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
Beyond 5 stars
This book was the most extremely touching story I gave devoured in years. The characters were amazing. The commitment that he had for her tore at my heart. A must read for anyone!!!!!
5 Second Circle Stars!!!
Trent is a 32 yr old tattoo artist who owns tattoo parlor Second Circle. Harper is running from an ex who severely traumatized her and later her family. She's been in Miami for 4 years now and is barely existing. Taylor has heard of Trent and knows he has a specialty of tattooing over scar tissue which leads to their initial meeting.
Trent is one of the better MC's I've read in awhile. He was old enough to be more mature and knew what he wanted out of life. I loved the way Trent handles Harper's fear. She has a lot of reason for that fear and he's the first person in four years that has tried to help her overcome it. You can't help but fall for Trent with the way he heals her.
There was no constant pushing away that can get to be too much in a story. There were the times Harper was scared but due to the trauma she suffered, I felt it was only natural to the story. This story was focused on Harper and Trent and overcoming Harper's traumatic past. The only problem is Harper's ex isn't done with her, but now she has Trent to help her overcome.
Great story! I really enjoyed it and love that the series continues with a focus on the other characters of the Second Circle Tattoo parlor.
***complimentary copy proved by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Loved it, read the whole thing in a day! It was funny, smart, sweet, and sexy. I wanna go out and get a tattoo!