Drea is the primary caretaker for her mother who is in the end stages of COPD. Drea works all the time and has given up a life of her own to care for her mother who has a bitter and demanding attitude. She doesn’t want to be attracted to Cujo because she think’s he’s a lazy womanizer. On top of everything else, Drea is held at gunpoint one night at the cafe she works at. Cujo may have a laid back demeanor but there’s a lot of history and pain under the surface. He likes Drea but he feels like she deserves better than a casual relationship which he believes is all he has to offer.
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.
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.
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Second Circle Tattoos #2 • Romance, Contemporary • SMP Swerve • January 5, 2016
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.