Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My POV of The Scars of Us by Nikki Narvaez

Kaiya Marlow has always been cautious, precise in every decision she makes. When her dark past threatens to resurface, she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym.

Her instructor, Ryker Campbell, is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya attempts to resist Ryker's advances, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him.

Ryker's view on relationships is simple: strictly sex, nothing more. Haunted by demons from his past, he never allows himself to become attached to any woman. No attachment means no weakness, no vulnerability, no pain. He doesn't realize that his whole world is about to be turned upside down when Kaiya enters his self-defense class. Determined to have her, at least for one night, Ryker sets a plan into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Will love be able to heal their scars, or are they too deep to overcome?--Goodreads

Rating:

My POV


~What was your impression of The Scars of Us?
I thought it was intense, a bit disturbing and a whole lot sexy. Any story that contains sexual abuse is difficult for me to get through. A lot of times I have to stop reading the book to control my emotions and not sink into depressing along with the character. I’m an extremely emotional reader and I did take a few breaks with this book.

Kaiya’s (the main character) situation is one that is terrifying, shocking and heartbreaking. Although Kaiya’s past was constantly repeating in my head while reading every chapter this story is really about how she overcomes her tragedy. It’s about how she becomes a stronger person and beats the demons of past. But let’s not forget about Ryker. He too has issues that he needs to overcome and although they are nowhere near as horrific has Kaiya’s they still hinder Ryker’s ability to trust and settle down with one woman. That is until Kaiya comes in to his life. The Scars of Us is a love story but also a survivor’s story. 

~Can you tell us a little about the main characters?
As you probably gathered from above Kaiya Marlow has been sexually abused for as long as she can remember and has been in survivor mode since it ended. For years she has not really been living or letting anyone get close. She has just been going through the motions and taking one day at a time. That is until she goes to the gym with her brother.
Ryker Campbell is a HOT personal trainer who’s looking for a good time, NOT a committed relationship when it comes to woman. He’s been there, done that and after he was burned in the past he’s keeping his heart out of it. But after meeting Kaiya he’s not sure if he can treat her the same as his other hook ups.

~ What did you like about this story?
Kaiya and Ryker’s transformation and growth as characters. They both deserve a HEA.

~What is the one thing in this story that will make this story memorable?
The first thing is the abuse. It turns my stomach and hurts my heart. The second is Ryker. He’s one big teddy bear when it comes to Kaiya. I love their interaction. 

~Would you recommend this book/series and why?
Sure! This book ended up being much darker that what I was expecting but it was still a story I enjoyed. I connected with the character and cheered for them to end up together. But be warned this contains a harsh but realistic subject matter.

Author
Nikki Narvaez 
My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 27 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker. I just released my first novel, a New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance titled Envisioned. It is the first in the trilogy of The Elemental Prophecy Series. I am currently working on Book Two, titled Emblazed, as well as another Adult Paranormal Romance trilogy and a Contemporary Romance.

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