Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning. The scars that decorate her back are just one more reminder of things she'd rather forget, the past she wants to leave far behind her, but before she can move on, she needs him.
Trent Andrews has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And there's no way in hell he's going to turn Harper away. Not when a swirling mix of tenderness and desire slams into him every time her sees her. Being with Harper is like going ten rounds in the ring—exhilarating, powerful, and dangerous. She stirs feelings in him he thought were long gone... if he can only get past her carefully constructed defenses.
Running was the only thing that saved Harper last time, but each session at Second Circle Tattoos brings her closer and closer to Trent. His lingering touches seduce her, making her believe in a life without fear, where she can be happy, whole, in love. 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. She ran from her past once before; this time will she have the strength to fight back.
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This is such a story of rebirth for Harper. I had never thought about how a tattoo would be able to assist with that but it all makes sense. Wearing your tormentor's marks would stop a healing process in its tracks. Having someway to turn those marks into her own helps Harper regain her self confidence and herself.
I really enjoyed THE STRONGEST STEEL. All of the characters are extremely well down and they all grown and change throughout the story. Harper regains her strength and her trust in her own choices. Trent learns that not all women are the same. Even Cujo learns empathy as he accepts Harper like a little sister,.
The villain wasn't quite as tough as he needed to be but that is because he was still picturing Harper as broken which wasn't the case. The way that he stalks her is rather eerie and all those anagrams will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
I do recommend THE STRONGEST STEEL to any of my readers who enjoy a well written romantic suspense. It has danger, growth, passion, love and friendship. I can't wait to read the next book in the series which will feature Cujo.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.