Blog Tour: The Scars I bare by J. L Berg (w/ Excerpt & Review)


The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg
Publication Date: March 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Every scar tells a story...
Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see.
Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.

Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.

Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.
Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?

Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?

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By the time I arrived at the inn for dinner, I was a goddamn mess. Sweat was running down my back from the heat, even after changing my shirt twice. I’d changed my mind three times on whether to bring flowers for Cora, doubling back to the house at the last minute to grab them after I firmly decided to leave them at home.

When I finally arrived, I was a solid twenty minutes late and probably looked like a psychopath from all the sweat and the mangled flowers in my hand.

But all of this was forgotten the moment the door opened, and Cora greeted me.

“Jesus,” I cursed, giving her a once-over before she even had the chance to say hi. “You look insane.”

“Insane is good?” she asked, pink staining her cheeks.

I’d never seen her in anything beyond scrubs and shorts. Granted, this woman could wear a paper bag and be the hottest woman in the room. Tonight though, she’d dressed up, wearing a short, strappy number with tiny pink flowers dotting the fabric.

“Insane is really good,” I clarified.

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*4 Stars* 

I loved spending time in this little Town getting to know the people and rooting for love. 

Before the accident Dean was sure of his way in life, but after he has no purpose and doesn't know where his life will lead. 
Cora comes to the little Town escaping and trying to make a new life for herself and her daughter. What she doesn't expect is someone from her past who left a mark. 

This book really gave me the feels. 
From the very start you're pulled into the story and already feel for the characters and want everything to have a happy ending because of what they've been through. Without revealing too much I will say this is luckily one of those stories where you see the characters heal with eachother and become stronger. 
There is a dual POV along with Journal entries from Dean and Blog posts from Cora that provides a sort of flashback to their lives, when they met, how Cora's life was before moving to the little town and so on. I really enjoyed Dean's journal entries, they gave a different insight into his mindset from the beginning. Cora's posts was different however as she had a whole other reason to write them, but it definitly gave an idea of how she thinks and has hoped her life was. 
One of the things I liked about this book was that I didn't fell like I had to wait forever for anything to happen, both the romance, but other aspects as well- like the characters sorting out what they had going on.  

Basically a really sweet love story about two people coming together and finding their strength. 
If you love romance this is a book for you! 


Meet J. L. Berg:

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!

I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!

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  1. Oh my god, I love the sound of dual POV along with journal entries. GIMME!


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