The Scars I Bare by JL Berg Blog Tour with Theresa's Review

The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg 
Publication Date: March 12th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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. TSIB-Teaser3 (1)
The Scars I Bare is the second book in the By the Bay Series and you need to read The Choices I've Made to truly appreciate the story of Dean and Cora.

Dean is still a prisoner of the tragedy that stole his life (or so he thought) three years ago, when he lost his arm in a tragic ferry boat accident.  Healed from his physical injuries, Dean is still battling his emotional ones, especially his issue with the water.

Cora is running from a past that she doesn't want her family to know about.  With her daughter's best interest at heart and remembering what a former patient had told her about the island, she takes a nursing job at the clinic in the hopes of starting fresh.  Cora isn't looking for love.  But the connection that she made with Dean in the hospital three years before, has stayed with her.

Dean and Cora begin as friends and while they both seem to want more, they are hesitant, allowing the past to overrule what their hearts are telling them.  Until one day Dean decides that he is willing to put himself out there, to face his fear, and to try and have a loving relationship with Cora and her daughter.

The issues that these two characters face only makes them stronger as individuals and as a couple but facing them together is what makes them perfect for each other.

I loved being able to see a little more about Molly and Jake in this story as well.

3.5 stars

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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