New Release & Review: Pretty Scars by CD Reiss...A Beautifully Haunting Story of Star Crossed Lovers

New Release & Review: Pretty Scars by CD Reiss...A Beautifully Haunting Story of Star Crossed Lovers

5 Star Review

I am a first-time reader of CD Reiss, and this is a remarkable book that will have me reading more! I hope her others are just as emotional and romantic!

For some reason, while thinking back on this eloquently written novel, I can't help but sing Taylor Swift's Love Story in my head.

"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess It's a love story, baby just say yes."

But unlike the song, there is no "parentally sanctioned" happily-ever-after. Carrie and Gabriel are more like the original Romeo and Juliet. The world is against them. They are lovers who rise and fall. They meet tragedy, and yet have an epic love story that will last forever. When writing about Pretty Scars, I want to use rich poetic language, because this story deserves it. I don’t know that my words will do it justice.

I'm going to jump out of my complete adoration of CD Reiss's plot and writing style and move onto other elements! I was hooked from the very start. This story goes back and forth between 1993 and 1995, which I really liked and is critical to the story.

This is a rare book in that it tore me apart, I loved the romance, loved the heroine, but was not always that impressed by the hero, Gabriel. Hold the stones, I do love Gabe, but not when reading his perspective. I love Gabe through Carrie's eyes. He is suave, sexy, confident, and is smitten for Carrie once he meets her. Before her, he sounded like a complete manwhore. He's unapologetic about it, and never discusses his past with her, but knowing Carrie's innocence, inexperience, and views on sex, it seemed like a let down by comparison. It was meant to be light and funny, but still rubbed me the wrong way, at least when I first read about it! Yet, I am not going to let that take away from the rest of lush romance between Carrie & Gabriel.

There is so much I want to say, my best (Doctor Who) Riversong voice *spoilers*

This is a New Adult Romance! Their relationship faces many of the same coming-of-age problems that go with being seniors in college in this genre. Carrie's situation is different in that she is entirely reliant and controlled by her family, the Drazens. This affects her greatly. Control, money, and power is what rules the Drazen's world. Gabriel is the opposite and mostly on his own.

Then there is Peter, Carrie's husband. I hate Peter, and it won't take more than 2 seconds for you to feel the same. So there is no spoiler there.

On the upside there is Carrie’s sister, Margie! I LOVED HER!! She has her own book duet that I cannot wait to read it!!

(Secret Sins Duet:

This story is full of twists, turns, surprises, jaw-dropping reveals, hard cries, laughs, sighs, and it will renew your faith in true love in the real world. I cannot wait to read more by CD Reiss.

*** Spoilers***

Trigger Warning

Be warned there are a variety of assaults and abuse in this book, including physical, mental, and even rape (which is not explicit). This made me cringe, and it hurt my heart and soul to read it, but I like how the author dealt with it, and how it was resolved.

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“A gripping, sensual and darkly romantic masterpiece."-- Frolic

Pretty Scars, Carrie Drazen’s long awaited love story from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, is available now!

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In Carrie Drazen’s diamond-studded world, beauty is everything: a blessing, a commodity, and a curse. Her beauty got her past the velvet ropes and into New York’s high society, but it ripped her away from the man she loved and chained her to an unbearable life.

Then, in a single night, a song played by a mysterious and secretive musician carries her back to a past ripe with possibilities, when love could open any door.

Who is this anonymous performer?

How can a man she’s never met tell the story of a boy she loved with such precision?

She needs to know. But sometimes masks exist for a reason, and this unveiling could scar them both.

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About CD Reiss

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. _21A6258_pp-fb

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