The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos Series #2)

The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos Series #2)

by Scarlett Cole

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Thrown together by fate and friends, a bad boy tattoo artist and down on her luck waitress are about to find that opposites really do attract in the follow-up to Scarlett Cole's The Strongest Steel.

All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.

Tattoo artist Brody "Cujo" Matthews knows how to keep things simple. Tattoos, a good time with friends—and steer clear of relationships.Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn't want, he has no interest in getting involved with complicated women. 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 the sexy, inked 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.

The Fractured Heart is a full-length romance in the Second Circle Tattoos series that can be read as a standalone!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466886681
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Second Circle Tattoos Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 107,766
File size: 941 KB

About the Author

Born in England, SCARLETT COLE traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book.
Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.

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The Fractured Heart 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute story - I think anyone who has ever issues in the past is scared to fall in love and I admired the fact that yes he kept going back and forth but eventually realized loving shortcake was worth fighting for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story could not make up its mind about whether it was a sexy romance, a mystery, or a political thriller. I was just confused. Not fun to read - just frustrating. I was glad when it was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Strongest Steel more than this one but it was still a great read. I absolutely loved Cujo and enjoyed seeing more of Trent and Harper and the other Second Circle characters. There is a lot going on in this book but I feel like Scarlett Cole does a great job balancing all the balls in the air. I wasn’t as interested in the mystery side of the story, but I never felt like it overshadowed the romance. There were a few inconsistencies in the mystery that bothered me a bit but nothing to totally take me out of the story. Overall, there was just a lot going on. Cujo was so great in this book and I’m so glad he was everything I wanted and more. I loved Trent in The Strongest Steel and wasn’t sure how I’d like Cujo, since goofy, ladies men can go either way for me. But I was happily surprised by how much I loved Cujo and his soft squishy center. He’s really a great guy whose overcome some hard things in life and now knows what it means to live and enjoy what he has. He was the perfect amount of silly, cocky, and easy going to be enjoyable and for him to be a good counterpoint for Drea who has forgotten what having fun is like. I never really connected with Drea unfortunately and she got on my nerves a fair bit of the time. Drea has so much going on and she’s practically incapable of asking for help or listening to others. There were a few things she does that were straying into TSTL territory and a few times when Cujo tells her to do something and she does the complete opposite because it’s what she thinks is best even though it’s not her choice to make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book not as much as the first but I was definitely not disappointed in it... Cujo and "shortcake" were great for each other. Can't wait to read about Pixie and Dred next
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Complex characters, strong plot, but a bit drawn out. > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I didnt understand what was happening. For me the "Hero" couldn't make up his mind. And with the "heroine" I felt like she was letting herself belittled and I didnt like that. I couldn't finish past chapter 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was really good, this was not on the same level the issue they had to deal with felt contrived and forced. L. D.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
You know that novel that you’re expecting to love, to be blown off the wall by, that you’ve been waiting for since you read previous novel in the series? For me, that was this novel. I was ready to be completely drawn into the world that Cole had begun to create in the 1st novel of the series, and to get lost for a couple of hundred pages. Unfortunately, that wasn’t quite the case. Don’t get me wrong. The plot was captivating and solid. Cole develops her world and the action of the story in ways that make it easy for readers to picture. I really found myself feeling as if I were part of the story. I enjoyed where the story was going and getting back into this world. Enter the main characters and that’s where I had difficulties fully immersing myself in the story. Cujo’s angst mixed with Drea’s drama queen antics made it hard for me to connect with either of them. I wanted to like them, but simply couldn’t get into them. As a whole, this was an interesting addition to Cole’s series. Although not my favourite of her novels, I did enjoy it and am very excited to see what comes next in this series that has definitely sparked my interest. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I really shouldn’t be surprised at how much I loved this one - The Strongest Steel was one of my favorite books from last year (and I wasn’t the only one because it was a Best Debut Goodreads Author 2015 Finalist). And once again she knocks it out of the park. Poor Drea has not had a great decade. She’s had to take on a lot all by herself, starting when she’s just a teenager, while dealing with a mother who has spent years treating her horribly. It’s caused her to be prickly and defensive and isolated, but she’s also very strong to be able to do it all. Unfortunately she needs to learn that sometimes you need someone to lean on. Once Cujo sees beyond her armor, he wants to be that person … and it scares him. His own history has made him swear off relationships, but Drea has him reconsidering. The relationship that develops between them is wondrous– the ups and downs are just about perfect. Cole makes it very realistic and I totally get them every step of the way. Both of them come into it with baggage, some much more obvious than others, but they manage to figure things out and it is so great to see. I will say that the suspense portion wasn’t as fantastic as it was in the first book, however the real focus is on Cujo and Drea (much as it should be). Because of how Drea has had to stand on her own for so long, she’s hesitant to let the mystery go. I would have liked her to be a little more cautious with the danger involved, but I kinda can see why she wouldn’t be. Just like with the first book, the highs and lows between Drea and Cujo make this book an absolutely fabulous ride. I definitely can’t wait to see what Cole has for us in book 3. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Scarlett Cole that I have read and she has never disappointed at all. The emotions that she brings to this book and once you start reading this book you don't want to put it down. It grabs you by the gut from the beginning and you don't want it to end. This would be a wonderful addition to your library and you will want to read it again and again.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2.5 - ”Bitter, without a hint of sugar.” Stars. Unfortunately the second book in the Second Circles Tattoos series fell a little short for me. I really liked that the author managed to pitch the drama and angst of the first book The Strongest Steel just right in that it was relevant to the story between Trent and Harper that was developing, but didn’t overtake everything or weigh it down. I really struggled with Brody and Drea’s story from the offset to be honest. The drama and angst tipped the scales into ‘overdose’ territory for me, and if I am honest there were just too many things about and people in this story that I didn’t really like. Scarlett’s writing is as good as it was in the previous book, I just didn’t warm to the characters or the story-line on this occasion. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Scarlett Cole. Cujo and Drea are thrown together to organize an engagement party for their BFFs Trent and Harper and sparks fly. If you read The Strongest Steel, which you really should have, then you know that there was an attraction between Cujo and Drea, and you also know that Cujo was not the settling down type. Well, we find out why that is and sooooo much more in this story. Drea is a hard worker and the main caretaker for her terminally ill mother, so she has no time for a relationship whether she wants one or not, it just isn't in the cards for her. Cujo is a playboy to the nth degree, or so Drea thinks, he is also more involved in Second Circle Tattoos then anyone knows other than Trent. HA! Like any of that is going to stop something that is meant to be. While working the closing shift at the café one night, Drea witnesses the abduction of a women and reports the crime to the police. This poor girl just can't catch a break I tell you. As if she doesn't have enough going on in her life she is determined to do whatever it takes to find the abducted woman and make sure she is ok. Cujo wants to be there to help her and show her that he can be the man she needs him to be, but there are so many obstacles set in front of the two of them it almost seems impossible to do. I liked the way this book flowed, I'll tell you that it had me wondering for a while and not fitting pieces together until the second half of the book, it really kept me guessing on who this woman was and what she was working on that had her abducted. There were new twist and turns around every corner. Pixies story is up next in The Purest Hook I look forward to seeing what happens between her and Dred, especially since he was threatened a couple of times by Cujo to stay away from her. ***I have received this book from St. Martin's Press through netgalley in exchange for my honest review***
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Brody Matthews manages to catch the eye of every women he comes into contact with, and has never had any trouble convincing them to help warm up his bed for the night. He is a self proclaimed eternal bachelor that isn't shy about making it known that he has no intention of ever doing long term with anyone or letting any woman close enough to penetrate the wall around his heart. So, when he crosses paths with the beautiful, and feisty Drea Caron, and she gives him the cold shoulder he is left wondering where he went wrong. He likes her and would love nothing more than to get her in his bed, but she isn't interested in falling prey to his charming bad boy ways ... Drea Caron has endured more in her young life than most would ever dream of living through, and has had to give up on her own dreams to care for her ailing mother. Working two jobs and caring for her mother's needs leaves very little time for her to have a personal life, so she has given up hope on even having the opportunity to have one. And even if the opportunity did present itself, she's not so sure she'd even want anything to do with it, especially after being abandoned by her father, and watching her mother suffer the effects of being discarded by her spouse. The idea that a relationship may have this type of ending leaves her wanting to remain single...that is until she starts working alongside Mr. Brody Matthews! I have been anxiously awaiting for my opportunity return to this series!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment in the series and have been excited to see what Ms. Cole had in store next for these wonderfully crafted characters. And I have to say it was totally worth the wait, she completely exceeded my expectations and once again provided me with one VERY exceptional reading escape. Drea and Brody's story was so amazing, and has been lingering with me all day!!! I highly recommend you add this series to the top of your reading list, it is sure to satisfy all of your reading needs and then some... and Brody is sure to have you swooning the whole way through! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! I was happy dancing when I saw that another book was coming in this series and it absolutely did NOT disappoint. I enjoyed Cujo's character in The Strongest Steel and his yummyness (yep I like that word) just continues here. He tries to live his life as uncomplicated as possible. The last thing he wants is a woman with a pile of problems but "Drea" just calls to him. Drea has enough on her plate so the last thing she needs is a carefree tatted up sexy as hell man causing problems planning an engagement party for her best friend. The banter between these two is fun and keeps the story light. When Drea witnesses an abduction she knows she needs help and Cujo is the one she turns to, and he'll do anything to keep her safe. This one needs to be on everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Andrea “Drea” and Brody “Cujo” are working together to plan an engagement party for their best friends Harper and Trent (from book one of the series). Their perceptions of one another begin to change as they work together and begin to be attracted to rather than repelled by one another. Both Brody and Drea have had rough times and medical issues to deal with either in their own lives or the lives of those near to them. Into this mix add a crime, a mystery, some ups and downs in the relationship, someone vying with Brody for Drea’s attention, a missing mother showing up after years away and you have issues aplenty for the two of them to deal with. Brody was a wonderful character though he did seem to make snap decisions sometimes and be a bit self-centered. Drea was a strong independent woman that did well as long as she had her days planned and had a schedule to follow but was at a loss when things changed. She also seemed a bit too eager to want to solve the mystery and at times took risks that were iffy at best. I liked Brody and Drea together, their love scenes were caring and steamy and I rooted for them to have their happily ever after. I did find the ending a bit abrupt and felt like there was a missing chapter that could have tied up loose ends before the epilogue. Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy of this book to read and review.