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Review: The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

Series: Second Circle Tattoos, #4The Darkest Link

Title: The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

Author: Scarlett Cole

Publisher: St Martin’s Press, Swerve

Pages: 278

Date of Publication: August 30th, 2016

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Getting your motor running just isn’t working for Lia, a highly talented tattoo artist, on her way to be a presenter at an influential convention. Luckily a knight in motorbike gear, riding his revving machine, comes to her rescue. Despite their mutual instant attraction, they don’t act on it but do keep in touch as he takes her broken down car to his garage for repair and helps sort things out for her. The rescuer is the garage owner who is known as Kenny, though his name is Reid. Little do either of them know they have a mutual connection through one of Lia’s friends . . . . As this connection is revealed the dysfunctional aspects of both their families are highlighted, especially her manipulative father’s attempts to blackmail her with her love for her mother into supporting his political aspirations.

There are secrets, dangers and so much more in this story as well as a developing romance making this an action packed, enthralling read. The characters are well developed and the fast paced plot has plenty of intrigue, mystery, twists and turns. It is superbly written addition to this series and I have no hesitation in highly recommending both the series and this novel to anyone who enjoys reading intricately entwined stories involving families, perils and romance with plenty of surprises en route. As an added bonus the ARC I read also had the first chapter for the author’s new series – I can’t wait to read more of that, too!

I was gifted a copy of this book by St Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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. He’s the perfect candidate for a 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. When he surprises her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami, he’s in for a shock—and a fist to the face—when his past and present collide.

With secrets coming to the surface, Reid and Lia are thrown into a world of betray and lies that threatens to pull them under, and the last link to his former life may be the darkest of them all.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble


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