Thursday, August 26, 2010

Romance Book Review: Scarred

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Cattle Valley
ISBN : 978-0-85715-251-0
Genre: Contemporary/ Gay MM
Publisher: Total-E-Bound

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One of the main reasons why I keep up with Carol Lynne's LBGT Cattle Valley series is that the author has gone out of her way to center on hard hitting issues of the day. Each of the characters in her books become more real to the reader as they deal with current issues that the readers themselves maybe dealing.

In Scarred, Zac is a paramedic who has never been particularly happy with his life. He's in a relationship with a man who puts him down, which only adds to his problems.

When he meets one of his new co-workers he seems to fall in love for the first time, but he can't count on the fact that it is real. As the story goes on Carol Lynne delves into the issues and concerns of Bipolar Syndrome and depression and learning how to deal with it from the perspective of the person who has it and those that love him.

Jakob is a caring and loving partner and is immensely patient with Zac. This short book is well written and tells a wonderful story of love, courage and deep feeling.

Zac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.

Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to work, joins the community in celebrating Cattle Valley Days and wakes nightly in a cold sweat.

Pushed away at every turn, Jakob Cox still doesn’t know what happened the night Zac nearly lost his life. Despite Zac’s cold shoulder, Jakob takes it upon himself to drag the man he loves back into the land of the living.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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