Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

Title:  The Darkest Link
Series:  Second Circle Tattoos #4
Author:  Scarlett Cole
Publication Date:   August 30th 2016 by Swerve
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

When her car breaks down off the side of a lonely highway far from her sunny Miami home, tattoo artist Lia never expected her very own white knight to ride up on the back of a barely street-legal motorcycle...and she never expected to fall for her dark savior. After a string of failed relationships and a bruised heart, Lia is not looking for forever, and the hot mechanic, with his sexy scruff and shaggy hair, is simply impossible to resist and the perfect candidate for a mind-blowingly-perfect, no-strings-attached one night stand.

Reid left his life in Chicago far behind him and hasn't been back, but he's never been able to escape the guilt he feels about his own painful role in inviting a monster into his baby sister's life. A monster who almost destroyed her. Being with Lia is an unexpected gift, one he doesn't feel he deserves, and their one night together has him wanting more than he should. When he surprises her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami, he's in for a shock - and a fist to the face - when his past and present collide.

With secrets coming to the surface, Reid and Lia are thrown into a world of betray and lies that threatens to pull them under, and the last link to his former life, may be the darkest of them all.

My Review:

This novel epitomizes the ‘can’t put it down’ stereotype. The plot was solid, exciting, and suspenseful. The cast was larger than life yet oh so real. The chemistry sizzled and the plot twists kept coming.

Cole has taken an excitingly suspenseful plot, mixed it with intense emotion and a fantastic cast to create an absolutely unforgettable novel. Vivid descriptions weave their way throughout the tale, bringing everything to life in a manner that you can’t miss yet that doesn’t overpower the seamless plot.

I love how Cole works emotions into her story. It is so hard hitting yet natural. The realism and possibilities that she opens up had me on the edge of my seat and dying to know what was coming next. I was in awe of her writing while feeling as if I were living alongside the characters.

Speaking of characters, Lia and Reid definitely light these pages on fire. The chemistry between them is explosive. The ordeals that they fight through are suspenseful and also exciting. And they are just all round good people. I loved getting to know them. These two are the type of characters that could easily carry a story where nothing happens and make it entertaining. Paired with Cole’s fantastic plot and the unforgettable supporting cast these two were off the charts.

This is quite possibly my favourite novel in this series. It could easily be read on its own, but as part of the series it’s absolutely unforgettable.

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