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A scarred couple with open wounds learns to heal
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
Healed is honestly the most difficult book for me to rate/review out of the three books in this serial. After reading the book initially (almost a month ago), I was less than enthused with shenanigans in the book and was ready to write a review which expressed my less than favorable liking to the conclusion to Lexi & Sloan's love story. Basically, I thought "I knew it was too good to be true." After reading Healed a second time around items that initially bugged me didn't faze me the second time. After much consideration, I felt my initial assessment was unfair as Twyla Turner did an amazing job showcasing a damaged couple, their struggles, and progressing transformations throughout the serial.
As previously stated, I didn't initially enjoy this book as much as Scarred or Open Wounds which by the way was my favorite in the Damaged Souls series. What changed my mind? The music. Reading the lyrics and listening to the music associated with each chapter gave me a glimpse into the creative process of the author. After hearing the music it was like my eyes viewed each chapter in a new light. It was weird because when I initially read: When she thought she had cried her last tears, more came. I immediately thought of the song Yesterday by Mary Mary which is one of favorite videos. During my reread, I realized the music selection is indicative of the whole chapter, not a sentence or a section, and that's when I read/listened to Stay and I cried. I could feel Lexi's heartache, frustration, anger.
Throughout this series I felt Sloan's devotion for Lexi. Healed was no different. Yes, he made some judgment errors but I still felt the love from him towards her. This is why I disliked the lack of communication Sloan showed Lexi when it came to their living situation (Dear John letter). I think the situation irritated me because they both came so far and I felt the strong connection these characters strived to obtain/maintain was just thrown away without batting an eye. But, this (separation) was necessary to get this scarred couple to their HEA.
I was disappointed in Lexi too. I didn't like seeing how easily she could be broken. I expected her to be stronger. I mean Lexi already chose to leave an abusive relationship, killed abuser, and now we see her (in a depressive state over a break up). Really? This is what sends over the edge sort to speak? This was my initial assessment and I hate to sound like a broken record but I cut her some slack after the reread. Besides, she did pick herself up and get help.
There was only one scene in book that made me think would the character(s) really do this, and I'm still not sure. I'm not going to say what it is but will say it is in chapter 9. The only fault Healed displayed were the grammatical errors. The errors in this book was shocking for me because in reading the two previous books there were either none, too minimum to fuss over, or I just missed them. I like to think the previous books had none, so to see the amount of errors in the closing of this series surprised me. Examples of errors:
"What are saying, Sloan?"
"Oh. So... what it is?" Lexi asked, curiously.
Little did she know that Sloan wanted the Elijah, just as much as she did, and she didn't need to convince him of anything.
In Healed readers finally meet Sloan's parents and the woman who actually raised him. New and returning characters made not only this installment enjoyable but the series. Characters provided both drama and support that Lexi & Sloan navigated through. The epilogue made all the hurt, pain, & struggles worthwhile.
In the end, I give Healed a solid 4 stars for Lexi and Sloan achieving their HEA, the author's ability to show a couple who was committed to bettering their lives not only individually but as a couple as well, and for the author illustrating to readers even though these characters were scarred, and those scars turned into open wounds, ultimately they somewhat healed physically and emotionally. I recommend the series to anyone who likes damaged heroes/heroines, military vets, and storylines where individuals strive to overcome traumas, or to anyone who's a sucker for storylines that deal with forgiveness, loving yourself, and having faith.