Date Published: 6/6/2013
Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she's feared for all those years.
Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.
Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she's fighting with something she isn't prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.
It started in a strong note. So strong that its heartbreaking. The first part was high emotional and definitely not for the weak of heart.
Then there is me, Darcie Claiborne, once known as Margaret Darcia Claiborne-Stein. I’m a seventeen-year-old orphan, thinly built, green-eyed bitch.Darcie had been too much at a young age. She had been through more than hell and no one, even Hades wants to go in there. But thank God, she was saved by her knight and shining armor. Now, at 16 - she can't control her temper. I wanted to hate her, really - but she doesn't know what's at stake when she gets into trouble. All she knows the moment that her temper flares that she was never going back to her past - helpless and afraid.
There's Reggie - the knight in shining armor.
He's the oldest among the bunch and I admire him so much for ALL and EVERY sacrifices he made to keep his family together. You knew there was something between them. You could feel the heat and tension simmering. Reggie, nine years her senior, tried to stop his lust and hunger for his young ward. He was her savior and there was nothing he would not do for her. I love Reggie (not only because of the sacrifices) but because he tried his best not to act on his emotions. He wanted to wait for her until she's ready or the moment she turned 18 (whichever comes first).
The rest of them.
Her family is amazing, especially when they included Presley. They may come from different backgrounds but they have each other's backs once help is needed. They can act like children and throw out punches - but at the end of the day, they are still family and they stick together!
Something I’ve learned over the past few years is family isn’t necessarily who you’re legally tied to, it’s the people you want to surround yourself with. The people you know—with every fiber of your being—will do anything for you. That’s what family is and that’s who we are.
There's Jeremy - the silent type and the best drag racer in town until an accident happen. Jake - who's foul mouth parallel's Darcie. He's the troublemaker among them. Drake - the womanizer who fell in love with Presley. And of course, there's our Presley - the girl she saved from the mean girls - what Darcie didn't know is that Presley is more than just an ordinary girl, and their connection might be something more than friends.
I hated Robert with all of me. I hated Grady second. He's worthless and he deserves what happened to him - maybe even more.
First few pages and I'm truly, truly heartbroken. Wow. This novel started out strong - I wonder if Ms. Brannon would be able to keep the tone? Oh yes, she did. Surprisingly, the intensity of the novel didn't falter until we reach the final page - emotions were overflowing. I wonder if any of the siblings would be getting their own HEAs too. :)
Scarred Love is about survival, family and love. It will have your heart aching for the little girl trying to get out of the hell she has been through and the strong young girl who is ready to face everything that life will throw at her.
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.