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The war was waged. The king got his queen, but where did that leave me?

When I thought there was no hope, that suffering this lonely life was my destiny, I saw her. The bubblegum pink skirt caught my attention, but her doe eyes captured my heart. Could she be my SAVIOR?

With her, I don’t have to hide the demons that haunt me, or to relive my darkest days alone.

With me, she
ebook, 1st Edition, 328 pages
Published October 27th 2017 by S.L. SCOTT (first published October 26th 2017)
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Oct 25, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


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The war was waged. The king got his queen, but where did that leave me?
When I thought there was no hope, that suffering this lonely life was my destiny, I saw her. The bubblegum pink skirt caught my attention, but her doe e
Heaven Scheuring
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2017
Sacred is a story two shattered souls. S.L. Scott mended them back together in this beautiful love story. You can tell that Ms. Scott poured her heart and soul into this story.
Cruise and Clara both had tragic dark pasts. They were both hesitant to get close to anyone because of their history. Cruise was closed off to basically everyone besides his best friend Alex. Clara leaned heavily on her mom, but their family faced many issues with her younger brother Vaughn.
I love that the author brought s
Brandy Roberts
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok I really loved Sacred everything about it is amazing with characters you can't help but fall for , story line that has you on the edge of what ever surface you are sitting on , emotions that will pull at your heart strings , and characters you wish nothing but bad things to happen to them . S. L Scott is a fairly new author for me I've read Solace witch I highly recommend the hero in that is semi mentioned in this , I haven't had the pleasure of reading her The Kingwood duet but I so plan to ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"I'm just wondering if you're my reward for surviving."

I met Cruise in the author's Kingwood duet. He's Alex's (aka King's) best friend. I was excited when I learned that he would get his own story. Sacred exceeded all my expectations. I'm a huge fan of stories with broken characters, and this one has two. It ripped my heart out, and then put it back together with every smile, kiss, and promise shared between these amazing characters.

Cruise has been through hell, and he returns every night in
Lulu Dumonceaux
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sacred is a standalone contemporary suspense book, however, if you have not read Savage & Savior, The Kingwood Duet, I highly encourage you to. I fell in love with Cruise in the Kingwood Duet. Cruise showed his unconditional loyalty and love for Alex & Sara Jane and suffered a horrendous crime as a result. The three survived and their bond as a family grew even more significant. Surviving a crime takes incredible courage and the effects can be long lasting. It's at this point that Sacred ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I struggle to give this book a clear rating. The story itself deserves clearly 4 stars if not more, but the main characters didn't pull it off. They were good together but not great, there was chemistry but no sparks. I saw some development but not enough.
Wrapping up: I rate this in the system as 4 stars, but for me it's more 3.5 stars.

"She's my undoing before we've even begun."

"We ended up in the deep end of the ocean before we learned to swim."

Cruise was described as "all alpha
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish there was a way to rate higher than five stars. If there was, this book would get all the stars. Sacred is technically a standalone story. He was first introduced in the Kingwood Duet. He was an enigma. Yet, I was drawn to him. I found myself wanting to peel back the layers and find the man underneath. I knew that there was a story there. Knowing he was adopted, gave me a connection with him. I knew what he was feeling. OH Lord did I know!

This book gave us that story and so much more. Thi
Kristen Johnson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost it is important to say that even though Sacred is a book within a series and involves people and incidents from previous books - it can be read as a stand alone. If you have been waiting to start this series - You can dive in right now with this book.

Now onto the good stuff, spoiler free though, because you need to experience this Brilliance all alone.

Sacred is Cruise's book. Cruise is a man who's been living life feeling incomplete - he hasn't always understood what made hi
Anne Milne
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend that you read the Kingwood Duet books before this one it gives you a better understanding of the character dynamics and they are brilliant books.

So we know Cruise as King’s ‘brother’ but in this story we really get inside his head. Although he was very present in the previous books he was an almost shadowy figure a real enigma. I was always intrigued by him, he always held himself apart from others. We meet his adopted family one word describes them dysfunctional they are a mi
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And with each book, I love SL Scott's writing even more!

And again I love her book. Since I met her on Savage (the first book on Kingwood), I get excited every time there's a new book from her.

Sacred is a standalone about two broken souls trying to get healing: Clara and Cruise. You don't have to have read the other books, but if you know Kingwood Duet and Solace, you most probably are crazy about Cruise and are dying to know more about him and to read his deserved happiness.

