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
** 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.