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(Scars and Sorrow Saga #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Lyla Harper is sure she will be alone for the rest of her life. After she leaves Kansas for college in Chicago, she hopes she will never have to face her dark secrets again. Four years later, Lyla lands an internship at a prestigious firm, hoping to plant her roots and close the door to her past forever. Unfortunately, Lyla is about to learn that the past has a way of find ...more
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Published August 20th 2013 by Archway
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***I won a copy of this book from Taryn Lee's Book Blog during the Valentines day giveaway 2014. Thank you to Mary E. Palmerin for generously donating this prize.***
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
Succumbing picks up about four years down the road from Secrets of a Broken Girl.
Layla Harper is starting an internship at a huge firm in Chicago and is excited to get her career started. She had worked hard to get where she is at this moment in her life. She escaped from an abusive past, one where she was not only abused by others but by herself as well. Unfortunately for her, it seems that assholes have a radar for damaged girls like her. Her new boss is a complete douchebag who immediately l
Rebecca Sherwin
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone ready to read this story should be prepared that it is controversial and definitely pushes the boundaries. Having said that, it gets 5 stars from me because of the way the author approached such a taboo subject. I find that in a lot of writing with a similar story line, the writer often skims over the details, leaving a lot of assumption to the reader. Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow did not do that. Details were not ommitted through fear of offence and I think Mary was brave to reveal so ...more
Taryn Lee
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is another beautiful story in Mary E. Palmerin's emotional Sorrow Series. I'm not sure how I can describe the beauty of the pain that is Lyla Harper, but I'm going to try. Lyla, who we met in the novella Secrets of a Broken Girl. Lyla has finally escaped her small town life. Fresh out of college, she is ready to take this city by storm and she's going to do it even though her weasel of
Edward Stanbridge
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I have to say that once I was able to give that novel my full attention, I really got caught into the story. This book is definitely not a typical romance novel and the faint of heart should be warned about the sensitive subjects around which the story is developed. The novel is labeled as contemporary erotic romance, but is also at the crossroad of psychological drama and thriller. It leaves a strong impression and stays with you even after you have finished reading it, whic ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for a honest review so here ya go! :) The author did a very good job in getting the story across about Lyla, although her story is not all peaches and cream. She pulls you in and makes you feel like you are part of the story. She goes into detail but also lets you as the reader come up with assumptions of what happened, looks of places, people, etc. This is not a story for the light hearted, or under 18. The only qualm I had with the story was the relationship be ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lyla Harper has a secret she’s been keeping for years. One so hideous and dark she copes by shutting herself off from the world.

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Minimal contact with her family, no real friends to speak of, at least none she is willing to open up to. She self medicates

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via a bottle of wine to dull the pain and one more thing…

Out for the evening Lyla noticed an attractive man six foot, well built, brown hair and emerald green eyes.
Everett Brown noticed Lyla too and a shared cab ride turns into a hot and heavy
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
Succumbing picks up about four years down the road from Secrets of a Broken Girl.
Layla Harper is starting an internship at a huge firm in Chicago and is excited to get her career started. She had worked hard to get where she is at this moment in her life. She escaped from an abusive past, one where she was not only abused by others but by herself as well. Unfortunately for her, it seems that jerkwads have a radar for damaged girls like her. Her new boss is a complete douchebag who immediately lo
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow: Book One of the Sorrow Series

Mary E Palmerin

For me, I was immediately drawn to Lyla after reading the synopsis. I wanted to know why she has these dark secrets. What was the cause to these dark secrets? What had lead her to living a life with no hopes for a happily ever after?

Sometimes in life misfortune events happens. Some aren't as severe as others. For Lyla, life isn't always rainbows and unicorns. Losing her dad to suicide at such a young age caused her to t
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What A Beautiful Book.

At the moment I read the summary I wanted to read the entire book, something just told me that I wasn't going to regret buying it, I instantly knew that I was going to love it. And I did.

