Lilah seems to have it all–a great job and a gorgeous boyfriend, but underneath the perfect exterior are bruises left behind by a monster who claims to love her.
Damian has a troubled past of his own. He vows to steer clear of love, that is until he meets Lilah–a woman whose secret is slowly consuming her. One look and he knows they’ve met before but he doesn’t know where.
Determined to help her escape the violent relationship she can’t seem to leave, he befriends her, vowing to keep her safe, but protecting Lilah comes at a price.
When their attraction turns into passion and their secrets threaten to tear them apart, will they fight for one another? Or will their demons swallow them whole?
Fragile Scars is a steamy contemporary romance with suspenseful undertones. It contains strong language, sexual situations and references. It is the 1st book in the Fragile Hearts series. All the books in the series are standalone romances with a different couple, but past couples and characters do make an appearance in later books.
Author Note: Below is a trigger warning for those who may need it. Please stop reading now if you don’t want one. This story contains graphic violence and sexual assault, which may not be suitable for some readers.
Before I start this review I feel the need to give a trigger warning for this book. This story contains graphic violence and sexual assault. Please do not read this book if those are triggers for you.
This book had so much potential, it really did. I enjoyed parts of it, but it didn’t turn out as I thought it would. This book could have been much longer and it should have been. I felt like everything was rushed. If you are not a fan of insta-love books, I’d steer clear from this read. Damien has a very strong personality and has gone through so much as a child. It seems that though he had a rough childhood, he’s turned out to be a great man and is doing very well for himself. However, he was just too overprotective for my taste. Do I love an overprotective hunk? Absolutely. But when you meet someone one day and then next he’s acting like he’s known you forever and knows what’s good for you, I have a problem with that. It made me very uncomfortable. I understand he’s trying to help her get out of a terrible situation, but to me, I just feel like he’s trying to insert himself in her situation because “he knows what she’s going through.” He also continually tells Lilah that he wanted to take things slow with her and then turns around and does the opposite of it. I felt like I was getting whiplash. Lilah, what a strong girl she is. I really liked Lilah and admired her courage, but there were things about her that confused me. I can understand wanting to be comforted in her time of need, especially in the situation that she was in, but the relationship between the two of them seemed to be almost forced. I would have loved to see Lilah grow more as her own person instead of jumping into another relationship so quickly.
Overall I liked this but in my opinion, this book was too rushed for my taste and could have, for sure, been stretched out into more than one book. I truly thought I was going to LOVE this book, but that wasn’t the case. Do I think that this book and it’s contents is something that should be talked about? Yes, absolutely. This kind of subject is hard to touch on, but I think that its good that it is talked about and written about. Strong ⭐⭐⭐ read.
I received this eARC in exchange for my honest review.