Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1) by Scarlett Cole (****)

The Strongest SteelHarper 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.

REVIEW: ****

I really liked this book. It built the relationship nicely over a bit of time. Her problems did not overwhelm the book like it sometimes does, but was an integral part of the story. I really liked the hero in this one. He was understanding with her, but did make mistakes. Not perfect, but real sounding. It was similar to a lot of the romances out there now, but was well written and a thoroughly enjoyable read.  For a first book this was very good and I recommend it. Make a great beach read this summer.