Title: One Hundred & Thirty-Six Scars
Series: The Devil’s Own
Author: Amo Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch
I was four years old when I learnt what evilness the world could bring. I fought through life with my scarred soul, wrangled through the dark empty nights where I’d pray I didn’t wake up the next morning. I would shut my eyes and mentally take myself to my happy place.
The sound of waves crashing on the sand under my feet.
The final time the cold blade pushed up against my thigh, and I waited for my blood to trickle over the other One hundred and thirty-six scars that covered my skin— never came. Who was this man who just saved me? He had no idea how close I came to ending myself that day. I was ready to blow my brains all over the bedroom walls and I had a nine sitting under my pillow to prove it.
Some people have families, I had engineered human killing machines surrounding me my whole life. I’d been a part of this unit since I was a baby, raised in a community that was shut off from the real world. A community where we were nothing but empty vessels, until Hella (my best friend) and I escaped. Hella took us to a girl who was in foster care with him before he was summoned into The Army. After finding out yet another complication in my life, I needed space. I booked in to a run down apartment, ready to clear my head. Only my head didn’t clear, because I was haunted every night from the screams that would vibrate through my walls.
This is not a story of a perfect man coming in to save the day. This is a story of what happens when fate interferes and two completely broken souls collide.
The book began so dark that I didn’t know if I could read it. If it wasn’t such great storytelling, I would’ve quit. The premise was somewhat different for an MC romance. A genetically enhanced killing machine? For those of you whose lips just curled in disgust, stay with me. I was unsure but it didn’t really end up being a big part of the story at all. I looked at it like the hero was dark ops instead. That’s how it read to me anyway.
I liked all of the MC characters. To be honest though, there were a few things that left me shaking my head, making it difficult to buy into. They are as follows:
The genetic enhancement.
Easy acceptance into an MC (no prospecting)
Easy promotion within an MC
Other than those couple of things, I enjoyed it and would read more by this author.