Review - Scars by Kiru Taye

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Source: Self Purchased
Published: August 1, 2013
Evernight Publishing
Series: Passions Shields #1
Sex: R - Strong Sexual Content
Authors Website
Genre: Interracial Contemporary Romance, Erotic

Scars is an interesting story with erotic and light BDSM elements. 

The book starts of where we are at the wedding of the now Selina and Benjamin Moss. But this wedding is a fake least it is in Selina's eyes. You see she needs Benjamin’s help to get her brother out of Sierra Leone and the only way to do that is to prove that she can provide a stable home and so her being happily married is key.

To Benjamin, this marriage is exactly his way of getting closer to Selina. He wants to help her with her brother, but he wants her too…he wants to unravel that tight control she has on everything. He and Selina played together in a club that they both frequented are are seeing each other before the marriage takes place, but he wants more and the only way to do that it seem is to marry her.

I liked the story, but I don’t think we got enough of Selina or Benjamin to really get to know them. Yes we know that they’re in this marriage to help Selina with her brother, but there is a obvious strong attraction there between these two. The title of the book is Scars because Selina has this dark past from her time in Sierra Leone and it’s clear it was not good at all as she has these scars across her stomach that she reveals to Benjamin on their wedding night.

Benjamin it seemed to me has more feelings towards this new bride than she has towards him. Selina was the wild card here and I do believe she wants to care about him just hard for her to trust folks because of her past.

I really couldn't connect with her and with the story only being 94 pages long…

It looks like this story will be broken up into a trilogy of sorts and I may or may not read the second book, Secrets which is out now. It all depends on how I feel and how my TBR list goes. I would like however to see how Benjamin gets Selina to learn how to trust him.

The sex scenes were done tastefully, although I was a bit confused about the spanking scene. As Benjamin is spanking Selina in one scene, she has a memory (a not too good one) and I just thought it didn't feel right because the woman almost had a panic attack. But it worked out I guess because she did loosen up, but still....

I thought Ms. Taye’s writing was excellent, but the story itself fell flat and with no connection to these characters, my interest waned by the end of it all. 

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  1. Sometimes shorter stories are gamble whether the author can get the plot and characters developed enough to make a connection. Maybe the next book will go deeper since this one was the table setter.

  2. Thats definitely true plus with this story being broken up into different book, im guessing we'll learn more about them both as we go along.

    I hope so :)

  3. This is one of those books where you wish it was longer because the backstory is so rich but the current events doesn't feel like it's suffice to support it. But it is a wise marketing strategy for the author to make you buy the next book!

    Happy Halloween!

  4. Happy Halloween Gorgeous!

    Exactly....I'm seriously thinking about getting the next one and with me being as nosy as I am....lolz

  5. I have a hard time with these shorter ones for that reason you just don't get enough usually. I do love those marriage of convenience type relationships though. Hopefully the next segment will be a bit "more" all around.

  6. I rarely read them because I want to know the full story. this seems like its going to be an intinteresting story. But the other thing is the price...for these short stories, they've too expensive. $2.99 a book. I waited until this one was .99 cents before I got it.

  7. Oh wow yeah that's a little too pricey for just segments. I'd have to wait until a price drop too. Ive been using the heck out of my amazon wishlist and their price drop feature for ones like this.

  8. I think I have a couple of items on my amazon wishlist... definitely need to use it more.