Donna Reads: The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos #2)

heartThe Blurb: All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.

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.

I struggled through the first book in the series, but I liked Drea and Brody (the best friends in the first book) enough to want to see how their story would play out. I flew through this one and couldn’t put it down. I really, really, really liked Brody. He was a hero who was real and memorable (not like Trent in book #1). And the cover? While hot, the guy does not look like Brody. Brody had blond hair and only his right arm was tattooed. He added one to the right bicep late in the story. Drea’s character was okay, but she did a lot of very stupid (and dangerous) things. I do think Brody was too good for her. There also wasn’t a lot of mystery to this one for me. I figured who the abducted woman was by 60% of the way through. Parts of this book were far-fetched and silly. Brody jokingly called Drea ‘Velma’ a couple of times – a Scoobie Doo reference. That wasn’t so far off of the mark. Some of her actions were that ridiculous.

What bothered me the most about this one was the needless grammatical errors and timeline mistakes. Did anyone proofread this book? I’d have given it an excellent rating if someone had. Characters would start talking, and it wasn’t obvious who was speaking. I had to re-read passages several times sometimes when I guessed wrong and it made no sense. The missing woman is referred to as ‘L.A.’ and then is suddenly called ‘Lynn Alexander’ with no explanation. Then several pages later someone calls to tell them her name is ‘Lynn Alexander’ and to say she works for him, as if he was revealing the name for the very first time. There were also things left hanging at the end. The missing woman’s boss was on a plane on his way, it’s hinted at that he can’t be trusted, but he never shows up. Instead of shooting Drea, one of the bad guys lets her go at the last minute and says it was because he had a daughter born on the same date as her. Let me guess. He’s going to turn out to be her long-lost, missing father. (Facepalm).

Image and blurb from Goodreads

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