Description: Lyla Harper is sure she will be alone for the rest of her life. After she leaves Kansas for college in Chicago, she hopes she will never have to face her dark secrets again. Four years later, Lyla lands an internship at a prestigious firm, hoping to plant her roots and close the door to her past forever. Unfortunately, Lyla is about to learn that the past has a way of finding her, no matter how well she hides.
After she is assigned to assist a marketing millionaire and notorious jerk, Lyla attempts to overcome her pessimistic view of the world and move on with her life. But after she lays eyes on her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor, Everett Brown, her secrets begin to resurface, prompting her to regress into her old coping ways. Led by curiosity and an undeniable attraction, Lyla pursues a passionate relationship with Everett and slowly begins to feel like a woman again. Now all she has to do is decide whether to tell him the truth.
In this contemporary romance, only time will tell if a young woman’s new lover will be able to save her from herself as her past emerges from the darkness to confront her once and for all.
REVIEW: There is Erotica and there is Dark Erotica, Succumbing to Scars & Sorrow is one of those stories that test the thin line between vulnerable and self-destructive. When I was approached by the author about reviewing the book, I asked the genre and I was told it was the same genre as Bared To You (Which I still haven’t read). I agreed and proceeded to read.
Though I wasn’t expecting to be blown away, I was very pleased by the plot and the quality of the writing. The story starts by introducing us to Lyla, a strong yet broken soul, and a career oriented young woman who moved to Chicago with the hope of forgetting her past, the pain her past brought her and the scars left by the past. After having her life ruined by people she trusted she decided to let go of her demons and make a life away from her family. Her love for them never changed, but the pain and the scars of her past were both deep and painful.
Lyla didn’t think she would be able to ever forget what happened to her, but certainly avoided thinking about it. This story is not for the weak of heart, there are situations in this stories that will touch the reader deeply as well as disturb them. Lyla’s new life takes a turn when she meets the gorgeous Everett. A young lawyer who she thought was just in for a good time and one night stand. Little did she know is that he would be able to break the walls she has put around her heart. Everett is everything a woman can dream of, he is sweet, kind, loving, caring, sexual and pretty much flawless. Perhaps that’s the reason Lyla felt at ease with him. There is nothing negative I can find about him, oh yes there is…his stepfather.
While I enjoyed the attraction between these two characters I didn’t however like how fast their relationship developed. I would’ve liked to see them get to know each other before jumping to the sex, as vulnerable and hurt as Lyla was I was expecting her to be a bit more reluctant to getting involved with a man she barely new, I expect her to feel concern about taking that step instead of falling into bed with the first guy she met. Though I understand her feelings and need for understanding, acceptance and love I also think she didn’t give herself enough time to get to know him more. There are things I don’t agree with but it doesn’t take away how powerful, engrossing and heart breaking the story is. Readers should be aware that this book touches a subject that is painful & terrifying for the victim. There is repeated sexual abuse, mental & psychological making your heart-break a bit at the time.
What I liked about this story, Lyla & Everett’s sexual chemistry, their interaction and their time together, their sexual encounter are explosive and nicely detailed.I like how connected they are, how one was the support of the other and how well established their relationship felt even if it was short. I also like that the story didn’t feel rushed even when the relationship between Lyla and Everett felt under developed, the author did a great job giving us glimpses into the character’s feelings and emotions allowing us to experience their anger, frustration and hopelessness. This book is sexy, but it is also emotional and dark. This is not your typical Erotica read, the promise of a HEA is there, but do not expect it at the end of this book. There is a 2nd book which I am hopeful to read once it comes out. I think the author did a fantastic job writing this book, her sense of understanding and ability to bring out emotions is one you can see on well seasoned writers, her ability to explore a topic that always leave the victim vulnerable was done with care and sensitivity. Mary Palmerin is an author you want to keep an eye on.
Warning: Sexual Abuse & Violence.
Do I recommend this book? Yes!
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