Scarred Love [NOOK Book]

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"I am certain, without any doubt, she was meant to be in my life. We belong to each other. I spent too much of my time consumed with what everyone else thinks of my feelings for Darcie, but the truth is, it was always supposed to be this way." ~Reggie Evans

Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping...
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Overview

"I am certain, without any doubt, she was meant to be in my life. We belong to each other. I spent too much of my time consumed with what everyone else thinks of my feelings for Darcie, but the truth is, it was always supposed to be this way." ~Reggie Evans

Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she's feared for all those years.

Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.

Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she's fighting with something she isn't prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content**
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016417561
  • Publisher: M.S. Brannon
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Series: Sulfur Heights Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 63,482
  • File size: 590 KB

Meet the Author

M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    As you are reading Scarred Love it is hard to believe that this

    As you are reading Scarred Love it is hard to believe that this is M. S. Brannon's first novel and I can't wait for her next one. Scarred Love should be on everyones must read list for 2013, and it's a great summer/beach read.

    The author writes so descriptively, that is easy to imagine you are living in Sulfur Heights. Her main character Darcie is not only the beautiful it girl of the story but she has flaws that make her very human, which is rare in a fiction romance novel. Her dirty mouth and kick ass attitude is refreshing. You will fall in love with Reggie and all the Evans Brothers and despise the villians of Scarred Love.

    I love, love, love Scarred Love. M.S. Brannon is the author to watch as I'm sure she will be a Best Seller.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    DNF

    I skipped paragraphs then pages. It was bad, sooo bad. I hate giving bad reviews but the rating on bn as well as goodreads is so high and I have no clue how that is possible.
    The idea was great but there was too much detail about things that were not needed for the story line not to mention the lack of maturity by all in the story

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    Very emotional story about how close a group of kids become as a

    Very emotional story about how close a group of kids become as a family even though they aren't all blood-relatives. This has very tragic parts that are difficult to read, but well-written and an essential part of the book. What happened to the girls in this story from someone who should love and protect them is disgusting. The knight rescues the victim, but also sees her potential and allows her to grow and take control of her own destiny. Very moving.

    ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    Darcie knows what true monsters are and what a knight in shining

    Darcie knows what true monsters are and what a knight in shining armor looks like. For 14 years Darcie has lived in hell then Reggie Evans hears her screams and saves her. From here she has to learn how to cope with the trauma as she becomes part of the Evans family – a crew of 4 guys that take her in and make her part of their family. Of course, monsters don't disappear so as she moves on with her life there is always the threat of the monsters return. All of the family members have come from traumatic pasts and how the band together to love and defend each other is wonderful. Through all of it Darcie falls in love with her knight but does he love her? Will they age difference keep them apart? I laughed, I cried and I wanted to smack a few characters from time to time … M.S. Brannon pulled me in and gave me an amazingly dysfunctional family that I wanted to see succeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Wow great book

    I liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Love the story line, BUT not liking all the curse words, I know

    Love the story line, BUT not liking all the curse words, I know it is the characters and who they are.
    But just not to my liking. 
    Easy to follow as the author goes back and forth between the two characters and their emotions.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    review to come 9-3-13, re-read 11-21-13 Loved this book once ag

    review to come 9-3-13, re-read 11-21-13

    Loved this book once again. I forgot to review it the first time. This book is about a 27 yr old Reggie Evans and 17 yr old Darcie Claiborne. Reggie had saved Darcie from her abusive stepfather when she was 14 and took her in A's family with his other 3brothers that he also was taking care of too, twins Jake & Jeremy, and also adopted Drake. You will also meet the adorable Presley who will soon fall for Drakes charms ;)

    I love Reggie and how he takes care of his family. There are secrets and a lot of emotional baggage with each character.
    Fixen to read Tragic Love for Drake & Presleys story

    "Are you my knight and shining armor?" ~Darcie
    "Yes, always"~ Reggie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Great story, but....

    The potential for Scarred Love to be a great read was there. From the very first page the book was gripping and dark. However, a romance between a minor and an adult is never going to be ok with me, and the dialogue in this book was so immature it was ridiculous. 3 stars for the potential, but I'll skip any more in the series.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    Darcie Claiborne has lived in the seventh ring of hell for mos

    Darcie Claiborne has lived in the seventh ring of hell for most of her life. Always terrified and wondering if it would end and would she still be alive. One night she can't stand it anymore and decides to make a last ditch effort and scream for her life. Reggie Evans has had to grow up fast by raising his brothers since their mother died. On his run he hears a sound he will never forget. Saving Darcie from a fate worse than death he grabs her and takes her home. Three years later Darcie is trying to put together some semblance of a life. Dancing around their feelings Reggie tries to protect her from her past and his as well while Darcie is fighting to feeling anything but pain and numbness.