Lyla is a young shattered girl because of her "problem". She made sure to keep it a secret from everyone even her family, especially her family. She left Kansas to have a chance to put everything in the past and try to live a normal life and focus on work but her secret is just too intens
P.J. Bayliss
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect from this book from the start right through to the end. It certainly held many twists and turns that I couldn't foresee, but still retained a sense of order and of realistic capability.

The storyline is simply fabulous and had me hanging on towards the end. The final chapter's are really something; Mary drops the reader into the midst of her character's anguish & pain without any remorse. While this involves a few jumps from scene to scene within the book, yet sti
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have a terrible time reviewing books like this one because you never really know how much of it is truth and how much is fiction. I think this book was fantastically written and left us, the readers, longing for more of the story.
Lyla has a pretty horrific past and thinks that she won’t be able to please anyone again. Enter Everett. Everett comes into her life and proves her otherwise. Similar situations arise at Lyla’s wo
Celene Campbell
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! What can I say about this book without giving anything away except to say, this is not your Grandma's Harlequin novel! This book captured everything the title stated, succumbing, sorrow and scars, it describes the main character Lyla completely! Her strength and endurance for such experiences really make you fight for her! Her relationship with Everett Brown and love for him surprised even her as well as the reader, this loves Lyla beyond her pain! Looking forward tithe next book in this s ...more
Drue DePompei-Hoffman
HOLY FRIGGING MOLY - The title of this series says it all, "The Sorrow Series" Lyla Harper is one of the most amazing characters I have read in recent years. All of the Sorrow she has endured over her lifetime hasn't broken her, she is still a wonderfully loving person. And Everett Brown ahhhhhhh Everett Brown we definitely need more men like him in the world. The way he loves Lyla is just dreamy.

Jenna Schmitt
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A true love story. You can't help but adore Lyla and how strong she is and see her at her highest high and her lowest lows. Everett is the perfect guy and more so for Lyla. Its got a lot of taboo topics no one wants to talk about, that is what is perfect about it. You see the good and bad and ups and downs of life. So raw and real making you want more. Can not wait to read more of their story.
L. Maretta
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Mary Palmerin tackles a subject that isn't easy to write about. She does so in a way, however, that gets you invested in her characters and leaves you heartbroken when they are troubled and elated when things get better. It takes true love to over come many obstacles and this book is a reminder of that. Fantastic read; can't wait for book two!
Chelsea Camaron
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotionally charged book. The journey life takes Lyla on is not an easy one. Along comes Everett at a time when Lyla is perfectly content hiding from the world. Everett sees past her scars and holds her through her sorrow providing her a safe place to fall. She faces her past in hopes of moving forward into a future with Everett.
Cecily Bonney
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! !
This book is beautiful and amazing. written was as if she was a friend of mine. My heart broke for her. I sobbed throughout the whole book. Damn.....I cant put it into words. BUT I love the shit out of this book! I can't wait for book 2.
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's now four years later and our beautiful and favorite character Lyla has graduated from Loyola University and is now working as an intern for Michael Thomas who is the biggest jerk and creep on the face of the earth. I love the character Lyla Harper and I was so happy when she met Everett Brown. She deserves to be loved and it's about time Lyla meets someone who genuinely cares about her and loves her for her and not just using her for her body. Everett is absolutely swoon worthy and you'll f ...more
Karen - Kazza's Books Blog and Reviews
He has to be my paradise found
4 1/2 STARS

Lyla Harper finally leaves Kansas and starts an Internship in Chicago. Just when she thought she was safe from the douch bags of the world in comes Mr Thomas, her new boss. He likes to prey on broken women and it seems that Lyla can spot them a mile away.
In an off chance, while out with her friend she meets the charismatic Man that is Everett Brown. While their romance blooms, Lyla still can't shake off her past when it collides with her present and futu
L. Duarte
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow is the debut book of Mary Palmerin.
Listed as a contemporary romance, this book relates the journey of Lyla, a shattered young woman who endures a great deal of unimaginable violence.
As a teenager, Lyla had self-image issue and find refuge in drugs. After being raped, she is left to deal with the aftermath and finds refuge on alcohol and self-mutilation.
The author portrayed Lyla’s guilt after being raped on a convincing and real way. It broke my heart whenever Lyla
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh, where do I begin...

