REVIEW – The Scars That Define Us by M.N. Forgy

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Title: The Scars That Define Us
Author: M.N. Forgy
Series: The Devil’s Dust #2
Release Date: October 31, 2014

The Scars That Define Us

Synopsis

The Devil’s Dust MC has a list of new threats to the club’s lifestyle. Dani, to prove her loyalty, is trying to embrace a part of herself that she never knew existed until now. A sinful beast lurking beneath her surface has been awakened and is ready to eliminate anyone that stands in its way. Looking at her stained hands, she rinses the blood from them. She resigns herself to innocence lost and welcomes her thirst for more blood.

After a breathtaking turn of events, Shadow is looking at life in a different perspective. Not knowing who he can trust or who he can forgive has left him feeling desolate and alone. As Shadow is laying behind his rifle, he wonders if he can pull the trigger to eliminate the threat. He takes a deep breath and squeezes the trigger, the rifle recoil ignites the fuel that drives him.

Retaliations will be required.

Boundaries will be shattered.

Redemption will be lost.

Betrayal so deep, yet they still yearn for one another. Can Shadow overlook Dani’s transgressions? Can Dani overlook the mistrust that Shadow has placed upon her?

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Review

Picking up right where she left off, M.N. Forgy continues Dani and Shadow’s story in The Scars That Define Us. M.N. Forgy definitely turned up the angst with this one as Dani and Shadow dealt with the fallout from the end of the first book. My heart broke for them as they found themselves separated by mistrust and misconceptions, and I spent a lot of time riding that all too familiar emotional rollercoaster with them. Despite this couple’s obvious issues, M.N. Forgy kept the chemistry between Dani and Shadow sizzling hot which only served as fuel to the fire. This book absolutely radiated sexual tension and it was that intensity, coupled with the anger of betrayal and the anticipation of finding out what was really happening with the MC that kept me furiously flipping the pages.

“You have Hell’s fury inside you; it owns you and consumes your thoughts. There is no escaping it.”

M.N. Forgy flipped a switch when it came to Dani’s character. Gone were the days of the meek and innocent girl who first came to the Devil’s Dust, Dani was a full-fledged badass in this book. There was a definite sense of freedom that M.N. Forgy nurtured as this character stood on her own and fought fiercely for the people she calls family. It helped create a sense of belonging that had me falling in love with this MC world all over again. While I did enjoy seeing this alternative side to Dani, there were a few times when she was almost too cold, too different from the girl we first met, to really feel like a cohesive character. Dani’s newfound determination definitely gave Shadow a run for his money and I enjoyed the way M.N. Forgy utilized this character development to allow the couple to connect on an entirely new level. Despite everything working against them, with Dani’s transformation she and Shadow seemed more right for each other than ever.

“Just for the record, I didn’t want any of this for you. But I know you’re strong enough to survive this world, Dani, You grow stronger with pain. You just have to survive it.”

The Scars That Define Us was a quick read for me. It was packed with action and intense emotions that kept me riveted to the story. I’m growing quite fond of all the secondary characters, loving the way M.N. Forgy allows the peripheral relationships to help shape the main couple in addition to bringing humor and heart to the story. With Shadow and Dani’s relationship on the rocks, we got to know Bobby a lot better as he helped Dani deal with the aftermath of everything that happened in the first book. I really enjoyed the way M.N. Forgy introduced this character, giving me just enough to become invested in him and leaving me anxious for more. The Scars That Define Us is a great addition to the series and a steamy continuation of Shadow and Dani’s story. I can’t wait to see what M.N. Forgy has in store for the Devil’s Dust MC next!

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