Cruise is Alex's best
Stacie Christensen
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The war was waged. The king got his queen, but where did that leave me?

When I thought there was no hope, that suffering this lonely life was my destiny, I saw her. The bubblegum pink skirt caught my attention, but her doe eyes captured my heart. Could she be my SAVIOR?

With her, I don’t have to hide the demons that haunt me, or to relive my darkest days alone.

With me, she’s free to be whoever she wants to be. She’s amazing.

Together, we’re two people clinging to a ray of sunshine that only the o
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tragically beautiful tale that will have you grabbing for your tissues whilst grinning like a fool
It seems we have finally come full circle.
Meet Cruise and his Dove -
Two Scared souls each held captive by a past that was not of their design - Can they find the strength to emerge from the shadows? Will they be strong enough together?
Cruise is one of my favorite characters from this series. The battered soul who never quite felt like he fit, always trying to prove he was worthy of love
Clara, his
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen irrevocably in love with this book!

It was so beautiful, and I could not help falling in love with this beautiful tale of Cruise and Clara.

This book was raw, it was powerful, it was... bittersweet. The pain that the both of them had to endure in their life, led them to love, and to each other.

S.L. Scott has become one of my most favourite authors. Her stories have a unique flair to them, and they are written beautifully.

Go and cruise... with Cruise. It’s a story to die for!
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, 2017
S.L. Scott has a total gift for leaving me speechless and with Sacred, she totally upped her game.

Sacred is the book we have all been waiting for, It's Cruise's time to tell his story. And what I can tell you is that his story was so worth the wait. It takes you on the best journey and it will leave your emotions all over the place. From incredible angst and heartbreak to danger and a story-line that will keep your heart racing. S.L. Scott delivers her most unforgettable romance to date, leavin
Vanessa (nessreads)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

5 "Sky full of stars" Stars!!!!

I'm trying to find the right words for this review. My mind is a jumbled mess. I'm still feeling every emotion this story brought out in me. I'm still consumed by these two beautifully flawed characters. My emotions were put through the ringer. I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, pulling my hair needing to know what was going to happen. My heart is still beating erratically just thinking about the twi
Sheila'S Book Corner
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember that quiet and -maybe a little- cold guy who was like King’s shadow? Well, everything you thought you knew about him is nothing compared to who he really is. Be prepare to know the real Cruise.
I just will say this once (Don’t tell Alex or Jason) Cruise is my favorite and I bet it will become yours too.

For what we had known about Cruise, he keeps to himself, never “fitting” in with his family, he feels lonely but he has Alex and Sara Jane, and looking at them he knows he needs to
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SL Scott’s latest book Sacred lived up to every expectation I could've imagined. From the moment I opened the first page she nabbed me hook, line and sinker. The way Cruise’s story started and evolved took me on a journey I was not expecting. I started this book with the intention of reading it in 2 days. That did not happened. I started Sacred and never stopped until 5am. Then I couldn't sleep because the story affected me that much. When I review a story I don't recap too much cause others wil ...more
Caroline F
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dual-pov, rwa, blog-arc
Gah! Loved this novel! It was written with a beauty and lyricism that I've come to expect from this author.

"I want someone who makes me smile. It's just that simple."

Cruise Cristley, black sheep of his prominent family, haunted by a massively traumatic experience, and feeling somewhat lost and empty. He yearns for what his best friend has found for himself - a life-altering love.

"I can tell you're the kind of trouble I should definitely walk away from."

Clara Eckerd, haunted by her own traumatic
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you've read S.L. Scott's Kingwood duet, which is composed of Savage and Savior, then you should be more than familiar with Cruise Cristley, best friend to Alexander Kingwood IV. He stood by Alex's side through everything his closest friend went through as Alex and Sara Jane Grayson made their way to their much deserved and well-fought for happily ever after. Now, Cruise gets his chance at his own happy ending, one that
Cindy M. Green
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#CruiseisLIFE ❤❤❤
#SACRED #LoveIsSacred #IrrevocablyInLove

Sacred can be read as a standalone. However, we do get to meet Cruise in Savage and Savior, the Kingwood Duet. If you enjoyed Sacred, I strongly recommend you read the other related books.

SL Scott has done it again! Cruise and Clara are perfection in this beautiful story of two lost souls coming together to heal one another when all hope for a life full of love has been lost. Cruise feels anxious, restless and knows that it’s time to find
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
S.L. Scott is a must-read author for me. Her books are always captivating, emotional and such great reads. Sacred was no different! This story had great characters and suspense!

