Thursday, 19 January 2017

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ Menace (Scarlet Scars, #1) by J.M. Darhower

Menace (Scarlet Scars, #1)  by J.M. Darhower

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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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Oh me likey likey!! WARNING: “Scarlet Scars contains themes that are dark in nature. Some scenes may be difficult to read. Readers who are triggered by violent or sexual content should proceed with caution. " 

MENACE: The first chapter sent chills up and down my spine, setting the scene for a terrifying, gritty read. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspective’ Morgan aka Scarlet & Lorenzo..
Mence is a spin off from the Monster in his eyes trilogy where Lorenzo first became known to us, but to understand this book you don’t need to read this as I’ve not read that series (the shame of it) and I kept up with the storyline just fine.

noun: menace; plural noun: menaces
1. a person or thing that is likely to cause harm; a threat or danger.
synonyms: danger, risk, threat; jeopardy
"a menace to society”

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The story starts off with a mother urging her daughter to wake up and play a game of hide and seek they have practiced many a times, the little girl is scared, she can hear screams and banging from downstairs, clutching her teddy close to her heart she does what her mother tells her and runs and hides.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic "Hide really good, and just like woody and buzz do, remember? Don't make a sound, don't move at all, no matter what, if someone comes near you, okay?" 

She gave the man who struck fear in her a name 'The Tin Man' a mantra she whispers over and over to herself "Face your fears, and wipe your tears."

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Come out, come out, wherever you are," he called out, searching the house. I know you are up here kitten. You can't hide forever. 

What she finds downstairs will stay in her mind for a long time to come, taken in the dead of night by the tin man.

Then we fast forward to where this unlikely duo meet, she chose the wrong guy to pickpocket

Morgan has a dark gritty past, she’s been on the run for as long as she can remember, searching for answers, always in hiding and keeping a low profile.

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You’ll not meet any man more dangerous than Lorenzo, a hardened mafia take no prisoners kind of guy, shoot first then ask questions later.

He's just a man...A man with flaws...A man with his own problems. 

Morgan is as tough as they come though she does hers in more of a sneaky way, hidden in the shadows a pickpocket and a stripper by night.

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Heads of the notorious New York crime families were executed in a room over in Long Island, paving the way for me to take over the city. 

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At the age of sixteen his stepfather took to him with a shovel, part of one side of his face is severely scarred, slicing through his eye and leaving him partially blind in that eye, discoloured a shade lighter than his good eye.

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What a crazy ride this duo set me on, I giggled, swooned, sighed, questioned, but most of all I loved..I wasn’t sure if these two would be a good match but wow together they are an explosive duo!! Lorenzo maybe damaged on the outside with a scar which runs down his face but Morgan matches him with how broken she in within.

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This wasn't my favourite from this author and I blame it all on Sempre, I fell hard and fast for that series, nothing and I mean nothing compares to that series, and no author can rival that series!! BUT this was an awesome riveting start to this series.

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* 3 Teasers used in my review are off the authors facebook page *

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