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ARC Review | Scar by A.M. Brooks | Available Now!

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By: A.M. Brooks

Genre: Standalone | New Adult | Second Chance Romance

Release Date: April. 16, 2021



I fell in love with the wrong girlโ€”you could say.
She destroyed my career.
Set me up for her familyโ€™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 wonโ€™t stop until sheโ€™s back on my turf, playing my game and surrendering her body and soul to me.
Iโ€™d say my plan would be to destroy her heart like she did mine, except I learned long ago that Scarlet Reyes doesnโ€™t have one.
There is no happily ever after here.


I ruined my chance at happinessโ€”you could say.
I became a Queen to survive.
He doesnโ€™t know I walked away to save his life.
My plan to make my fatherโ€™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 donโ€™t stand a chance.
I have a secret Iโ€™m keeping from Trent Nichols.
Now Iโ€™m back and once again my lies are standing in the way.
How can we live happily ever after when heโ€™s determined to ruin me?

Add Scar to your #TBR โžป

Confessions of a Bibliophile Review

โ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’…๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’”.โž- ๐‘จ๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’”

โ€˜Scarโ€™ by A.M. Brooks is a contemporary, new-ish adult, second chance romance. *SIGH* I feel like I have been waiting for Trentโ€™s story FOREVER and Brooks did NOT disappoint. Brooks readers first met Trent in the โ€˜Hearts Duetโ€™, although โ€˜Scarโ€™ IS a standalone and I donโ€™t feel like you would be missing out if you didnโ€™t, I would suggest checking out the ‘Hearts Duet’ (itโ€™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 โ€˜Scarโ€™.

โ€˜Scarโ€™ is a bit different compared to most stories as this time around the heroine is the perceived โ€œbad guyโ€ who did the hero wrong. You donโ€™t get many stories that go that route and although second chance romance isnโ€™t one of my favorite genres, this plot was an amazing read! In โ€˜Scarโ€™ 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, โ€˜Scarโ€™ is her best work yet! This one has it ALL, and itโ€™s one hell of a ride along the way.

With that being saidโ€ฆ letโ€™s get to the facts!

๐Ÿ…ƒ๐Ÿ„ท๐Ÿ„ด ๐Ÿ„ต๐Ÿ„ฐ๐Ÿ„ฒ๐Ÿ…ƒ๐Ÿ…‚:

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: Contemporary | New Adult-ish | Second Chance Romance

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€: Standalone

๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฉ: First-Person, Dual POV

๐—› ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ โ€“ 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 heโ€™s led away in cuffs, Scar disappears without a trace. Itโ€™s been six years since Scarlet left but sheโ€™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 โ€˜Hearts Duetโ€™ I knew there was more going on behind the scenes but sheesh, that boy is ALL THE WAY swoon-worthy.

๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ โ€“ Scarlet Reyes, the daughter of a Mexican cartel boss. As you can guess, Scarlet hasnโ€™t had the easiest life, but itโ€™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 Scarletโ€™s father is still pulling on her leash and now, with even more to lose, sheโ€™s forced to make a difficult decisionโ€ฆ breaking Trent and her own heart in the process.

โ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’” ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†. ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“.โž

๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ-๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ?: Maybe not insta-love, but definitely insta-lust.

๐—”๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น?: 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.

๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต/๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น?: 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.

๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ & ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅโ€“*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.

โ๐‘บ๐’, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“โ€ฆ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’‰๐’†๐’“.โž

๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ: No.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Nope.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: Yes.

๐—ข๐—ช/๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ: No.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜… ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ข๐—ช ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ข๐— : No.

๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ?: I adored Trent, heโ€™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.

๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: 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

๐—›๐—˜๐—”?: Yes, there is a happily ever after and no one deserved it more than these two.

โ“Œโ“„โ“Šโ“โ’น โ’พโ€ฆ?

๐—ช๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ-๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ? Absolutely.

๐—ช๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€? Although โ€˜Scarโ€™ is standalone, I absolutely would. Iโ€™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! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™

๐—ช๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ? Highly recommend โ€˜Scarโ€™ to anyone who enjoys contemporary second chance romances with a bit of an enemies-to-lovers feel.

A.M. Brooks

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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 isnโ€™t reading or writing, Brooks is Pinterest-ing future home projects for her wonderful husband to accomplish.


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