Review: The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Monday, August 17, 2015

Synopsis:
Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She's determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and--under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen--totally hot. He's happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she's started to put down roots in Miami, she'll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.
My Review:

I read this book when I was feeling particularly low. I read the synopsis and it seemed like the perfect book for me to read in the moment- and it was. It was exactly what I needed.

People who have scars could do one of two things with them. Cover them up or embrace them. Some scars have reminders that we would like to be erased from our minds. Since that is unlikely to happen- the next best thing is to cover them with something beautiful. To make the painful reminder more bearable. This is the story of someone who wanted to cover them. She wanted to cover them and move on with her life. She didn't want to be afraid to be around people or to be touched by someone. She wanted to move on and be happy again and I understood her. I've chosen to just let my scars be, I don't know if I will cover them one day but I absolutely loved Harper's story.

She was such a strong heroine. She overcame everything that was thrown at her and with time and a lot of work- she became stronger for it. She found new friends who became a wonderful support system and an amazing tattoo artist who then became not only her boyfriend- but someone who she trusted like a best friend and went to when she needed comfort. I loved Trent & Harper's story.

I loved getting to see Harper slowly open up about her scars, her reasoning for her tattoo and the past that haunts her. I love how she slowly broke out of her she'll. she laughed more often and she became more used to being touched and hugged by those who were around her. It was just a truly beautiful, touching story.

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