Monday, May 2, 2016

[Pat's Review]: "The Purest Hook"

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole
Publisher: Swerve (May 3, 2016)
Series: Second Circle Tattoos, 3
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary 

Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

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Reviews of Cole's Previous Novels:

The Strongest Steel (#1) -- Kame
The Fractured Heart (#2) -- Pat

Pat's Review:

This is the third novel in Ms. Cole's captivating series about a tattoo shop in Miami,  it's owners, lovers and friends. It's suspenseful, heart rending and filled with family and love. The families are a little out of the normal range, which makes it an even more enjoyable read.

Pixie (Sara-Jane Travers) has been with Second Circle Tattoos, Cujo and Trent for six years. They found her nearly unconscious on their doorstep after she was mugged and going through drug withdrawal. They picked her up, helped her through rehab and she has been a sister to them ever since. The fact that she's an amazing manager for the shop is icing on the cake. Her past is her secret to share when she's ready, if she ever is. Pixie has a small business, selling party dresses for little girls on line. She loves the work and it's starting to take off. Trent's co star and now friend on the reality tv show where they judge tattoo artists is Dred Zander. He is lead singer of the metal band Preload, and known for his amazing tattoos. He also happens to be tall, dark and very sexy. They have a running joke, Dred asks for a date, Pixie comes up with a crazy answer, but lately seems to be softening just a little bit.

Dred lives eats and breathes with his band, a group of young men who met as kids sharing a childhood of pain, drug abuse and a last ditch foster home that saved their lives. They all have issues, and sharing as brothers keeps them safe. Their albums have gone platinum, they make lots of money, but being constantly on the road makes writing and recording difficult. Their manager Sam is pushing, leaks have started going public about them, and Dred can't keep Pixie off his mind. When she finally agrees to a date he jumps at the chance. But Dred and Pixie have ugly pasts, parents that were drug abusers, homes they had to run away from and the distance between Miami and Ontario. Pixie is confronted by her worst fear, and Dred is faced with the last thing he could imagine.  Will the secrets make or break them?

I highly recommend this series, and for full enjoyment reading it in order. It touches so many emotions and leaves you smiling.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! I really need to start this series. The covers alone -- yum! :)

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Until Next Time,


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