Scratch by Rhonda Helms with Giveaway

Welcome to my review for Scratch by Rhonda Helms. Please be sure to enter the giveaway where you could win a $25 iTunes gift card (INTL),  An e-copy of ALL I EVER WANTED (INTL) or  A paperback copy of Scratch (US/Can). Ends October 13th, 2014.

Book Review:

I’ve had a bit of an issue with rating this story: while it was enjoyable and sweet, and held my interest, there was just something ‘unfinished’ about the characters. While I have a sense about them, important elements that would have increased my interest and caring about them were just glossed over, or left untouched.  Well that and the ‘damsel in distress’ trope is, for me, one of the most annoying and frustrating that one could choose, and our heroine, Casey, dances on the edge of needing ‘salvation’ alternating with her very aloof and hands-off distance from everyone

As I said above, Casey has this peculiar desire to be “saved’ but she alternates that willingness to trust with a very solid remove that almost renders her mute, but most certainly isolates her.  Her behavior throughout the story was a curious mix of these two actions, and while her interior monologue never really seemed to resolve itself, or bring her any closer to consistently confident, the push-pull between her and the rest of the world continued unabated.

Daniel is a mere shell of what I wanted for a hero: rather than challenging Casey and calling her on some of her more ridiculous beliefs and behaviors he is more the ‘always constant dream man’ in her corner. We never really do get any sort of insight into Daniel’s life or history, which contrasts greatly with the difficult teenagerhood that has caused Casey to withdraw and be so concerned with ‘safe choices’ rather than those that make her happy.

This is most certainly a NA romance- heavy on the angst with characters that are searching to find out just who they are, and who they can be together, I just wish that there was more to grab onto from both of them: that would have sped this read along more for me.

Scratch by Rhonda Helms with Giveaway

Title: Scratch
Author: Rhonda Helms
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 240
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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About Rhonda Helms

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

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