By: A.M. Brooks
Genre: Standalone | New Adult | Second Chance Romance
Release Date: April. 16, 2021
I fell in love with the wrong girl—you could say.
She destroyed my career.
Set me up for her family’s crimes.
Then ran off into the sunset to become Queen of a criminal empire.
Time is supposed to heal all things. For me, time has done nothing but create a vengeful monster out for blood. Her blood. I won’t stop until she’s back on my turf, playing my game and surrendering her body and soul to me.
I’d say my plan would be to destroy her heart like she did mine, except I learned long ago that Scarlet Reyes doesn’t have one.
There is no happily ever after here.
I ruined my chance at happiness—you could say.
I became a Queen to survive.
He doesn’t know I walked away to save his life.
My plan to make my father’s enemy fall in love with me worked, until I lost my own heart in the process.
Until he showed me the cage I had allowed myself to be trapped in.
When a relationship is already built on lies like ours, hearts and love don’t stand a chance.
I have a secret I’m keeping from Trent Nichols.
Now I’m back and once again my lies are standing in the way.
How can we live happily ever after when he’s determined to ruin me?
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Confessions of a Bibliophile Review
❝𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔.❞- 𝑨𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒖𝒔
‘Scar’ by A.M. Brooks is a contemporary, new-ish adult, second chance romance. *SIGH* I feel like I have been waiting for Trent’s story FOREVER and Brooks did NOT disappoint. Brooks readers first met Trent in the ‘Hearts Duet’, although ‘Scar’ IS a standalone and I don’t feel like you would be missing out if you didn’t, I would suggest checking out the ‘Hearts Duet’ (it’s a great read!) and you can get a bit of a better understanding of the event Trent was involved in when he was younger that is mentioned in ‘Scar’.
‘Scar’ is a bit different compared to most stories as this time around the heroine is the perceived “bad guy” who did the hero wrong. You don’t get many stories that go that route and although second chance romance isn’t one of my favorite genres, this plot was an amazing read! In ‘Scar’ we see flashbacks of when Trent first met Scarlet, and what led up to their separation as well as why Scarlet is back now and how the two are trying to navigate working together with miles of secrets, betrayal, and heartache between them.
I have read everything A.M. Brooks has released and I must say, from the prologue to the heart-stopping ending, ‘Scar’ is her best work yet! This one has it ALL, and it’s one hell of a ride along the way.
With that being said… let’s get to the facts!
𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗿𝗲: Contemporary | New Adult-ish | Second Chance Romance
𝗣𝗢𝗩: First-Person, Dual POV
𝗛 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 💙💙💙💙💙 – Trent Nichols, biker, underground racer, and an undercover detective. When he was young he fell hard and fast for a mysterious girl and then out of nowhere his entire life fell apart. As he’s led away in cuffs, Scar disappears without a trace. It’s been six years since Scarlet left but she’s back now, and Trent is far from over her, or the heartache she left in her wake. And now in order to get his revenge, he has to work with the same woman who broke his heart and betrayed him in the worst possible way. I adore Trent Nichols, after reading ‘Hearts Duet’ I knew there was more going on behind the scenes but sheesh, that boy is ALL THE WAY swoon-worthy.
𝗵 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ – Scarlet Reyes, the daughter of a Mexican cartel boss. As you can guess, Scarlet hasn’t had the easiest life, but it’s even worse than whatever you are thinking. Her father has her on a tight leash, using the only people she loves in order to control her and forcing her to be his assassin. But everything changes when he sends her to get info on Trent. The two fall hard and fast for one another but Scarlet’s father is still pulling on her leash and now, with even more to lose, she’s forced to make a difficult decision… breaking Trent and her own heart in the process.
❝𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆. 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓.❞
𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮-𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲?: Maybe not insta-love, but definitely insta-lust.
𝗔𝗻𝗴𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹?: Very angsty. Trent and Scarletts story is a series of ups and downs that includes a whole lot of heartache and betrayal along the way.
𝗣𝘂𝘀𝗵/𝗣𝘂𝗹𝗹?: Trent has valid reasons for not welcoming Scarlet back with open arms and Scar understands that but there is a bit of push and pull.
𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 & 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺: 🔥🔥🔥🔥–*Swooning* Trent, my oh my Trent. What an absolute sweetheart. He was smitten with Scar from the moment he saw her and he did everything he could to keep her at his side. The swoon-worthy, smoking hot, romance was just a bonus in the story of Trent and Scarlet.
❝𝑺𝒐, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓… 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓.❞
𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲: No.
𝗢𝗪/𝗢𝗠 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮: No.
𝗦𝗲𝘅 𝗦𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗢𝗪 𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗠: No.
𝗙𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿?: I adored Trent, he’s such a wonderful guy but I have to say Scarlet on this one. That girl has gone through hell and back again and is the ultimate definition of a survivor.
𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀: There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. If you would like to know more about what those subjects are, feel free to DM me! #NoSpoilers
𝗛𝗘𝗔?: Yes, there is a happily ever after and no one deserved it more than these two.
𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝗿𝗲-𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸? Absolutely.
𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀? Although ‘Scar’ is standalone, I absolutely would. I’m still keeping my fingers AND toes crossed that we see a Sam and Ayda story, I am all about the step-sibling ‘taboo’ romance! 🤗🙏
𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸? Highly recommend ‘Scar’ to anyone who enjoys contemporary second chance romances with a bit of an enemies-to-lovers feel.
AM Brooks is an author with a variety of stories; Contemporary Romance, New Adult, and mature YA.
Her writing style is suspenseful and sometimes leads to heart-wrenching conclusions. With a background in forensic psychology, she really goes for those investigative, dark, and twisty feels.
And of course, lots of love!
Brooks enjoys reading as much as writing. Television shows such as Criminal Minds, Scandal, and One Tree Hill are her go-to binge-worthy series. She loves spending time with her friends and family with a good glass of beer or wine.
If she isn’t reading or writing, Brooks is Pinterest-ing future home projects for her wonderful husband to accomplish.