Scarred – Emily McIntire

Once Upon A Time, 
there was a king who passed. 
He left behind two sons, 
one beloved and one outcast. 
The older of the two was set to take the throne,
but before he could he had to find a queen to call his own. 
The younger one was known to be unruly and unhinged. 
The chosen queen was warned to keep far away from him. 
Beautiful and cunning, in the light is where she stayed. 
But late at night, it was the shadowed lands in which she played. 
Mistakes were made and secrets forged;
forgetting duty and her sense. 
And while the new king had her hand, 
her heart belonged to the scarred prince. 

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3.75 Stars

I read and loved Hooked last year, and after reading Scarred, I can officially confirm that Emily McIntire writes TENSION like nobody’s business. Her books are full of banter and chemistry, and honestly half of the time the characters give me butterflies, which is something I love to get from a romance novel. This is a forbidden, royal, DARK romance, and I’m honestly here for it.

Tristan was incredibly cunning and dark, really everything I wanted in a love interest when I’m reading a dark romance. I loved him from the get go and the parallels to Lion King were so much fun to catch. Plus, who doesn’t love a dark haired man with jade green eyes, dark hair, and a scar? Sign me up please. As I said, he really did have great chemistry with Sara, and I loved them together. His relationship with Simon might have been one of my favorite things about the book though, I looked forward to their interactions.

I was a smidge confused about the setting of the book and the time period. The book isn’t supposed to be fantasy, but is set in a fictional kingdom and I don’t think it is sent in the present. There were vehicles, but the women wore corsets so I just had kind of a difficult time placing things overall.

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