Genre: Adult Romance
Series: Needle's Kiss #1
Published: September 9, 2013; 180 pages
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When ex-Special Ops bad-ass Mace walks into Needle's Kiss tattoo parlour, he never expected to find the girl who would turn his life upside down.
Hard as nails Scarlett has been unlucky in love: she’s been burnt, chewed up and spat out. Reluctant to have another relationship, can she keep her wits about her when hot-as-sin Mace walks into her tattoo parlor? Or will he break her down and leave his mark within her ink?
What starts out as a little fun, turns into something so much more.
Can Scarlett look beyond Mace's devastating past or will his demons come back to haunt them both?
Content warning: contains steamy, anywhere-goes sex, an alcohol induced embarrassing night out and two headstrong lovers taken on a whirlwind of crazy.
Scarlett is a tattoo artist with her own shop and her own ink. She is an independent woman, and she has a lot going for herself. Mace is fresh out of the military, the supremely sexy brother to one of her artists at the shop. He also has no problem taking the weight of the world onto his shoulder's.
I liked Scarlett, she was feisty and not shy at all. She knew what she wanted, which was Mace, and went for it. She wasn't looking to make him her boyfriend, she was really only looking for a one night stand. A “hurrah, that was fun and all, but see you around,” type of thing. I liked Mace too, for the most part, he was definitely an Alpha, but he played it in a way that I enjoyed it. These two had instant chemistry. After Mace found his courage and got over the shock of seeing such a beautiful woman after 2 years of celibacy, he instantly turned on the sexy. Bold, and sweet, but not too sweet. There was a lot of “sexy time” in this book. These two fell in bed together almost instantly. I liked that the author kept it what it was supposed to be at the time, and then built a relationship between the character's.
But, as you well know, all good things must break. Personally, this is where the story let me down a bit. I felt the reasoning for said break was just silly. Mace had problems, I get it, but I kind of felt like he was over thinking things. His reasoning didn't make any sense to me. Throw crazy, psychotic ex in the mix and things start to get unbelievable. I guess things like this could happen, anything is possible, but I just couldn't bite.
For the most part, I enjoyed Tattered Love. Hot guy, large and tattooed. What's not to enjoy? I just got shaky for me for a bit. But, if you like a little unbelievable crazy with your hot guy, and hotter sex, this just might be the story for you.