though. I'm a fellow picky NA reader so will keep this one in mind :D

  3. I was initially attracted to this one because I had assumed it had an interracial romance simply from the cover itself, so I am a bit dismayed that this wasn't prominent at all in the writing. But hey, I'm glad to know that the story doesn't unfold in the usual NA manner because that would make me shy away faster than bad breath (okay, maybe bad breath is worse by a mile). Great review, Julie! :)

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. Thanks, Faye! Yeah, I remember your comment on my release post for Scarred. I was a bit disappointed in that aspect, too (as you can read in my review). But it's a good read, still. :)

      P.S. Bad breath is waaaaay worse than a bad NA. LOL

  4. I read this one, and while I liked it. I wasn't blown away. There wasn't anything really amazing about it. Great review though!


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