The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos #3)

img_4962Author: Scarlett Cole

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. 

With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.


Review: This is a great follow up to the other books in the series and I really enjoyed it! Scarlett Cole has got some insane talent– she creates such unique characters who have such different tales but I’ve loved them all. Getting to dive into Pixie and Dred’s story was both highly entertaining and sweetly optimistic. I just kids those two characters would click.

I hadn’t realized that Pixie had such a crazy, sad backstory. Reading and learning about what had happened to her really got me invested in her happily ever after, and at one point I really wanted to kick Dred’s butt. He was being a douche!! Luckily he didn’t spend a lot of time in his craziness, and we didn’t have to deal with a lot of angst on either side. I thought Pixie was really brave and I liked the idea of her creating these fabulous dresses for little girls–I thought it sort of gave her some closure about what had happened in her own childhood.

Dred’s background hadn’t been fabulous either, so the two of them could completely relate to one another. There’s an interesting dynamic going on with him and Jordan that I’d really like to learn more about, as well as the usher members of the band. When he finally did realize how much of a jerk he was being, I was glad to see that he was able to fix things in a positive way instead of lashing out in anger. I saw a lot of growth on both of their parts as the storyline deepened and changed.

Great sexy read about two troubled souls finding a home and a future in one another. Thanks!

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