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Book eighteen in the Cattle Valley SeriesZac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to wor Book eighteen in the Cattle Valley SeriesZac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to work, joins the community in celebrating Cattle Valley Days and wakes nightly in a cold sweat.Pushed away at every turn, Jakob Cox still doesn't know what happened the night Zac nearly lost his life. Despite Zac's cold shoulder, Jakob takes it upon himself to drag the man he loves back into the land of the living.


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Book eighteen in the Cattle Valley SeriesZac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to wor Book eighteen in the Cattle Valley SeriesZac Alben loved his life in Cattle Valley until he made the ultimate mistake and introduced his partner in life, Terry, to his on-the-job partner, Jakob. He hoped the two men would hit it off, but he had no idea the meeting would forever change his life.Scarred and broken, Zac shows the facade of a man on the mend. He returns to work, joins the community in celebrating Cattle Valley Days and wakes nightly in a cold sweat.Pushed away at every turn, Jakob Cox still doesn't know what happened the night Zac nearly lost his life. Despite Zac's cold shoulder, Jakob takes it upon himself to drag the man he loves back into the land of the living.

30 review for Scarred

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betryal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wasn’t going to post a review and just rate this one, but when Rossy started doing :points: that, that look with her eyes I came close to melting. Not in a good way so mind out of the gutter. I haven’t hopped in reverse over the fence and don’t intend to. Now having gotten that out of the way… For you sensitive types this book is a possible tear jerker, but for me it wasn’t. I felt more compassion, understanding and sympathized for both the characters in this book than wasting Kleenex. What can I wasn’t going to post a review and just rate this one, but when Rossy started doing :points: that, that look with her eyes I came close to melting. Not in a good way so mind out of the gutter. I haven’t hopped in reverse over the fence and don’t intend to. Now having gotten that out of the way… For you sensitive types this book is a possible tear jerker, but for me it wasn’t. I felt more compassion, understanding and sympathized for both the characters in this book than wasting Kleenex. What can I say? I’m a guy :snickering: This one of the CV series rendered to near heartbreaking in comparison to the others. Zac felt betrayed, felt hurt, enough to want to die and re-create his own destruction after already having made several failed attempts in doing so. It was just due to what currently went on his current life, but in his past which contributed to his severe depression. Not only does he harbor scars on the outside, but many come with the territory and are hidden on the inside as well. I really sympathized and heart for him from the bottom of my heart. When you read about Zac you’ll want to hold and coddle him because the dude sure as heck needed it. Jakob, he’s tough, he loves Zac from the bottom of his heart and that’s a given, but he carries the weight of guilt on his shoulders and feels responsible from the turn of events on that fateful night where his world altered for the worse and he wasn’t there for Zac. He wants Zac back and be there for him and he’ll do what he can to make all rights wrong without giving up hope. I’ve rambled enough here and it’s time for you to pick up the book and find out: Does Zac forgive Jakob? Do the two work it out? Find out what really happened to Zac on the night his face was scarred. I could say out of all the CV’s I’ve read this ranked up on the top of my favs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ter

    Great story Carol!!!! I just had to read this as soon as I got it. Very interesting twists, and things we didn't know before. I really liked the ending. (Knowing it's not smooth sailing, but together they could conquer what ever came their way) great job I sure hope you never get tired of writing about this town!! Cause we love to read about them. LOL!! Can't wait till the next one, Kenny and Eli, and I hope Aaron gets a good one, he needs a nice strong one. (oh how about Sean O'Brien???) and Luk Great story Carol!!!! I just had to read this as soon as I got it. Very interesting twists, and things we didn't know before. I really liked the ending. (Knowing it's not smooth sailing, but together they could conquer what ever came their way) great job I sure hope you never get tired of writing about this town!! Cause we love to read about them. LOL!! Can't wait till the next one, Kenny and Eli, and I hope Aaron gets a good one, he needs a nice strong one. (oh how about Sean O'Brien???) and Luke with a deputy. Oh and not to forget about Ethan, I have been wondering about him since bk 12. Oh well, I'll keep waiting till then.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shell

