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    Wonderful book

    M.K. Schiller - a new-to-me author - delivers an almost perfect New Adult romance with The Scars Between Us. Emma Cooper's mother has passed away and left her a rather cryptic set of instructions: find a Mr. Aiden Sheffield, and convince him to come to the small town of Linx, Texas, to scatter her ashes. Intriguing, no? Well, I thought so, and it only gets more intriguing as you read and begin to wonder just what exactly is the connection between Aiden and Emma's mother... I really enjoyed this book. If it weren't for that pesky needing to sleep thing, I'd have read it in one sitting. It immediately draws you in with the question of who the heck is Aiden, and once you actually meet Aiden and see the instant chemistry between him and Emma, you just won't want to stop reading until you find out everything there is to know. Physically, Aiden sounded absolutely divine, and the swoon factor in this book is pretty darn high. Also, the fact that he rescues dogs was an instant hit with me - love dogs. I wasn't really fussed about the cage fighter aspect, but since this book only covers a few days, that wasn't really a part of the story anyway. Character-wise, at first glance Aiden appears to have the stereotypical brooding hot guy with a back-story thing going on, but as I read on, I found it was all done really well and didn't seem at all contrived. Once you actually know Aiden's story, you'll definitely accept he has every right to brood and be a little Negative Nancy now and then. His problems are not superficial, and I thought this part of the story was tragic but fascinating. As for Emma, she was fun. It might seem as though her characterisation wasn't as detailed or as interesting as Aiden's, simply because she's generally just a nice girl who's lived a happy, normal life. We, as readers, live through her rose-tinted outlook and experience each new revelation in this book as yet another blow to the happy bubble she's previously existed in. The romance I thought was pretty perfect. Although the attraction for both was instant, they don't hop to it so soon you're not emotionally prepared for it (hate it when authors do that). No, I was definitely invested in them both by the time the first kiss happened. I did lots of grinning and even laughed aloud a few times at the dialogue. So cute. I'm now going to explain what I meant when I said it was almost perfect, and because this is quite subjective, I thought I'd leave it until the end. So, having read quite a few NAs at this point, I've come to expect them to be intensely emotional reads, and for there to be at least a section of the book, usually towards the end, that completely emotionally destroys me. That has me lying like a quivering pile of heartbroken goop on the floor, unable to process all the feelings. I'm sure if you're interested in reading this book, you've probably already read a few of them yourself. Those awsome, stomach-dropping "Oh my God" moments that just kill you. In fact, since the cover art keeps reminding me of Travis Maddox, we could easily use Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire as a perfect example of a New Adult book that gut punches you repeatedly until you're crying out for mercy. Now, you see, I like that. Love it, in fact. And in this genre, I kinda expect it now, too. That's not to say this book didn't produce feels, it did. But just not to the heart-shredding degree I crave when I'm in the mood for this genre. Schiller instead opted to keep it more tense and action-y, which is her right to do so, of course. I guess what I'm saying is, I have no actual complaints about what was in this book, but for me, there was just that little something missing from it that kept it from being a 5 star read. Because I'm apparently a masochist. Still, if you're an NA junkie, maybe a book that's not quite so emotionally draining could be a welcome relief every now and then! Overall, The Scars Between Us was wonderful book, and I'll definitely be checking out this author's future reads. 4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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    Good Read

    I liked Emma but she was a little too much for me. She was just overly sweet and kind of naïve. I had an idea of some of the things that happened to her. She was the type of person who was shocked that bad things happen to people. I liked Aiden. He had a very rough past (which was revealed slowly throughout the story). I can understand his love for dogs and why he was so closed off. I did like them together though. I thought they were good together and despite the things I didn’t like about her she was a perfect match to Aiden. One thing I did not like about Aiden was that he wanted Emma but he didn’t want her. He was too confused. Then when the story was getting into kind of a lull for me some things happened that had me like WHAT??? Then something happened near the end that had me like what??? The first reveal in my opinion brought something more to the book. It gave some backstory on the history between Emma’s mom and Aiden. I think this was needed. I really liked the flow of that reveal. The other thing closer to the end was just too much for me. I didn’t care for that part of the story. I can see what the author was trying to do but it was just outlandish in my opinion. I can see how certain things may have been swept under the rug years ago but this thing was never going to fly. Overall I think this was a good read. Even thought I had a few issues, I think other readers would like this story.
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    Fantastic!! A book that once you start reading it you will not want to put it down. (There may have been snarling when hubby interrupted me!) I adored Aiden! Who doesn't love a gruff MMA fighting former marine? His transformation throughout the story is a thing of beauty and as you learn about the events of his life your heart can't help but beat a little faster. Then there's Emma. Oh how I love Emma. She's a little broken, a lot lost, but determined to push through and really start living again. With these amazing characters and a fantastic story this is a book for everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.
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    M.K. writes THE BEST heroes!!!

    M.K. writes THE BEST heroes!!! She also writes some of THE BEST books I've ever read. I'm a HUGE fan, and I don't even read the synopsis of her books before I start reading; I know that if she wrote it, it's going to be absolutely freaking AMAZING. This book was absolutely freaking AMAZING. In addition to writing the best heroes, M.K. has a talent for writing love. The feels-like-you-got-hit-in-the-chest-your-heart-hurts, I'll-never-forget-this-part-of-this-book-EVER kind of love. Each one of M.K.'s books has parts like that, and I can recite each and every one from her books that I have read. And some I've read months, maybe years ago! The love Aiden and Emma had for each other was nothing short of unconditionally beautiful. I can't even put into words how much I loved each of them, but especially Aiden. You want a tortured hero who knows exactly what unconditional love is? Who fights and sacrifices for the woman he loves? Aiden. You will LOVE Aiden. And holy plot twists! This story was CRAZY! I was absolutely NOT expecting so many "But wait! There's more!" moments, and I NEVER saw them coming, but WOW this book is fantastic. You'll be SHOCKED at how this plays out! I LOVED this book and I just know you'll love it too! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
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    What an unexpected gem

    New to MK Schiller, I wasn't sure what to expect, what I got was another author in my life to fangirl over. What a truly inspirational read. The story follows Emma Cooper shortly after her world has been turned upside down following the death of her mother and the loss of her family home. Fulfilling her mother's dying wish to scatter her ashes on a river in Texas with a complete stranger, she goes on the road trip of all road trips. A road trip that will change her life forever. Aiden Sheffield didn't have a good upbringing in any sense of the word, but with a stint in the marines and his current job working with dogs, he's found his lot in life. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when Emma walks into it bringing his tumultuous past right back with her. A story of tragedy, love, loss and determination. Beautifully written in dual POV, we follow their tormented journey to the place that started it all. With some gruelling scenes, some super sexy scenes and some emotional scenes this book had me gripped rom the very first chapter, and oh, what an explosive end. I sure hope there aren't too many towns like Linx, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, evil does exist, and it lives in Linx. A sexy, heartwarming, highly emotional read. I loved it. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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