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The Strongest Steel

Book 1, Second Circle Tattoos - A Second Circle Tattoos Novel

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In Scarlett Cole's The Strongest Steel, Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning. The scars that decorate her back are just one more reminder of things she'd rather forget, the past she wants to leave far behind her, but before she can move on, she needs him.

Tattoo artist Trent Andrews has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And there's no way in hell he's going to turn Harper away. Not when a swirling mix of tenderness and desire slams into him every time he sees her. She stirs feelings in him he thought were long gone... if he can only get past her carefully constructed defenses.

As each session at Second Circle Tattoos gives Harper new ink to cover up old demons, it brings her closer and closer to Trent. His lingering touches seduce her, making her believe in a life without fear, where she can be happy, whole, in love. But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. She ran from her past once before; this time will she have the strength to fight back?

"This book gave me so many feels! Angst, passion, and love all set in Miami, my favorite city. I can't wait for more from this author and I can't recommend this book enough." - Sidney Halston, USA Today bestselling author of Against the Cage

"An incredible story about healing, pain, and don't want to miss this one!" --New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

Customer Reviews

Everyone needs a Trent in their life!

Hooked from the beginning. Someone like Harper, who has so much potential can make such a great story when she has the right motives and support. Trent is that perfect duo. Such a an awesome love story!

The Strongest Debut of 2015!

** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Brightened B&W photo gives it a washed out, faded appearance, allowing the blue font to be more prominent and eye-catching. Subtle, yet appealing. The synopsis hints at a pair of people with scarred pasts, hope for a new life, and the dangers of the past coming back to bite them. I'm excited to sink into this one.
Looking Deeper:
Wow, are you flippin' kidding me right now?!? THIS is a DEBUT novel / author?!?
From the first page, I was sucked in. Harper's blend of timidity and bravery is fantastic. Trent has an amazing protective patience that is incredibly attractive. Their chemistry and compatibility builds at a natural pace, lending to the believability of the story. The secondary characters add just enough support and layers to create a richer fuller plot, but do not overpower the lead characters. The reader is given Harper's back story in parts and pieces, allowing you to feel what Trent feels. With the littlest incidences, we were left on the edge of our seats, wondering... waiting... he's bound to make a move soon... right? Page-turning excitement, laughs, heartache... this story had it all covered. There are numerous conflicts that are resolved in very real, raw ways - not always right or mature, but believably human mannerisms and reactions are allowed to play out. Predictability played only a minor role towards the end and there were little surprises / twists throughout. The conclusion is wrapped up tight in a perfect epilogue. The only thing that could have made it better would've been to shed some light on Reid's disappearance (I have my suspicions: guilt-ridden), but other than that, this was a freakin' fantastic debut novel and I truly and wholeheartedly look forward to reading book 2 in the series!
Heat Level: 3 [PG-13 / R] ~ sexual content, 4.25 ~ Score: 4.7 ~ Stars: 5
physical, graphic violent event from the past but described in detail and relived throughout the story

Great Debut Novel!

This was a fantastic debut book by Scarlett Cole! I couldn't have guessed that I would like it as much as I did! It had wonderful characters, a very engaging storyline, and an appealing setting. It was a wonderful start to the series, and I am highly anticipating the next book!

Harper Connelly went through a horrific experience and has decided to try to take part of her life back by covering her scars with a tattoo. Trent Andews, a respected tattoo artist, is immediately drawn to this damaged girl and is determined to help her however he can. Harper, who hasn't trusted anyone since the incident that changed her life, finds Trent's protective understanding and patience just what she needs. The two quickly become very close, developing a strong relationship, but as Harper's attacker is released from prison and appears to be after her again, they have to not only deal with keeping her safe, but also with the secrets they have been keeping from one another.

I really felt for Harper, with all she went through in the past. She was such a loving, sweet person, and I was so glad when she found Trent. Trent was strong, protective, and very appealing. The two of them were wonderful together, and I thought their romance was incredibly sweet and touching. I liked the storyline and thought it had a nice balance of suspense with the romance. Miami and the Second Circle Tattoo Shop provided a great background for the story. This book was such a wonderful surprise for a debut novel! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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The Strongest Steel
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jul 07, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Second Circle Tattoos
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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