Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland

by Melanie Moreland 
Publication date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Kathie's Review:

I love this cover. It's so vibrant and makes me want to be there, watching the waves roll in. The blurb also drew me in. This is a beauty and the beast story with all the bells and whistles one could want from that trope. 

Megan is hiding from a very deep hurt, one that seems like it's never going to end. She's a writer whose work was stolen. 

Zachary (never Zach) is an artist who hides from the world while he paints emotion filled canvases. 

They meet when their dogs meet on a shared strip of beach. The dogs, Dixie and Elliot truly try to steal the show. Their exuberance and joy in life was fun to read. It took the humans a few more pages to come to terms with their attraction to each other, and their need, too.

There are lots of people to hate  in this book, which is the second novel by Ms. Moreland. Just like in life, not all of them got their just rewards. But my motto is: Living life well is the best revenge. And that does happen here. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that an HEA happens. It's the getting there where you find the fun. 

While I enjoyed the book, with all the descriptions of the ocean and the beach (I really wanted to be there), I was a bit disappointed in the miscommunication trope. A few words between characters, a moment of listening on their parts, would have spared all involved quite a bit of heartache. Would have made a lot shorter book, too! But then we would have missed all the fun stuff that had to do with painting and the publishing world. As someone who is in both worlds, I found those passages made up for the other trope. 

Ms. Moreland can certainly spin a tale, and I look forward to reading more from her.

*Thank you, Ms. Moreland and Xpresso Tours, for the opportunity to read Beneath the Scars.

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Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and fur children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines, to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.

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Tour-wide giveaway 4 ebooks of Beneath the Scars (INTL) 
2 signed Paperbacks of Beneath the Scars (US/Canada only) with book marks 
1 package of Into the Storm/Beneath the Scars Paperbacks with bookmarks – both signed (US/Canada only)


  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Kathie! Glad you liked it! :)

    1. You are very welcome. It was a great book.

  2. Thank you so much for participating and I am so pleased you enjoyed the book!

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