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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Title: The Scars Between Us
Author: MK Schiller
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Embrace

Emma Cooper is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to scatter her ashes with Aiden Sheffield in Linx, Texas. Just one problem. Why Texas and who the hell is Aiden Sheffield? The only clue is a faded piece of her mother’s stationary. Emma imagines Aiden is a former love of her mother’s, but when she meets the beautiful, damaged stranger, she realizes her assumptions couldn’t be more wrong. He’s hot and young. And Emma is as confused as ever.

Aiden Sheffield would rather go to hell than Linx. Who does Emma think she is disrupting his carefully built life? The last thing the Marine needs is to slice open the sealed wounds of his painful past. Yet, as he gets to know the lovely Emma, a woman who manages to smile even though she’s lost everything, he changes his mind. He will not let her go to hell alone.

But neither is prepared for the devastating evil waiting for them at the end of the road. It might just destroy them.

Aiden’s smirk widens. “I’ll bite. What’s an Angler fish?”

“They are a rare species. They live very deep in the sea and have extremely long dorsal fins. They use that organ to attract prey.”

“Well, I definitely have a long organ and it attracts a good deal of prey.”

I elbow him. “I’m serious.”

“Your knowledge of creatures is astounding.”

“I did watch a great deal of the Discovery Channel as a child.”

“Lucky for me, I get to benefit from your vast education.”

“Anyway the Angler is not a happy fish”


“No, it’s mate-less, doomed to live a life alone weaving back and forth in the darkness of the sea.” I zigzag my hand to mimic the motion. 


“Isn’t it?”

He leans towards me, the scent of his spicy cologne circling me. “What are you doing, Cooper?”

“Just making casual observations.”

“There’s nothing casual about it. You’re slut-shaming me and in a really weird way.”

I almost choke. “What? No I’m not.” I replay what I’ve said. “Shit, I am. I’m slut-shaming you. I’m sorry.”


It has been quite a while since I’ve reviewed a book, (new mom) but I am so glad that I took the time to read this one. It was brilliant. I loved the connection of the characters, the one liners, the sadness, the happiness, the twists and turns. This book has a little bit of everything all rolled into one.  It was a story that kept me completely enthralled, I couldn’t put the book down!
MK writes her characters with so much heart and soul,  that they pull you into the storyline like you are there living it with them. Aiden and Emma are amazing characters that I will long remember, their story is heartbreakingly beautiful, you don’t want to miss out.
I find a classic rock station. The familiar twang of a sweet guitar riff spills forth. “This is my jam.” “Your jam? Let me get past the fact that used that word- but seriously, Bruce Springsteen is your jam?”
“What? You don’t like Bruce?”
“I’m just surprised you do.”
“It’s on my all-time favorites playlist.” I star singing. It’s out of tune but who the hell cars. Aiden tilts his head at me, fighting the smile. “Don’t make me sing alone.” I jab his arm. “You know you want to.”
“That’s what you’re doing? Singing? Cause for a minute, I thought a cat was dying somewhere.”
I punch him in the arm. Dumb move. I shake my hand out after that.
To my surprise, he turns up the volume and starts singing, too. His voice is deep, rich baritone that’s much more suited to the pursuit of rhythm than mine.
He stops suddenly, staring at me as if I’ve grown another head.
“Okay, I’m a crappy singer,” I say “but you don’t have to look at me all judgy.”
“No, it’s nto that. What the hell did you just say?”
“Just following along with the lyrics.”
“Repeat the last line.”
“Revved up like a douche.”
Aiden cracks a smile that morphs into a laugh that transforms into something so loud his bronze face turns red.
“What’s so funny?” I demand.
“Shit, Cooper, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this hard. You think the Boss is singing about douche?”
“Duece. The right word is deuce.”
“How can you rev up a deuce?”
His eyes twinkle with mischief, “I don’t know. How can you rev us a douche?” He winces, “Never mind, don’t answer that.” ….
~ One of my favorite things about this book, is there are definitely some dark issues, but MK knows that with the dark, you need a little light. <3 ~
Reviewed by Tonya Nichols with Eye Candy Bookstore

MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. In the dark of night, she sits by the warm glow of her computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is! She started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact, she got so good at it that friends asked her to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. She hopes you enjoy her stories and find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor. M.K. Schiller loves hearing from readers. Find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @MKSchiller, and visit her website at