Monday, October 13, 2014

Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland

Beneath the Scars
by Melanie Moreland

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Dark Romance
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Beneath the ScarsMy Review
Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland

A woman emotionally beaten down, deceived, humiliated and judged in the court of public opinion seeks a healing place to re-group and get a hold on her life. A mysterious and dark man lives like a hermit just down the beach from Megan. Being anti-social is his only defense against his past and the scars he carries both inside and out. A gifted artist, Zachary is standoffish to the point of cruelty to Megan, who had reached out in friendship, but the kind-heartedness in her keeps her going back for more. There is just something about this damaged man, someone who is far more shattered than she that draws her in.

As she slowly breaks down his resistance, she finds a man longing for love, and to be accepted, who has secrets that are tearing him apart, a man who is able to heal her own pain, as well. But is their love destined to last? Will the outside world interfere on their oasis of peace? Are there still doubts to be overcome? Are there new doubts that will arise?

Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland is a painful journey told through the eyes and hearts of both Zachary and Megan, one much darker, one more full of cautious hope. Ms. Moreland has brought together a warm love story about a man who has stopped living and a woman who never really started. Passionate and intense, her writing colors a tale of two imperfect people in an imperfect world, struggling for acceptance, and above all, trust.

I received this ARC edition from Melanie Moreland as part of the Beneath the Scar Release Day Tour, stopping at Tome Tender October 14, 2014.

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