Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: Tattered Love ( Needle's Kiss #1 ) by Lola Stark

Tattered Love by Lola Stark

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?




OMG! Epic grovel scene.

Tattered Love started off with an insta-lust scenario. This used to be a pet peeve of mine and I'd DNF several books because of this, but I learned to endure it over time so that I can get to the good stuff. I also wished to point out that the first chapter came off as too much info dumping on the side characters.

We have a heroine, Scarlett, owner of Needle Kiss tattoo parlor. When Trip's brother, Mace showed up at her shop, she was instantly attracted and wanted to have a one night stand with him. But things didn't went according to her plan, as Mace seemed to be wanting more than a casual fling. Scarlett had never meant this to turn out into a relationship. Yeah, she kept saying that, but who can resist Mace.

I was happy to find a guy who didn't think the sun shined outta his ass, wasn't cheating, an asshole or a weird freak who walked around in my underwear and heels.

Mace was this hot and virile hunk of a man that came back from the military to reunite with his family. He had the perfect alpha boyfriend persona, except for the fact that he was hiding some secret past. There was a hint of mystery and suspense behind his past and the reappearance of his psychotic ex-girlfriend. He was harboring too much guilt and his past caused him to feel unworthy of Scarlett. However, those were not really dealt with in detail and mostly just appear to create some mayhem and drama to keep me invested in the story. 

For a 180 pages book, there were lots of sex cramped in here. They both going at it like rabbits, everywhere. But I never felt there were too much. Every scene was sizzling with so much heat. Mace was a total horn dog and he just couldn't get enough of his girl.

"I'm gonna take you right here on this table, Scar."

"Gonna fuck you hard over the hood of that car, babe."

We were also introduced to Mace's brother, Trip and Scarlett's bff, Teeny. These two had been dealing their own crazy problem and dropped a huge bomb towards the end, which will be dealt with in the next book, Conflicted Love. Initially I don't really like Teeny, but after she sprouted some really good advice to Scarlet, she kinda grow on me.

"Scar, inside right now is a sexy-as-hell guy, who's so into you, it's kinda scary. He's a decent guy from what I can see, and you are standing in your own way. Are you going to throw that chance away because you're a little scared?"

I thought the highlight of the book was the epic grovelling towards the end by Mace. He gave us one of the most memorable grovel scene along with Aidan Fitzgerald and Drew Evans that left me feeling all squishy and shit.

If you are looking for a convoluted plot, this is not the book. But if you are looking for one hot and heavy short read with a minor suspense plot that kept you hook with two amazingly passionate characters, this is the one.

This was our tattered love.

Rating 4/5