Scarred by Carol Lynne
Length: Short Story (94 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary
Book eighteen in the Cattle Valley Series
Zac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob.
Zac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.
Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to work, joins the community in celebrating Cattle Valley Days and wakes nightly in a cold sweat.
Pushed away at every turn, Jakob Cox still doesn’t know what happened the night Zac nearly lost his life. Despite Zac’s cold shoulder, Jakob takes it upon himself to drag the man he loves back into the land of the living.
Scarred, Carol Lynne’s eighteenth novel in the Cattle Valley series is far more serious than the other books of this series, and the emotional depth is exceptional as is the ensuing love story.
Zac Alben’s relationship with his life partner Terry is irrevocably changed when Terry meets Zac’s co-worker and friend Jakob Cox. Following his recovery from a fight with Terry that has left half of his face horribly disfigured, Zac is back at work pretending all is right with his world. But all is not right in Zac’s world. He refuses to discuss how his face was injured, and he will not look at Jakob let alone talk to him.
Jakob refuses to let Zac ignore him, and with dogged determination, he pushes his way back into Zac’s life. When it becomes apparent to him that Zac’s problems are more far serious than anyone could possibly imagine, Jakob quickly gets him the professional help that he so desperately needs. His love and support play vital roles in Zac’s on-going recovery from a previously undiagnosed psychiatric condition.
Scarred is a compelling novel that is filled with many unexpected twists and turns. Zac and Jakob are vibrant and true to life characters who confront their problems with realistic and life changing solutions. Ms. Lynne handles Zac’s mental illness with a high degree of sensitivity and the ensuing story is heartbreaking but it is also incredibly moving as Zac and Jakob’s romance flourishes despite the many challenges that lie ahead of them.