Scars and Ruin by Avril Ashton ~ Book Review by Caroline

30227421Title: Scars and Ruin
Series: Loose Ends Book 2

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/08/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


The man known as Dutch is fine with being hated and feared. He keeps his mask on and his secrets close. There’s only one person who reaches past all that to who he used to be before the job hit too close to home. Sacrifices must be made, and Dutch steps up do just that. He’ll gladly pay the price to make sure Varun Patel is safe.

Loyalty to family expects it. His heart demands it.

And Patel rejects it.

Half of Varun Patel’s life resides in broken shadows he’d rather not remember. The other half is taken up by a man whose words push him away while his actions hold Patel close. Patel can’t forget the one night he spent in Dane Hutchins’ arms. The night promises were made. The night promises were broken.

If it were up to Dutch, Patel won’t ever know the bargains struck in his name. He won’t ever know the memory of them keeps Dutch fighting in his bleakest moments. But Dutch should’ve known that in the lonely hours, Patel would come for him.

And when that time arrives, there’s no saying no. There’s only the inevitable.

Love amid the ruins.

Warning: Contains references to sexual abuse/rape.

My View:

I would lay bets that if fans of Avril’s books were all asked which story they were most looking forward to the majority would have said Dutch and Patel. Finally Scars and Ruin is here and finally we get to understand the strange and tense relationship between these two men.

Dutch has always been an enigma for me. In previous books he was painted as an overbearing and controlling douchebag but there was always just the tiniest hint that more was going on. This is a twisty story full of past secrets and deals that ultimately shows us that Dutch, whilst still being cold and merciless, has a much softer side and it’s that side of him that has seen his own desires and hopes cast aside in order to protect something much more important.

Dutch isn’t the only one with secrets or that has more going on in his life than is first clear. Patel has secrets of his own which include his marriage and family. He has a yearning for a man that runs bone deep but he also carries his heartbreak as a kind of armour against more hurt. He has no idea why Dutch treats him the way he does but when he finally sets his mind to sort the situation out nothing or no one will stop him.

This story is all about strong emotions, emotions that have been buried deeply and held severe consequences for a long time – both men are like boiling pots waiting to spill over and when they finally blow the effect on themselves and each other is epic. Fans of Avril Ashton’s writing and characters will not be left disappointed with this one and I’m sure there is far more to come in the future.


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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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