Violence is hard to escape because of the scars it leaves-on the body, the mind, and the heart. Small, skinny, and timid, Matt is the school's punching bag. He suffers in silence and holds no hope anyone will come to his aid. The last thing on his mind is finding someone special. He's sure it's impossible, so why bother trying? Shane is no stranger to pain. At his old school, he broke a football player's arms for tormenting his friend, and with his size and multiple tattoos, he looks every bit the thug everyone-Matt included-assumes he is. Building trust isn't easy, but a sweet yet passionate romance slowly unfolds. Their road isn't without bumps, but Matt and Shane navigate them together, finding happiness and security in each other-until another act of violence and its aftermath threatens to tear their lives-and their love-apart once and for all. But like the symbols etched into Shane's skin, some things are made to last.