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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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The Book Barista Reviews: The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

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Title:  The Purest Hook

Series:  Second Circle Tattoos, #3

Author:  Scarlett Cole

Release Date:  May 3, 2016

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The Purest Hook

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Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.


I’ve always wished that I was more eloquent in my reviews. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before so I apologize for being repetitive.  I loved this book so much that I can’t even say enough to convey how much.

Why did I love this book, you ask.  Well… without going on and on, here are a few reasons:

Reason #1:  In the previous two books we were teased with hints of attraction between Dred and Pixie (at least that’s how I remember it).  So obviously, it’s nice to have that story play itself out.

Reason #2:  Some of this book takes place in Toronto.  That’s right! The Tdot. The 6ix.  I love that the author mentions places and locations that I actually know.

Reason #3:  Maybe I loved Dred and Pixie so much because they were both so damaged from childhoods that were less than stellar. Way way less!  Yet they were still willing to try.  Even when things seemed so awful, they trudged through to get what they wanted and needed from each other.

Reason #4:  Trent and Cujo are the best brothers/friends a girl could ask for.  It was nice seeing them again in this book. I loved Trent and Cujo’s relationship with Pixie.  I also really loved the relationship that Dred has with his band members/roommates.

Reason #5:  In the book, Dred writes a song for Pixie and if you click here you can actually listen to it while watching the book trailer.

Reason #6:  Dred is a super sexy rock star.  That is all!!!

All in all, I just loved this story.  I loved their journey.  I definitely look forward to more from Scarlett Cole and this series.  I gave The Purest Hook five cups of my favourite Tim Horton’s coffee served with some of Dred’s favourite honey cruller doughnuts.



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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.