~Review~ The Scars of Us by Nikki Narvaez

The Scars of Us
Kaiya Marlow has always been cautious, precise in every decision she makes. When her dark past threatens to resurface, she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym.

Her instructor, Ryker Campbell, is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya attempts to resist Ryker's advances, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him.

Ryker's view on relationships is simple: strictly sex, nothing more. Haunted by demons from his past, he never allows himself to become attached to any woman. No attachment means no weakness, no vulnerability, no pain. He doesn't realize that his whole world is about to be turned upside down when Kaiya enters his self-defense class. Determined to have her, at least for one night, Ryker sets a plan into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Will love be able to heal their scars, or are they too deep to overcome?

My one and only warning is that if you are a rape victim that can not handle reading about it, then this book is not for you. However, I have been able to move forward and reading The Scars of Us was such an emotional roller coaster but so phenomenal. Nikki Narvaez did an amazing job with this one. You can't help but feel for the characters they've all suffered heart ache of some kind that some can relate to in one way or another. Kaiya has trouble with trusting anyone and intimacy is an even bigger issue for her. Ryker isn't much different except for the fact that he's not running and hiding from it altogether, he just hides it well. I loved reading The Scars of Us because for one it shows that even though a lot of us have baggage and issues doesn't mean we can't move forward and still live our lives, we may not always get over it but we learn to manage what has happened in our pasts and we don't define ourselves to it.

Nikki NarvaezMy name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 27 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker. I just released my first novel, a New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance titled Envisioned. It is the first in the trilogy of The Elemental Prophecy Series. I am currently working on Book Two, titled Emblazed, as well as another Adult Paranormal Romance trilogy and a Contemporary Romance.