The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole (A Second Circle Tattoos Novel)

30111779The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Expected publication: August 30, 2016, by Swerve

GoodReads Summary:
When her car breaks down on 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 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 betrayal and lies that threatens to pull them under, and the last link to his former life, may be the darkest of them all.

My Review:
When I first saw this book's cover, it sort of made me think of science textbooks. An anatomy book to be exact. I'm still not wholly taken with the cover, but it does catch your eye, and that's one of the cover's main functions. It's supposed to catch the buyer's eye, so it gets purchased! From a graphic design point of view, it does its job. It does not make me think of romance, however.

Reading this book was a totally different story if you'll pardon the pun. I had no hesitations about it at all. It pulled me right in from the moment Reid pulled his truck off to the side of the road to help Lia with her broken down car. The "formula" for romance has gotten rewritten lately with these contemporary romances. This one really stretched the formula, I think. I found some expected things and then there were the surprises. The author did some foreshadowing, but then she blindsided you with other things. It kept me reading right up until the HAE. I guess that means I'll have to get the other three in the series and read them sometime soon.

I received this eARC from Swerve and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley