Series: Second Circle Tattoos #2
Author: Scarlett Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 241
Published: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, January 5, 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.
Since the moment I finished the first book, I’ve been looking forward to this one. I knew Cujo and Drea were going to be next-because how could they not with all that sexual tension going between them?- so yeah, I was excited, eager and, well, crazy over the fact that I had to wait a while before I could read them. No words are enough to describe my excitement when I could finally get my hands on their story, but let’s just say climbing and walls were involved.
I highly recommend reading the first book, THE STRONGEST STEEL to get to know these characters better, and to see more banter before the attraction, but still, be ready for an explosive chemistry between Cujo and Drea.
One of my favorite things to read about is the story of two people constantly challenging each other. I loved the fact that while they fundamentally were very much similar, Cujo wore his armor of strength more visibly while hiding his vulnerability, and Drea was the opposite. She seemed more fragile on the outside, but knowing what she’s been through and constantly working hard to make ends meet, she had a certain strength underneath that was worthy of respect. They had a lot of differences of opinion, they each had personal problems to deal with, their own personal demons to fight against, and they even faced a bit of a mystery that bound them together. All this combined, theirs made a satisfactory, filling story. There was no wasted moment here, no filler chapters, because at every corner there was a bit of plotline to keep you wondering.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this emotional and sexy story into my hodgepodge. I wonder if I should get a tattoo, perhaps a hodgepodge on my stomach? Or does that sound too much like an excuse to get into a tattoo parlor hoping to meet a sexy artist to fall hopelessly in love with me? Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe I should sit on the design and placement a bit more. Okay, okay, a lot more.
Second Circle Tattoos series by Scarlett Cole:
- The Strongest Steel
- The Fractured Heart
- The Purest Hook