Title: Battle Scars
Series: Love is Messy Duet #2
Author: Emily Goodwin
Genre: New Adult Romance
They say time heals all wounds, but sometimes it does just the opposite. The pain festers, seeping deep inside and into your heart. By the time you’ve realized what happened, it’s too late and you’re left with a scar that will never go away.
I’ve spent the last year hiding my scars, running from the man who gave them to me. What I thought was love turned out to be a nightmare that won’t end, even though I forced myself awake. Love isn’t real. Love only leads to heartache.
And then I met him, the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Throw in some sexy confidence and a panty-melting grin, and you have the recipe for a broken heart. Only, my heart is becoming full again, being put back together piece by piece the more time we spend together.
I’ve been down this road before and know it’ll end in two ways: we’ll ride off in the sunset together and live happily ever after, or we’ll crash and burn so hard neither will survive the wreckage.
I want to be hopeful, but history is damned to repeat itself. And I have the scars to prove it.
Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.
The second instalment in the Love Is Messy Duet called Battle Scars features Cole and Ana’s story is blazing hot and full of suspense and tons of passion. It picks up where book 1 left off- Ana was asleep in Cole's bed while he went out for coffee, donuts and a bouquet of Gerbera daisies. When he returns there is a strange man on his porch whom he had seen around hanging around and sort of following him. He wanted Cole to do something for him and Cole told him to call his office. It was actually Steven, Ana's psycho crazy stalker ex-boyfriend. This is when Ana was forced to come clean about her past . Ana isn’t proud about her ex. He did some damage to her – physically and emotionally. He left her unable to truly trust anyone fully anymore. Yet when she met Cole, that seemed to all change because when he holds her and she is around him, she finally feels safe . Only thing is Cole is up for t his promotion and he chooses to do certain things that put his relationship with Ana at risk. Cole knows he is totally in the wrong but he is irrational at this moment because he wants this top level job and we get to see Cole not at his best while we see him trying to struggle to keep Ana happy and all to himself . Ana is blissfully unaware while I think they make such a perfect couple but this picture is only for a short time. This book doesn’t have as many huge sex scenes but it is deep on the emotional level and deals with some sensitive issues which made this just as good as book 1 and I loved it as much.
Happiness is short lived. Trust can be easily broken while secrets can destroy all . Just remember villains can and will find you no matter how safe you think you are. Will Ana be strong enough to break free and will Cole stand beside her or will be absent?
I thought I was going to end up totally hating Cole yet I remember to err is human and that is what he was doing and what I will say is he totally redeemed himself. This is a series you do not want to miss. Cole and Ana’s love story is emotional and beautiful.
My Rating: 4.7 stars *****
"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***