    Although I enjoyed this book immensely it isn't for everyone. It is raw, brutal, and has some serious torture scenes. Not everyone is going to like it and just to be up front and honest if you can't handle torture, rape attempted and suggested, or violence ....well try reading it anyway because it is a good story but just be forewarned. I was given this raw beauty of a book by Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. M.S. Brannon and Scarred Love definitely left scars on my heart. Darcie has been through hell and back only to have to go through more to get to the other side. This book will tear you up and spit you back out only to have you wrapped up into the story again to do it all over again. It was non-stop heart wrenching drama over and over, but not to much to turn you off and just want to get the story over with. I still cannot believe this is Brannon's debut novel...so well done and will definitely continue with the Sulfur Heights series for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Did this publisher and editors completely drop the ball on this

    Did this publisher and editors completely drop the ball on this book or what?!?? How many times can Darcie "rounded the corner"? 3 within 5 pages. Using the same word repetitively like "bagging" is annoying. Not to mention they live in a fictional low class neighborhood where they most like would say "baggin'" . There just isn't a very wide range of vocabulary being used in this complete waste of my time. I started to read the free sample of the next book in line of this series. Couldn't get past page 2. These could be amazing  books! The potential is there. Spell check doesn't correct "our" or "are". Extra "s" or spaces in the middle of a word. Seriously. The story line was okay, but not so deep that we need to be pulled back in to get to know all the Evans family characters as individual books. 

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Though I enjoyed this story, there are a few thing that I think

    Though I enjoyed this story, there are a few thing that I think would have happened differently if this were real life, and took away from the believability factor for me. I loved the relationship between Reggie and Darcie. They are definitely intense and very addictive to read about. Darcie's new home life, is unconventional, but it works for them. They all protect each other. Darcie is a fighter and a survivor. That's what this story is about...Surviving and not giving up. It's easy to get swept up in the emotions of this story. It really grabs you. Scarred Love by M.S. Brannon was provided to me by Reading Addiction for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Review by Michelle

    This book meant so much to me I went through this also but with my actual dad. I had to fight through what he done to me to protect my sister from him and everything he had done to me still scarres me to this day but its what made me who i am and a neighbor at the time heard me screaming and him and his dad came with the cops. The boy who was 15 at the time i was 13 was outside swimming and heard me now today i am married to him and we've been together for 16 years this november.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    This book was okay. The horror Darcie endures is truly awful and

    This book was okay. The horror Darcie endures is truly awful and I felt as though I was in a dark place just reading about it, which isn't a problem. However, I couldn't get past the age difference of Darcie and Reggie and it stayed in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading. It felt awkward reading about them considering their circumstances.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    This book had me completely mesmerized from the very beginning.

    This book had me completely mesmerized from the very beginning. When we first meet Darcie, she is deep in her abuse, waiting for something, anything, to rescue her. She could take the easy way out and wish for death, but has a strength in her that is compelling her to hold out for something better. She knows deep down that she is actually worth something and deserves better. Finally, her knight in shining armor arrives, and whisks her from her terror. 

    Her new life serves her well, but she is not completely out of the woods. There are still some secrets that threaten her very existence. She still has a lot of unresolved anger about what happened to her, and rightfully so. I just want to smack her upside the head when she lets that temper get the better of her, though. Getting into fights isn't going to solve anything. Her supposed toughness is just a front for all of the pain that still haunts her. 

    I will never understand those who abuse children. What Darcie had to endure is worse than I can wrap my head around. Be forewarned, if you are sensitive to severe abuse, you are not going to want to read this book. It does come up again and again, yet I feel is handled well. It's a part of the story that needs to be told. It's going to make you squirm, but can't be ignored and have the story be the same. 

    I am glad that Darcie has an adopted family that cares for her so much. She is very fortunate to have found such a thing, and to have avoided the horrors often associated with the foster care system. They are truly a group of misfits that work well together. I wish they could have gotten her more help, because it is obvious to me that she needs a significant amount of counseling. At the same time, I understand why they are hesitant to let in more outsiders. 

    I have to admit that the relationship and attraction between Darcie and Reggie made me uncomfortable for a while. They are ten years apart in age. He is her guardian. She is a minor. At the same time, I can understand the attraction that they have for each other and commend them for trying to hold off until it is more appropriate. 

    This is one of those books that is going to make you hurt. It's going to make you think. It's going to keep you completely engrossed through the entire rollercoaster ride, filled with ups and downs and lots of twists. I was able to figure out one major twist in the plot, but wasn't completely positive until it was revealed. I really liked it and almost wish to find out what happens to Darcie in the long run. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Scarred Love

    I loved the book. Kind of dark but it was one that I didn' t want to put down. Can't wait to read more from the author.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    M.S. Brannon pens "Scarred Love" in a well written, ro

    M.S. Brannon pens "Scarred Love" in a well written, romance plot that just had your emotions riding a roller coaster. Between the author's extremely strong characters that had great chemistry, wide range of emotions and the tragedy/triumph of the plot I had a really hard time putting this book down. For a debut novel, this author writes like a pro! Highly recommended for all romance fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

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    Dark, emotional, and full of intense romance, this book was a he

    Dark, emotional, and full of intense romance, this book was a heavy read. And I really enjoyed it. Scarred Love is the kind of book that makes you feel for the characters and get drawn into their world. It was a wonderful read.




