Title: The Fractured Heart
Author: Scarlett Cole
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #2
Main Characters: Brody and Drea
Release Date: January 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
While this book was still very good, it didn't quite live up to how much I loved the first book in the series, The Strongest Steel. BUT it was still a really good, entertaining read.
I loved Brody and Drea together...especially when they're in the bedroom because they are really explosive. Serious chemistry between these two. But in this story they both have some serious issues going down in their lives which means they BOTH kept throwing up roadblocks in their relationship. As a reader, the back and forth got just a tiny bit trying and annoying. They both know they're good together. They're just getting overwhelmed by all the stress they each have in their lives.
And the nature of that stress is somewhat ironic. Brody's mom abandoned his family when he was 8. She's shown back up, injured and with a bad case of amnesia. On the other hand, Drea's mother is dying, but draining everything from Drea in the meantime. Her mother is not a nice person...ungrateful, in a lot of pain...and Drea is exhausted trying to care for her, buy her expensive medical equipment, and keep a roof over their heads...something she's done since her 17th birthday. Brody should be her bright spot, but every time she tries to rely on him, he flakes in some way. I liked Brody, but grrr... That particular setup did bother me quite a bit.
But the entire book takes place in Miami and Brody is half-owner of the Second Circle Tattoo shop with Trent, so that entire world and cast of characters were in the background of the story. I love them and their snark at the shop. I love the scenes that take place there and how the entire team gives each other a hard time. It's a really great series with a great cast of characters. Each book has a suspense story happening within the pages too. I figured out the twist in this story way early, but if you don't figure it out, I imagine, it's a good one.
While I was slightly disappointed in the book, that should in no reflect bad on it. It was still a good book. It was just that the first book in the series was just that amazingly good. I'm definitely still a fan and ready for #3...bring on Pixie and Dred.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.