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Lovely Scars by Cassandra Jamison

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$4.99
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978-1-77339-274-5


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Snooping on your boyfriend’s phone is never a good idea. Collins can’t help herself after he unexpectedly commits suicide, but what she finds makes her grateful he’s dead. 

Collins Carpenter has always been the textbook good girl until her freshman year of college when an unplanned pregnancy with her best friend, Everett, complicates everything. In a desperate attempt to deny her feelings for her child’s father and her jealousy toward his new girlfriend, Collins jumps into a relationship with Brock Webber. Nobody suspects that his good looks and charm masks something quite sinister until after his death, when the things he had been involved in finally come to light. 

Disturbing and inexplicable events leave Collins wondering if Brock’s spirit is not at rest or if somebody from his past is after her. Somebody who may be closer than she thinks. 

14+ due to teen pregnancy, adult situations

 

Excerpt:

It felt as though there was something hovering over me, too close, I couldn’t even breathe. I sat up fast, my eyes wide, desperate for them to adjust to the darkness in my bedroom. It was still the middle of night, I could barely see in front of me. Something seemed to be moving in front of the bedroom door, though, an opaque shape that kept growing and growing as though it was moving closer. I almost screamed out loud, but that’s when I properly woke up and saw that nothing was there. My bedroom door was open and the shadow was just the natural black light of the hallway. I lay back against my pillow, catching my breath. Why had I left my door open? I never did that. I wasn’t sure why I felt safer when it was closed. It wasn’t as though a serial killer was going to come into my house saying, “You can run, but you can’t hi…ah, never mind, your bedroom door is closed.” Nonetheless, I was going to have to get up and close it if I ever wanted to get back to sleep. Not that I could have found rest with my heart still hammering the way it was. Instead, I grabbed the video monitor from my nightstand and blinked into the gray light on the screen. Henley was lying on her belly, as she always did, long curls spilling over the fitted sheet. I wished I could dream as peaceful as she did.

I was about to set it down when there was movement in the corner of the screen. I brought it back and stared into the picture. A shadow seemed to move across the room, some kind of slow movement that I couldn’t make out. A car driving past the window? The eclipse of a blowing tree? Henley didn’t shift. I didn’t hear anything at all in the monitor other than the gentle rhythm of her sound machine. Then my heart stopped altogether as the shadow became dense, a small piece of it available in the night vision light of the monitor. I waited. Seconds felt like minutes. It was as though I’d been holding my breath for a lifetime. It was a hand. It looked like a human hand stroking her hair.

I was flying out of my bed before I could get the blankets off of me. They tangled around my legs and knocked me flat against the carpet. Kicking them off, I regained myself and sprung down the hallway, where I found Henley’s bedroom door sitting wide open. I never left it open! Never! Bounding into the room, I punched the light switch on the wall and blinked wildly as my eyes adjusted. My limbs flung violently, ready to fight anybody or anything that was inside. But there was nothing there. Henley shook from my sudden burst into her room and then began to whine.

I ran around the small room, checking the window, the closet, and behind the door. Then I went out into the hall and turned that light on as well. Making a quick run around the kitchen, living room, and bathroom, I finally made it to the front door where it was securely locked, just the way I’d left it. I hurried back to get Henley, who was still fussing from the rude wake up. What the hell had just happened? Did I imagine it? I had just come out of a frightful dream and was still bleary-eyed and half asleep. Maybe I only thought I saw a hand in the monitor. Clearly there was nothing in the house. I went to the crib and scooped her out, apologizing a thousand times until I saw Tufty. It wasn’t just in the crib where I did not leave it, it was hanging halfway out of the bars as though it had been deliberately squeezed and wrenched through it. Somebody had done that. Somebody or maybe something

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  1. Awesome Book! Must Read!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    Great Great BOOK! I am amazed by the authors ability to get those 1st few lines so interesting that you just can't put the book down! I hope she continues to write! As I will continue to read her books! Thank you Cassandra!! :)


  2. Wonderful and creepy! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    Cassandra Jamison's new book is fantastic. She writes with a wit and charm that always makes me smile, yet there is an underlying darkness that sends a chill down my spine. I stayed up all night reading this book. Couldn't put it down, and then couldn't get to sleep for quite awhile afterward. Her characters and story will stick with you. The twists and turns totally surprised me and kept me guessing. I cannot recommend this book enough! Can't wait to see what's next from this author who is quickly becoming one of my favorites!


  3. Love this author's style! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    Written in the single mom, 1st person voice, I could actually FEEL this character when I read the book. What it feels like to raise a child, how you worry, how you want what's best for your child but also want a life. The heroine is a fun, witty girl living in a small town, just trying to make it though life one day at a time. But she also has needs. Her dating life heats up but then takes a dark turn. Once you start reading be prepared to take the rest of the day to finish the book, because it's hard to sit down.


  4. Exciting and Amazing! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    I don't read YA very often because it's often just straight romance. This book, on the the other hand, was significantly different and I LOVED it. It had just the right amount of romance and wasn't super sappy. It also had quite a bit of suspense that kept me on edge and some parts were thrilling and adrenaline inducing where I worried for Collins. When you start the book, it reads as a seemingly normal YA book, but little by little, you see the facade of normality fade. You'll slowly notice things that just don't seem right, and the more you keep reading, the more the mask breaks until you get hit left and right by intense realizations that things are much more dangerous than they seem. I worried for Collins as Brock's dirty secrets came to light.
    If you like darker stories that keep you on edge, this is the book for you! It's paced nicely with great characters and the story line is unique.

    I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  5. TDC Book Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    This story hits you right in the face! You literally don't figure out who is crazy until the very end. I loved the twist and I never even suspected the person!

    I simply loved Collins, she was such a strong character! If you take out the plot and just look at the normal situation being a single mom and trying to do it on her own is amazing. Plus, you never see the father actually being a great help during that type of situation. Everett is amazing!
    I kept thinking throughout the whole book, Collins what is wrong with you!!! Team Everett all the way!
    Collin's new boyfriend is everything she dreamed but he has one problem, he has no feeling towards anything, maybe not even himself. I loved the cat and mouse game between Everett and Collins. You can tell they really love each other, they just don't want to truly admit it.


  6. Whirlwind of emotions 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    I know you're not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but I'll admit that's what initially drew me to this one. I'm glad it did.

    To sum up, Collins is a young single mother just taking it one day at a time, trying to do her best. She's never gotten over her first love (who is also her BFF & the father of her baby girl). When he gets into a new relationship, Collins can't help feeling territorial and jealous no matter how sweet his new girlfriend is. I would say spoiler alert, but it's already in the description that she begins dating Brock who unexpectedly kills himself. This is where is gets intense! This author knows how to get dark REAL FAST. I don't want to give away too much, but it definitely gets freaky. And I absolutely did not expect the ending.

    I dont know why this was put under the category of teen pregnancy since that doesn't apply to this story AT ALL, but I would definitely recommend this one to anybody who enjoys drama, romance, and fear. Just don't read it before bed.


  7. Long and Short Reviews 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Aug 2017

    Not every man who tries to sweep you off of your feet is going to turn out to be Prince Charming.

    Wow, this was scary! I really appreciated the peaceful beginning. It lulled me into a false sense of security before Collins realized that the handsome guy she’d just met wasn’t necessarily who he portrayed himself to be. There were times when I was nearly as shocked as she was by his behaviour even though I’d read the blurb and obviously knew that some unsettling experiences were headed her way. I only grew more apprehensive as the story moved forward and I became less and less sure that my theories about what was going on with Brock were actually correct. Not knowing these things only made him feel more chilling to me.

    Collins made a lot of senseless decisions in this book. There were times when I had to stop reading and shake my head because I couldn’t understand why she did so many things that she knew were dangerous or ill-advised. While the plot itself was excellent, I had a tough time connecting to this character because of how little common sense she had.

    The romance was beautiful. I desperately wanted the characters involved in it to admit their feelings for each other and find a way to be together. They were perfect for each other in just about every way. One of the biggest reasons why I read this tale as quickly as I did is that I couldn’t wait to find out when or if this might happen. I honestly wasn’t sure what was going to happen with them, and that made it impossible for me to stop reading.

    Lovely Scars should be read by anyone who is in the mood for a truly frightening mystery.


  8. New Favorite 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th May 2017

    I'm not a huge fan of Dark Suspense, until now my genre has mostly been romance. This book has definitely changed that for me. I admit I kinda bought this one on a whim. I loved the cover and knew I had to read it. The book starts off sweet and what I would expect of a YA novel, but gets intense fast. The writing is fantastic, with plot twists I did not see coming.


  9. Love this author's style! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2017

    Written in the single mom, 1st person voice, I could actually FEEL this character when I read the book. What it feels like to raise a child, how you worry, how you want what's best for your child but also want a life. The heroine is a fun, witty girl living in a small town, just trying to make it though life one day at a time. But she also has needs. Her dating life heats up but then takes a dark turn. Once you start reading be prepared to take the rest of the day to finish the book, because it's hard to sit down.


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