Tattered Love by Lola Stark
My rating: 4.5 0f 5 stars
ARC Provided by author in return for an honest review.
Every once in a while a book comes along and surprises you by making you laugh, sad, scream, and have heartfelt feelings for the characters. Added bonus – lots and lots of sizzling hot sex. “Tattered Love” is that story.
Scarlett (Scar) is a tattoo artist with a bad girl persona. She is a no-nonsense, foul mouthed, tough kind of girl. Because she has been screwed over so many times in her life, Scar has erected walls around her heart. But beneath her rough and tough exterior lies a tender girl who just wants to be loved. Scar longs to find someone who will guard and be true to her heart.
Mace, Scar’s co-worker/good friend’s brother, comes back home from serving a tour of duty overseas in the Special Ops forces. Upon entering her tattoo shop, he is immediately drawn and attracted to Scar. It isn’t long after that these two get busy EVERYWHERE…the bed, the couch, the shower and my personal favorite – the hood of Scarlett’s ’67 Cobra GT500 –HAWT! Mace certainly knows how to force his way into a girl’s heart. Scar, he almost took your eye out with his giant schlong - hysterical. How can you not love a man who says, “You have a dirty mouth, need me to fill it again?” HA!
Mace and Scarlett had their fair share of heartache in the past…. so much sadness. Mace, you had me in tears over Belle and all the loses you suffered. Reading about his tragedies broke my heart. He carries such a heavy weight on his shoulders, so much guilt for events that were totally out of his control. The light in his world is Scar. She manages to lead him out of the darkness and helps release the burdens of his pain.
Being with Scar had healed me. She took what I was and made it better. What we had in this moment, it was more. This was my love, her love—torn, damaged, broken, ripped apart and put back together. This was our tattered love.
Their relationship becomes rocky with the appearance of Janelle, Mace’s ex. Janelle is a first class mega psycho bitch. The drama she causes Scar made me want to scream and wish for a slap down ass whooping. Mace’s protective instincts kick into high gear, sacrificing his own life to save Scarlett.
My only critique is that I felt the story could have been a bit longer; getting more involved in Scar’s past. I wanted to know what was written in the letters Scarlett received, what eventually happened to psycho bitch Janelle and learn more about Scar’s strained relationship with her mom.
Regardless, I enjoyed this quick read and following Mace and Scarlett’s passionate journey to their happily ever after. Mace was an extremely drool worthy romantic hero. (cheesy love letters…how sweet). Looking forward to the next installment of this series.