Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hidden Scars by A.M. Meyers

     Hidden Scars is the story of Emma’s efforts to heal from an abusive relationship. The book alternates between the past and present, allowing readers to witness her abuse and gain insight into her emotional state and her struggles to not only leave her abuser but to also survive, learn to thrive and find real love. Her love interest, Nix, is everything she needs but will she allow herself to have him? Can she find a way to let her self be loved and to love in return? Is her past really a thing of the past or is she haunted by more than mere memories? I’m not telling. 

     The author has a very good grasp on how people come to be in abusive relationships and why it is hard for them to leave. She knows how hard it for survivors to not only trust others but to trust their own judgement when it comes to forming new relationships. She also understands exactly how abusers manipulate not only their victims and the people around them. She portrays abuse in a very realistic way. Her understanding of these matters turns a good story into a great story. Her writing allows readers to connect with Emma in a way that allows their heart to break for her, groan when she stumbles, cheer her on when she digs deep to find her strength to fight and fear for her when she is threatened. I look forward to reading more from Meyers as I am sure she is only going to get better. What is that? Is there steam, you ask? YES, yes there is! HEA? Read it and find out for yourself. 

The Shortstop by A.M. Madden


 This book blew me away in the best possible way. The friends to lovers story pulled me in from the first page and I had to read it in one sitting. Hot baseball player Quint and sweet, almost saintly Annie met as very young children and with each passing year, their relationship blossomed. They navigate their relationship better than most couples far older but even the best couples have problems. 

     Madden’s writing is outstanding. The tension builds in a way that allows readers to feel it but there are so many twists and turns that when things blow up, there is still shock value. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven wrong and I loved it! Even better, I could feel what the characters were feeling. I felt so connected and invested in Quint and Annie’s journey that when the bottom dropped out, I had to put the book down and cry on my husband’s shoulder for a few minutes.  Seriously. I really cried on his shoulder and he looked at me like I was insane. Madden didn’t just stab me in the heart, she twisted the knife several times and left me begging her to repair my broken heart. I won’t spoil it by telling you if she did but I will say that this book is a must have for any lover of epic love stories with a side of steaminess.