Series: Second Circle Tattoo #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: The Strongest Steel, The Purest Hook, The Darkest Link
Also by this author: The Strongest Steel, The Purest Hook, The Darkest Link, Jordan Reclaimed, Under Fire, Final Siege, Deep Cover
All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.
Tattoo artist Brody "Cujo" Matthews knows how to keep things simple. In life and in love. Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn't want, he's intent on staying clear of complicated women. The only things complicated in Cujo’s life are the killer tattoos he designs and inks. That all changes when he’s asked to help organize his best friend Trent's engagement party, which means working with Trent's fiancée's best friend, Drea, the definition of high maintenance and sizzling curves. And the one woman he doesn’t want to walk away from.
Andrea "Drea" Caron is broke and tired. After years of caring for her ailing mom, she's at the end of her rope trying to manage the piling medical bills, two jobs, and a life placed on hold. She certainly doesn’t need the added frustration of a sexy playboy tattoo artist messing up her best friend’s engagement party or her carefully balanced life. But when Drea witnesses the abduction of a woman from the café she works at, she can’t help but turn to Cujo who’s determined to prove to Drea that he’s someone she can count on forever…but as they attempt to bring the truth to light, someone is working to bring that forever to a sudden, deadly halt.
The Fractured Heart
The Fractured Heart is book 2 in the Second Circle Tattoo series and its brilliant. If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know I LOVED The Strongest Steel. I have raved about it since I first read it. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy The Fractured Heart at much because I didn’t really connect with Cujo and Drea in book 1. However, I was still sucked right into the book. Once you get to know both characters better, understand their life and circumstances, you begin to understand actions from the previous book. I thought Drea was super annoying at times in book 1 and Cujo seemed like an arrogant manwhore. Needless to say, I am glad I was wrong! The plot of this book got a little convoluted at times with all the environmental stuff. I sometimes had trouble keeping track of who was who! However, GREAT PLOT TWIST! Kudos to Scarlett because I did not see that one coming and I usually do. The Fractured Heart just reaffirmed why I think Scarlett is one of the best new authors around!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: No
- Trope: Secret Identity, Mortal Peril
- Triggers: None
- Cliffhanger: No
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A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson, Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez, The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover…then you will probably like The Fractured Heart!
Scarlett Cole is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Her debut novel, THE STRONGEST STEEL, book one in the Second Circle Tattoos series, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on 07/07/15.
When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit.
Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.