Published by Kensington
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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The most painful scars are the ones you never see. In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up. Like Casey, he's a senior. In every other way, he's her opposite. Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can't fathom, he's intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable. He doesn't know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach - or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try. - via GoodReads
Scratch by Rhonda helms was my first new adult romance and I’m so glad I gave this genre a try. The story centers around Casey who is working her way through college as a DJ. Immediately I was interested in Casey and her story and wanted to know more. Then Helms introduces us to Daniel and I was all in.
Casey has a lot of demons to fight and we’re kept in the dark as to what they are. Thankfully we have Daniel to fight those battles for us. Casey has some wickedly thick walls. She hasn’t let anyone through with the exception of her grandparents. Casey attends classes, gets good grades, and works to help support herself.
I really enjoyed watching Daniel and Casey together. They had believable conflicts and the resolutions weren’t always delivered with big bows and flowers. Helms did a great job of writing a tight, clean story. The characters all contributed to the story and there wasn’t a lot of excess information.
Once we finally unearthed the big secret, it was a little devastating. I’ll admit to tearing up a little. The bottom line is: I really enjoyed Scratch and I will certainly be exploring this genre more.