    Carol Lynne did an outstanding job with this book! It wasn't very long, at 94 pages and I found to be a wonderfully enjoyable read for a lazy evening. I'm not going to go into much detail about the story, because there were a few fairly big surprises throughout, that I think most readers would be better not knowing beforehand. One time particularly while reading it, I starred at my ereader in shock and had to go back and reread that paragraph a few times just to make sure I read it right and was Carol Lynne did an outstanding job with this book! It wasn't very long, at 94 pages and I found to be a wonderfully enjoyable read for a lazy evening. I'm not going to go into much detail about the story, because there were a few fairly big surprises throughout, that I think most readers would be better not knowing beforehand. One time particularly while reading it, I starred at my ereader in shock and had to go back and reread that paragraph a few times just to make sure I read it right and was comprehending what actually happened. I admit that I am a rather sporadic reader when it comes to reading books in the order they were meant to be read (although, I do have a friend that's helping correct this bad habit, if for no other reason than for her peace of mind : ) and it should be stated that my last CV book was Physical Therapy, which was number 5 and even that was read out of order. *gasp* I know, I know, but it's ok people! For all of you CV die-hard fans, calm down and breathe, I'm getting there. So, if like me you too are a rather random reader, let me say that I had no problems picking up on the storyline and becoming enamored with the characters in this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    I really liked this story about Zac, who has a lot of guilt and secrets to deal with, and Jakob, who loves him beyond reason but can't seem to come close. The book deals with some very real and serious issues in a sensitive and compassionate way. There is a lot of depth to the characters' emotions and I loved following the twists of the plot as we slowly discover what is behind Zac's initially somewhat mysterious reticence. And is far more than the obvious! If you like wounded/tortured characters I really liked this story about Zac, who has a lot of guilt and secrets to deal with, and Jakob, who loves him beyond reason but can't seem to come close. The book deals with some very real and serious issues in a sensitive and compassionate way. There is a lot of depth to the characters' emotions and I loved following the twists of the plot as we slowly discover what is behind Zac's initially somewhat mysterious reticence. And is far more than the obvious! If you like wounded/tortured characters who have to find a way of dealing with life and love, you will love this story as much as I did. This is a worthy addition to the Cattle Valley series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    I was a little leery to read this when it pretty much started with a threesome, but as the book progressed, i thought the way it dealt with this mental illness was realistic and fair. There were no easy answers and no magic fix, but it did show how such an illness can be dealt with, in order to have quality of life. I liked too that Jakob wasnt perfect, since in real life, no one is. A great addition to Cattle Valley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    Poor Zac my heart went out to him. And I thought Ms Lynne dealt with his illness with great compassion. And Jakob was a real sweetheart, even if I did have issues with how their relationship started, but that's just me! Poor Zac my heart went out to him. And I thought Ms Lynne dealt with his illness with great compassion. And Jakob was a real sweetheart, even if I did have issues with how their relationship started, but that's just me!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christy Roberts

    Finding The Light Ever since that fateful night when Zac had the domestic call to his house because of his partner Terry things have been rough for him. It was discovered what was really wrong in this book and it's bittersweet. I was so glad when things started working out for Jakob and him because where Terry might been living with Zac it was clear that he belonged with Jakob. Jakob helped Zac so much with the help he finally was forced to seek out because of mental health. It was heartbreaking a Finding The Light Ever since that fateful night when Zac had the domestic call to his house because of his partner Terry things have been rough for him. It was discovered what was really wrong in this book and it's bittersweet. I was so glad when things started working out for Jakob and him because where Terry might been living with Zac it was clear that he belonged with Jakob. Jakob helped Zac so much with the help he finally was forced to seek out because of mental health. It was heartbreaking at times watching Zack struggle. Jakob refused to give up on him though sticking by him even when at first Zac was refusing to even look at him. I love this series so much and it keeps getting better with every book. Carol Lynne world is where I'd love to live.

  8. 5 out of 5

    andrea moran

    Cattle Valley As a person who has battled all their life with depression and the feeling of nothingness this book really hit me in the feels and I thought the sensitive subject matter was dealt with really well

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephany

    It is a terrific book! Where has this writer been all my life?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The cutting-edge writing helped to give the story a touch of realism which could otherwise had been missing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    OliviaB

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Chappy

    Not my favorite for sure...I had trouble connecting to Zac and even Jakob was hard to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarina

    Review written for Love Bytes Reviews You know, after reading nearly twenty books in this series I thought I’d had a handle on what to expect but after reading Scarred I have to admit that I was wrong. Before jumping into the review, allow me to give a small warning first: this book deals with some very real issues surrounding mental illness and depression and anyone that has had any kind of experience with either of these issues may find this a harder read to get through. While I don’t suffer fr Review written for Love Bytes Reviews You know, after reading nearly twenty books in this series I thought I’d had a handle on what to expect but after reading Scarred I have to admit that I was wrong. Before jumping into the review, allow me to give a small warning first: this book deals with some very real issues surrounding mental illness and depression and anyone that has had any kind of experience with either of these issues may find this a harder read to get through. While I don’t suffer from either of these conditions myself, I do have a couple of relatives that do and will fully admit that the things Zac and Jakob go through here touched a nerve. Please be aware if this may be a trigger for you. Now, Zac’s story was touched on in the previous book but was obviously fleshed out here. Some things to keep in mind: in the beginning, Zac was in a relationship with Terry (an unhealthy one) before Terry convinced Zac to allow his friend Jakob into their bed as an occasional third. Yes, there is a tiny bit of menage in the book but not very much so if that isn’t your thing, don’t worry about it overmuch. When Zac and Jakob’s feelings for each other begin to deepen, things come to a head between Zac and Terry leading to the events in the previous book. Yes, that’s a little vague but it all gets explained and expanded upon here so I don’t want to ruin that. What followed was a book about healing but the road was in no way easy and proved that not all scars are physical. Jakob proved himself to be a strong character and just the kind of man Zac needed in order to get himself straightened out and on the actual road to recovery, not the façade he was putting up for everyone else to see. Things weren’t magically perfect by the end of the book but that’s just the kind of realism I appreciated, especially with this subject manner. This wasn’t the easiest book to get through at times but was well worth the read; anyone that’s a little over empathetic will probably tear up at least a little during the reading (like I did) but the sacrifice of tissues was one I was happy to make.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Wood

