Title: The Scarecrow & George C
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 3rd, 2019
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
High school senior Van Liss is barely human. He thinks of himself as a scarecrow—ragged and unnerving, stuck, and destined to spend his life cold and alone. If he ever had feelings, they were stomped out long ago by his selfish mother and her lecherous boyfriend. All he’s been left with is bitter contempt, to which he clings.
With a rough exterior long used to keep the world at bay, Van spooks George Curaco, the handsome new frycook at the diner where he works. But George C senses there is more to the untouchable Van and refuses to stop staring, fascinated by his eccentricity. When Van learns that George C is even more cold, alone, and frightened than himself, Van welcomes him to his empty home. And ends up finding his heart.
Their road to trust is rocky and, at times, even dangerous. And looming evil threatens to keep them apart forever.
Fair warning: You may want to strap in. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Donovan “Van” dresses like a scarecrow. He’s been through something at home and would rather the world not see him at all. The scarecrow is his attempt at scaring away anyone who tries to get close. And now, a senior in high school, he’s completely alone.
George C was kicked out of his home when he graduated high school. He survived on the streets and did things for money that he’s ashamed of. When he gets a job at the same cafe as Van, he’s intrigued by him.
Soon enough, George C’s past comes to haunt him and he finds himself at the mercy of Van’s quirky moods and raw heart. Both of them come to terms with what friendship means and have to save each other before its too late.
I liked the characters for the most part, but some of the exchanges seemed disembodied. The writing style wasn’t my favorite, dipping into fourth wall at times, talking specifically to the reader.
The book was told from both POV’s, which was a plus for me, but again, things didn’t really seem to line up well. Especially with George C. He had a secret that he wouldn’t share, then when he did, it seemed like it was no big deal, then it was shared with everyone without issue. It just left me feeling a bit directionless.
Overall the story was sweet, both MC’s worked hard at comforting each other and helping to find the HEA they deserved. It was worth the read, just had me hoping for a bit more as far as style goes.
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