When a pin-up worthy tattoo artist
meets a car mechanic on a Florida roadside, it feels like the start of a great
one-night stand. But when feelings grow, and secrets are revealed, both of
their lives will be at risk. The only question is from who? Find out in THE
DARKEST LINK by RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole.
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Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub. Date: August 30, 2016
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.
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 betrayal and lies that threatens to pull them under, and
the last link to his former life may be the darkest of them all.
out the other books in the Second Circle
THE STRONGEST STEEL, Second Circle Tattoos #1
THE FRACTURED HEART, Second Circle Tattoos #2
THE PUREST HOOK, Second Circle Tattoos #3
Excerpt from THE DARKEST LINK:
Copyright © 2016 by Scarlett Cole
“What is this?” she asked, running
her hand over the elongated hood.
“A 1958 Ford Thunderbird. It was a
shell when I bought it. Was found in an unused barn with a bunch of other old
The wheels were black with white
faces, and the soft top was a creamy white. Reflections from the chrome cast
light onto the white walls.
“I love it,” she said, excited to
“Hood up or down?” Kenny asked,
slipping her cases into the trunk.
“Oh, most definitely down,” Lia
said. Screw the victory rolls, she could always put her hair into a high
ponytail and add the red ribbon she had in her purse if her scarf failed. She
reached into her bag to find it and tied it around her head.
“I like this,” Kenny said, fingering
the knot under her chin gently. The way his eyes crinkled at the corners made
her feel all kinds of gooey inside. Perhaps it was a good thing they lived a
long drive away from each other. His very presence made it difficult to remember
why she was taking some time off from men. But a little harmless flirtation was
adding to the adventure of a few days off work. There couldn’t be any harm in
Once inside the car, Kenny took her
hotel details and plugged them into his phone. “There are few downsides to the
classics, but lack of sat-nav has to be one,” he said, turning the radio on.
“I feel like Thelma and Louise about
to drive over the edge of the cliff,” she said with a laugh.
“Close. That was a 1966 Ford
Thunderbird, eight years younger than this baby. Does that make me J.D.?”
“That depends. Are you planning on
driving me to a motel, having your wicked way with me on the dresser, then
stealing my life savings?”
“I know a motel, don’t know if they
have a dresser, but more than willing to do a drive-by to find out.”
Lia laughed. “I was joking.”
“I wasn’t. Say the word, Red.”
He revved the engine several times,
the low growl sexy as all hell, and grinned as he roared out onto the street.
Lia watched his hand as he shifted the stick. He caressed the gear stick. The
more she stared, the more turned on she became until she had to cross her legs
and look out of the window.
Damn him for getting her so hot and
bothered. She spared a glance back toward him, just as he turned to face her.
And he winked. Because he knew.
just turned her on even more.
About SCARLETT COLE
Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her
debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in
romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors
On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015.
Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and
working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer,
and expensive shoes.
travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and
Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and
likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.
Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, and published by St. Martin’s Press.
to hear from you on twitter @itsscarlettcole
With “The Darkest Link” the 4th book of Scarlett Coles is thrown into the “Second Circle Tattoos” series.
And with Reid finally getting his story it feels like the series has come to a full circle (pun intended)
We have been waiting (or at least I did) for Reid’s story for what feels a really long time and it feels deserved.
feel the story around Second circle has developed a lot from a solid
romance into something more. With a little suspense added, some bad guys
and the usual set of not so likeable parents.
we meet all the couples from the previous books again as secondary
characters it is really Lia that steels the show with her style alone.
She is described so vividly that the reader cannot help but see her come
alive during reading.
think from all the female characters described in this series, she is
the one that will remain in the readers mind when thinking of this
am kind of sad to think this book will bring the conclusion to the
series but on the other hand I am satisfied with the circle …