Title: His Scar
Author: Erin E. Keller
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Ryan, Sean
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
A car wreck leaves Ryan with a facial scar he believes people find unsightly. But not Sean, a smiling tattoo artist who doesn’t judge a book by its cover.
Sean manages to find the beauty in everyone, including gruff and defensive Ryan. He refuses to be put off by the hard mask behind which Ryan hides. But convincing Ryan to open his heart is proving to be quite a challenge.
When someone from Ryan’s past offers him what he wants most in the world, Ryan has a decision to make. Which voice will he listen to – his heart or his head?
His Scar is the first book I’ve read by Erin E. Keller. From the start, it’s obvious that the author has a real knack at writing interesting characters. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the self-awareness and growth Ryan goes through.
Since the book is told in first person through Ryan’s eyes, we really get to know him. He’s recovered from a car accident that has left him physically and emotionally scarred. Ryan believes that the scar on his face is not only ugly, it makes him unlovable too. He thinks that no one will ever be able to get past his scar and truly see the person he is on the inside.
When he finally musters up the courage to get a new job at the library, he runs into a sweet and handsome tattoo artist, Sean. Ryan is shocked when Sean seems to look past the scar and is interested in the man Ryan is on the inside. Sean sees nothing but beauty and hurt when he looks at Ryan, and despite Ryan’s attempt to ignore Sean’s admiration and general attraction and like he feels for Ryan, Sean’s utter sweetness and lovable spirit soon opens Ryan’s eyes to see himself as a person who still deserves to be loved and cherished.
In many ways, I liked this story. Sean is truly a tender, forgiving and all around good guy. He’s patient and determined for Ryan to see past his own physical exterior so he can see he is worthy of love and friendship. On the other hand, Ryan can be quite surly at times and his scar gives him the excuse to push others away. His sarcasm is his weapon and there are times his wicked tongue gets the better of him. There were times I wanted Sean to leave Ryan because I struggled with seeing Ryan for more than the angry, pessimistic person he could be. But, with time and through some self-growth on Ryan’s part, I did see that Ryan’s worst enemy is his own fear…the fear of being cast aside and the fear of intimacy rules his mind through most of the story. In all honesty, it was good to see Ryan open his mind and his heart to Sean.
In the end, I still wasn’t a big fan of Ryan, but I did begin to like him more. I wish the book had been longer and more fleshed out. Even the end result was a little too quick for me.
Please don’t get me wrong. The author is gifted in telling a good story. I found myself really wanting to know what was going to happen between these two men. Even Ryan, as surly as he was, grew on me. In many ways, Ryan and Sean’s relationship is still fragile, but I did enjoy the ending and I hope the author will continue their story. It would be interesting to see them really work at getting past Ryan’s insecurities and truly come out with a solid relationship that will last the test of time.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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