ARC Review: The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole (Second Circle Tattoos #3)


The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos #3)
Author: Scarlett Cole
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Published By: St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 1466886692

WHR Synopsis

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.

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Let me count the ways in which I am IN LOVE with The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole! In no particular order either because there is no way I could choose what I love most. This book was absolutely riveting.

First, let’s start with the cover. The COVER! Have you really looked at it? I love the model, sure, but I think I love the pops of electric purple the most. It is eye-catching, and a fabulous color choice to draw the attention. If you take a chance and read The Purest Hook, you’ll understand why the purple jumps out.

Second, I love the title! Yes, it may seem like one of the most random ones out there, but it is again, one of the things that make sense when you read it. I actually had one of those AH HA moments when the title made sense to me.

Third, the characters! Oh my gosh. I didn’t think I would fall so hard and fast for a set of characters, but I did. Pixie and Dred both have amazing background stories. They aren’t just simple people doing the day to day, they have pasts that make you sit up and take notice. They have struggles, fears, complications, and all of that makes them real to a reader. I would try to gush about each one, but I literally cannot. These two have definitely won spots in my heart though and I won’t be forgetting them anytime soon.

Fourth, the plot. Oh, the plot! At first, it seems pretty straight forward. Boy meets girl, boy is enamored with girl, boy pesters girl to go out with him. It’s cute, it’s sweet, and because of the banter between the main characters, you are hooked. Then  you’re slowly drawn into the inner depths. Pixie has secrets, but so does Dred. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems on the surface. Their pasts have made them who they are, but they still have obstacles to overcome. Ones that keep cropping up in the middle of them from both sides.

It is definitely one of those plots that you want to fall into, that you flip pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next. All the while, you’ll be rooting for these characters.

Last but certainly not least, fifth, the co-characters. Scarlett Cole, why must you do this to me!? Not only am I in love with the Second Circle crew, but now also with the Preload guys! I just want to hug them!

Without fail, you get a cast of characters that just cling to you. They stay in your head for days, weeks, months. You love the main ones, and honestly, I love how the books are focused ON them, but you get so much of the co-characters in these too. You find out stories, backgrounds and you fall for the other characters you’re introduced to just as much as the main ones. Heck, you fall all over for the old ones again too! Scarlett is downright awesome at leading you into her next books and making you crave the stories of these co-characters.

I’m sure I could come up with more ways over this book. Some of the main things you may want to know. The Purest Hook can be read as a standalone, but you’ll get more enjoyment from it if you read the books as a series. There is an HEA, no cliffy, and it is written from a third person alternative POV.

If you get a chance to pick this one up, I can’t encourage you enough to do it. If you’re not hooked from the very first sentence, I would be amazed.


5 star

NetGalley ARC post

Curious about other books in the series?


I have reviews for both The Strongest Steel and The Fractured Heart on WHR! Check them out. 😀


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