Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg Blog Tour #bookreview #excerpt #teasers


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?


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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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Social Butterfly PR
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 in an ongoing series but can be read as a Standalone

My The Scars I Bare Review . . .

We first meet Dean in The Choices I've Made.  Technically The Scars I Bare is the second book in this series but it is written that it could be read as a standalone.  However, reading The Choices I've Made helps to get the whole picture of what Dean had to go through and also the original meeting of Dean and Cora.  The Scars I Bare starts a couple years after the accident but coincides with Jake's return to Ocaracoke. 

In The Scars I Bare, Dean Sutherland is breathing and surviving each day but isn't truly living.   And Cora Carpenter is starting new in a new location, which is the island of Ocracoke, and also happens to be the home town of one of her past patients.

When Dean was recovering he fell for his nurse but found out she was married to someone else, so when he returned back to his home town he had left his heart behind with one special nurse. 

Cora and her genius daughter Lizzie are starting new, where Cora is working for the town doctor Jake whom also Dean's best friend.   Where they;re also living in Molly's bnb, and Molly also happens to be Jake's fiancee, Dean's ex and also Dean's best friend.

Cora needs a friend in this new town and Dean is the perfect person, and together they reconnect and help heal each other.

Finally, she took a deep breathe, lifted her chin, and said, "Wow, you're pretty messed up."
A smirk tugged at the corner of my mouth.  "Yeah, well, so are you I've gathered."
She joined me in a laugh.  "Want to come in for tea?"
"I thought you'd never ask."

J.L. Berg is one of my favorite authors as she always writes heartfelt stories which burrow deep into your heart.  In The Scars I Bare she writes another beautiful story about hope, love and second chances. 

One of my favorite parts is Cora's daughter Lizzie.  I adored her part genius and part sweet girl who just wants her mother happy.  This story had so much heart. I absolutely adored Dean and Cora together. They were perfect for one another.  They may have had a rough journey to get where they ended up, but so worth it in the end.

4 Second Chances thumbs up!

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