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ARC Review for The Fractured Heart by Scarlett Cole

The Fractured Heart - Scarlett Cole

The Fractured Heart
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: A Second Circle Tattoo #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Pub Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher:St. Martin’s Press: Swerve

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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.


My Thoughts

** Received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review ALSO might have some spoilers!**

This is the second of the series and let me tell you I loved it just like the first one. This novel being a contemporary romance made this one great and fun read for myself. I love guys with tattoos and strong independent women. Thought I would have told Drea a long time ago that it is okay to ask for some help. Anyway what can I say this book had the right kind balance of romance and I’m not ashamed to say that I stalked NetGalley for this book. 😛


First off all I adore this cover…. It is just so beautiful with that bight orange catching my eye like. The first thing that I see when I look for a book to read is the cover. The second would be the blurb which I might add fascinated me to no end. Though I have been waiting for this book mean I don’t care how the book looked like but I still chose to read the blurb to see if I would read it or not. Anyway I’m rambling……

What is this book all about?

As you know this is the second book in the series but luckily you can read it as a standalone. Andrea “Drea” Caron has a hard life and she is working herself to exhaustion so she can take care of her sick mother. She hasn’t told anyone how hard she is struggling….. She has to plan the engagement party for her best friend but she has to plan it with Brody “Cujo” Matthews. They keep fighting over the stupidest things but that is because all her life Drea has been fighting to survive and she fights because it is second nature to her. Even though she fights with Cujo he still would not give up on her because he can’t seem to stay away from her. Even when he thinks that she deserves somehow better than him, because of his past. One night Drea was working late to earn more money when a woman was attacked in the coffee shop and she is the sole witness to the crime. This guy knows a lot about her and they threatened to kill her mother and then her. Anyway Cujo was with her when the next attack happened and he was worried about more than her safety. He was starting to see her in a different light. In the process of the story Cujo’s mother came back and he was having a hard time to get over his past of her leaving his family.

Now about the characters…..

Drea is one strong woman with so much going on in her life. She is broke and exhausted. She has two jobs so she can just survive and pay the bills while taking care of her very sick mother. One thing I can complain about her is she can be a bit reckless when it comes to her safety. She tried to figure out what happened to the women and might have been putting her and the women in danger with all those questions.

Cujo is also one very strong, protective and creative guy. He is very active and he loves his family more than anything. His family is very important to him and he is very smart in his business life. He has a hard time with his mother coming back and he thinks he does not deserve a relationship with Drea. But luckily for us he could not stay away from Drea which made her one lucky girl.


I found that this novel was a great read and I enjoyed it immensely. I would easily reread this book because I really loved Cujo.  One thing I can is that I loved the first book a bit more maybe because it had a bit more suspense at the end of the novel. This book had enough suspense but for me it needed a little more especially at the end where it was a bit anti climatic. Anyway it was a good read and also quick to read. Anyway this book had more romance than suspense. For those who love strong men and great romance and some suspense, then this book is for you.



4 rating


- Ash





About the author

Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance. Rep’d by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, and published by St. Martin’s Press. Her debut, The Strongest Steel, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense. Look for the rest of the Second Circle Tattoo series, coming out soon.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

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.

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