Review: The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1) by Scarlett Cole

August 8, 2016 Review 0

Review: The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1) by Scarlett Cole

Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She's determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and--under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen--totally hot. He's happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she's started to put down roots in Miami, she'll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.

Title: The Strongest Steel
Author: Scarlett Cole
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkest Link, Jordan Reclaimed, Elliott Redeemed
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Darkest Link
Published by St Martin's
Source: Publisher
Published: July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 297
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

It’s time to move on and heal from the past. Harper has had a good life since she left her ex Nathan in Florida. She had to change her name and leave everything she knew behind but it is a small price to pay to have a peace of mind. When she finally decides to cover up the scares Nathan left behind with a tattoo, she finds out he might be released early for good behavior. Pfft. Like good behavior is the real cause for his early release. She is determined to live and Trent is just the man to help her out.

I am on the fence with how I feel about this book. There was not really anything wrong with the book to me it just felt it was lacking the oomph or wow factor. The characters were good and funny when interacting with each other. The storyline, however, felt flat or overdone.

Trent is a gentle soul with a smile always on his face who can take care of those around him. He’s the perfect match for Harper who needed the gentle touch. I liked her up until the end as she ran even though she promised to talk about what put her on edge. I really thought she progressed and instead of talking or fighting her own fear its like she was trying to find a way to run.

I wanted to be all in with this book I just couldn’t connect. I will be reading the rest of this series as Cujo and Drea seem like an interesting duo!

I was gifted a copy of this book from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are solely my own.



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