Secrets In Our Scars is an adult, romantic suspense recently released on February 7th, 2018.
Secrets In Our Scars was good and I liked it but I had a hard time with a few things which made rating it super difficult. Though, I think 3 sums it up perfectly for me.
The story is interesting from the female protagonist, Daisy’s narration as first person. She has secrets (if you can’t already guess from the title) she’s adamant on hiding from Roy, the handsome, well built man she’s falling for. But what she doesn’t know is that Roy is keeping secrets from her too. I’ve read romance after so long—this is, in fact, my first romance read of 2018—I almost forgot my pet peeves for a while but as soon as they struck me, I found myself drifting away from the pleasure of reading this. But I’m glad the second half of the book focused more on the suspense and gave me a slight shock as well.
The start of the story was good enough because I was scared for Daisy while she finds herself strangled in an assault but the hero saves her right in time. Now, let me hit the high notes first and talk about what worked the best. I’m a sucker for strong females and fall head over heels when the female doesn’t need a guy (or a love interest in general) but it’s equally important to come across less confident, unassured women who find their way through a romantic story line. And this book advocates the latter. Daisy has had a dark incident in the past that has let her boldness to falter and her mind always clouded with doubts. Though, her sass remains intact so that’s something to woot for.
I see myself drifting from the main point, sorry! Coming back to what I genuinely liked: in the midst of a sexual assault, Daisy finds herself unable to move, her voice comes out as a wheeze, and while she’s mentally slapping herself for not standing up and fighting, she isn’t portrayed as someone who’s waiting for help. She makes a strong point that the wrong being done with her is so horrifyingly impacting that it affects someone worse at the moment itself . I understand how ‘just fight off your assaulter’ doesn’t usually work and in that situation, going numb or just following what the assaulter is doing is often the case. It’s a mere human instinct to surrender to pain or power and I’m happy that this emotional and absolutely terrifying viewpoint was put forward in this story.
The suspense was well built and not because there were frequent clues being left throughout the story but because the first half was so deep (pun intended) into building romance and sex scenes that when suspense took the front seat in second half, there were some refreshing disclosures. Speaking of sex scenes, there are a few so consider this a trigger warning. I’m a fan of the sweet, romantic sex scenes so bits where dominant/submissive took over, I might have been a bit uncomfortable so consider this another trigger warning if you’re someone like me. Also, the sex scenes aren’t a huge plot developer so if you want to miss them, it’s no big deal, though that would make the relationship seem too fast to a reader.Also, there are cutting oneself thoughts by Daisy to which Roy doesn’t give a blind eye and even insists her to start a therapy.
Event though the above mentioned made this a likeable read, I couldn’t admire a few things. First of all, alpha males are my pet peeve (so I won’t be judging on that particular trope since this is a personal preference) so every time the male lead tries to take control or order the girl around, it makes me squirmy. Secondly, at one point during a sex scene, Daisy tells Roy to stop kissing where her scars are endured (because as far as I deemed, it would trigger her unpleasant memories) but Roy anyway continued kissing her scars and called them ‘beautiful’. Again, I know, this might not be a huge thing for many but I’m one of those who doesn’t consider scars beautiful especially if they’re associated with dreadful events. Here, she makes it evident how painful her past was so portraying it as something pretty wasn’t up my alley. Thirdly, i felt like Roy wasn’t explored enough (no pun intended). This might be correlated to my pet peeve but while Daisy could tell her story through the narration and grow up to me, I couldn’t feel anything for Roy except for the body he kept flaunting and protectiveness that Daisy seemed to cherish. Overall, this was a good read!
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Rebecca Trogner lives in Virginia with her husband and a passel of adopted pets. Her idea of a good day is copious amounts of coffee, her computer, and no commitments so she can write all day.
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