4.5, 4 and TWO 3 Stars for Scarred Souls (Scarred Souls #1) by T.T. Kove #MM #Romance @ttkove


Title: Scarred Souls (Scarred Souls #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T.T. Kove (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 – 264 pgs


On a cold, wet afternoon Damian stumbled across a young man huddled beneath a tree crying his eyes out. He’s got more than enough problems of his own, but is compelled to give the bloke a place to crash for at least the night.

Josh is used to being alone, and most days it’s easier than trying to deal with people who can’t, or won’t, understand him. When Damian takes him in for the night, Josh assumes it’s gong to be one more go round of sex and get out in the morning.

Neither of them expects the friendship that develops, and they’re far from prepared when friendship starts to turn into more.

Warning: This story mentions abuse and cutting

This edition has been heavily revised and expanded

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Triggers: Suicide, self-harm, abuse, attempted murder, PTSD, severe Mental Health issues

Let me start by saying that the trigger warnings on this book are very real.  There is an extensive amount of self harm in this story.  This book is full of sadness, angst, trouble and in the end, a companionship that works.  This is not a true love story in the sense.  I am not even sure if there is a happily ever.  I think that if you are not prepared for this fact, you will not enjoy the story at all.
Damien has such a traumatic past that he has developed in an atypical way.  He has survived by always being aware of what time of year it is and by focusing on becoming a doctor.  He is intellectual and compassionate, which is why he would make a great physician.  When he sees Josh in the pouring rain and visibly upset, he can’t just leave him.  What develops next is, while not super realistic, very sweet.
Josh is struggling with borderline personality disorder.  He is a self-harmer, depressed, has trouble with seeing life continuing on.  While I admire this author’s realistic and compassionate way of portraying Josh, I felt that it was so much about Josh.  He was always needing saving, always needing reassurance and always the one who people were wary of.
This book lacked the typical relationship.  I think that if people are looking for a romance, they need to not read this story.  It was more of a close friendship, one where they shared their truths, but not one that ever really turned in to something that would be considered a romance.
Despite that, I did enjoy the story immensely and the other story lines in this book also were fun to read.
This book was in the most part very depressing. The angst in this book was very excessive and the author was able to make it very believable. It was very hard to read and I had to take several breaks but I just had to remember that the people in this world go through these issues are real and they deserve to be heard. This book basically had no sex just a touching intimacy. This to me is what made the book so believable. You don’t just easily get over abuse like Josh and Damien had to deal with. My biggest complaint that there was very little detail on exactly what Damien had to deal with even though you get the idea when it does come out.
This book hurt to read…Everything that happened to Josh and Damien was so painful I could not even imagine.  Let me say that this book has things in it  that will be hard for some to read.  I know I had a hard time reading this.  Between crying and being so sad for this characters after everything they had been through.
Josh he was hurt so bad by someone close.   He has a borderline personality disorder along with the depression and the cutting.
Damien who is asexual and had something horrible happen to him when he was 12.  He does not how to express his feelings and really does not feel much if that makes sense.
Okay this is what I want to say about these two characters.  I don’t like they fit well together and this is why… Damien does not express feelings while Josh seems to me to need to hear it or that is the way he came of to me.  Their two personalities together don’t mesh well.
Yes Damien does try to be there for Josh and does care in his own way don’t get me wrong…   They both have been through so much and hurt so badly while I did feel Damien was trying to help Josh, but I also felt like Damien should get help for what he was going through and have someone there for him too and honestly I did not feel like Josh is in a place where he can do that.
I liked the authors writing and the book was good while extremely hard to read.  I just did not feel it with these two MC’s together.
Please heed the warnings for this book. I don’t mind reading books with serious subject matters and I always appreciate the warnings. However, this book just depressed me. I had to stop reading several times and go to another book because it was making me honestly depressed. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters and I didn’t feel any connection with the characters themselves either. Each character had gone through so much it just seemed to get worse and like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I am sure others feel differently but this book just wasn’t for me.


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