5 ★ REVIEW                                        GRIEVOUS: Scarlet Scars #2 by J.M. Darhower


From USA Today Bestselling author, J.M. Darhower, the second book in the Scarlet Scars duet, GRIEVOUS, will be available in just a few hours!

Grievous (Scarlet Scars Book 2) by [Darhower, J.M.]

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Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

Being on par with your book buddy while reading isn’t as easy as it seems. Comments are shared up to a certain point since the last thing we’d ever do in any read is spoil it for the other. In Menace, we were one-hundred percent invested and never doubted the others opinion; nonetheless, in Grevious, neither of us ever expected Darhower to pull out the big guns the way she did and we have to say our pun is justifiably intended. The gradual build-up of book two in Scarlet Scars’ duet overflows with everything we look for in a story of this calibre, and when it reached its climax, we were left elated.  Hmm… but could it be our elation was short-lived? This author is such a damn tease that we were actually greedy for more! More of what you may ask! Well, apart from the outstanding banter, the character development shows no weaknesses or fragility. The main characters’ quirks however big or small, were simply beyond our expectations and that is putting it mildly! 

“Tell me a story,”

“A true story or a fairytale?”

“Surprise me.”

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker

The storytelling technique used is unusual. Told from both protagonists’ perspective in present tense, we were given the opportunity of conversing with both of them which not only added much needed dry wit on Lorenzo’s part, but it also gave us room to ponder on Morgan’s dire situation. Never once were we distracted, and seeing this book is a notch darker than the first one, never did we feel out of our depth. And then other parts of the story are told in third person in past tense and here is when our hearts shattered, had us shedding tears and hanging on the edge of what looked like an endless black hole. Forget cliffs; all the goings on described in Grievous gravitated us readers towards the next move Lorenzo Gambini would make.

“And I thought I told you to stay out of trouble.” “I even asked nicely.”

“Yeah, well, the trouble with trouble is that it doesn’t always look like trouble, Lorenzo.”

Lorenzo is menacingly grievous, menacingly intriguing, invincible… and although he comes across as impassive most of the time, he’s not. His attitude and comebacks bowled us over and should we say he’s gorgeous! Well, regardless of his physical and emotional scars, he is! We couldn’t help but agree with some of his unorthodox actions seeing as it meant he might just be able to get the job done. Here is where he demonstrated to us that he does have principles. Mind made up, turning back is out of the question. Running the show, always controlling, Lorenzo will become the thorn in the backside of the real baddies in this story. Why then does he put his life and the lives of others in danger when he doesn’t have to?

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddamn toxic every touch is just too much.”

Morgan rocked our world! She’ll go to any lengths to put those she loves before herself.  Her tenacity and sheer determination astounded us! It’s no secret we love a strong female protagonist and JM Darhower did not disappoint us. Morgan is willing to do just about anything to take back what’s been so cruelly stolen from her much to Lorenzo’s annoyance! Of course, bored out his mind, Lorenzo is totally on board in her quest but sometimes in her desperation, taking the bull by the horns gets herself into some horrendous scrapes! The darker parts of this read did have us wincing as the story played out before our eyes. At times we found ourselves screaming noooooo into our Kindles as poor Morgan bore the brunt of these situations. Can Lorenzo find his way to Morgan in time or will treachery get in its way? Things are not quite what they seem and surprises are just around the corner, but will they help or hinder Morgan and Lorenzo?

“What is it you used to say? Face your fears and wipe your tears”


“Then wipe your tears, pretty girl, because the time has come to face your fears.”

As always, Ms Darhower took us on the most enthralling and nail biting ride and we couldn’t help but go along for the ride! Getting off the roller coaster was not an option! The emotions we felt ranged from amused to terrified to captivated and for that we have to say thank you! We are such gluttons for punishment since we love reads which evoke such extreme feelings in us. Thank goodness the wait between the books wasn’t a long one, otherwise or our nerves would have been well and truly shot! Most books we read finish quite abruptly and never give us the ending we yearn for; nonetheless, this one gave us exactly what we needed and more. Okay… we might have implied that we were greedy for more! Why? Because we inhaled this book in one sitting and never wanted it to end! There’s a reason why we love our Mafia genre and the answer is Ms Darhower and her characters’ awesome nuanced dialogue! All hail the Queen of Mafia. Bravo! Lorenzo—you’re welcome!



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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