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Book Review: The Scars That Made Us

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The Scars That Made Us by Inda Herwood– Ultimatums suck. I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask? I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor. 
Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned. In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

Genre: Clean Young Adult/New Adult Romance

Published: September 28, 2018

Acquired: TBR list

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I’m not sure what I expected from this book but it fell a bit short for me. It was fairly slow moving with very little conflict or action. The characters didn’t grab me and I didn’t feel any connection to them. Nor did I feel the connection between the main characters, Cyvil and Jagger. I realize they started as strangers but I didn’t feel the connection at the end of the book either. I’m normally a sucker for a marriage of convenience story line but the reasons behind this particular marriage of convenience were just off-putting and it tainted the story for me. 

I couldn’t stand the main character, Cyvil’s, parents at all. I wanted more from the back story on what happened to her as a child to cause the scars that covered her body. It was a huge part of her story that was just glossed over and that made it seem less than significant. Honestly it felt as though the entire book was a buildup to a showdown between Cyvil and her parents but when it finally happened the entire scene was a huge letdown. The story had potential but it just fell short for me. I gave it 3 stars because the writing was good and the story was complete- it just didn’t hold my attention. 



Book Review: The Scars That Made Us

38492768

The Scars That Made Us by Inda Herwood– Ultimatums suck. I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask? I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor. 
Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned. In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

Genre: Clean Young Adult/New Adult Romance

Published: September 28, 2018

Acquired: TBR list

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I’m not sure what I expected from this book but it fell a bit short for me. It was fairly slow moving with very little conflict or action. The characters didn’t grab me and I didn’t feel any connection to them. Nor did I feel the connection between the main characters, Cyvil and Jagger. I realize they started as strangers but I didn’t feel the connection at the end of the book either. I’m normally a sucker for a marriage of convenience story line but the reasons behind this particular marriage of convenience were just off-putting and it tainted the story for me. 

I couldn’t stand the main character, Cyvil’s, parents at all. I wanted more from the back story on what happened to her as a child to cause the scars that covered her body. It was a huge part of her story that was just glossed over and that made it seem less than significant. Honestly it felt as though the entire book was a buildup to a showdown between Cyvil and her parents but when it finally happened the entire scene was a huge letdown. The story had potential but it just fell short for me. I gave it 3 stars because the writing was good and the story was complete- it just didn’t hold my attention.