Tattooed Scars by Alicia Rae – BECKY’S REVIEW

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WHY I READ IT

I previously read Tattooed Emotions and I was given and advanced reader copy.

WHAT I RATED IT

4 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Raelyn Jennings knows one thing for certain. She loves Damien Heathman with every fiber of her being. A life without him wouldn’t be one worth living.

Damien has never loved a single soul—until Raelyn. She heals the pain that has tainted the deepest part of his heart. She is his everything, his single reason for breathing. Damien’s relentless determination refuses to let anyone or anything stand in his way of being with her.

But soon, Damien’s and Raelyn’s pasts begin to collide with their future in ways they never thought possible, testing their undying love for one another.

Damien’s dark secrets from the scars hidden beneath his tattoos threaten to reveal themselves while Raelyn is faced with impossible decisions that need to be made.

Can Damien convince Raelyn to take a risk in hopes of securing the longevity of their future? Or will Raelyn choose the safe path that also comes with a limit?

There isn’t any time to waste, for the clock never stops ticking.

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BECKY’S REVIEW

Tattooed Scars continues the emotional love story of Raelynn Jennings and Damien Heathman. Alicia Rae gives Damien and Raelynn plenty to deal with, but the primary focus of the plot centers around the return of Raelynn’s cancer.

Tattooed Emotions and Tattooed Scars are books that I usually skip over because they deal with some pretty emotional and heavy topics. I don’t normally like to cry while I read but after reading Tattooed Emotions, I temporarily changed my tune because this was one story I wanted to emotionally invest myself in.

Damien and Raelynn have a lot to deal with in this story, including things that any normal couple would face, like moving in together and meeting your significant other’s horrible mother. These are all dealt with in Tattooed Scars. However, Damien becoming a part of Raelynn’s support system adds another dimension to their relationship. At times, he is the one fighting while Raelynn wants to give up and throughout the story, Raelynn struggles to realize that her life is now firmly meshed with Damien’s. And the embodiment of her struggle is her inability to tell Damien that she loves him. I really liked this element of the story, watching her struggle with love and allowing herself to love him because she believes she’s protecting him in some way. Another element that I really liked was the reconciliation between Raelynn and her best friend Iris. I liked seeing these two friends reconnect.

Even though I loved this story, I felt that a lot of the minor subplots were glossed over, especially concerning Damien’s past. I feel like Alicia Rae could have spent more time on this subject, especially because it seemed like such an important element of the first book. Damien’s mother also makes an appearance in this story but she’s quickly handled. I also wanted a more emotional storyline between Damien and Raelynn because she has cancer. She’s going to get sick. The decision to give us a brief glimpse into Damien’s point-of-view does provide for some emotional moments but I was expecting more of the emotional-Damien-taking-care-of-Raelynn stuff.

Tattooed Scars is a great installment in this series but it seems like there might be more to the story of Raelynn and Damien. If you’re looking for an emotional story with a hot, tattooed alpha, then this is one series you should one-click. 

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