by Melanie Moreland
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2014 by Self-Published
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Source: Xpresso Book Tours
The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.
The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.
Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.
Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.
All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.
Until she enters his life.
She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.
A story he keeps buried below the surface.
Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?
Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.
Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?
I have no idea why I kept pushing this back, not wanting to read it. What the hell was I thinking?! It is so good! I LOVE IT! I related SO much to Zachary’s character and I was just crying throughout the book and *sighs* the feels.
Zachary is a man with trust issues. Everyone in his life has used him and abused his trust. When Megan enters his life, all he wants to do is push her away and push her away he does, but Megan keeps on coming back. Both of these characters feel a pull towards one another and Megan wants to be Zachary’s but he is more reluctant to giving in to what he is feeling for Megan.
Beneath The Scars helped me write my story on my blog. While Zachary’s scars and mine are different, I still related to him and his feelings for his scars. Someone had to come into our lives to help us accept our scars. For Zachary, Megan came and stayed and showed him that his scars didn’t define him, that if people wanted to stare, to not care. Megan helped Zachary in more ways than one and it was inspiring to read about Zachary’s character growing throughout the story and changing for the better.
I had requested this book but I never found myself wanting to read it. It wasn’t until I read a review from a friend of mine that I really got into it. I think many can relate to Zachary’s character. All of us have had friends betray our trust. For some, it happens so much that they end up not trusting anybody but themselves. Zachary’s character teaches us that even when there are so many bad people in this world, there are also very good people that are willing to help us get that trust back.
While I did enjoy reading this book, it had some aspects that I didn’t really like. I would have liked more from each character. By this I mean that they fell in love rapidly. For Megan, it was practically love at first sight. Not only that, the characters didn’t really interact enough for them to fall in love. The only part where the reader gets to read both characters having a real, full-length conversation is when Zachary is telling Megan about her past.
Overall, it was a good story that many readers will enjoy and relate to, just as I did.
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