29 December 2013

Touching Scars by Stacy Borel - Book Review

Timber Nelson has recently returned home after serving two tours in Iraq. Suffering from PTSD, he’s a shadow of the man he was before his time in the military. Instead of learning to live with the nightmares he faced in the war, he drowns them in a bottle of Crown.

Katherine Pierce is an alluring woman with dark brown hair, tattoos, and a fiery attitude. Yet her history is one full of disturbing images that she’s been trying to run away from for the better part of six years.

Undeniable attraction between Timber and Kat reaches its peak and they both give in to the unquestionable pull.

Will Timber be able to save Kat from her past repeating itself?

And will they be able to soothe each other’s scars? Or will their old scars become new wounds?

This book is a stand alone.

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I fell in love with the cover, the blurb and the promise of STAND ALONE.

I always have a soft spot for war vets, armies, militaries or any man in uniforms. They are heroes who have risked their lives every second in the battlefield for our future.

Timber (love the name, by the way) had just returned home from Iraq. He was not the same man as before. Like some vets, he had seen and even experienced so much violence in the war which had caused him to suffer PTSD. Nightmares have haunted him since he woke up from the hospital in Germany, learning of what happened to the rest of his squad. The only thing that helped him cope was a bottle of Crown.

Katherine is sexy, feisty and has covered herself with tattoos. But her past has been dark and grueling. It was something she didn’t want to remember or reminisce. She has been hiding and running away from it for six whole years. Suddenly, someone from her past bust through the doors of the bar she has been working on…

Timber liked Katherine the first the first time she had shown fire. His high school friends were bullies. He didn’t join them, instead he would just stand there and allowed them. But after the TALK Katherine had given them, he tried his best to protect those people who had caught his friends’ attention.

One look, and sparks flew. Katherine may deny or fight it all she want, but there is no mistake that Timber can still make her heart beat a little bit faster. But can she take the risk and give her heart knowing her sordid past can put a big gap between them once he knew about it…

Would their love be enough to heal them both? Would it be enough to surpass the past? Would it be enough to take the risk?

TIMBER NELSON is officially my new book boyfriend. I love how he would go into an alpha-male mode and protect Kat. His mouth can be a little disastrous at times, but nevertheless, I forgive him for it. He knows how to pacific her, he makes her feel good and gives her what he wants. He’s a great guy but with his own troubled past as well. What happened to him is heartbreaking. I was glad he found solace and peace with Kat. They are what each other needed.

I love Katherine, her fire and her fighting spirit. She is stronger than she thinks. Other people might give up after what she had been through. But Kat? She chose to move on, and get a life somewhere. It wasn’t easy moving on, some days, nightmares would still plague her and she may have issues with other things. But I do admire her effort. She is Timber’s strength during the time that he needed her most, and he was hers. When her nightmare came into reality and walked into the bar with the love of her life – she just knew she was back in hell. BUT of course, Timber wouldn’t allow that. It may have taken him a few seconds to put two and two together, but he would do JUST ABOUT ANYTHING to protect her.

Touching Scars is a story of love, a journey to healing of two broken people, whose has numerous scars to last them a lifetime. I enjoyed reading this book. I love the characters, the plot and most especially the ending. Stacy Borel had me glued, hooked, and is giving me one heck of a book hang-over.

Stacy Borel lives in southeast Texas with her huband, two kids, and two dogs. She is a military wife, and prior to that, was a military brat. She loves picking up and moving somewhere new every two to four years. Stacy is a self-proclaimed Facebook addict. If she isn't online, she is either writing or being a mom or wife.

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