Sunday, August 28, 2016

Early Review: The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

The Darkest Link: Lia and Reid

(Second Circle Tattoos #4)

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.

So I found this series several months ago when a friend recommended it. She knew I had loved the Clipped Wing Series by Helena Hunting and she thought it was similar enough to give it a whirl.  So I took a chance on it and am glad that I did. The first book in the series is probably my favorite of the series, it was so emotional, but I have to say this one is a close second. This one features Harper’s older brother Reid. He is holding so much guilt over what happened, he even let himself be driven from his home and family. Lia is from a wealthy conservative family, her father does not approve of her lifestyle but she doesn’t really care. If it wasn’t for her mother she would have walked away from her father a long time ago. When Lia and Reid met she’s a damsel in distress on the side of the road. They meet and it’s an instant connection. She has no idea that he’s Harpers long lost brother and he has no idea that Lia is friends with his beloved sister.

Lia and Reid have some sizzling chemistry and are very supportive of each other in their trials. He supports her when dealing with her dad and she supports him when Reid and Harper finally reunite. Even tho they live in different cities they spend maximum amount of time with each other. Just when their relationship is heating up a threat emerges that can pull everything apart. Be prepared to be taken on a fun, emotional tattooed trip! I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

*Review copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

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