    This book isn't for the faint of heart. The themes of abuse, mental and physical, and rape play huge roles in this book. I thought it was treated with respect and was incorporated smoothly into the story, instead of seeming like the elephant in the room. So, I appreciate that.




    Darcie was an okay heroine. On one hand, she was incredibly strong. She was a survivor and determined to thrive, no matter the odds. On the other, she had a tendency to make really stupid decisions and it was kind of irritating. For example, after seeing Reggie was a woman (because it's totally strange for a 27 year old man to hook up with women), she throws a fit and decides to go out with a guy who gives her the creeps just to spite him. This is totally wrong for several reasons. Reason 1: Does she really think that a relationship between her, a minor, and Reggie, can happen easily, considering he's almost a decade older and her guardian? There are laws against that. Reason 2: Her reaction was possibly the most childish thing I've ever seen. Reason 3: What in god's name made you thing going out with a guy that you have a bad feeling about was a good idea. A guy who continually harasses your adopted brother and who everyone is warning you away from? It had bad idea written all over it, inside it, and stamped into it. And Darcie seemed to make these kinds of decisions a lot. After a while, it got on my nerves. 




    I still liked Darcie's character because I think she had a lot of depth and a lot of strength. But, I did get annoyed with her frequently.




    Reggie, on the other hand, was great. He's had to take care of his brothers, giving up his promising career, for almost a decade. And, after he rescues Darcie, he adds even more to his plate. But, considering his age and the tendency of the people in his care to be difficult, he deals with it all remarkably well. He never shirks the responsibility and does his best to care for everyone. He was so sweet, intensely protective of his loved ones, and determined to do what was best for them. I thought he was wonderful.




    The romance was intense. There was a lot of built up longing between Darcie and Reggie and, when it finally exploded, it was hot. Both in regards to the deep emotion between them and the sparks that were constantly flying when they were together. To anyone who is squeamish at the thought of a 17 year old and a 27 year old in a relationship, you have to remember that age is just a number, particularly in this case. After everything that they've been through, these two are more mature than their age gives them credit for. If you measure age by life experience, then they're the same age. So, it didn't bother me at all. And I though the romance was brilliantly done.




    I liked that all the brothers were treated as individual characters, and not just side notes. Each of them had depth and personality and I was actually interested in them as their own people. 




    I have to say that I had one other complaint about this book. It was a little unrealistic, in several ways. For one, the way high school portrayed was almost like a twisted parody. I don't know what high school actually includes behavior like this. All the girls dressed like sluts, all the guys acting like total pervs about said girls, and everyone getting in fights on a daily basis. I don't know if there are actually high school like that, but mine definitely wasn't. Also, the way Darcie and the boys acted  was out of the ordinary for teenagers. At least, from what I've seen. Yeah, teenagers party and drink. But, getting drunk at a bar every night is what I would consider odd behavior for high schoolers. And last, I didn't think it made sense why none of any of the abuse that Darcie suffered was ever reported. Not just after Reggie found her, but before. Didn't ANYONE notice something? Just something small enough to warrant a call to the police? It just didn't sit well with me.




    The plot was fast paced. The prologue was brilliant. It started the book off with a bang and got me totally hooked. And I was kept interested the entire way through. The thrill of danger was constantly there and had me on the edge of my seat. Despite any issues I had with the book, I really enjoyed the story. And the ending was perfect.




    Though I had my problems with this book, in the end, I really liked Scarred Love. That I still liked it despite my complaints shows how much I truly enjoyed this book. It was absolutely wonderful. If you want a darker read with intense emotions and hot romance, then you definitely have to read this book.




    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    TiWi

    This is one of those Dark Love Stories, but it was well written & you wont be dissappointed. The Evans Brother's/House are what stands for a family that might not be related by blood but they have each others backs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    This was a great read for me!!!

    I loved this book...it was so great! I think this was money well spent :) M.S. Brannon did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I fell that M.S. Brannon did an excellent job with this book. Ha

    I fell that M.S. Brannon did an excellent job with this book. Having been an abused child myself, I fell that she described what goes on in ones head pretty well. I think that with everything that Darcie had been through, she grew up to be a strong women (granted, with some anger issues (:). It's hard for someone who goes through that to fight to live a some what normal life, instead of turning to drugs or alcohol. I so happy that Darcie was saved and was brought into a loving home (some don't get that lucky).

    Then there is Reggie. LOVED HIM! I know that some people don't like how he is 9 years older, and then falls in love. What they don't understand is that he helped her through an extremely tough time in her life. When you see someone go from a shy, meek girl with low self esteem to a strong woman, how can you not help but fall in love with her! I've seen reviews where they say that Reggie was a poor role model for the kids. I disagree, I fell that he did a great job with what he had. They lived in a bad neighborhood where drugs were getting passed around like candy. Sure he got them fake IDs so that could go into his bar, but at lease he owned the place a could keep a good eye on them. With What he had to work with, I think he did a great job!

    I cannot wait to read more from M.S. Brannon!

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