Monday, April 23, 2018

Release Day Book Brief: Written In Scars by Thom Collins

written in scarsTitle ~ Written In Scars

Author ~ Thom Collins

Published ~ 23rd April 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Pain fades but the scars remain.
When Logan Crawford, a former war correspondent turned best-selling author, appears on TV to promote his latest thriller, he is knocked out by his fellow guest, Sam Radcliffe. Logan’s travels around the world have opened his eyes to many things, but nothing as attractive as the man he meets that night. Sam was the victim of a vicious stabbing in his youth and is now an active campaigner against knife crime and violence. He is perfect in everyway but one: the wedding band he wears. That’s a complication Logan doesn’t need.
Sam’s life is far from happy. His husband is addicted to hard-drugs and casual sex: a devastating combination. Johan was once the shining light in Sam’s life. Now he brings nothing but darkness. But Sam respects the vows they made. For better or for worse. The attraction Logan feels for him is mutual. Ruggedly handsome and engagingly smart, Logan is hard to resist. Sam will need to overcome the anguish of his past and barriers of his present if he’s to stand a chance with Logan.
A contemporary new romance from the author of Closer by Morning and The Coach.


Debra’s Review

Written in Scars is the story of a turning point.

Logan is successful, but lonely, living in his perfect house on the hill with no one but his cat for company. A chance meeting with Sam brings up all kinds of feelings he wasn't expecting. Logan makes a move just before he sees the wedding ring on Sam's finger.

A knife attack 11 years ago has left Sam scarred, both physically and emotionally. Although he has used the attack as a springboard to make some positive changes, it is also a factor keeping him in a bad situation with his husband, Johan, who stuck with him through his recovery and afterwards. Sam is drawn to Logan, but with a husband at home, thinking about the man is all that can happen.

The attraction between the two men is instant and strong. Aside from the obvious impediment, they both also have their own insecurities. Sam thinks himself boring while Logan can't imagine Sam wanting an old man like himself. Sam takes his marriage vows seriously and has given his husband the benefit of the doubt more than once, but he is finally pushed too far.

The novella is a snapshot in time, taking place over a 24-hour period where Sam is finally shaken enough to make some serious decisions about how his life has been going. Sam needs to change his way of thinking about things. Logan has had to do that in the past and is supportive of Sam, but wonders if he should even contemplate being involved in such a messy situation.

The story was engaging – I read it in one sitting. It’s completely focused on the characters with both of their pasts fleshed out. It's told in alternating points of view that also includes Johan's. There are some serious issues addressed, with some tense moments and thoughtful consideration given to the current situation, the past and what the future may hold. Sam and Logan communicate well and are honest about their lives and I was rooting for them from the start. There were times I wasn’t sure what would occur and the story didn't always go where I thought it would on its way to a hopeful and appropriate HFN.

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Meet Thom Collins

thom6[114937]_thumbThom Collins is the author of the novel Closer by Morning, with Pride Publishing. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and promptly confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.

The novellas Gods of Vengeance and Silent Voices were published by Pride in early 2017, followed by the novel Anthem of the Sea, the first book in the Anthem Trilogy. He has recently finished writing the second book in the series and is working on the third.

Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age. Since taking his first cruise in 2013 he realized that sailing is the way to go.




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