Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Title: Scarred
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-251-0
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Zac Alben loved working as a paramedic and thought his world was perfect until he introduced his life partner Terry to his new work partner, Jakob. He never imagined they’d hit it off so well or that the meeting would change his life forever. After healing from a fight with Terry that left half his face deeply scarred, Zac returns to work pretending that everything is fine—that’s he’s mending from the injury that still leaves strangers cringing at the sight of his deformed cheek. Except Zac isn’t fine; he’s an emotional basket case headed for a meltdown.

Jakob doesn’t know what happened the night Zac was injured because he won’t talk about it. All he wants is to help the man he’s fallen in love with, but who will barely look at him. Despite Zac’s withdrawal, Jakob is determined to find a way to pull him back into the community he’s pulled away from, and at the same time, find a way to get Zac back into his arms.

Scarred is the eighteenth and newest release in Carol Lynne’s popular Cattle Valley series. Just a little FYI-while it would be helpful to have read a few of the previous releases, there’s enough background information revealed through flashback sequences that the plot can easily be followed, if being read as a standalone.

What sets this series release apart from the others is the seriousness of its subject matter so be aware, you may need to keep a box of tissues handy. Zac has been struggling with bouts of depression all his life and he’s just as emotionally scarred on the inside as he is physically scarred on the outside. Ms. Lynn handles the sensitive nature of Zac’s mental health problems with great care and understanding, while at the same time, weaving a creative and loving romance. Zac’s emotional upset and hurt is more than a little heartbreaking and Jakob is the perfect supportive partner.

I don’t really want to go into too many details that will give away important pieces of the plot but Ms. Lynn manages to interject some unexpected twists that really caught me by surprise. The crux is that this Cattle Valley release is a love story, but it’s also much more so if you’re expecting a lighthearted piece of fluff, this serious minded novella isn’t for you. But if you’re interested in getting to know the soul of a deeply wounded man and are willing to watch and hope as Jakob and Ms. Lynne takes him on a journey to self-discovery and change, this well-written story is one you’ll enjoy.

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