    Loved this one... I loved the realism of dealing with bipolar disorder and depression. Zac has been that way most of his life and so good at hiding it, his ex boyfriend Terry was always exploiting it and making it worse on Zac. When Jakob came to town and started to have feelings for Zac, he knew he was with Terry but ended up getting with both of them in order to get closer to Zac, really, he only wanted Zac though..... Then a devastating night without Jakob and Terry had Zac doing something er Loved this one... I loved the realism of dealing with bipolar disorder and depression. Zac has been that way most of his life and so good at hiding it, his ex boyfriend Terry was always exploiting it and making it worse on Zac. When Jakob came to town and started to have feelings for Zac, he knew he was with Terry but ended up getting with both of them in order to get closer to Zac, really, he only wanted Zac though..... Then a devastating night without Jakob and Terry had Zac doing something erratic. I know that Zac was sick and it couldn't be helped if people didn't know, but I kinda wished Terry would have gotten a bigger karmatic kick in the face than he got. He was a manipulator and a bully and I didn't like him a bit. I did love how supportive and patient Jakob was with Zac, he loved him no matter what. Although there were times that broke my heart, I was so happy they finally got to where Zac could be happy, not just with Jakob, but with himself. Anyone who knows anything about bipolar disorder and depression, that seems like an impossible task. So, I was glad he found it... even if he is a ficitonal character lol Loved it, as I have this whole series thus far.... On to the next!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwengwel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. That's one was hard to read at some point. My husband's bipolar (more on the extreme side) and I'm extremely critic when the subject's treat. Carol Lynne do an excellent job with a difficult subject. Because of my personal life it's Jakob that touch me more, he reminded myself obviously. Now I want a story with one of the deputy cop, Roy Jenkins, Pete Nash or Brian Allenbrand or about Guy Hoisington, ex-skier or Ryan Bronwyn, Antique store owner or Jeb Garza, vet., or Eli Sanchez, teacher with K That's one was hard to read at some point. My husband's bipolar (more on the extreme side) and I'm extremely critic when the subject's treat. Carol Lynne do an excellent job with a difficult subject. Because of my personal life it's Jakob that touch me more, he reminded myself obviously. Now I want a story with one of the deputy cop, Roy Jenkins, Pete Nash or Brian Allenbrand or about Guy Hoisington, ex-skier or Ryan Bronwyn, Antique store owner or Jeb Garza, vet., or Eli Sanchez, teacher with Kenny Trenton, his ex-student or Sean O'Brien, Owner pub or Adam Sackston, the new nurse or one of the two new EMT, Aaron Ellis or Luke Hatcher, or Ronan Pritchard, the new psy or Deacon McConnell , ex-beret vert and owner of a little shop. As you can see, I love Cattle Valley universe and want everyone in love and(or) happy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Zac is healing from a horrible accident that has left him disfigured. Not only that, but he blames the man he is in love with, Jakob, for what happened to him. Even though he blames Jakob he's still in love with him and cannot stop thinking of him. The two of them eventually find their way back to each other and make a go of the relationship. They had a rocky beginning because at the time Zac was already in a relationship and Jakob was a third they occasionally invited into their bedroom. The stor Zac is healing from a horrible accident that has left him disfigured. Not only that, but he blames the man he is in love with, Jakob, for what happened to him. Even though he blames Jakob he's still in love with him and cannot stop thinking of him. The two of them eventually find their way back to each other and make a go of the relationship. They had a rocky beginning because at the time Zac was already in a relationship and Jakob was a third they occasionally invited into their bedroom. The story of these two was an emotional journey. With Zac being diagnosed as bipolar and Jakob trying to fine that balance to let Zac function and not constantly worrying about him harming himself. But Carol seemed to make it work without losing any of the steam.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Zac and Jakob... oh how I love them! We begin this book after Zac has been treated for his face from the last book. He is really scarred and has a lot of emotional issues to deal with. There is so much to take in with this book, it could quite possibly be the best book in this series... I know I've said that about a lot of books so far but I really loved the faith and love that Jakob showed toward Zac and how once he finally got through some of his issues, Zac gave Jakob a chance. The emotional de Zac and Jakob... oh how I love them! We begin this book after Zac has been treated for his face from the last book. He is really scarred and has a lot of emotional issues to deal with. There is so much to take in with this book, it could quite possibly be the best book in this series... I know I've said that about a lot of books so far but I really loved the faith and love that Jakob showed toward Zac and how once he finally got through some of his issues, Zac gave Jakob a chance. The emotional devastation that they go through to be together and still make it out on the other side okay is something I admire and loved about this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelby P

    I really didn't care for Zac in this one. And I figured out his secret earlier on. Jakob was wonderful though. I did enjoy the plot and therefore 3 stars but the book did drag for me towards the end. I really didn't care for Zac in this one. And I figured out his secret earlier on. Jakob was wonderful though. I did enjoy the plot and therefore 3 stars but the book did drag for me towards the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    CHERYL

    This one is my all time favorite of the series!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    I really enjoyed reading this story from the Cattle Valley series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Zac and Jackob, great original story. A story that delved into the mental health arena. I do not want to say a lot due to giving away the story. You will not be disappointed...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Miranda

    3/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    T.T. Kove

    3.5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eyre

    Lynne deals with a couple of sensitive subjects in this one, and she does a fabulous job. I was surprised by a revelation that Zac made, and I thought that it was a clever twist to add in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tori Thompson

    Wow! There have been several nice, dramatic books here... I love them!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book made me sad and happy at the same time ... I still loved it though I am addicted to the CV series .. :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Ah, a nice hurt/comfort one-off. Just what I needed. :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sayuri_x

    Best installment of this series for a LONG time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pérez

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

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