Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review The Darkest Link, Second Circle Tattoos series by Scarlett Cole

Title: The Darkest Link
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos
Release Date: August 30th 2016


When her car breaks down off the side of a lonely highway far from her sunny Miami home, tattoo artist Lia never expected her very own white knight to ride up on the back of a barely street-legal motorcycle...and she never expected to fall for her dark savior. After a string of failed relationships and a bruised heart, Lia is not looking for forever, and the hot mechanic, with his sexy scruff and shaggy hair, is simply impossible to resist and the perfect candidate for mind-blowingly-perfect, no-strings-attached one night stand.

Reid left his life in Chicago far behind him and hasn't been back, but he's never been able to escape the guilt he feels about his own painful role in inviting a monster into his baby sister's life. A monster who almost destroyed her. Being with Lia is an unexpected gift, one he doesn't feel he deserves, and their one night together has him wanting more than he should. Especially since she doesn't know the truth about his past. However, when he finds Lia’s bracelet in his bed, he has the perfect excuse to drive down and surprise her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami. He's in for an even bigger shock - and a fist to the face - when his past and present collide in the humid Miami weather when he runs into the last person he’d ever expect to see in a tattoo studio: Harper, the sister he betrayed, and the last link to his former life.

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Review by Iza

This book lured me in with its cover and blurb, like it always happens. But then, it got me hooked with the story.

Our heroine meets our hero when her car breaks down on the side of the road. Sparks immediately fly, you can feel the attraction, the chemistry between them. It's swoon-worthy.

Actually, our hero, Reid, is absolutely swoon-worthy. He has a past, true and if you've read the previous books, you may know about it. I went in blind and it gutted me, it hurt to read about what he went through. Now our Lia isn't that far off either. Her dad's a monster I wanted to smack more often than not and I loved her spirit, I loved how she danced to the beat of her own drum, not caring what others said, yet she was selfless because she made sacrifices for the sake of her mother. 

They are perfect together and I honestly didn't care that it didn't take them much to fall in love with each other. It still wasn't an insta-anything because they actually got to see sides of one another. I don't blame them, I'm in love with them both. Major girl crush on Lia! 

And of course there's a quote that stood out and I think it's one of the best I've ever read.

"I need you to promise me that you will never let anybody dim your light. It's the most goddamn beautiful thing about you. Don't dim it for anyone. Ever."

I need a Reid. Where can I find myself a Reid?

Needless to say, I loved this book and am giving it 5 stars and I'm going to read the others in the series too. I want to thank the publishers for the copy given in exchange for my honest review. It was my absolute pleasure.  

Author Bio

Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

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.


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