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REVIEW: Eternal Scars – A.L. Williams

Eternal Scars - A.L. Williams

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Daddy Kink

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi

Reviewer: Xanthe, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Be a good boy…
Great sex and a good time is all Ben wants. He doesn’t do complicated, which is why he can’t understand why pleading blue eyes won’t leave his thoughts.

You want to be a good boy…
Corbin’s life has finally settled after being thrown into a world of magic and lore. All he has to do is stay away from the green-eyed Adonis who brings him to his knees with a single look. 

When the source of Ben’s magic comes in a wave of death and obsession, they’re shoved together under the same roof. Secret desires flare as they fight for their lives. Can they move beyond their doubts or are the Scars too deep?

Eternal Scars CAN be read as a standalone. 

Note: This book may contain situations that are difficult for some readers. See Author notes for details.

The Review

I’ve really enjoyed the Scars series so far. There have been an eclectic mix of character types and backgrounds as well as the relationships and plots that play out in each book. Eternal Scars is no different as we follow Ben and Corbin who are both still dealing with the grief of losing a loved one in very different ways. What brings drama to the story is Ben’s mother, someone who has some serious attachment issues, coming to take him back to the Fae realm with her. Unfortunately, Corbin gets caught up in argument and she then has her sights set on him. In order to keep him safe, Ben keeps Corbin close, closer than either man really wanted as they find it harder to not act on the obvious desire that they have for each other. 

We have two different men in Ben and Corbin. Ben is all about one-night stands and his work on the force with Alec (from book one) whereas Corbin works constantly at his café and the struggles with depression and nightmares when at home. Ben is obvious in his attraction to Corbin from their first meeting but their friends are quick to warn him off, wanting to protect Corbin.

When they are forced together in order to keep Corbin safe, there’s nowhere to hide as they both stay at Ben’s home. A lot of tension and running from intense moments occur through much of the story as while both know how they feel towards the other man, neither is willing to risk their heart when it comes to loving another after the losses that they have both experienced.

Any time that they do spend together, when they get caught up in the moment, it’s obvious how good they are together and are perfect in providing what the other needs with certain inclinations revealed in the moment as well as in flashback moments of Corbin with his wife several years before. 

The story moves forward at a good pace, developing well in plot and the relationship. Ben’s mother makes a very convincing bad guy of the story, totally crazy in her way of thinking and incapable of seeing it any other way. She’s powerful and aggressive, bringing pain and suffering to those in her way. It’s good having all of the previous characters back but it did take me a couple of chapters to remember who was who and their history. It would definitely help to have some kind of glossary with names, relationship etc for those who have read the series, which is something I recommend as it helps with continuity of relationships and background that comes up through the story, though it is possible to be read as a standalone. 

This is a great addition to the Scars series and well worth reading. 

Please read the trigger warnings in the author note as there is at least one moment that is hard to read as you are in the moment with the character. 

The Reviewer

Hello all, my name is Xanthe and I am excited to be a reviewer for the PRG.

I read a lot, every night for at least 4-5 hours and I love to get lost in the world that an author has created. The best ones leave you wanting more and at a loss for words to describe just how good it is but I’ll try my best.

I live in a small town in South West England, just me and my dog Bonnie. I work part time in administration and really enjoy my job and the people I work with which I am very aware is not always the case!

I’ll read pretty much any sub genre within the mm genre. Since discovering it a few years ago, I rarely read anything else. One thing I won’t touch is horror, a definite no no for me!

Never ask me what my favourite anything is as I’ll have to give you a list of about ten or twenty things. How am I able to pick one food, book or film out of so many that I love?! 

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