Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review The Fractured Heart, Second Circle Tattoos series by Scarlett Cole

Title: The Fractured Heart
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos
Release Date: January 5th 2016


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.

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Review by Iza

Drea and Brody can't stand each other; the last thing they want is to be in the same room with one another, but fate has different plans for them when they're thrown together to plan a wedding. Brody is the best man, Drea is the maid of honor. They have to learn how to work with each other, in order to get things done.  
Hard? Very. 
They're very different - or so they think. Drea is a small control freak - but due to the things she's been through and is still going through, it's understandable - while Brody is a go-with-the-flow guy. 
Clash of the titans? Definitely.
But Drea isn't the only one that's had it tough. I love that Ms. Cole writes about real-life situations and scenarios; things you can imagine happening in our day-to-day lives. Yes, it's fiction and the angst and drama prove it, but these characters - along with the others in the series - are well-developed and constructed in a way that makes it all too real.
My heart ached for them, broke, I just about wanted to strangle them, at one point, but it's not easy when you're broken and bruised on the inside. 
Do they make it work, in the end? Of course. Is Brody one of my faves? Yes, he is. Is he a guy I'd fall for in real life? Hell yes!
So, if you haven't read this one already, do it. You're missing out. I still have one book left to read in the series - as a matter of fact, it's book one - but I'm savoring them because this series ended. *pout*
5 stars.  

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. 


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