Blog Tour with Review: The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg

March 14, 2018

The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg Publication Date: March 12th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Every scar tells a story... Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see. Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.
Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.
Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.
Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?
Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?


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Can you imagine the life you thought you wanted was no longer an option? Tragedy has a way of bringing you to your knees and re working your entire future all in the course of one life changing moment. One single act, and your life is no longer your own. 

Dean Sutherland was the kind of guy that any woman would be happy to call their own. He was handsome, had a successful business, and having a family of his own meant everything to him. Life was perfect in his eyes until suddenly it all came crashing down. When a fiery explosion causes him to lose his arm, that comfort and security he’s always had is now ripped from him. But there’s one saving grace that Dean has, but getting her to be more is going to his biggest fight. 

Cora Ashcroft is ready for a fresh start. After going through a bitter separation and a lifeless marriage, she’s now ready to focus on her nursing career and being the best mom to her five year old daughter. What's a better way to kick off that start than by moving to a new town and starting a new job? But seeing the one man who unknowingly made me her want something more all of those years ago, is now standing in front of her. Scars and all. Will Dean and Cora give in? Or will their past continue to affect them in more ways than one? 

I think that this was a nice sweet read with lovable characters. But.. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story when I started reading it. Maybe it was my fault and I thought this was a stand-alone but I didn’t understand the past history with some of the characters and for that, I wasn’t able to connect with them on a stronger level. Even though the past was mentioned a time or two, I still felt confused about the story and that hindered my reading experience. If you’ve read the previous book, then I think you’re going to love this one immensely. 

By the time I arrived at the inn for dinner, I was a goddamn mess. Sweat was running down my back from the heat, even after changing my shirt twice. I’d changed my mind three times on whether to bring flowers for Cora, doubling back to the house at the last minute to grab them after I firmly decided to leave them at home. When I finally arrived, I was a solid twenty minutes late and probably looked like a psychopath from all the sweat and the mangled flowers in my hand. But all of this was forgotten the moment the door opened, and Cora greeted me. “Jesus,” I cursed, giving her a once-over before she even had the chance to say hi. “You look insane.” “Insane is good?” she asked, pink staining her cheeks. I’d never seen her in anything beyond scrubs and shorts. Granted, this woman could wear a paper bag and be the hottest woman in the room. Tonight though, she’d dressed up, wearing a short, strappy number with tiny pink flowers dotting the fabric. “Insane is really good,” I clarified.

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Meet J. L. Berg:
I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!
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