Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review for The Scars of Us by Nikki Narvaez!!!

Kaiya Marlow has always been cautious, precise in every decision she makes. When her dark past threatens to resurface, she decides to take precautions to protect herself by enrolling in self-defense classes at her gym. Her instructor, Ryker Campbell, is the tattooed womanizer everyone warns about. Kaiya deliberately avoids Ryker outside of their classes together, but the more time they spend training together, the harder it is for Kaiya to resist him. Ryker's view on relationships is simple: strictly sex, nothing more. Haunted by demons from his past, he never allows himself to become attached to any woman. No attachment means no weakness, no vulnerability, no pain. He doesn't realize that his whole world is about to be turned upside down when the stunning Kaiya enters his self-defense class. Determined to have her, at least for one night, Ryker sets a plan into motion that will change both of their lives forever. Will love be able to heal their scars, or will they be too deep to overcome? 


 One word... WOW!!!  Ryker.... amazing.... but I'll talk about him later...

Kaiya Marlow is damaged and broken... and because of an incident in her past, she doesn't trust anyone.  She'll trust them to a point, but not completely.  She can't.  

When she meets Ryker Campbell at her brother's gym, the attraction between them is almost instant.  She wants him, and he makes it no secret about wanting her.  Because of her past, trusting a man is out of the question.  Ky isn't about to take the chance of anything that happened to her being a repeat performance.  The only problem?  Her feelings for Ryker are different then anything she has felt before.  He knows he's a player and lets him know she's isn't the one night stand type.  

When she finds out that there is a possibility that the person responsible for hurting her is going to be released, she decides to take a self defense class.  Imagine her surprise when she finds out that Ryker himself is teaching it.  While taking the class, the attraction between them comes to a breaking point, and she finds herself breaking one of her rules with him.  It can't be stopped, but she's terrified about what is going to happen.  

After being hurt by someone he was suppposed to trust with his life, Ryker has sworn that no woman will get close to him.  They are desposable to him.  Until he meets Kaiya.  He knows she's different, and he knows she's wounded.  When he finds out the real reason for her apprehension, he swears that no one will ever hurt her again.  Between him and her older brother Kamden, the two of them are there for her.  

I loved this story!  I loved seeing Kaiya get stronger and stronger.  It's amazing to see how strong she really is, even though she doesn't believe it herself.  When someone goes through what she went through, it's pretty great to see the strength she gains.  With Ryker, she breaks down her walls she erected around herself for protection; breaks the rules she made for herself during her most intimate moments.  He is determined to make her trust him, no matter what.  

I loved Ryker... yes, he was a player at the beginning, but his love for Ky was surprising to him, but he didn't run from it.  When Ky attempted to push him away in a misguided attempt to protect him, he doesn't allow her to do it again.  He makes it known to her that he will always be there for her.  Yes, he has his own demons, but with the help of Ky, they face those demons together.  Even if it costs them their lives in the process.
My arms wrapped around her waist, lifting her to where her toes barely touched the ground. My hands began to roam lower, and I knew if we didn't stop, I was going to end up taking her right there on the mat like our first time. The problem was that there were still people in the gym, unlike before when we were the only two there.
Breaking away, I set my forehead against hers as I said, “If we don't stop, I'm going to take you right here, right now.”
Reconnecting our lips, she whimpered with desire, “I need you.”
Fuck me. There was no way that I could say no to that. Picking her up, her legs wrapped around my waist as our mouths collided. I walked towards the door before fumbling with the handle and locking it, then headed to the closet.
Kicking the door closed, I maneuvered around most of the boxes and equipment inside before positioning us against one of the bags that lined the walls. No one should find us, unless one of the other employees happened to come in for some reason, but I really didn't give a fuck at the moment—I had to have her.
As I moved her shorts and panties to the side, she grabbed my cock and pulled it out, eager for me to enter her. Guiding me to her, her hands placed my head at her opening, which was already wet with her arousal for me.
Slowly, I pushed myself inside her, gradually filling her until her pussy surrounded my length. We groaned in unison as I began to roughly pound her against the bag, grasping her hips for deeper penetration.
My mouth found Kaiya's neck as she continuously moaned, her cries of pleasure becoming louder and louder with each of my thrusts. Savoring her skin, I began to push her shirt up, needing to feel her flesh against mine. Kaiya maneuvered to help me remove her top before taking off her sports bra, letting it fall to floor.
My shirt was added to the pile as Kaiya eagerly pulled it off. Her hands roamed over my shoulders and arms as my mouth claimed her breast, my tongue ring flicking over her hardened nipple. She arched against me as I moved to her other tit, sucking it deep into my mouth.
Wrapping her legs tighter around me, she forced my dick deeper inside her sex. Growling my approval, I thrust harder as her nails dug into my biceps and her head tipped back against the bag.
“Ryker?” a voice called out from outside the door. Shit.
My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 27 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker. 

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