Sunday, March 1, 2015

ARC Book Review and Giveaway--> Scarred by Marie Long


Welcome to my stop on the Review Tour for Scarred by Marie Long. Scarred is a New-Adult, contemporary romance with a happy ending! :)
Scarred (The Anderson Brothers Series, book one)
By Marie Long
No. of Pages: 313
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: March 3, 2015 


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Sometimes, love comes with a price… 

The past is gonna try and bring you down, but you gotta fight. Fight hard for what you love. Fight to win is what twenty-two-year-old Dominick Anderson believes, but his life is a struggle. Growing up with an abusive father has made Dominick slow to love and trust, and here lies on his brother Kevin to keep him on a straight path.
Dominick fights his demons every day, every night. Now a sophomore at the University of Washington and working a steady job at a mechanic’s shop, Dominick wants to create a better life and find the future his father never wanted him to have.
Dominick suppresses his identity and feelings until he meets Denise Ramsey. Smart, stunningly gorgeous, and sharing his love for motorcycles, Denise is everything Dominick longs for in a girl but knows he can never have.
When a past love threatens her life and brings out Dominick’s dark side, he must decide if she’s worth the risk. 

“Dom and Denise will make you believe in happily ever after. Dominick is definitely book boyfriend material.” – Marie Hall, New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author of A MOMENT

~Teasers~

"You have to keep moving through the dark tunnels of life no matter what. Because at the end of that tunnel, you’ll eventually find light.” ~ Uncle Adam

"You twenty somethings are all about taste testing. Seeing what’s out there. That’s what it’s all about, right?” ~ Lonz “Dragon”

“You’re a grown woman. You can do whatever the hell you want.” ~ Dominick

"Chris? Not sleeping around anymore? This has to be some sort of apocalypse.” ~ Dominick

"Everyone fights for what they believe in. Everyone fights for what they love the most, no matter how bad it gets. You’re in a dark tunnel right now, Dominick. Been stuck in that dark tunnel for a while. But you can’t give up what you believe in, what you love. Because what you love the most will be waiting for you at the end of that tunnel.” ~ Larry

"A man his age? No kids? He’s a diamond in the rough!” ~ Lauren

"It’s crazy how fate can bring two people together. Or was it destiny?” ~ Dominick


~Book Review~
Scarred is the first book by Marie Long and I am so happy to say that it wont be my last from her! :)
When I heard about the book, I was excited because I loved the synopsis but also a bit uncertain if I would like the book or not. This book was unlike any other new adult novel that I have read. There is romance, drama, emotional play and a bit of suspense. 

The cover is good but I could not visualize Denise and Dom being like the actors on the cover. The blurb is interesting and caught my attention making me want to read the book to know more!

Marie's writing style is simple and typical of the area she focuses on in her book. The style of speaking was new to me since I am from another country but it was fun to read and had me engrossed soon in the book. The plot has been well conceived and executed and the author had me totally engaged all throughout the story. 

The characterization is expertly done and I loved Dom with his gentleman ways. Dom's traumatic past and its effect on his present is admirably described and sometimes had me scared when the dialogues from the past ran in his mind and he whispered them. You will have to read the book to know more about this. He is gentle, caring and considerate. When he falls for Denise, I fell in love with him! His past is still left unresolved which I think will be handled in the subsequent books and has me eager to know more.

Denise is portrayed as a sweet, intelligent and independent girl. Dom and Denise's interactions with each other had me me laughing, sighing like a love struck teenager and then rooting for a happily-ever-after for them. She also has a past which is beautifully brought to life by the author and had me sitting on the edge of my seat to see what happened next!

Dom's brother and his roommate, his mother and Uncle also play an important role and do an admirable job of taking the story forward. I felt connected with all the characters in the book and could visualize them as real people with real problems.

The emotional play, the pain Dom has suffered and the budding romance between him and Denise along with the drama going on in the lives of some of the supporting characters made this book multi-dimensional and entertained me thoroughly.

All in all, Scarred is a promising and must-read debut from Marie Long and definitely recommended to all lovers of new adult romance. 4.5 out of 5 to it from me. Go checkout and grab the book. I am so eager to read the subsequent books in the series to know what happens next that I cant wait. Marie is a talented new author and definitely someone to lookout for. I wish her the best and hope to read more from her in the future.


I received an ARC from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.





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~About the Author~

Marie Long is a novelist who enjoys the snowy weather, the
mountains, and a cup of hot white chocolate. She’s an avid
supporter of literacy movements like We Need Diverse
Books (WNDB) and National Novel Writing Month
(NaNoWriMo). To learn more about her, visit her website:

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