The Fractured Heart
A smoldering, sexy tattoo romance
Thrown together by fate and friends, a bad boy tattoo artist and down on her luck waitress are about to find that opposites really do attract in the follow-up to Scarlett Cole's The Strongest Steel.
All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.
Tattoo artist Brody "Cujo" Matthews knows how to keep things simple. Tattoos, a good time with friends—and steer clear of relationships.Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn't want, he has no interest in getting involved with complicated women. 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 the sexy, inked 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 is a full-length romance in the Second Circle Tattoos series that can be read as a standalone!
Cugo & Drea Rock!
Another great read by Scarlett Cole. Cujo and Drea are thrown together to organize an engagement party for their BFFs Trent and Harper and sparks fly. If you read The Strongest Steel, which you really should have, then you know that there was an attraction between Cujo and Drea, and you also know that Cujo was not the settling down type. Well, we find out why that is and sooooo much more in this story.
Drea is a hard worker and the main caretaker for her terminally ill mother, so she has no time for a relationship whether she wants one or not, it just isn't in the cards for her. Cujo is a playboy to the nth degree, or so Drea thinks, he is also more involved in Second Circle Tattoos then anyone knows other than Trent. HA! Like any of that is going to stop something that is meant to be.
While working the closing shift at the café one night, Drea witnesses the abduction of a women and reports the crime to the police. This poor girl just can't catch a break I tell you. As if she doesn't have enough going on in her life she is determined to do whatever it takes to find the abducted woman and make sure she is ok. Cujo wants to be there to help her and show her that he can be the man she needs him to be, but there are so many obstacles set in front of the two of them it almost seems impossible to do.
I liked the way this book flowed, I'll tell you that it had me wondering for a while and not fitting pieces together until the second half of the book, it really kept me guessing on who this woman was and what she was working on that had her abducted. There were new twist and turns around every corner.
Pixies story is up next in The Purest Hook I look forward to seeing what happens between her and Dred, especially since he was threatened a couple of times by Cujo to stay away from her.
***I have received this book from St. Martin's Press through netgalley in exchange for my honest review***
This book was an okay read..Brody and Drea’s chemistry was slow to form but once they got going it exploded. I wanted a lot more from the story but it was a bit flat for me. Good to revisit with the other characters and see more of Dred. Not a bad installment in the series but not as exciting as I expected it to be.
The Fractured Heart, The Strongest Steel and The Perfect Hook
I have read these three books over and over. The just get a grip on you that you can't put them down. I can't wait for The Darkest Link!!!! The best books, in the same category as the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!!!!!