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Menace

Scarlet Scars, Book 1
Narrated by: Kasha Kensington, Iggy Toma
Series: Scarlet Scars, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So f--king bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious Scar. They say he's a sociopath. Maybe he's a psychopath. Whatever path he's on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him - a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a scarlet letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something...or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn't quite sure. You can bet your ass he's going to figure it out, though.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Jessica Mae Darhower (P)2017 Tantor

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Amazing

I’ve honestly listened to this book at least 8 times at this point and each time I can seem to press pause, I love the narrators and basically everything about the book, I love Lorenzo’s dark humor and and sassy personality.
10/10 will always be one of my favorites

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Good listen

I really enjoyed this book, the story line had a unique style that was different from other chick lit romance stories. Narrators brought the story to life, well worth a listen.

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Grabs you from the start

Would you consider the audio edition of Menace to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily better, just that the narrators bring the story and characters to life.

Have you listened to any of Kasha Kensington and Iggy Toma ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I think they both did wonderful jobs with all the different accents and tones to make each voice distinguishable from others.

Any additional comments?

If you like mafia-esque type romances, this will probably be right up your alley. Very enjoyable narration.

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  • sharktail
  • 25-06-2017

Buyer be Ware, It's a Cliffhanger

Ok, so I'll start off with explaining my review process. A 5 star book must contain the following nine areas: Lots of laughs/heart wrentching or both , hot steamy sex, relatable/believable (I don't care if it's about vampires or mythical creatures, as long as the rest of the story is convincing), excellent narration, detailed but not excessively, keeps your attention and finally, worth listening to more than once. This book was not the best I've ever listened to but not the worst either....was OK. It contained 5 out of the 9. I will however say the suspense was great (and I hate suspenses, I'm the person who reads the last chapter of a book if the suspense is too much of a wait), and the plot was completely unpredictable. It's not your average story but enjoyable. Lastly, I hate cliffhangers with a passion, because I simply cannot wait to know what will happen next, and in many cases, it leaves me pissed off for days; but this one didn't leave me angry at all, I could live a few months or years for the next book. Which translates to being just an OK book.

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  • Danni
  • 27-06-2017

Dark and less than perfect

Lorenzo and Morgan are such an interesting pair. Lorenzo is a cold hearted killer and crime boss. Morgan is a stripper with a sad secret. One thing I liked about this story is that it's not hearts and flowers. For one, the hero has a terrifying scar on his face, making him blind in one eye. The heroine picks pockets and often finds herself at the mercy of very predatory men. There is also an interesting but tragic twist in her backstory (no spoilers). While Lorenzo and Morgan do end up together, I would argue that they have more of a FWB situation than a romantic relationship. Their banter was funny despite the dark tone of the story. Just a heads up, this ends on a cliffhanger.

I liked Iggy Toma. He really understood the characters and the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2017

Another great story!

I haven’t read a J. M. Darhower book that I haven’t enjoyed and this one is no exception. The author created another world that is definitely unputdownable.

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  • Stephanie
  • 10-11-2017

Amazing!

This was probably one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. Well written, superbly narrated, I wished it was even longer. I’m glad there’s a sequel, which I’ve immediately purchased.

I won’t give away plot details, except to say that this isn’t your normal girl-next-door falls for sweet/hot/misunderstood alpha male. These are two broken people living hard, tumultuous lives. They aren’t perfect or even very nice in many cases. But this makes the story 10x better, and way more fascinating.

Narration was excellent. First time I’ve listened to either, and I’ll be frantically looking for more. Iggy sounded like the Joker to me in some instances, and it worked lol. She did a great job with Morgan, and her kid voices were spot on.

Don’t hesitate, get this book.

