Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Fractured Heart by Scarlett Cole

Title:  The Fractured Heart
Series:  Second Circle Tattoos #2
Author:  Scarlett Cole
Publication Date:  January 5/16 by Swerve
Length:  283pgs
Genre:  Contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My Review:

You know that novel that you’re expecting to love, to be blown off the wall by, that you’ve been waiting for since you read previous novel in the series? For me, that was this novel. I was ready to be completely drawn into the world that Cole had begun to create in the 1st novel of the series, and to get lost for a couple of hundred pages. Unfortunately, that wasn’t quite the case.

Don’t get me wrong. The plot was captivating and solid. Cole develops her world and the action of the story in ways that make it easy for readers to picture. I really found myself feeling as if I were part of the story. I enjoyed where the story was going and getting back into this world.

Enter the main characters and that’s where I had difficulties fully immersing myself in the story. Cujo’s angst mixed with Drea’s drama queen antics made it hard for me to connect with either of them. I wanted to like them, but simply couldn’t get into them.

As a whole, this was an interesting addition to Cole’s series. Although not my favourite of her novels, I did enjoy it and am very excited to see what comes next in this series that has definitely sparked my interest.

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