Scar (Lili’s Review)

Title: Scar
Author: Baylin Crow
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 122 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Beard

I just wanted to be left alone. After the disastrous turn my life took four years ago, I swore that I’d never let my guard down for anyone ever again. I left everything I knew behind and started over again. Things were going just fine until nearly six feet of pure temptation walked through the doors of my bar. It’s been a year and I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding him. Things change when his friends get him drunk and leave him stranded on his birthday. I shouldn’t have given him a place to crash because now I can’t shake him.

Soccer

He intrigued me from the moment we met, and I haven’t exactly been subtle about wanting him. The green-eyed bartender seems to want nothing to do with me, but I don’t miss the way he watches me when he thinks no one will notice. I’ve let him pretend long enough, and it’s definitely time to make my move. On the field, I face tough competitors every week, but this one will make me work harder than I ever have before. If I want to win, I’m going to have to up my game because he is a pro at pushing me away.

This is a standalone novella with no cliffhanger.


Scar by Baylin Crow is the story of a closeted bar owner and an out and proud college soccer player. Beard, the bar owner, has done all that he can to avoid Soccer. He’s still dealing with a traumatic experience from his past that makes him afraid to get involved with anyone. Soccer is pretty relentless- he feels the connection between them and continues to pursue Beard despite his objections.

My thoughts…

There was lots of good here.

-The characters
-Character growth
-The premise
-Some banter
-It has steam
-Overall feel good vibe
-And a teensy bit of angst

But– it lacked relationship development. It’s hard to develop a relationship realistically in a short number of pages; I get that. Sometimes I can overlook the insta-love if I can feel the connection, but I couldn’t buy it 100%. Here’s why:

For a year Beard has done all he can to avoid Soccer. He won’t even serve him when he comes to the bar. <—This to me means they've never really gotten to know each other. Until this point, it's just lust.

Then Soccer's friends leave him drunk at the bar on his birthday in their messed up attempt to hook them up.

They do some push n pull for a short period- we’re talking days.

ONE meaningful conversation takes place- boom! From here on feelings grow at an accelerated rate.

All I could think was: Where was the build up? How are your feelings so strong when you’ve barely talked?

I felt cheated. I love when characters meet, get to know each other, feel the sexual tension building up, and I feel like I didn’t get much of that here. There was more telling than showing. I think if this had been longer it would’ve been executed better.

Would I recommend this novella? Yes. Overall, it was enjoyable.

Baylin Crow is a new to me author and one I would read again. Although this wasn’t a home run, I still enjoyed it. This story was sweet, sexy, and if you love hurt/comfort stories, then I think you’ll enjoy it. 3.5 Stars.


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Galley copy of Scar provided by Baylin Crow in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I’m a thirty-something Colombian who loves to get lost in a good ol’ Romance.

My favorite tropes are:

-Best friends to lovers
-May/December
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:

-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen
-Megan Erickson

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Cyberlove Series by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson

**Also: HEA a must!

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