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The Book Barista Reviews: The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

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Title:  The Darkest Link

Series:  Second Circle Tattoos, #4

Author:  Scarlett Cole

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

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The Darkest Link

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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 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. Especially since she doesn’t know the truth about his past. However, when he finds Lia’s bracelet in his bed, he has the perfect excuse to drive down and surprise her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami. He’s in for an even bigger shock – and a fist to the face – when his past and present collide in the humid Miami weather when he runs into the last person he’d ever expect to see in a tattoo studio: Harper, the sister he betrayed, and the last link to his former life.


I was kind of sad to see that this would be the last book in this series, but at the same time I was happy to see that we would find out about Reid.  Reid was mentioned in the very first book and I was definitely left wondering about what had happened to him.  Why he just disappeared from his sister’s life.

Right off the top I want to say that I loved Reid.  A LOT! He rides a motorcycle.  He’s a gentleman.  He’s really caring.  AND he’s sexy as all get out!  All these things are what make him perfect for Lia. She’s smart, talented, looks like a pinup girl and drives a classic car.

Reid and Lia seem to have an instant connection.  They try to treat it lightly but soon realize it’s more than they expected.  Both of them have unresolved issues with their parents, especially their fathers. With each others’ help they manage to navigate through and come to some resolutions.  Along the way there is a some drama which leaves you wondering “WTF?!” but it gets resolved.

Scarlett Cole has wrapped up this series very nicely.  It was a pleasure to read this series and I am definitely looking forward to her next series.  I gave The Darkest Link four very satisfying and delicious cups coffee.

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Note: I received this ARC from the Publisher/NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Book Barista Reviews: The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

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Title:  The Strongest Steel

Series:  Second Circle Tattoos #1

Author:  Scarlett Cole

Release Date:  July 7, 2015

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ISHO SummaryHarper 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.

isho-my-opinion2I received this ARC from St. Martin’s Press/Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.  So, I’m going to be honest.  I loved the cover of this book (I almost feel the need to find out who that sexy man is).  Then I loved the title.  Then I read the synopsis.  Tattoo artist…I’m there!!!

I was immediately absorbed in this story.  Victim of vicious assault goes to tattoo artist to cover up her horrible scars.  Hook, line and sinker.  After all that she’s been through, Harper decides to go to Trent to get her tattoo.  Trent, having experience with tattooing scars, is totally sympathetic to what Harper is going through.  Firstly, I thought that she was very brave to go through with the tattoo.  Secondly…Trent is my newest book boyfriend.  He isn’t just sympathetic.  He is patient and kind.

As their relationship progresses, first as friendship and then romance, Harper comes out of her shell more and more and becomes open and friendly with more people than ever since her attack and Trent is the cause of that.  Did I mention that he’s my new book boyfriend? *swoon*

Of course, it wouldn’t be as exciting a read if there wasn’t some angst and turmoil thrown in for us.  After all, her ex is still out there.  I’ll say no more on that topic.

I loved Scarlett Cole’s writing.  As I mentioned before, I was sucked in right away and couldn’t put the book down.  I was happy to be told by the author that there would be more books in this series.  This is exciting because the secondary characters sound pretty awesome to me so of course, I am so down for that!!! Also, I found out that she is a fellow Torontonian (that’s a word right?).  Let’s hear it for the Tdot!!!

The Strongest Steel got five hot, sweet and delicious coffees from me with some pastries thrown in to make them better.

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ISHO Author BioScarlett Cole is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Her debut novel, THE STRONGEST STEEL, book one in the Second Circle Tattoos series, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on 07/07/15.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.