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    I'D GIVE IT MORE STARS IF I COULD!

    discovered the incredible talent of this author two months ago when I read her debut novel, The Strongest Steel. That story sucked me in so deeply that I literally sat down and read it in one sitting, which is something I rarely do. To say the least, I was very anxious to read the second book in The Second Circle Tattoo series. When I noticed The Fractured Heart on Net Galley, I immediately requested a free ARC and rather quickly was approved and had started reading it. Sometimes when I read debut novels, I find myself being extremely disappointed with later instalments in the series, but that absolutely DID NOT happen with this one. Once again Scarlett grabbed my attention from the start and kept it throughout the story, and still had it right until the very end. As much as I fell in love with Trent and Harper’s story, I have to say that I adored this one a million times more. Cujo appears to be this big badass tattooed guy, who enjoys casual hook-ups and avoids relationships like the plague. All because of his abandonment issues caused by his mother leaving him and his two brothers when they were small children. He’s blamed himself for years, thinking that he was the reason his mother left. Deep down he wants the kind of relationship his best friend has with his fiancé, but his fear that he’s not good enough keeps him from having one. Drea portrays this hard-as-nails, don’t mess with me kind of attitude. Little does everyone know that she’s about to break. She’s struggling with living from day to day. She works two jobs trying to keep from drowning in debt, all the while take care of her very ill mother. The pair reluctantly agrees to work together to plan an engagement party for their best friends. I loved their banter! At first they started off with funny insults, which turned to teasing, and then changed to some serious flirting with one another. The sexual tension between these two was OFF THE CHARTS! They obviously both want each other badly, but they keep fighting the attraction they both share. When Drea witnesses a woman getting kidnapped from the café where she works, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her. And Someone from Cujo’s past makes a reappearance in his life and he’s not quite sure how to deal with it. They both find support with one another and quickly things start heating up between the pair, and OMG it is freaking spectacular! All-in-all, this story has the perfect combination of hot sex, humour, suspense, and most importantly LOVE. Scarlett is definitely one of my favourite authors of 2015! Can’t wait to read more of her work.
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    Good, but not as Amazing as the 1st.

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Light saturated, grey-scale, shirtless, tattooed male. BOLD color and font choices for cover text. Visually attractive, eye catching. Synopsis sounds great. > > Looking Deeper < < Third-person POV, alternating narrative perspectives. Richly complex characters, so full of dimension and perfectly flawed. Cujo and Drea are opposites in so many ways, but they fit SO well together. Both characters were captivating, their chemistry was playful yet hot, but their relationship was actually a slow-build despite the attraction. The secondary cast were a balanced blend between those that were introduced in THE STRONGEST STEEL and new characters that, no doubt, will have their own stories told in time and individuals unique to this story alone. It felt full and diverse. Dialogue and interaction was natural and realistic. The plot was entertaining and exciting, but many elements were predictable and I felt like there were some areas that were added that were unnecessary filler. There were many conflicts from numerous sources, all of which were resolved in some degree. The conclusion is just satisfying enough to provide necessary closure to the important things and implied they'd receive a HEA. Overall, Ms. Cole wrote another excellent story with amazing characters. Although this book could stand on it's own, I'd recommend reading the first book in the series first. Trent and Harper are integral to this story as well as Second Circle in general. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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    I really shouldn’t be surprised at how much I loved this one - The Strongest Steel was one of my favorite books from last year (and I wasn’t the only one because it was a Best Debut Goodreads Author 2015 Finalist). And once again she knocks it out of the park. Poor Drea has not had a great decade. She’s had to take on a lot all by herself, starting when she’s just a teenager, while dealing with a mother who has spent years treating her horribly. It’s caused her to be prickly and defensive and isolated, but she’s also very strong to be able to do it all. Unfortunately she needs to learn that sometimes you need someone to lean on. Once Cujo sees beyond her armor, he wants to be that person … and it scares him. His own history has made him swear off relationships, but Drea has him reconsidering. The relationship that develops between them is wondrous– the ups and downs are just about perfect. Cole makes it very realistic and I totally get them every step of the way. Both of them come into it with baggage, some much more obvious than others, but they manage to figure things out and it is so great to see. I will say that the suspense portion wasn’t as fantastic as it was in the first book, however the real focus is on Cujo and Drea (much as it should be). Because of how Drea has had to stand on her own for so long, she’s hesitant to let the mystery go. I would have liked her to be a little more cautious with the danger involved, but I kinda can see why she wouldn’t be. Just like with the first book, the highs and lows between Drea and Cujo make this book an absolutely fabulous ride. I definitely can’t wait to see what Cole has for us in book 3. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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    Cujo is AWESOME!!!

    I loved Andrea "Drea" Caron and Brody "Cujo" Matthews story! She's smart, strong, sassy and has a heart of gold. He is sexy, a royal smart ass and pretty wise, as he has a partnership in everyone's business. Underneath all that macho alpha man stuff he's very tender and caring. They are perfect together. I know the story has to have more to it than their romance but I thought the mystery of the fracking in the Everglades was too complicated and detailed to make occasional appearances in the story line. Also, using it as an excuse for what she did, made me dislike Evelyn even more. With all that being said, I still LOVE Drea and Cujo! I can't wait to read the third book in the Second Circle Tattoos series. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
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    Contemporary Romance & Mystery

    Andrea “Drea” and Brody “Cujo” are working together to plan an engagement party for their best friends Harper and Trent (from book one of the series). Their perceptions of one another begin to change as they work together and begin to be attracted to rather than repelled by one another. Both Brody and Drea have had rough times and medical issues to deal with either in their own lives or the lives of those near to them. Into this mix add a crime, a mystery, some ups and downs in the relationship, someone vying with Brody for Drea’s attention, a missing mother showing up after years away and you have issues aplenty for the two of them to deal with. Brody was a wonderful character though he did seem to make snap decisions sometimes and be a bit self-centered. Drea was a strong independent woman that did well as long as she had her days planned and had a schedule to follow but was at a loss when things changed. She also seemed a bit too eager to want to solve the mystery and at times took risks that were iffy at best. I liked Brody and Drea together, their love scenes were caring and steamy and I rooted for them to have their happily ever after. I did find the ending a bit abrupt and felt like there was a missing chapter that could have tied up loose ends before the epilogue. Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy of this book to read and review.
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