So we left off with Lyla finally moving to Chicago and escaping the things that plagued her in her hometown: Rigdon, Kansas.

One thing I love about this story is that a guy doesn't come to immediately save Lyla. That's not what always happens in real life: sometimes there IS no knight in shining armor, and you are left to deal with your problems either by yourself or with your family. Sometimes there IS no man to be there and save you. This may go on for the rest of yo
Kristin Dutt
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story you'll need some tissues for. It's heart wrenching but such a fantastic read how we all need to overcome our demons and keep moving on with life.

I truly love Lyla. The girl is emotionally and physically scarred and has daily reminders of it. Then Everett the man who wants Lyla and seems to actually be able to heal her mind and body over time.

This story has some of the best meaningful sex scenes I've read lately. You just want to keep going and want the best for both of them when
Michelle Trzecinski
Succumbing is book 2 of Mary Palmerin's Scars and Sarrow Saga, picking up in Lyla's life four years after leaving Rigdon, KS and starting her life in Chicago as a college graduate.

At first things seem good... Lyla has landed an internship (minus the dick for brains boss), a strapping young gentleman has entered her life and she's doing her best to move past her 'situation' and enjoy life once again. Unfortunately for Lyla, hardships enter her life once again and she's left drowning is a sea of
Erika Eck
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(non-spoiler review)
This amazing book took me longer to read because life got in the way. If I had a choice in the matter I would have locked myself in my room and devoured every single word. Which, is kind of what I did with the first book.
Mary managed to do it again. My emotions were all over the place with this story. My heart broke again and again for Lyla but I was also happy that she finally found someone.
Without giving away any of the twists, I will say that I didn’t see them coming. A fe
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Mary Palmerin has done a wonderful job of making Layla, who suffers from emotional and physical scars, just a normal girl. It was so nice to read a book where the female main character does not look like a supermodel! She is a regular person who just happens to have bad things happen to her, but finds a man who loves her no matter how scarred she is.

Mary took a chance writing about a subject that you wouldn't normally associate with a romance novel. She took a real life issue and created a
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
After reading book one, a novella introducing us to Lyla, I was so looking forward to reading this book. The author did not disappoint me. This was a fantastic read.

This is the story of Lylas journey and it's not an easy one. She's trying to get her life on track and that starts with a new job. She also meets Everett. He shows Lyla how to love. I loved him but has he got his own secrets hidden? When Lylas past comes back to haunt her will she be strong enough to get through it.

This is a really
Amy N
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a girl who had a tough life. Her life is without a doubt been turned upside down and every other way possible. She tries to hide it and keep it inside. Things take a turn she isn't used to when she meets a man who sees pure beauty.
This book is great the author writes a great story and keeps it to the point. I truly enjoyed this story and I can't wait until I start the next book. Once again I enjoyed it. Now I have to say there is a few parts that some many not like due to rap
Jenna Schmitt
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lyla is broken and alone and ultimately trying to just live day to day in her new life far away from home. Due to a tragic past with a dreadful future she is yet aware of she doesn't believe she deserves love or will ever find it. Everett sneaks into her life and her heart and it's amazing to see Lyla open up her heart and receive love and affection she so desperately deserves. Can't wait to see what their future holds.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want Lyla to be happy!!
Is that too much to ask for? Is it?

Apparently it is because she hasn't had it yet and when she does her past clouds her happiness.

Hopefully Everett will be her saving grace.

But with Everett's family I don't know if that will be possible.

Ok i am on to the next book now.
I can't wait to read it.
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Mary E. Palmerin is an internationally bestselling author of The Monster Series, half of the madness behind The Red Market Series, and Redeeming Rhys. She currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two small boys. She enjoys writing raw, emotional tales that strike various emotions in her readers. When she isn't busy writing, she usually has her nose in a good book. Mary loves spending time ...more

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