Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
Silver Scars is a beautifully written story of two men coming together amidst their personal pain and the hope and healing they experience as they allow each other into their lives to begin a relationship. There is so much more to Silver Scars than the blurb indicates, and I want to be careful not to reveal any spoilers as I review this courageous, stunning tale about Gil and Keith and their journey together.
Posy Roberts excels at crafting relationships that are filled with intimacy, trust, and deep connections. Gil and Keith are richly drawn, their backgrounds and their pain, both emotional and physical, are carefully laid out for each other’s benefit and for the reader’s. Their personal struggles and triumphs are clearly exposed, allowing the reader to witness their most intimate and horrific experiences. Posy Roberts’ ability to bring each character’s emotional highs and lows to the page is impressive, and Gil’s first- person, present tense narrative lends a sense of immediacy and intense closeness to both characters. Their deep, emotional connection is evident as the reader is drawn into their relationship, experiencing their passion and healing, their setbacks and triumphs.
The more physical side of their relationship and its connection to the healing process for both men is beautifully detailed, and their scenes together are filled with honesty and authenticity. Laced with raw emotion, tenderness, and trust, the way these two men come together and give of themselves is breath-taking. This extends outside of the bedroom as well, as they work together to bring out the best in one another, support each other, and find ways to overcome the many obstacles that stand in the way of their healing.
I cannot say much more other than this was one of the most satisfying m/m romances I have ever read. The growth of the characters and their movement forward is gratifying to see as they work both in tandem and as individuals to piece their lives back together and to establish their own “normalcy.” Woven with vivid details and solid emotion, Silver Scars tells of the horrors and frustrations of PTSD and severe physical trauma with compassion and honesty. I recommend it highly and commend Ms. Roberts on a job well done.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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