ARC Review: Beautiful Scars by Shiloh Walker

Posted January 15, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 7 Comments

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ARC Review: Beautiful Scars by Shiloh Walker
Beautiful Scars
by Shiloh Walker

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 13, 2013
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 246
Format: ARC
 

“The book had the perfect amount of sexual chemistry and compatibility, it was really sizzling off the pages!” ~Under the Covers

Great story, great writing, great author, great book.  But I’m left also in thought and a bit conflicted.  I’ll try to explain.  Lets start with the cover.  When I first saw it I thought, ohhh cool piano will have to do with a musician.  I thought it was just stunning.  Then someone mentioned that the girl looks anorexic and they thought it was horrible.  This is where sometimes it’s not good to judge a book by the cover because, as it turns out, the heroine is not anorexic but she has dealt with health and life issues that have left a mark on her body.

First of all, I love this trope.  The girl the hero has known his whole life and they’ve always been best friends but he’s never seen her like “that”.    I loved the easy friendship that was already there between Marc and Chaili.  He’s a hot shot musician and she’s always been in love with him.  She’s been friends with him and his sister since forever.  Now that Marc’s date for a charity fell through and he went to his sister’s escort business for a last minute date, she offers her services.  And that one night opens Marc’s eyes to what has always been there.  How perfectly Chaili fits him and how much he really wants her.

The book had the perfect amount of sexual chemistry and compatibility, it was really sizzling off the pages!  Marc has a bit of a kinky streak, not full on Dom but definitely dominance and some BDSM games.  It just worked perfectly that Chaili has been into that herself in the past.  As far as the romance, this was a winner!  Marc was amazing, once he figured out he wanted Chaili he was relentless in his pursuit.  I always love to see a hero like that.  He stopped at nothing to have her, he went above and beyond to make others respect her.  Just the perfect guy, if you ask me.

But this book is also emotional and it hit a little close to home for me with the “scars” aspect of the story.  Without giving it away, I’ll just say that for me this is a subject that always sobers me up and makes me think and reflect.  I’m not sure if that’s necessarily something I wanted to read about in a romance novel.  Although, I do think the author dealt with the subject well and maybe at times it almost brought tears to my eyes to see Chaili learn to accept herself.  Marc was more than wonderful in that respect.

This is a hot but also sweet story that I think you will definitely love!

 

About Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah...serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.

 

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Thanks for the great review Francesca. The book sounds really good.

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Hope you give it a shot Lori!

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I thought this one looked good too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it.

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You’re welcome Sophia, and I hope you get to read it as well.

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Thanks Francesca I’ll definitely give Beautiful Scars a try!

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Thanks for the review… Re: the comment about anorexia, I saw that too and I’m going to be honest, I had to fight not to say anything… it’s not even just the health issues, really, it’s the fact that some women are just that lean and I wish people-and women specifically-would be more accepting of each other’s body types. I know many, many women who fit that body type to a T and yes, they are beautiful and it’s just as demoralizing to them to be told ‘that ain’t sexy’ or ‘real women have curves’ as it is for a… Read more »

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Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree 100% with what you just said. Acceptance should work both ways 🙂

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