Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos #2)
by Scarlett Cole

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.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was very excited to jump into this book! I could feel the chemistry between Drea and Cujo/Brody in the first book, so I was looking forward to seeing their relationship play out in a book. I liked this book, but I didn't like it as much as I liked the first book in this series. This book actually disappointed me a little bit.

I was really loving the first 30ish% of this book. Brody and Drea had great chemistry and I loved watching them banter. They obviously were attracted to each other, but their constant banter kept them from admitting their feelings. I was enjoying watching them try and fight their connection with each other. The book started getting confusing and less enjoyable once the mystery came into play. That was kind of a bummer.

The mystery that was woven into this book felt unnecessary. I think it was suppose to add suspense, but it actually just bored me and even confused me at times. I wanted to skim everything that involved the mystery. I thought some of the "suspenseful" scenes were a little ridiculous. I really only thought the book was suspenseful near the end. There were enough storylines in this book that I felt like the mystery plot should have been cut out.

That aside, there still were things I really enjoyed in this book. I thought the author did a great job at pacing the romance. The romance developed at a realistic pace and I really liked Brody and Drea together. Their chemistry was off the charts, and their banter was great. I thought Brody was hilarious and so swoon worthy. Brody was my favorite thing about this book!

Overall, I thought this was a funny and steamy book. The book dragged at points because of the mystery storyline, so that made this book less enjoyable. However, I still think fans of the first book should read this book.

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. * 

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