Grievous by JM Darhower

March 23, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Grievous by JM Darhowerfour-stars
Grievous by J.M. Darhower
Series: Scarlet Scars #2
Also in this series: Menace
Published by Self-published on February 6, 2017
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 338
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Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.

Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she's not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know--the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.

But fairy tales aren't real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can't slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she's forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But lucky for Morgan, there's a white knight in combat boots out there that isn't afraid of monsters.

You see, it's impossible to be afraid of something you face every day in the mirror.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyA fractured fairy-tale, where thankfully the hero fought without fear for his heroine!

Grievous is the second half of the Scarlet Scars Series. So stop reading this review if you haven’t read the first book, Menace and check that out first.  This series is about righting the wrongs of the past by not letting history repeat itself. Of course, even with knowing who the monsters are, the chances of destroying them are slim. The final scene in Menace had left my heart racing. Luckily I had timed my reading of the Scarlet Scars Series perfectly with Grievous ready to 1Click!

My first impression in the second book was the suspense had toned down significantly in comparison to the first. It caught me off guard initially, with Lorenzo and Morgan now playing the happy couple. What would have sent me straight to the therapist’s lounge, had little impact on either of Lorenzo or Morgan. After what they had endured, their current situation was just another day battling the monsters they had come across before. When the drama began to escalate again, my fear of what would happen returned and the sedate atmosphere became a distant memory.

Maybe we’re all crazy.

Maybe the trick in life is just to find someone whose crazy plays well with your own.

Lorenzo for all his bravado about remaining detached from those he surrounds himself with, began to show he was not as distant as he believed. Constantly fighting his inability to sleep, the jigsaw puzzle he works on becomes a reflection of the challenge ahead of them. Methodically he uses the puzzle to be able to assess and decide what he needs to do next. There were a few times I believed he was stepping out of his league when he entered other’s domains. Thankfully I, like so many, underestimated him but I also underestimated others and became lulled into a false sense of security.

Morgan is a smart fighter, learning from an early age she had to make every move she took count. Willing to sacrifice a battle to win the war, Morgan knew not to rattle the monster who would destroy her world with a single command. Her hopes were on justice, but she was beginning to understand that sometimes you need to fight fire with fire. Morgan slowly lowers her guard, trusting Lorenzo more and more. She has a lot at stake, and no one but her knows how fine a line she needs to tread to keep her hope of alive.

The secondary characters enhanced the story, and provided a depth to the suspense I enjoyed. They didn’t always play the role I assumed they would, which kept my curiosity in them spiked.  Unexpected plot twists caught me off-guard on more than one occasion. One in particular, threw me for six ( a cricketing term meaning ‘hitting the ball over the fence’, not a reference to one of Lorenzo’s men LOL). The loyalty was the common thread throughout the story. It was interesting how often personal interests were either sidelined or accepted as fate.

“That sounds a lot like an excuse to me.”

“That it does,” Seven says. “He apologized.”

“He’s got two strikes already,” I say.

“If it so much as even rains on me, he’s catching the blame and that’s it for him.” “Understandable.”

Lorenzo’s rules for remaining one of his trusted crew are unbelievable. The fact that no one will enter his study without his permission is a testament to how easy it is to become an ex-employee. Now while technically Morgan is his employee, she is so much more and cautiously begins to flaunt his rules. He respects and admires the way she doesn’t fear him and enjoys the challenge she has brought into his life. They have so much in common. Their zest to get what they want is equal. The way they go about resolving the injustices they encounter is what sets them apart, at the same time drawing them together.

While I didn’t feel the amazing buzz I did after reading the first book, Grievous was a great way to bring Lorenzo and Morgan’s story to an end. If you enjoy dark suspense, take a deep breath, prepare yourself for this bittersweet story I loved.

4 Fear No Evil Stars


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