Scars is a perfect example of why I do not generally enjoy short works, especially ones that are under 100 pages, and this one is under 50 pages. There simply is not space for the author to give sufficient background and character development to properly engage the reader with the main characters. All we know from this installment is that Selina and Benjamin are in London, have married under some sort of pre-arranged agreement and have a strong sexual attraction to one another. Although they have some sort of relationship, it is very definitely not a traditional one. That would be perfectly acceptable if I knew what kind of relationship it is and why. That kind of information simply can't be accomplished in a novelette.
I really wish authors wouldn't do this to their readers. By parceling out the story in choppy bits this way it just causes frustration for readers like myself. I will not be reading this in pieces. Once all of the installments are released and combined into one acceptable book I may actually go back and read this one because there are hints dropped that if developed well will make this story a worthwhile read. For example, Selina is apparently from Sierra Leone and is dealing with some sort of traumatic experience; while Benjamin has "South Africa heritage". That's interesting and I haven't read anything where one of the main characters is originally from Sierra Leone and pairing her with someone from South Africa is an interesting combination that would definitely get my attention. I would love to get more of Selina's history since it is her background that is troubled. Scars is definitely erotic, but has no anchor for the reader to tether the sexual encounters to which kept this from being an enjoyable read for me.
**I received a copy of Scars via Netgalley/Evernight Publishers in exchange for an honest review.**
She clutches at control to cover her flaws.
He wants to strip her bare because she's beautiful.
Selina Moss hides a secret beneath her controlled happy exterior. Her body is covered in scars and she's never revealed them to anyone. She's not beautiful and she doesn't want pity.
However, it's her wedding night and husband, Benjamin Moss, is determined to strip down her barriers.
Benjamin is not playing fair, not when he's deploying breath-stealing seduction as well as mind-melting sex toys. But will he still want her when she bares all?