Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt: The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg

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The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg
Publication Date: March 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Every scar tells a story…
Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see.
Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.

Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.

Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.

Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?

Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?

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Excerpt:

By the time I arrived at the inn for dinner, I was a goddamn mess. Sweat was running down my back from the heat, even after changing my shirt twice. I’d changed my mind three times on whether to bring flowers for Cora, doubling back to the house at the last minute to grab them after I firmly decided to leave them at home.

When I finally arrived, I was a solid twenty minutes late and probably looked like a psychopath from all the sweat and the mangled flowers in my hand.

But all of this was forgotten the moment the door opened, and Cora greeted me.

“Jesus,” I cursed, giving her a once-over before she even had the chance to say hi. “You look insane.”

“Insane is good?” she asked, pink staining her cheeks.

I’d never seen her in anything beyond scrubs and shorts. Granted, this woman could wear a paper bag and be the hottest woman in the room. Tonight though, she’d dressed up, wearing a short, strappy number with tiny pink flowers dotting the fabric.

“Insane is really good,” I clarified.

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Review:

I absolutely fell hard for this book- it was a book that you couldn’t put down and one that made you change the way you view life.
Dean and Cora both have a past, a history, and they are both not pretty. They both carry tons of baggage but they are both so connected that it’s something that you can barely put into words- which means the author did a much better job of showing their connection than I could even explain.
Dean was injured in an accident and lost part of his arm. He was the all around, do anything type of guy and you know that when your everyday life changes so drastically, it can make or break someone.
Cora was married and living the perfect life with her perfect family- but that was what she wanted every one to think. In reality, her marriage was falling apart and she was being abused. She is the perfect picture of pretty much all of America these days- only posting about the good or the highlights. She lied to her family and was lying to herself- which is probably the worst thing of all.
I love that the book had points in it where it showed Cora’s blog and Dean’s rehab journal. It really let you dive into the characters and get to know their inner thoughts- this must have been a fun book to write! I can’t believe how both of them needed each other and how perfect they were for each other. I truly enjoyed reading their story and thought J.L. Berg did it a great justice. It was the perfect amount of story, dialogue, angst, suspense (in the sense that you didn’t know how it was going to play out) and happy ending.
I love that the author wrote about abuse, but didn’t write about experiencing the actual abuse. I don’t think it would have fit into this book. There was already so much hurt there, that it would have been too much. She really made me think about how I always say- I would never do that- but this book made me stop and think. What if this was me? It was just one of those books that stick with you.
I give this book 5 stars because I really did enjoy everything about this book and cannot stop raving about it! I have thought about it all day- I want to know more of their story, I want to live on their island, I want to be a nurse, I want to be positive and happy after reading it! It was just that dang good! Go out and get it immediately!

Meet J. L. Berg:

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!

I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!

Connect with J. L. Berg:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjlberg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorjlberg
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Foc87h
Website: http://jlberg.com/

 

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