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.
AVAILABLE: January 5, 2016 The Fractured Heart is the second book in Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series. It is also the first book I've ever read by this author. I didn't feel like I lost any aspect of Cujo and Drea's story by not reading the first book where they were secondary characters. But I am planning on going back and reading the first book of the series. Andrea "Drea" Caron is tired and broke. She has been taking care of her ill mother for over 10 years, while putting her own life on hold. She doesn't have enough time in the day to take of everything, especially herself. She's working two jobs to barely make ends meet. So she doesn't have the time or patience to deal with Brody "Cujo" Matthews while planning her best friend's engagement party.
After having a tough childhood, Cujo likes to keep his life simple. He loves his work at Second Circle Tattoos, he is loyal to his friends and family, and has a parade of flight attendants calling for a good time whenever they have a layover in Miami. He certainly doesn't want to deal with the "high maintenance" Drea Caron. But after these two share a potential life-threatening situation, they learn that first impressions aren't always correct. I really liked both these characters and enjoyed "watching" them go from constantly bickering to friendly to really falling for each other. My heart went out to Drea and how lost she felt in her life and was determined to find out more about herself and what she wanted with her life. And Cujo really grew as a person for me. Yes, there were times where I wanted to smack him silly, but he fully acknowledges his insecurities (eventually) and works to overcome them.
The one thing that I wish was different about this book was the AMOUNT of drama that Cujo and Drea faced. They had enough drama in their own personal lives. I felt that the outside drama was just too much and took away from the characters story. Other than the outside drama, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Rating: 4 out of 5
**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**