The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #3
Also in this series: The Strongest Steel, The Fractured Heart, The Darkest Link
Published by Swerve, St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Can a love built on secrets survive?
Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.
But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.
Pixie is just 22 years old and works at Second Circle tattoos. She was just sixteen when Trent and Cujo, the owners of Second Circle, found her in the doorway and helped her clean up her life. She had been a drug addict for two years and they helped her get clean and then gave her a job managing the studio. She’s been clean for 6 years and is proud of the progress she’s made in her life. She had a pretty horrific life from the age of 13-16 but she’s on the right path now and is looking forward to starting her own business eventually.
Dred Zander is a heavy metal rock star who works with Trent on a tattoo TV show. Because of this Dred is around a lot and from the first minute he saw Pixie, Dred was hooked. He keeps asking her out but she keeps turning him down. When she finally says yes one date isn’t enough for either of them and they get closer and closer. Unfortunately, Pixie’s past doesn’t want to stay in the past. When the step-father who made her life hell resurfaces all of Pixie’s secrets come out and they may be too much for Dred to handle.
Such a good book but very emotional! I have to admit that parts of this book were very hard for me to read. Pixie’s past was horrifying and I felt for the young teen she had been. Dred’s life had been shit as well with a junkie mother and then living in a boy’s home. (Of course that’s where he’d met the other guys in his band so that was a plus.) Reading about Dred’s childhood wasn’t much better than Pixie’s but definitely still heart-wrenching.
Dred had some serious crap to deal with in his life – especially when he found out about a baby he knew nothing of and then of course dealing with the mother who was a piece of work. Of course the baby, Petal, stole the show whenever she was on page. Dred and his band were wonderful with her and I loved seeing them all rally around her and take such wonderful care of her.
Because of his past Dred made some asshole decisions when it came to Pixie and of course regretted it. I was happy that he finally pulled his head out and figured out how wrong he was which of course gave us our HEA. This was probably my favorite book so far as I just loved Dred and Pixie together.
This series just keeps getting better as the books go on. If you haven’t started this one yet I suggest you do. Not light, easy reads but most definitely satisfying.
Rating: 4 out of 5