Book Review: Menace by J.M Darhower

January 20, 2017

(Scarlet Scars Book One)
Dark Romance
J.M. Darhower

Release Date: January 16th

Scarlet Scars is a two-book series.
GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars Book Two) will release February 6th.
**Scarlet Scars contains dark elements that some readers may find disturbing**


Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he's a sociopath. Maybe he's a psychopath. Whatever path he's on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him—a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something... or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn't quite sure.

You can bet your ass he's going to figure it out, though.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 MESSED UP STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐

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“Someone once told me that evil can sense itself inside of others, our hearts beating in a different rhythm than most, playing a morbid song that only other evil knows. 

Well it’s official. I fell for a sociopath and it regret NOTHING. Now before you go and get your thongs in a twist, this wasn’t your normal crazy MOFO that we were dealing with here. There are some that no matter what they do or say, leaves you with a disgusting feeling and makes you cringe every single time they open their mouth and you think to yourself: What the ever loving sh*t is wrong with them? Then there are some that are just straight up 7:30 which is a nice way of saying you’re batshit crazy. But Lorenzo Gambini? That man was in a class all by his damn self. He was student, teacher and headmaster which in my book, was a beautiful and scary thing. Never had I read such a mysterious complex character that had me wanting to sprinkle holy water on him while laughing out loud at his jokes at the same time. 

What is it about danger that we have to just push ourselves toward it? Is it the lure of the adrenaline rush you know you’re going to get? The indescribable sex appeal of knowing that by pushing the limit, you can very well indeed go somewhere you’ve never been before? Or is it just plain stupidity? 

Lorenzo is DANGEROUS. I’m not talking about he’s a bad boy, he’ll break your heart, stay away from him kind of dangerous. I’m talking about if you ever get on his bad side and you’re in a deserted place with him, it’s going to take YEARS to find all your body parts when he’s through with you. So it’s pretty safe to say that you don’t ever want to cross this man scarred up face and all. It takes a lot to pique to his interest, so when he meets the beautiful brunette sitting next to him on a bar stool that wasn’t afraid to look him in the eyes, color him amused. That is until the mysterious brunette does the unthinkable. 

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Morgan has been on the run for quite some time now. Getting to wake up another day is an accomplishment for her seeing that there’s a target on her back. Running into Lorenzo wasn’t something she was planning on but what was supposed to be a disastrous encounter, turned out to be the beginning of an unlikely friendship. Who is after her and how is this going to affect Lorenzo?

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I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Morgan to be honest. Her past was elusive, and I thought I was going to just hate this girl. But that wasn’t the case at all! She was such a strong heroine that never gave up on ANYTHING and her connection to Lorenzo was on of the highlights for me. They were very different in a way but at the same time oh so similar. She saw more in him than others did and she brought out the snarky dark humor in Lorenzo even more.

I’m starting to understand what everyone says about you.”
“And what, pray tell, do they say? Don’t leave me in suspense here”.
That there’s something seriously wrong with you”.
“Oh, well, I could’ve told you that. There’s a lot wrong with me.”

This wasn’t your ordinary couple and I loved that the most about them because it showed their individual personalities and how one common goal cemented their friendship. Now let’s talk about those fire burning scenes for a minute. I think my tablet needs an ice bath because LAWD HAVE MERCEY!! When Lorenzo says something in the bedroom, you’re bound to get pregnant multiple times. This man knew what he was doing and he took no prisoners when it came to giving pleasure. This story was hot, sexy, dark, with just the right amount of danger hanging to it that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

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