Friday, January 8, 2016

[Pat's Review]: "The Fractured Heart"

The Fractured Heart by Scarlett Cole
Publisher: Swerve (January 5, 2016)
Series: Second Circle Tattoos, 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary 

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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Reviews of Cole's Previous Novels:

The Strongest Steel (#1) -- Kame

Pat's Review:

Ms. Cole shot to the top of the charts with her debut novel The Strongest Steel. It was on the top of my list for favorites of 2015. This is the second in the series and just as enthralling as the first.

We met Cujo ( Brody) Matthews in book one. He is co-owner of Second Circle and best friends with Trent. Since Harper is now a part of their lives, he is thrown together with her best friend about oil and water!  For some reason they have taken an instant dislike to each other. 

Drea is struggling to make ends meet, taking care of her very ill, grouchy, ungrateful mother. She is working two jobs and exhausted, plus now she is planning an engagement party for Harper and Trent, worst of all with Cujo. The banter between these two characters is hilarious. Neither seem to notice the affection and pull of feelings for each other. Cujo is known for his hook ups with gorgeous flight attendants. He likes the easy come and go.  Drea is mystified, "This was not the kind of guy she was looking for, so why did he keep stirring her up?" Drea is pulled into some dangerous secrets, and to protect her, so is Cujo. Slowly but surely the defenses they both keep high, start crumbling away, and when they do......sizzling hot!  

The twists and turns keep you guessing, and one particular twist is a bit of a shock! Sexy romance, suspense and some good laughs, what more do you need for a fantastic read?  This novel can be read as a stand alone, but don't deny yourself the pleasure of reading The Strongest Steel


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! Since you and Kame have both adored this series, I need to bump it up my own list! :) 

Also, check back Monday for a great interview Pat did with Scarlett!

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on January 28th for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


Until Next Time,


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