Scars and Secrets by Avril Ashton ~ Book Review by Caroline

29383384Title: Scars and Secrets

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/29/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


After an undercover assignment that changed his life forever, FBI agent Donovan Cintron is barely hanging on to sanity. His new mission is to forget, by any means necessary, so he tries his hardest. Pills. Booze. The warm bodies that never quite measure up to what he’d had. What he’d lost. It’s almost a relief when he learns his identity might be compromised—except he’s not the only one exposed. So is the husband he hasn’t stopped needing all these years later. He’d been aching to die, but for Levi Nieto, Donovan will live. To protect. To regret. To remember.

The realization that everything he loved was a farce sent Levi Nieto spinning out of control, and running away from the memories. Now Donovan is back in his life, still fully entrenched in darkness. Their physical connection is one thing, but the truth of who they are to each other remains trapped among the anger, violence and lies suffocating them. Fixing what’s broken will take more than each man exposing his scars. Secrets—and blood—must be spilled.

My View:

I have been waiting for what seems like forever for Levi and Van’s story and for the pair of them to finally sort themselves out! Seven years this pair have been messing each other around – seven long years and this was reiterated quite a lot in this book!

Avril Ashton has invented this crazy world that started for me with Love the Sinner book one in the Brooklyn Sinners series. Then came the Run This Town series and now finally we have the Loose Ends series, which seems a fitting name as she is indeed fixing up the loose ends.

Levi was a job for Van – that was all it was meant to be but as you flashback now to when they met it seems obvious they were always going to be more than that. We’ve caught glimpses of the pair in various books so it was definitely time to get the couple in their glory, or pain as the case seems to be. The job became more, they fell in love, hell they even got married and they were happy for a time but it was all built upon a lie – as Levi was a job for Van.

Dutch is a bastard. He’s been a bastard for a good while but in this installment he has crossed over all sorts of lines and his partner in crime for much of it is Mark Dulles – another bastard and sadly Van’s father. As Van hits rock bottom and Levi goes into hiding after Mark yet again puts him in danger things are set to come to a head and in true Avril fashion it is messy, frantic and people get shot.

I love the passion you get in Avril’s books. She shows you the story rather than tells it – the pages are filled with emotion and actions. She writes these great Alpha men who make no apologies for who they are or how they live but they always have a softer side when it comes to their lovers, their families and their friends. Israel was a good example of that in the way he protected Van without really knowing him. Van and Levi have to fight hard in this one but for me all the pain was totally worth it in the end.


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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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