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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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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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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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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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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
  • Auburndale, FL, United States
  • 09-17-17

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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Soooo GOOD!!

First off, I know I read this book when it first came out in print. It’s been quite a while so listening to the audio was like visiting an old friend with a new story. I thought I knew what was going on, what was going to happen, what was next, and I was entirely wrong. The surprise that hit me 3/4 through this Audio blew me away. I loved everything about this audio. The dual narration was spot on. Both narrators out did themselves. Especially Kasha Kensington, not only did she perform the feisty, witty, strong, no nonsense woman but the little girl voice was so convincing I thought there was a third narrator. This story was strong and passionate, full of twist and turns. An antihero that I fell in love with. Everything I could want in an Audio. Starting the follow up now.

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better the second time around

I had previously read this book when it first came out and didn't feel it but when I saw that it was in audiobook I decided to give it a second chance and liked it alot :) Lorenzo and Morgan are my new favorite characters

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Enjoyed every minute of this listen!

I was not certain how I would respond to this story line. "Scarlet" was trying to survive on the streets while hiding from an abusive relationship who happens to be the head of a Russian crime family. "Scar" and "Scarlet" have an unusual introduction and the story carries on from there. THIS IS A TWO BOOK SERIES ... BOOK ONE ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER!!!

In general, I do not care for cliff hangers. As book two was available when I read book one it was not a big deal for me. I immediately listened to book 2 in the series.

In honesty I think it could have been a one book story, but I was entertained by both books. It is unusual for me to refer a male performing lead .... but Iggy Toma gave a performance that was stand out! He brought sarcasm and wit and developed Scar's aka Lorenzo's character brilliantly. I used a credit for both books and do not regret it! This story line checked all my boxes, strong female lead, excellent narration, well developed story line with a twist ...... I will look for this author again!

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Loved it!

Great twist, could kind of see it coming but I still loved it. There are accents (Russian and New York/Jersey) which I'm usually hesitant about, but they were executed really well. Both performers did an amazing job and I definitely got lost in the story a few times. I can't wait for the next one!

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Great listen BUT

I enjoyed the story line and the characters. The only thing that sounded super weird was the female voice- at times it sounded like she was a robot and also her pitch was high when the story was in a serious moment. Other then that a good listen- on to the next book.

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  • BBBf-sizzlereads-Best Book Boyfriends
  • 04-05-18

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.

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  • narda
  • 08-27-17

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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  • BeauPeep
  • 07-23-17

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.