Author: Rhonda Helms
Book Name: Scratch
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Blurb: The most painful scars are the ones you never see.
In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical–all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.
Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach–or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.
Review: Usually I’m a bit iffy on the new adult genre books, especially if it is a new author, but the blurb on this pulled me in. I did expect this to be a bit darker, but it really fell more on to the sweet side than the dark.
Really, I was enjoying this quite a bit until the last little part when we get what really amounts to an epiphany moment or set of moments and all is mostly good. After the amount of time and grief involved, you just don’t have a moment and suddenly you let it all go. It is a process, one that is admittedly different for each person, but still a process.
I think I would have done much better with this if the letting go and opening up and been a gradual release throughout the book. The letting go isn’t 100% roses and all is good in the world, but it is close enough to have made me like this just a little less than I had before I got to the end.
All in all, this is a sweet story.