Donna Reads: The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos #3)

hookThe Blurb: 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.

I think I’ll put Scarlett Cole and her books aside for a while. I really didn’t care for this one. After the teasers about Dred in the first two books, I wanted something different for his story. Pixie I didn’t really care one way or another about. After reading this book, I think her character deserved better, too.

I don’t think it’s possible for Ms. Cole to write a book without adding a lot of unnecessary drama to the story. In this one we had child abuse, drug addiction and overdose deaths, drug addicted babies born out of wedlock, stalking, blackmail, physical abuse, and a whole bunch of messed up characters walking around pretending to be normal people. Seriously? It isn’t possible or even remotely realistic that people would be this messed up. Not all of them. All the main characters in her books have issues galore. Reading her books just makes me angry. I skim and can’t wait to get past the nonsense parts of the plot. There are glimmers of good sprinkled here and there, but they are too few and far between.

I know I’m in the minority – lots of people love her books. I think I’ll skip the fourth and final book in the series. I just don’t care enough to bother. Ms. Cole’s next planned series of books will be about Dred’s band and his bandmates. The way I feel after finishing this one, I think I’ll skip those, too. It’s time for me to read something by a different author that doesn’t annoy me this much.

Image and blurb from Goodreads

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