Title: The Fractured Heart
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense, Adult, Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: Jan 5th 2016
Goodreads Rating: 3.92
My Rating: 3/5
“ARC given for an honest review”
Tattoo artist Brody “Cujo” Matthews knows how to keep things simple. In life and in love. Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn’t want, he’s intent on staying clear of complicated women. The only things complicated in Cujo’s life are the killer tattoos he designs and inks. That all changes when he’s asked to help organize his best friend Trent’s engagement party, which means working with Trent’s fiancée’s best friend, Drea, the definition of high maintenance and sizzling curves. And the one woman he doesn’t want to walk away from.
Andrea “Drea” Caron is broke and tired. After years of caring for her ailing mom, she’s at the end of her rope trying to manage the piling medical bills, two jobs, and a life placed on hold. She certainly doesn’t need the added frustration of a sexy playboy tattoo artist messing up her best friend’s engagement party or her carefully balanced life. But when Drea witnesses the abduction of a woman from the café she works at, she can’t help but turn to Cujo who’s determined to prove to Drea that he’s someone she can count on forever…but as they attempt to bring the truth to light, someone is working to bring that forever to a sudden, deadly halt.
What the hell was that noise? It sounded like the porch planter tumbling down the steps.
This is the story of Brody and Drea. They are forced to plan their best friends engagement party together. Both of them have prejudices to conquer. As the story moves on we see clearly that they both feel something for each other. The entire book was just full of drama. There wasn’t one time that there wasn’t some sort of drama. For me it did get a little tedious to read so I did have to put it down for a little while before starting again.
I haven’t read the first book but there were mentions of the pervious book characters. But I didn’t feel that I needed to have read the first book to enjoy this one. There was a secondary story developing between Trent and Harper but it didn’t out weigh the main characters. I enjoyed reading it but I felt that there was way too much angst and drama that there wasn’t any time for rest.