Release Blitz + Review: Tattooed Scars by Alicia Rae

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The second book in Alicia Rae’s Tattooed series, TATTOOED SCARS, is available now! We can’t wait for you to read the next part in Raelyn and Damien’s story!

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About TATTOOED SCARS

Raelyn Jennings knows one thing for certain. She loves Damien Heathman with every fiber of her being. A life without him wouldn’t be one worth living.

Damien has never loved a single soul—until Raelyn. She heals the pain that has tainted the deepest part of his heart. She is his everything, his single reason for breathing. Damien’s relentless determination refuses to let anyone or anything stand in his way of being with her.

But soon, Damien’s and Raelyn’s pasts begin to collide with their future in ways they never thought possible, testing their undying love for one another.

Damien’s dark secrets from the scars hidden beneath his tattoos threaten to reveal themselves while Raelyn is faced with impossible decisions that need to be made.

Can Damien convince Raelyn to take a risk in hopes of securing the longevity of their future? Or will Raelyn choose the safe path that also comes with a limit?

There isn’t any time to waste, for the clock never stops ticking.

TATTOOED SCARS is available now – add it to Goodreads here!

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My Review

I received a free copy of Tattooed Scars by the author in exchange for an honest review. Since I really enjoyed the first book, I wanted to continue reading this series. I will honestly say that I did enjoy this second installment, but it was definitely a roller coaster of emotions—more so than the first installment called Tattooed Emotions. This story begins where the first book concludes with Raelyn’s cancer symptoms coming back to haunt her. The headaches, the nausea, the blackouts and the body aches have all come back less than a year after previous rounds of chemotherapy sessions. This time though, she not only has Iris—her best friend. She also has the love of her life, Damien Heathman. Exploring her relationship with Damien is still new and full of surprises, but she still holds onto the fear that Damien will admit that she is not worth the fight and leave—just like her ex. After Damien suggests that Raelyn needs a second opinion after a rather traumatic prognosis, he flies her to one of the best Oncologists who suggests brain surgery to remove her tumor. With her number one motto being “numbers never lie”, she is overcome with loss after the percentages are laid out for her. With no hope left, Damien finally breaks down and admits that Raelyn has been the only one to ever save his heart—to make him want to be a better person. But can he do the same for her—can he make her want to fight for a future free of cancer…after all of the pain that she has already suffered?

My favorite characters are Damien and Raelyn, the two main characters. I would still really love Iris and would love to read more about her and Joshua in a little side story, if possible. Raelyn is strong, beautiful and confident. She knows her weaknesses and tries to avoid them at all costs, but her fears are very plausible, considering that she has endured the pain of chemotherapy and self-esteem all-time lows. Once her symptoms begin to come back, she realizes that her remission has ended but she doesn’t want to look frail and sick in front of the people who care the most about her. She doesn’t want anyone’s sympathy or pity. Damien is the kind and compassionate CEO who loves Raelyn unconditionally. He is a risk-taker, unlike Raelyn. He is smart and confident and takes full control over the things that he desires. When he learns of Raelyn’s illness, he doesn’t hesitate to take control because he knows that if she doesn’t fight for her life—he will lose the only thing that has made him live again. Both characters go through so much emotional turmoil and it is a complete roller coaster.

Overall, the story is very well written. The pace is nice and quick, which is easy for me to follow. The author does a wonderful job with character development and credibility. I found that this story was a little difficult to read during specific emotional scenes due to the strong emphasis about life and death. This story is geared toward a female audience. I would recommend Tattooed Scars to women who enjoy romance and women’s fiction. This story made me feel a range of emotions including sadness, anger, excitement, curiosity and happiness. I rate this story with five stars due to the complexity and originality of this novel. I will definitely be looking forward to the third installment in this series called Forever Tattooed.


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About TATTOOED EMOTIONS

Raelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.

Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.
Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.

Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.

Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?

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Read an Excerpt of TATTOOED SCARS

I didn’t even realize I had been crying and shaking uncontrollably until I felt Damien open the passenger door. He unhooked my seat belt and lifted me into his strong arms.

“Shh, I’ve got you, Raelyn,” he breathed. He softly pressed his lips to my hair to kiss me. “And I’m never letting you go.”

I looped my arms around his shoulders and buried my face into his neck. Deep sobs racked through my body, my tears soaking his flesh.

Damien carried me through the breezeway and into the house where his long strides ascended the curvy staircase.

When we reached his bedroom, he gently placed me on the bed. Then, he climbed in beside me and pulled me into him.

The afternoon sun beamed in through the windows, yet I’d never been so tired and drained in all my life. I felt trapped with a relentless fear, and my mind was on overload. It wanted to shut down and block out the past two hours of my life.

My only solace was the man before me, caging me with his warmth.

Our faces were less than an inch apart, and Damien closed the small gap to brush his lips along mine for a passionate, tender kiss, reaching the depths of my soul. “I love you, Raelyn.” His gray irises stared at me with nothing other than love, melting me. “And nothing will stand in my way of making you mine—forever.”

And I wanted to be his, more than anything.

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About Alicia Rae

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and wedding photography.

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