MENACE by J.M. Darhower is LIVE!
Series: Scarlet Scars Book One
Release Date: 16th January, 2017
Genre: Suspense / Dark Romance
Scarlet Scars is a two-book series.
GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars Book Two) will release 6th February.
★ Scarlet Scars contains dark elements that some readers may find disturbing ★
Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.
Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.
Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him—a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.
You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.
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Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
“I swear to God, if you throw yourself off this roof, I’m jumping after you, and I’m going to catch you.”
Darhower took us by storm! Unarguably, Mafia genre is her forte and by offering us what we thought might be hoping too much for, made our day, or month… our year complete. One of the characters in Target on Our Backs, Lorenzo Gambini, that bad boy who left us greedy to know more, is back and in full force with his own series, Scarlet Scars. To our delight, he hasn’t changed his tune one little bit, either. Now then, what is interesting about this book is you don’t need to read the Monster in His Eyes series to appreciate why he’s like he is. The author has given little tips about his past experiences without confusing the new reader. If anything, what she has done is open up one’s appetite for those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him. Not only did she jog our memory, but she also titillated us in unimaginable ways. To write what she has took a lot of courage since she’s changed her storytelling style a tad. It’s darker. And how damn well it worked out!
“You’re so many shades or red, woman, and color me curious but I find myself not so bored with your bullshit around”
We love stories told in present and from two perspectives which she has done in many of her previous books. Even though the narrative structure in this one was more than to our liking, it’s different in the respect that both protagonists ask the reader rhetorical questions making one ponder over what is going to come next. In some instances, we even found ourselves answering back in the middle of a battle of wits. However, there is nothing amusing about their story. This is serious stuff in capital letters underlined and highlighted. Not surprisingly, we loved their gritty mind games that kept us guessing right up until the end! We have to say that if there are was one character we couldn’t help but to succumb to at the drop of a hat was Lorenzo. He is our man! Yep, Darhower’s Mafia men we love to death and unashamedly so!
“You have to be careful who you give pieces of yourself to, because even a little bit here and there adds up to a hell of a lot eventually…”
Lorenzo’s villainous persona, his understated comebacks regardless of the outcome, were second to none. His outlook on life’s little-huge setbacks never ruffled his feathers. He is understood by no-one. He’s scarred past is under wraps but to be revealed…slowly, and just how we like. He’s fearless and has a moral compass that only works to serve his imperfections brilliantly. His nuances and peculiar tastes, we connected to easily; nonetheless, he made our hair stand on end. We adored him; we hated him, we agreed to disagree with him. His quirks, decisions and impatience made him the perfect adversary for Morgan who would cross his path when least expected. Finding someone such as her to stand up and tell him what she thought was our pleasure tenfold. Ah, but Morgan plays just as dirty as him. If anything, the game is lost before it’s even begun.
“I swear to fuck, Scarlet. I’ll forgive you a lot of things, but if you tell me you don’t eat oranges, we’re going to have a problem.”
Morgan wasn’t on his agenda and would become a thorn in his side. Like an aching constant, he couldn’t get her out of his mind. Fathoming out this young woman who wanted to be left alone, who was so unpretentious, opens Pandora’s box. Ooh boy, do things get interesting in this read from there on in!
“You’re just addictive, and I’m turning into a junkie.”
Morgan confused us, worried us and her unpretentious even got the better of us. She selflessly carries out her quest for freedom making the reader ask why she has to go through such trauma. This young gal rocks and became our number one heroine without even trying to. Like Lorenzo, her past is complicated. There are moments extremely difficult to read in this book. Moments when our imagination ran riot, but here’s the huge but… you don’t know why until the last written word. We like to think that we can suss out the ending of a book. Not here folks, and we tried our hardest!
“Is this some memory thing, like your brain is wired wrong?” “Or are you just that much of an asshole?”
The secondary character development was beyond our expectations. Lie. Darhower is an expert in such details and has yet to let us down. Frustratingly explicit descriptions of events regardless of whether or not they were in the bedroom, have without a doubt, defeated these two readers. We were left in a blubbering mess and can’t thank her enough for releasing Grievous soon. The outcome of such a nail-biting conclusion to this duet is so anticipated that we’d sell our souls for it! And that’s saying something! Bravo ma’am!
About the Author
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. Fangirl at heart, J.M. is obsessed with books, music, and all things Marvel, especially the glorious Sebastian Stan. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina, churning out words and chasing down Pokémon.
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MONSTER IN HIS EYES SERIES
Monster in His Eyes #1
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Torture to her Soul #2
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Target on our Backs #3
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