Title: Written in Scars
Author: Thom Collins
Release date: 23rd April 2018
Length: 20,000 words / Novella
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Artist: Studio ENP @thestudioenp
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 every way 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.
I found this book a joy to read. And the icing on the cake is that it is based near?ish to where I live.
Thom is a new to me author, and I am so happy that he asked me to review this book. What can I say it is a true romance, complete with a happy ending. Though It is not all fluffy. Poor Sam after meeting Logan at a TV Studio, realizes he is in a loveless marriage. He has put up with his drug and sex addicted abusive husband.
Telling himself that his husband loves him really, and that when you marry someone it is for better or worse.
Logan shows him more respect in their brief chat at the studio than his husband has ever shown him. And when he finally leaves, Logan is there for him, no strings attached, though the chemistry is there from the start.
The characters feel real as does their emotions. I cannot imagine how poor Sam must have felt all those years of abuse, but I felt his pain and struggle to find some self-worth. Though the book is short, it does not feel too rushed, yes ideally, I wish the book was longer, but I love stories that develop slowly.
His quiet musing was interrupted by voices from the hall. He turned as Amy lead another two guests into the green room. A man in his fifties and a younger guy, late twenties. Logan tried not to stare but the young man was exceptionally good-looking. He had brown wavy hair, thick on top with a full, but tidy beard. His face was perfectly handsome with high cheekbones, level eyes and a straight, broad nose. Dressed in jeans and a well-fitting brown leather jacket, he moved with confidence.
Instinctively Logan straightened his shoulders and tightened his core muscles. He forced himself to look at the older man, who wore a police uniform. He was dashing enough in his own way, but faded in comparison to his companion, despite the uniform.
Amy gave them her spiel about refreshments and collecting them five minutes before they were due on air and left without making introductions.
Never shy, Logan walked confidently towards them, hand outstretched. ?Hello,? he said, addressing the police officer first. ?I?m Logan Crawford.?
?Inspector John Watt,? the man answered, taking Logan?s hand in a firm grip. He had a broad, clean shaven face, with rough looking skin and thick lips. He regarded Logan with steady grey eyes. His breath and uniform smelled of cigarettes.
?Pleased to meet you.? Logan withdrew his hand to address the real object of interest.
?Hi. I?m Sam. Sam Radcliffe,? the younger man said, taking his hand.
Beneath naturally arched brows, his eyes were large, predominantly brown in colour with flashes of amber and copper. Unlike the Inspector his skin was smooth and blemish free. There wasn?t a fleck of grey in that beard. Logan guessed his age as twenty-seven, twenty-eight. No older. Under the open leather jacket, he wore a dark cotton T-shirt and a few curls of chest hair peaked above the neck.
Logan was six-foot-one, and Sam a couple of inches shorter than him, no more than that.
He?s gorgeous. Logan, dangerously close to losing composure, released Sam?s hand and stepped away.
Thom Collins Bio
Thom Collins is the author of Closer by Morning, Gods of Vengeance and Silent Voices with Pride Publishing. Anthem of the Sea, the first novel the Anthem Trilogy was published in June 2017. Books two and three will follow in 2018. 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.
He is currently working on a new book.
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, but since taking his first cruise in 2013 he realized that sailing is the way to go.
Blog: www. thomcollinsauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @thomwolf and @realthomcollins