Hearts and Bruises by A.M. Brooks

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With love comes pain.
And with pain comes scars.

Believe me, I have had my share of it all.
After my mother’s death, my father couldn’t deal.
So once again, we’re moving.
To a town full of lies, darkness, and corruption.
All masked in sunshine and money.

But then I meet him…
My biggest mistake.
My biggest temptation.
A royal pain-in-the-ass.

And Darrian King is no prince.
He’s controlling, aggressive, and downright wrong for me.
But what he dishes out,
I give right back.
After all, love hurts.
And so do we.

ellie’s $0.02:

Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW.

Debut novel from author A.M. Brooks and I’m stunned. Not stunned she wrote. But stunned with my level of absolute sheer frustration with characters. Not sure that I have ever hated a main character as much as I hated her hero. And man… I use that term loosely here. Now if you’re reading this and thinking I’m slamming the book or the author, you are wrong. DEAD. WRONG. I’m so damn impressed.

While I wanted to throw this book and beat the living shit out of some of the characters (mainly “him”) more times than I’m willing to admit. Any author that can bring that much emotion out of me as the reader is goddamn brilliant.

Bottom line? This book lived within my brain for days, weeks, and months longer than any character should take up my head space. Especially what a douchy one should. But to say that I love that is putting it lightly. This book hit me. Like deep. Deep. Deep.

Not what I was expecting going in. And so much I wanted to change but never would.

I am literally on the edge of my bar stool in anticipation to see where Book 2 will take us and how many walls I’m going to punch getting through it. Damn, I love that feeling.