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  • Kim
  • 17-09-2017

Very MUCH enjoyed

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What a different type book-It is truly a different type of story - It's about Love, Trafficking, kidnapping, killing, a great adult story-with a twist. I liked that it was Not predictable and entertaining-i am looking forward to reading/listening to the 2nd book in this series's

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  • Kalena
  • 03-05-2019

Surprisingly hilarious

I didn't start listening expecting humor, but this story actually had me laughing out loud. It's like some dark, twisted "romantic" comedy. Even my husband laughed when he'd catch parts of the story. I don't think I've ever loved a bad boy so much as I've enjoyed Lorenzo, and Morgan is his perfect match. The banter between all of the characters is absolutely fantastic; just some fabulous New Yorker/mob sarcasm and wit. This was a great listen, and I really look forward to continuing on with Book 2.

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  • Well Read Romantic
  • 31-01-2019

wow

narration, the characters, the story, the humor- my good the humor. this book is a new favorite.

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  • Myra
  • 26-09-2018

Nearly perfect.

I'll be honest, there's a lot I could have hated about this book and I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance novels in general. But dark humor and characters worked so well with each other that I fell in love with the story. It is unbelievably funny.

It is honestly that good. If nothing else, the narrators are what make the story come to life. I don't even think anyone else could have done it. They just are Lorenzo and Scarlet/Morgan.

I will say that the cliffhanger was a bit weird because it didn't really feel like it should have stopped there. Like if there was a chance to combine the books together, then I'd be pretty happy. But I'd still give it a 5-star.

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  • rockergirl15
  • 17-07-2018

So good

I love the narrators for this book. They did just a great job with one of my favorite series.

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  • D2niteowl
  • 03-07-2018

4.5 for me. Very good book!

I love the tortured souls clandestined meeting with smart mouth pickpocket and the cocky mob boss. His team is stupid all except 7. I feel as if someone should have taken Scar out already. He's always by himself and lives in an upscale neighborhood and not in a mansion. no bars, no gates not even a gated community. People can just walk right up to his door (that he doesn't lock or have constantly guarded) and knock. This is weird to me. Besides all of that the story is very spicy with a little sweetness. It feels like Scar is repaying the favor that Nas did for him so many years ago by getting rid of his parents.

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  • BBBf-sizzlereads-Best Book Boyfriends
  • 05-04-2018

A MAFIA FEEL ROMANCE. IT WAS EXCITING

Well, that was exciting, I loved this book, the characters and the anticipation of what was going to happen next all the way through.



Menace had that mafia feel to it although Lorenzo Gambini or Scar as he is called is not a mafia boss, he's not exactly a guy who's on the straight and narrow either, he has his men at the click of his fingertips and Lorenzo is a man other men fear.
Lorenzo is the man with a scar, a crook, a villain but also a loving brother, Lorenzo is a man of layers who firmly keeps the mask on and hides behind the scar.

Morgan or Scarlet as Lorenzo starts to call her due to a letter S on her wrist is a woman with backbone, she's is on the run and works in a club, Morgan is also a woman with many layers, she's strong and resilient, I liked Morgan's character.



Morgan and Lorenzo first meet in a bar and she pickpockets him, he finds her and if it were any other person they would be dead but something about Morgan draws him to her, he is curious and her fiery character he finds refreshing. Morgan stands with her head high were other men would cower, Morgan is different and shows no fear.

The two are thrust together again when Morgan's past comes to find her and Lorenzo takes her under his wing.

Menace is a great story it's exciting, I loved Lorenzo he can be funny without meaning to be and he's so smooth.



I loved how Lorenzo addresses the reader, listening to this on audio it really brought the book to life, even more, when you have a character that also talks to the reader even though it may have been Lorenzo saying something like "I'm not sure what you're laughing at either". Its not much but I loved how JM Darhower has done that.

Menace is a two-part book and like all two-part story's you are just getting all the answers to your questions, things are just getting even more interesting and then it's finished.

Menace is hot with some sizzling scenes, filled with suspense and interesting characters, it has the element of dark and a mafia feel. It was great I loved it.

I am definitely reading book 2 I can't wait to jump into that one, I have it on my kindle unlimited and then I downloaded the audio for £2.99, Bargain.