Fragile Scars (Fragile Hearts Standalone Series #1)

Fragile Scars by Lilian Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four “really liked it” stars!

Color me impressed! This book took an incredibly sensitive topic, and showed it from multiple angles (insider, outsider, adult, child). And she showed it respect while doing it. She described the fear of being in a relationship with someone unpredictable and explosive, even had the heroine being more bold with Ash (the abuser) when she was interacting with him from a distance (phone/text). In my limited experience, that’s how it was. It was easier to be brave when they weren’t there in person. I related to that.

From what I could find I think this is the author’s debut novel, and I am blown away. Striking a balance between plot-driven and character-driven can be really hard, even for authors who have written a dozen novels– too much of one or the other makes for a dud. But this book didn’t suffer that. I enjoyed the different personalities of the characters and at the same time was glued to the pages by the plot.

She also did a great job weaving in little extras (like the bunny) to make it a fuller, richer story. I’ll say it again– I’m truly impressed that this was a debut novel.

I generally read darker romances with anti-heroes, but this one spoke to me. The male MC was definitely more hero than anti-hero, but I really liked him. He swooped in and saved the day, and it worked for me.

I recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance who like a hero that saves the day. Because, really… who doesn’t?

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Lilah seems to have it all—a great job and a gorgeous boyfriend, but underneath the perfect exterior are bruises left behind by a monster who claims to love her.

Damian has a troubled past of his own. He vows to steer clear of love, that is until he meets Lilah—a woman whose secret is slowly consuming her. One look and he knows they’ve met before but he doesn’t know where.

Determined to help her escape the violent relationship she can’t seem to leave, he befriends her, vowing to keep her safe, but protecting Lilah comes at a price.

When their attraction turns into passion and their secrets threaten to tear them apart, will they fight for one another? Or will their demons swallow them whole?

***Fragile Scars is a steamy contemporary romance with suspenseful undertones and isn’t suitable for those under 18. It contains strong language, sexual situations and references. It is the 1st book in the Fragile Hearts series. All the books in the series are interconnected standalone romances with a different couple, but past couples and characters do make an appearance in later books.

Author Note: Below is a trigger warning for those who may need it. Please stop reading now if you don’t want one. This story contains graphic violence and sexual assault, which may not be suitable for some readers.

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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