The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #4
Published: August 30, 2016 by SMP Swerve
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
This was a wonderful conclusion to this series and I really enjoyed both Lia and Reid. Lia has been mostly in the background up to this point so I was excited to see more of her and Reid was of course greatly anticipated as Harper’s long lost brother. These two were such an honest, sweet, and caring couple while also keeping the heat factor high. I love the way Reid and Lia interact and care for each other and they’re always teasing each other. They’re open and honest; after all the secrets of the past books, the immediate honesty was really nice. Even when they have some problems they never actually break up.
“Just so you know, it’s totally your fault if I fall in love with you.”
Lia sweet and takes care of those she loves in any way she can. She’s always putting herself out there and with Reid she’s finally found someone who is her match. Even though Reid has had a rough few years and he does carry around some baggage and guilt he’s not moody and dark. It was refreshing after all the troubled bad boys that have abounded in romance lately.
I also loved seeing the past couples and getting closure on Harper’s attack and seeing Trent and Harper’s wedding. They’re still my favorite couple so I really enjoyed seeing them together and finding happiness. The very end felt a little rushed and everything just fell into place and tied up neatly. I’m not really complaining about it but just mentioning as it might bother some other people.
I wish there had been more of tattooing in this one since that’s what drew me to the series originally. We’re told only a little bit about Lia and Reid’s tattoos but I would have liked some more descriptions of them.
5 stars – loved it!
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