Scarred – Review

Scarred by Mia Kerick
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Mia Kerick

Publication date: March 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Suspense



From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult novel of Gay Romantic Suspense that will keep you up reading all night!

Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.

Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.

Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?

Amount of sex 3 / 5
How explicit 3 / 5
Romance 4.5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

When I first read the blurb for Scarred, by Mia Kerick, I was intrigued by the story line. I haven’t read anything from the author before, but I enjoy reading MM romances, so… I thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad that I did!  Scarred is so much more than just a MM romance!  My emotions were all over the place and it really made me think.  

Since, I live in North Carolina, I am already aware of The House Bill 2 (HB2) in North Carolina, which is also considered the bathroom bill.  I know everyone has an opinion of what they believe is correct and I guess it is one thing to debate the subject and another to experience it…  and that is exactly how I felt!  I experienced the pain along with Vedie and I am unable to express how much I love Mateo.  He is an amazing character and I wish more people would think like him.

Ms. Kerick took me on a journey with Mateo and Vedie and it is one that I will not forget!  

A must read!

Some of my favorite quotes

“I been on the wrong end of hate crimes one too many times, so’s I pretty much always hold the fear of gettin’ my ass kicked in the back of my head. See, people don’t like it that I don’t fit inside one of the gender boxes – it scares ‘em bad.”

“Mateo, the world divides people up into male and female – and most folks can only see those two categories. I ain’t a good match for neither, so I show myself to the world as a fucked-up blend of both.”

“I never was gay, mom. But I never was straight either. In fact, my sexual orientation would be very difficult to describe to a person like you, who only see two choices – gay or straight”


“Lookin’ good, pretty Miss Vedie.…mmmhmm….” No matter if I’m dressed like a dude or a lady, Joey always stares at me as if I’m a juicy bowl of strawberry shortcake—he licks his lips and I know he wants to take himself a nice big bite of a flavor he can’t get at home. Then he slaps a hand hard against my thigh, and creepy-slow, it climbs my leg. It’s headed for my ass cheek, or my name ain’t Vedie Wilson.

“Hands outta the cookie jar, Joey, my man.” I don’t appreciate it when any dude gropes me without asking for permission first. But the sad truth is I ain’t never gonna like Joey’s hands on me. While he gawks, I pull a shimmery hairband out of my bag and wrap it around my head to hold the damp dreads off my face. “Got yo’self a sweet tooth, looks like, Joey. You’d be wise to get your ass home to your sweet wife, not that you asked me for no words of wisdom.”

“Not gonna even think about going home ‘til I had me some fun,” Joey replies, jamming his hand in his pocket—probably to keep it from curving ‘round my ass.

When I bend down to rinse the sweat off my face he stays quiet and don’t goose me. Maybe this time he heard what I told him about gettin’ his butt home to Miz Joey. But more likely he’s checking out my butt.

“Baybeee… uh huh…. mmmhmm… nice ass you got there in them sweet little shorts….”

I sigh real loud, “I got some shit to do here, big dawg, so’s if that’s all you wanted…” The only way to get this guy to take a hike is to tell him point blank that he’s gotta head on out. “Catch ya on da flip side, ‘kay?”

He leans in so close I can feel his scratchy beard brushing on my neck and I shiver in the bad way. He takes a deep sniff—I guess he likes the smell of sweaty dude—and then finally bails. Right now, I sorely wish the tiki hut restaurant I work at had one of them one-person anything goes restrooms—for a dude, a lady, or whoever you feel like at the moment—but at least now I’m finally alone in the men’s room.

I pull out my makeup bag and quickly powder my nose so’s it don’t shine, and glide a deep shade of maroon over my lips, but I take the time to be an artist with my eyeliner and mascara ‘cause I figure eyes oughta say somethin’. When I look good enough that I’d wanna do me, I figure I’m looking good enough for public viewing. My new perfume smells like the freedom I got down here on Placida Island—coconuts and wildflowers and the ocean and honey— I spray it all over my neck and chest.

As I saunter outta the men’s room, I don’t miss that it’s kinda funny how I went in here looking all-dude but comin’ out, you could mistake me for a lady. Ha! More like a red-hot, sexy mama—smooth and silky everywhere ‘cept for the four-day beard.


Author Bio:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
3 / 5
How explicit
3 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish
0 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

12 thoughts on “Scarred – Review”

  1. Hi Jen. First, thank you for hosting me on your blog today to promote my new release, Scarred. Second, I love that Scarred made you think of what is going on in your own life with the Bathroom Bill. I love that I could make you think and draw comparisons. It is one of my goals as a writer. And next, I love that you stated quotations that meant a lot to you. It really helps in my journey as an author- knowing what works for you will help me to aim for that kind of thing in the future. THANK YOU, Jen.

    1. Hi Mia,
      It is our pleasure to host you today and it was me, Rachel, that read and reviewed Scarred. The bathroom bill is something that is near to our hearts and I truly love Scarred and the meaning behind it. I encourage the readers to read this great book so they too can experience it! I look forward to reading more of your work in the future! ❤ Rachel

  2. Hi Mia – As Rachel mentioned she wrote the review but she knows how close this issue is to my heart as I have a transgender girl (10yrs old). I also live in NC with the “bathroom bill” and it’s recent botch of a repeal. Thank you for writing a compelling book!

  3. Jen and Rachel- Sorry about the confusion on the credit for the review. It was truly awesome. I can see that you both are committed to transgender people’s rights, as am I, and I hope that books like Scarred help people to understand that variations in gender expression are part of the perfect and beautiful diversity of human beings!

    1. Hi Mia,
      No problem and yes it’s important to us both! My daughter, Katy, is best friends with Jen’s daughter and I absolutely love how accepting and natural it is for them. I wish more people would accept and understand!

  4. Jen- I have written a Middle Grade story about the experiences of a transgender girl in middle school, as told by the neighborhood boy who has been her best friend throughout childhood. It is a heart wrenching book, and I am currently querying it to agents. If you are interested in being a sensitivity reader for this manuscript, please let me know. I would value any input you offered me very highly. Thanks.

  5. The Southern drawl might trip me up some but I’m going to give it a try anyway as I’ve enjoyed some of Mia’s other books.

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