Pixie has had a rough upbringing and she’s never shared her past with anyone but Trent and Cujo. She knows Dred is way out of her league but she can’t stay away. But dating Dred isn’t like dating any other guy, he’s a rock star after all. Learning to share her past with someone else might be a challenge too big for Pixie.
I was nervously anticipating this one; I am not a fan of the recent slew of rock star romances lately that often involve conceited, jerk-hole rock stars. But I loved Dred in the previous books and he seemed really nice and this book thankfully didn’t let me down. He might be a famous rock star but he was also super loyal to his band mates who are like brothers to him. And when he realizes Pixie is not very experienced he comes up with the perfect way to make her feel comfortable. There are a lot of obstacles for Pixie and Dred and this bothered some reviewers but I wasn’t bothered by the goings-on as clearly indicated by my 5 star review. I thought Pixie was great but there were a few of her decisions that annoyed me a bit but again, nothing overly crazy.
I loved the way Dred interacted with everyone, he’s just so genuine and he truly cares about his family and friends. And when things really come to a head he has his priorities straight and he knows what’s really important in life. Scarlett Cole will have a spin-off series about Dred’s band, Preload, and after reading this I’ll definitely be giving it a shot. The brothers all have significant problems and the series will likely be darker than the current one, but from what I read, I’m intrigued.
Pixie had a very damaged past and lots of insecurities but she was so likable and cute. A natural caretaker, she’s dedicated to her Second Circle family and quickly fits in with Dred’s brothers. I loved reading how Pixie and Dred built their relationship.
Content Note: references and flashbacks to past sexual abuse
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Second Circle Tattoos #3 • Romance, Contemporary • SMP Swerve • May 3, 2016
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.