I've been kind of feeling like I've been in a reading slump lately. I couple of DNFs and some other books that just haven't really impressed me. Then this book came along, and oh boy, I'm trying to hold myself back and not turn all fan girly. I promise to try to hold back my gushing praise and OMGs to a minimum.
I'm totally in the bandwagon of "Scars are Sexy!" I love a damaged hero and oh boy, Zach, our hero, is one scarred person. He started out kind of gruff and a bit assholey. Sam and him knew each other from 3 years ago when they met at his sister's party and shared 3 weeks of amazing sex and bedroom talk before Zach shipped out to Afghanistan. Zach decided to cut ties with Sam for some good reasons and some not so good ones. Now that they meet again, Zach at first doesn't want to get involved because of his scars but once he decides he wants Sam, he goes for it. Romancing and all. I felt kind of bad for him since he was called 'monster' and viewed himself as butt ugly.
Then there is Sam. Heroines usually annoy me or they are TSTL. Sam wasn't and I actually really liked her. While Zach was scarred on the outside, Sam was scarred on the inside. After witnessing a murder when she was 17 and then finding out she put the wrong man behind bars, Sam has changed her life around. She quit her job and worked hard to free the man she wrongfully accused. Now she is working as a waitress and getting ready for Harvard Law School when she yet again witnesses a murder. Once she realizes that the killer took the video of the security camera and that he will be after her, she goes to her friend, Zach's sister, whom is an investigative reporter for help and runs into Zach.
I found Sam and interesting character. I loved that she didn't let Zach walk all over her and stood her ground. She was also intelligent and didn't do things that would get her killed. Every since wrongfully accusing the wrong man, she has a hard time trusting her own judgement and is always second guessing what she heard or saw. I thought she was realistically portrayed when she saw Zach's scars for the first time. I liked that it shocked her at first, but that she loved the man underneath and that the scar really meant nothing to her in the end.
I loved the plot and even though I guessed who most of the bad guys were before the end. I still didn't guess them all and was happily surprised when it all pulled together. There was a lot of times where I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. Action scenes were awesome and well detailed.
I definitely recommend this book especially if you like scarred heroes, Beauty and the Beast tales, and second chance love stories. >.<