Series: Second Circle Tattoos #4
on August 30, 2016
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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 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 betray and lies that threatens to pull them under, and the last link to his former life, may be the darkest of them all.
The Darkest Link is the final book in the Second Circle Tattoos series. Although this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend at least reading the first book, The Strongest Steel. This series has been full of drama, mystery, suspense, and sweet romance, and ends on a high note. This was an enjoyable read, with two likable characters you couldn’t help but root for.
“She was too much…everything. Too bold. Too smart. Too colorful. She was a rainbow in a sea of beige.”
Julianna Carlisle, or Lia, is an independent and feisty heroine. She has set out to forge her own path outside of her father’s influence. Working as a tattoo artist at Second Circle, isn’t exactly on the approved careers list for the daughter of a successful attorney trying to run for office. Lia is creative and loving, and is in love with love. She sees what her friends have, and wants that for herself.
Reid Kennedy is paying penance. He’s distanced himself from his former life, and his family, trying desperately to be a better man. Owning his own garage and volunteering in the community, aren’t enough for him to finally put the past behind him. The guilt he feels over what happened with his sister, and the part he played, weighs him down.
“She could call it whatever she wanted, but he needed desperately to explore what they could be together, because his gut was telling him that it would be special.”
From the moment these two meet, sparks fly. The attraction between them begs to be explored. Their relationship quickly develops, and both are left reeling from their emotions. Reid is finally letting himself think of a brighter future. Lia is afraid to jump in head first like she usually does; trying to maintain some distance, however, proves difficult.
While Reid and Lia deal with their burgeoning romance, Reid must confront his past head on. Several events leave the two of them rushing to figure out what is going on before its too late. The mystery and suspense was an intriguing backdrop to the overall story. I was definitely anxious to see how everything would play out.
I loved the continuing glimpses we got into the other character’s lives from previous books. Overall, this was a satisfying conclusion to the series; a sweet romance, with a bit of mystery thrown in, that will leave you entertained.