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Publisher Description

In Scarlett Cole's The Strongest Steel, Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning. The scars that decorate her back are just one more reminder of things she'd rather forget, the past she wants to leave far behind her, but before she can move on, she needs him.

Tattoo artist Trent Andrews has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And there's no way in hell he's going to turn Harper away. Not when a swirling mix of tenderness and desire slams into him every time he sees her. She stirs feelings in him he thought were long gone... if he can only get past her carefully constructed defenses.

As each session at Second Circle Tattoos gives Harper new ink to cover up old demons, it brings her closer and closer to Trent. His lingering touches seduce her, making her believe in a life without fear, where she can be happy, whole, in love. But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. She ran from her past once before; this time will she have the strength to fight back?

"This book gave me so many feels! Angst, passion, and love all set in Miami, my favorite city. I can't wait for more from this author and I can't recommend this book enough." - Sidney Halston, USA Today bestselling author of Against the Cage

"An incredible story about healing, pain, and trust...you don't want to miss this one!" --New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

July 7
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Comawhite2008 ,


I read this amazing book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Harper is an beautiful character who is full of strength and love. I would recommend this book to anyone, and everyone!

Tamhall42 ,


Loved this book, Harper had so much strength to go through the things she went through. Loved how Trent gave her time was careful with her. Crazy ex boyfriends added to the suspense of this book. Was alittle disappointed Harper kept talking a bit about her brother Reid but nothing really ever was said why he left? Can't wait to read more.

KenzyBee ,

Spine Tingling

This book was absolutely beautiful. The colours the novel showed with the knowledge of tattooing and of domestic abuse was bloody brilliant. I've known for a few years now that I really would love a tattoo... Or a few and I've always really wanted birds on my shoulder to show that I can be free from the things that have weighed me down. And this book showed me that tattoos have a whole deeper meaning, to coverup scars (both physical and emotional) and that its okay if the tattoo has a deeper meaning to you than it does to others. The tattoo is for you and no one else. I'm actually also leaning to a back tattoo of sunflowers and birds. So thank you Scarlett Cole and fellow Canadian for giving me this beautiful story full of even more touching experiences and scars. I cried reading the epilogue because I didn't want it to end. But I'm excited for The Fractured Heart to come out in January! I pre-ordered! I'm just waiting for you to publish physically hardcover or paperback versions so they can adorn my bookshelf!

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