We first met Cruise in Savage and Savior, though this is a complete standalone, and I could not wait to get his story. He was loyal and honest and cared for those he considered family. He deserved his own story because you just know there is so much more to him than what we had seen so far.

Cruise has survived a terrible
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
Wow!!! I freaking loved this book. S.L. Scott has once again left me reeling after reading this book. I was hooked and couldn't put this book down. Word to the wise... do not start reading this book at night if you value sleep because you won't be getting it if you do. You will not be able to put this book down.

S.L. Scott delivered characters that you will absolutely love. Clara is such a strong girl who has lived through so much but is still so happy, loyal, caring and full of love. She does ha
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've read Savage and/or Savior, you got a glimpse of what this loyal guy is like... what he's willing to do for those he cares about. In this book, we get to know him better. What makes him tick. After being tortured a year ago (see Savage/Savior,) he is feeling lost in life. His best friend is married now and he feels more alone than ever before. About to take off in search of whatever it is he is missing in life, he runs into someone who gives him a reason to live. Enter, Clara. She has h ...more
Shades of Rebecca
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant continuation of what seemed like wrapped up story of Kingwood duet! We get to take a closer look at Cruise and his life after Savior. I'll try to keep this spoiler free, but there might be spoilers from the previous duet in the series. Personally, I don't recommend reading this book as a standalone, as some parts of the story connect directly with the story in Savage and Savior.

Cruise, my man! I liked him from the beginning because despite his alpha man characteristics, he was opened
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! First King, then Jason, now Cruise. SL Scott has given us three beautifully broken characters that I simply ADORE! Hell King won my heart in The Kingwood Duet. Then Jason came along and took more of it in Solace. Now Cruise he's completely stolen it.

We first get introduced to Cruise in the Kingwood Duet. He is completely loyal to King. He would protect the people he loves with his life. He and King go through a HORRIBLE ordeal. As much as Cruise tries to forget what's happened, it's never
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series gets better with every book! I have been eagerly waiting for Cruise's book. The mysterious man who shows his loyalty through and through even if he has been known to be a bit of a loner.

Clara is a survivor. She has been given the opportunity to start a new life and form new habits that will help her grow from where she was hindered. She is Cruise's redemption in a sense. With her tainted past, he is able to connect with her in a way he has only ever been able to do wit
T. Ashley
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤ (although I want to take away a half star because I want more of this book, but that just isn't fair)
Recommend: Hell Yes!

*************Dot's Deets*********

Whew. Let me just say that when I finished this one, my mouth opened and the words that came out were: "That was a good effing book." I stayed up until 1am reading this and I would have finished it if life didn't look me in they eye and remind me I had three kids that would be up in a few hours.

Cruise, Cruise, Cruise. Wow. W
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
S.L Scott has out done herself yet again with Sacred. I have craved Cruises story since we met him in the Kingwood debut. This story is such a refreshing new take on the mysterious, loyal, brooding Cruise we knew previously. S.L Scott's angst game is strong with this heartbreakingly romantic story. Sacred does NOT lack in the feels! It was a emotional ride of haunted pasts, swoon worthy romance, and all consuming suspense and mystery. I could NOT put this book down! Cruise and Clara leave you fl ...more
Trish Sutherland
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again S.L. Scott has poured her heart and soul into a book that has gone beyond all my expectations. SACRED follows on from the The Kingwood Duet where we first meet Cruise Cristley, the quiet brooding bad boy with a story of his own.

Cruise and Clara’s story is emotional and heartfelt. Both with pasts that they desperately try not to let define them or let the demons consume them. Although from completely different upbringings, their connection is instant and is brought to life in a dramatic an
Cruise and Clara are both survivors, though their circumstances couldn’t be any more different if they tried. They both need light in their lives, but how can they provide that for each other when all they know is darkness?

It’s not necessary to have read the Kingwood Duet and Solace, but it may give you a better insight into Cruise’s character and the trials he had been put through in the previous years. Knowing his history makes you want to root for him and his happiness all the more. I did hav
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Always interested in the arts, S.L. Scott grew up painting, writing poetry and short stories, and wiled her days away lost in a good book and the movies.

With a degree in Journalism, she continued her love of the written word by reading American authors like Salinger and Fitzgerald. She was intrigued by their flawed characters living in picture perfect worlds, but could still debate that the world

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