ARC Review – The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos #2) by Scarlett Cole

Release day 5th Jan 16


The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos, #2)The Fractured Heart by Scarlett Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

★Book Basics★

Genre: – Cont. Romance
Series: – 2nd in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 3 stars


Having read the first book in the series, which I really enjoyed, it was a true emotional journey and despite me having some issues with regards to the writing, my REVIEW for book one here, I was really looking forward to this book.

And while I did enjoy it, I did not love it and had some major issues.

It felt like there was A LOT going on in this book, that actually detracted from the relationship and the emotion. I feel like the book suffered as it had too much packed in. The drama with her mother, his mother, them not liking each other to start, his issues and history, her issues and history etc, then the whole suspense aspect with the fracking drama. In all honesty, I lost track of the whole suspense part, the fracking business, and just who was meant to be who etc. For me, that entire business could have been left out. The author, as she has proved with book 1 can write a truly emotional story, but for some reason in this book felt like she had to add in extra drama to keep readers interested, when it did the opposite. It would have reached another lvl for me, IF she had left out all the extra suspense part, that was superfluous for me, and wrote a story about two people with fears and issues, and getting together despite their lives being in turmoil. I just feel like the author should have had confidence in her ability to write a really good story, without unnecessary drama. As she can write a good story.

Instead the extra drama just served to make Drea seem a bit daft at times, and had me shouting at my kindle so many times “JUST CALL THE BLOODY POLICE WOMAN”.

She was getting very close to TSTL territory. And the suspense part of the story relied on some pretty big random coincidences to move it along. Drea just “happening” to be in the right place at the right time.

Also, I am not a huge fan (and this is just a personal preference) of oh so vague and mysterious references to something terrible having happened in the past that makes them feel unworthy of love. This is dual POV and we were in Cujo’s head, yet we get vague references to “something” that happened, or his “scar”, or how he does not want children, until he actually tells Drea what is going on. But a lot of authors do that. I just do not like it.

However, all in, it is a solid 3 stars, maybe a 3.5, as I enjoyed it, liked how the relationship built and liked the emotional side of it, I just feel like that part that I truly enjoyed was lessened for the sake of a drama that was unnecessary.

But I am looking forward to the next book and will be reading it.

Pre Order Links:
Amazon UK – The Fractured Heart: A Second Circle Tattoos Novel
Amazon US Link –


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