The Scars I Bare: A tortured man finds love in this emotional second chance romance.

· By The Bay Book 2 · J.L. Berg LLC
18 reviews

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A tortured man finds love in this emotional second chance romance.

My life was adrift...

Until I found her.

Broken and bruised from an accident that nearly took my life, Cora was the nurse who cared for me. She not only tended to my wounds, but for a brief time, she healed my heart as well.

But, our lives were destined to take different paths and I never thought I’d see her again.

Three years later when she moves into my small town, I can’t help but wonder if the universe is trying to tell me something.

Cora is seeking a new beginning. For years, I’ve been wandering the streets of this town, searching for something too.

Maybe she’s the answer to my prayers.

Keywords: complete series, slow burn romance, second chance romance, romance books, contemporary romance, friends to lovers, tortured hero, single mother, small town romance.

18 reviews
Carla VanZandt
March 12, 2018
Oh my gawd!!! I absolutely loved this book!!! It quite literally caused my heart to hurt and my gut to churn before flinging me up and away in the most amazing freefall of emotions. Dean lost his arm three years ago in a ferryboat explosion. During the long and painful days of recovery, he found Cora to be a bright spot of color and hope. Now he’s struggling daily to find some reason as to the purpose of his life. He is rambling throughout his days without any clear destination. The locals consider him a hero but he knows the truth. He is quite broken and there will never be any coming back from that fact. Cora has finally left her previous life behind her and is moving to Ocracoke, a small island in the outer banks. Years ago a patient shared stories of the island and when the time came for her to make the decision to move her daughter and herself away from Virginia, it was this idyllic place that she chose. She is broken in spirit despite the front she puts on for her child. When these two meet again things get…awkward. Each of them must deal with their own emotional and physical scars even as they yearn for more. Trust does not come easily to either of them but they slowly begin to build a relationship that has the potential to be the stuff of dreams. I adored both Cora and Dean. Dean’s pain is felt in every word of his journal entries even as Cora’s blog masks her own pain and lies. They each must face their pasts, despite their fears, in order to find healing and ultimately a forever kind of love. The actions of doing so was immensely moving and gut wrenching as they both take a step forward and then two steps back before finally leaping into the future. Lizzie, Cora’s daughter, was quite a character. Not your typical 4/5 year old. She is quite literally a genius and adds depth to the story that most child characters are unable to accomplish. I loved her sheer honesty in spite of her scary intelligence. This was a well written story that never bogged down. Filled with exemplary secondary characters, angst from mostly inner turmoil, a smattering of humor, a slow burn relationship and the most perfect HEA, this is definitely worth checking out.
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Crystal Cordova
March 12, 2018
This is the second book I have read by J.L. Berg and with The Scars I Bare, she did not disappoint. I have become quite a fan with her books. The emotional side of this book was on point. The main character Dean has so much to overcome, and what he feels I felt all the way to my bones. I could never imagine the monsters he had to face against himself. He broke me and at the end healed me with this story! Argh, have you ever read an emotional book that you had to take a break for a day to gather your bearings? This book did that for me. When Cora and Lizzie show up, I knew they were the missing pieces that Dean needed to become complete. Cora and Dean are complicated in their own ways. They have scars that you can never see completely. At the same time, I felt that these characters did it for each other. Lizzie was my favorite little girl with a lot to say! The Scars I Bare is not only one of my favorites on my list, but a definite must read!
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A Google user
March 13, 2018
Wow! This was my first book by Ms. Berg and what a book to start!!!! From the very first page of the Prologue, I was enthralled! Dean (yes, he has been added to my growing list of BBF’s) is such a strong man. He has endured so much pain, I was silently cheering for him in my head. Cora.....she is a very determined and strong woman to rise about the scars she bares to make a better life for her and her daughter. The title, The Scars I Bare, is a perfect description of the story of Dean and Cora. I have since one-clicked the first book and a book from another series by the author. I would recommend this book ❤️. Reviewed by: Dana D.
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About the author

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls duet and the Lost & Found series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing over minions or devouring anything chocolate! J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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