Review for The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos, #4) by Scarlett Cole



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Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Second Circle Tattoos, #4

The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos, #4)When her car breaks down off the side of a lonely highway far from her sunny Miami home, tattoo artist Lia never expected her very own white knight to ride up on the back of a barely street-legal motorcycle…and she never expected to fall for her dark savior. After a string of failed relationships and a bruised heart, Lia is not looking for forever, and the hot mechanic, with his sexy scruff and shaggy hair, is simply impossible to resist and the perfect candidate for mind-blowingly-perfect, no-strings-attached one night stand.

Reid left his life in Chicago far behind him and hasn’t been back, but he’s never been able to escape the guilt he feels about his own painful role in inviting a monster into his baby sister’s life. A monster who almost destroyed her. Being with Lia is an unexpected gift, one he doesn’t feel he deserves, and their one night together has him wanting more than he should. Especially since she doesn’t know the truth about his past. However, when he finds Lia’s bracelet in his bed, he has the perfect excuse to drive down and surprise her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami. He’s in for an even bigger shock – and a fist to the face – when his past and present collide in the humid Miami weather when he runs into the last person he’d ever expect to see in a tattoo studio: Harper, the sister he betrayed, and the last link to his former life.

*The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole is the fourth book in the Second Circle Tattoos Series and can be read as a stand-alone. For better understanding of the story, reading the first three book is advisably.


The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos, #4)The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.


I think I liked this one even more than the previous book. Don’t get me wrong, The Purest Hook is a great book but this one is even better. The plot and the flow were really good and I enjoyed reading about the characters and their chalanges of daily life (and for some also past)! In comparison to the previous book, this story takes it a bit further in terms of action and mystery and all the danger that’s surrounding the main characters. Also, the fact that we get to see two main characters from previous books so vital to this story and seeing their HEA makes me so happy. I think that added to me liking the story that much.

She’d made a deal with the devil, just like Reid had. It didn’t bode well that it was the one thing they had in common.

Reid and Lia are such great characters and the way they met, well, I don’t mind at all. As Reid would say, it was all about the long legs. Both have some touchy relationship with their parents but Lia definitely takes the crown on that. Man, her dad is a real piece of work. He’s just a horrible human being. From the way he treats his family to the lenght he would go to achieve his goals, just wow. I’m glad his story ended the way it did. And as for Reid’s dad, well, he did show some remorse, so there’s that. I definitely loved the way he met his long lost sister again and how they got to know each other again. It was painful but in the long run so worth it. I can’t say I liked Reid over Lia’s character or the opposite, it’s more that I liked them both equally. They both have such good qualities and together they make an awesome team. There is truly nothing that I’d change about them. Both sacrificed so much for their family, also for each other and are so loyal to them, that’s just amazing.

I definitely didn’t expect the read to be so good but I’m absolutely thankful for the way things turned out at the end. I’m becomming a fan of this series fast and I think I need to read books one and two ASAP! I would recommend this read for sure!


Scarlett Cole

Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit.

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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