Review: The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Reviewed by Ericka

Harper Connelly had been in hiding for years from her ex that had physically abused her. She is living with horrific scars on her back as a constant reminder of what she had to endure while being with him.  Even though he is in prison, Harper is constantly being cautious about her surroundings, looking over her shoulder, and getting nervous anytime someone is near her. Her physical scars left her suffering mentally and from having any kind of normality. After finally getting tired of what her life has become, she goes to a tattoo shop call Second Circle owned my Trent Andrews. Trent is a tattoo artist that specializes in covering scars. He enjoys life and wants to live it to his fullest. When he meets Harper, he sees something in her that makes him want to risk everything to get close to her and help her rebuild her confidence.

Starting with the cons. This story was very addicting at the beginning and original in some parts. However it began to be predictable and that started to make the story dull after some point. Its about 500 or so pages, and it really did not need to be that long. It is told in third person so there was some unnecessary narration. The build up was more of a yo-yo effect for the climax because the plot twist kept coming up, but there was no action which made the story one-dimensional.

Now with the cons out of the way, the pros do outweigh them. Harper is a very much likable character. Every time she flinched or got nervous, it was justifiable given her situation. She did recognize that she needed to get better and to start living her life and not just existing. Tattooing over her scar was the first step. Then came Trent who has a mindset of living life to the fullest. He helps Harper gain her confidence back each day and encourages her to take back her life. Trent does have a tendency to doubt himself because of a previous relationship, but he remembers what he has and how fortunate he is and it overshadows any doubts in his mind.

Even the secondary characters are equally likable. They all work in the tattoo shop and even though they are not blood related they are still family to each other.

With the exception of the story being one-dimensional the writing style was good. The chapters are short and this could easily be read within two sittings. This is the first book in the Second Circle Tattoos series.

Rating B-

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The Strongest Steel
by Scarlett Cole
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks

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