Scars is the type of book that tends to be a hot button type of read for me - in a good way...and is definitely a couple hanky read. I find myself a little at a loss for words as there are a few ways that this review can come as sounding trite without my meaning to be so. It is a work of fiction, yes, but it deals with an issue that affects quite a few people - some to a lesser and some to a greater degree than Jace and Nathaniel (albeit through different circumstances and in different ways). Nathaniel's open and giving nature that survived his years on the street are what Jace needs to help him in healing. Conversely it is also that that, in some ways, enhances Jace's issues (in a getting worse before it gets better sort of way). Scars will pull at the heartstrings, and Lynley Wayne has, in my opinion, handled the story between these two characters beautifully.
One night, when he has trouble sleeping, Jace finds himself walking on the street and, on that fateful night, saves Nathaniel from a beating. As Nathaniel heals while staying with Jace, something starts developing between them and some of the scars both of them have (some hidden, some no) start to heal. Could it be that fate had drawn both of them to a time and place so that their paths cross in order for them to find each other?
Jace, an injured ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, saves Nathaniel, a nineteen-year-old street kid, from a beating. In doing so, he has no way of knowing that he will find his own salvation.
Jace came home from the war scarred in more ways than one. The physical scars that he carries are nothing compared to the mental ones. Struggling with PTSD, he has closed himself off from the rest of the world. The last thing that he ever thought to do was fall in love... Nathaniel has lived on the streets since he was thirteen. When he wakes up in a strange apartment after being badly beaten, he has no idea how he got there. Little does he know that his rescuer, the large man with scars crisscrossing his face, could hold the key to healing the scars that they both have.