Scars on His Heart

Jaime Samms
Scars on His Heart
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
August 2014

After a disastrous five years away at college, Joe returns to his aunt's farm and finds his childhood sweetheart Cameron eager to rekindle their relationship. Joe has a hard time confessing that he didn't come home until now because he's only just managed to leave Andre, his controlling boyfriend, and has a harder time renewing his submissive role in his affair with Cam. Cam thinks he has to find a way to remind Joe how to be strong. But what Cam doesn't realize is that Joe is strong, strong enough to leave behind a life of shame—though he's terrified his past will catch up to him. Joe must confront his ex and take back his own life, on his own terms, before he's able to give Cam everything they both desire.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Sep 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
SCARS ON HIS HEART is a heart wrenching journey of healing, finding inner strength, and emotional growth.

Joe and Cam were the best of friends growing up together on Joe's Aunt and Uncle's farm. There is a mutual attraction between the two but Joe is worried about sharing his submissive nature with Cam. After one brief sexual experience together, Joe leaves for college and, unable to deal with his emotions, disconnects from Cam and everyone else on the farm.

When Joe returns to the farm for his cousin's wedding, everyone knows there is something wrong. Joe is quiet, secretive, and he looks ill. The secret Joe is keeping is about the disastrously abusive relationship he was in while away at school. Joe's not sure how his Aunt will deal with the news that he is gay; he definitely doesn't want to burden her with the details of how he let his ex treat him. Joe is happy to see his family and Cam, but his fear of his past and unfinished business may keep him from ever being able to find true happiness. Joe knows that before he can be free of his past, he has to confront Andre, his ex, and open up to his family.

More than any one individual character, the cast of this book is what made it so enjoyable to read. Between Aunt Marie who is strong but loving, her loud, cussing daughter Mindy, the bartender Craig and his biker gang friends, and the farm workers Tommy, Sean, and Abby, there was never a dull moment. The way everyone comes together as a family to support Cam in his unrequited love for Joe and to support Joe in gaining control of his life is great. There is some humor mixed in with the love and support, which had me laughing out loud. Abby, a farm hand, threatening Joe's ex with a wrench, and Craig and Cam rounding up a biker gang to go help Joe get his things out of his ex's apartment--priceless. With such an emotional story it was nice to have these small moments of levity.

I'm not sure if it was more rewarding to see Joe grow stronger and open up to his friends and family about what had happened to him, or to see his friends and family form a tight circle of support around him. Joe made some questionable choices while away at school that many people would have judged him for, but not his family. And the family in this story has nothing to do with blood, making the love and support all the more impressive and heartwarming. This was a great, and emotional, read.
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