Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland
Publication date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 4.5 “Damaged” Stars ~~
Beneath the Scars is the first book I have read by this author, and I can say it won’t be my last. I truly enjoyed this book. It had my emotions all over the place. One minute I was smiling and gushingly happy and then the next I was pissed and ready to throw my kindle, or I was crying my eyes out. But I love when a book can do that to me. I thought the author’s writing was great, she knew how to suck me into the story and make me feel like I was a part of these characters lives. My only real complaint was that I thought the writing was jumpy at times. There were aspects of the story (Megan’s past with Jared) that I thought should’ve been expanded on. What I mean with that is that I thought we would get to read about her telling Zachary about that part of her past and that didn’t happen. All of a sudden we are reading and Zachary knew about her past and everything that Jared did to her. I guess it just felt like chunks of time or storyline were missing. With that said…..I still thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!!
This story is a modern day version of Beauty and the Beast. Yes we have seen that done before but I still thought this book/story felt original to me. Maybe it was because of Zachary’s backstory and Megan’s past. Both situations were unique to me. I will say that I think Zachary was probably the most broken character I have ever read about. What happened to him in the past was just horrific and I completely understood why he had trust issues.
“I was damaged goods. I had nothing to offer the sweet woman who somehow stirred emotions in me, which I didn’t understand.”….Zachary
Zachary truly believed he didn’t deserve love or that he even knew what love was. He had horrible parents, who never showed him the love he deserved as a child. They only used him for his acting ability and good looks. Once his looks were taken away, his parents wanted nothing to do with him, but the damage was already done. Zachary was also a very bitter man. He really wasn’t likable in the beginning of the story, but he totally grew on me as the story unfolded. I was so happy to see him grow into the man he was meant to be.
“We all have scars. The only difference is some of them are easier to see. Yours are visible and appear painful. I know. They hurt you physically and emotionally. They hurt me to look at because I know they cause you pain, but they don’t make you less in my eyes.”…..Megan
That quote totally sums up Megan to me. She was a loving and caring woman who was willing to see past Zachary’s scars and pain, and see him for the man he truly was on the inside. She accepted him right from the start, from the first time they saw each other. She faced a lot of hurdles with Zachary, but I loved that she was never willing to give up on him, not even when things went horribly wrong and they were separated. She was still willing to forgive him, knowing what he went through in his past made it difficult for him to believe in the good stuff. To me Megan was what every person should be like in the really world…..not focusing on the scars and out appearances, but digging deep and finding what is on the inside of the person. She truly believed you can’t judge a book by its cover!!!!
I liked all the secondary characters that we met in this story. They all played an important role in the lives of Zachary and Megan. I truly loved Dixie and Elliott (They were Zachary and Megan’s dogs) for some reason every time I read about them I couldn’t help but smile.
I would recommend this book to everyone. I thought it as a sweet love story with a great underlying message. I will warn you that it is kind of an insta-love type story, so if you don’t like those then this might not be the book for you. To me it didn’t bother me to much. I didn’t think it was to over the top.
Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and fur children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines, to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.