Scratch by Rhonda Helms
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
The most painful scars are the ones you never see.
In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up. Like Casey, he's a senior. In every other way, he's her opposite.
Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can't fathom, he's intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable. He doesn't know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach - or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.
Sometimes the romance in the New Adult genre bugs me. This wasn't the case with Scratch. I felt like the romance was sweet and well thought out. It made sense for the characters.
The character development.
I'll admit it; I gave Casey the stink eye so much in the beginning. She was all about some slut shaming and judging. But Rhonda Helms was able to show some true character development with her. She outgrew those tendencies and turned into someone that I really liked.
The slow parts.
There were times whenever I wanted to give up because this book definitely drags. There's no fluid pace to the writing, and it shows. At times, it felt like a task to keep pushing on.
This could go both ways. On one hand, I was bored that this book was the same New Adult story dressed up with different names. A troubled girl with a dark past meets a sexy man who will save the day and her. We've seen it before. But that's what works for some people. It just didn't for me.