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?
Content warning: contains steamy, anywhere-goes sex, an alcohol induced embarrassing night out and two headstrong lovers taken on a whirlwind of crazy.
Tattered Love tells the story of Scarlett, a young woman who has succumbed to the notion that love has no place in her life, after experiencing too much heartbreak. She has shut herself off from true feelings in an effort to keep her already battered heart from further pain. Running her own successful Tattoo parlour Needle’s Kiss, Scarlett is a self sufficient young woman who has achieved great success and is content…Or so she tells herself. When the sexy, tattooed Mace walks through the doors of Needles Kiss, the instantaneous connection that sparks between the two is electric. But the more time Scarlett and Mace spend with one another, the further they begin to fall. What starts out as a passionate effort to quench their thirst and attraction for each other, turns out to be so much more. But will they be able to finally allow themselves a chance at happiness? Or are the tumultuous pasts they both harbour enough to tear them apart, before they can even begin?
The conflict these characters face with their own inner turmoil and feelings of self worth was a strong factor within this story. It breaks your heart once the journey they went through alone is explored, as well as the tumultuous one they are taken on together.
I adored Scarlett’s character. She is a refreshing heroine – a heroine who acknowledges the impact that Mace and his constant and relentless love and affection have on her. The moments where she mocks herself about the changes his presence in her life created, made her all the more realistic and endearing as well. She is not a whiny young woman who ever over exaggerated the hardships she faced in life, but a very strong, yet broken young woman. One that is burned by past lovers and one who is not as trusting as she once was. It is the raw chemistry and undeniable attraction that ties her to Mace and her honesty in expressing it, that made me truly adore her character.
Moving on to Mace – who is just simply amazing. He is a gorgeous, strong and intensely passionate man. He’s also a very headstrong, dominating and over confident guy who knows exactly what he wants and will stop at nothing until the attains it. His relentless pursuit of Scarlett was endearing, and incredibly sexy. Stopping at nothing until the realisation of him needing her was apparent enough to break down her walls of apprehension. And he did so which such raw sexual appeal. His dominating tendencies and the compassion he exudes in the most subtle of ways, makes him every bit the suave and seductive male you think he will be. But behind the strong, downright sexy exterior Lola Stark has created, lies a man who carries the burden of tormenting guilt from his past. A guilt and lament that has haunted Mace and one he continually struggles to make peace with.
These characters were well written and explored in depth. The Author has created a fierce, independent and self sufficient young woman, with a hilariously filthy mouth and paired her with the pure sexual male, Mace and his heart of gold. The two protagonists complement each other so well.
The Dual alternating POV between Scarlett and Mace also worked perfectly and created a kinetic pace within the story, which made it flow nicely.
I love that these characters evoked such strong reactions within one another and that their connection was spectacularly depicted through the vivid descriptions the author provides. This book encapsulates what I love about reading, and how powerful the written word can be in conjuring up raw emotion, and passion.
The secondary characters were fantastic also, and the growing and very enigmatic chemistry between Trip and Teeny created an incredible build up to the next instalment in the series -Conflicted Love – which I am impatiently shaking in my boots for!
Lola Stark has written a stunning book and it is incredible that this is a debut novel. Tattered Love is a brilliantly constructed story about the portrayal of love, loss and in many ways, the forgiveness of one’s self. This book transported me for the duration and took me on a sweet and infectious journey inside the mind of these incredibly sweet, feisty and driven characters. This is the type of book you want to savour and read slowly, then once you have reached the final page, you feel the instantaneous need to go right back to the beginning and read it all over again.
In all honesty, this is a book that imbues the qualities of perfection. Humour, flamboyant and seductive writing, heartfelt emotion, scorching love scenes and strong, passionate and independent characters that you cannot help but fall in love with. Most importantly this book has a consuming and well constructed storyline that will enthral you from the beginning until the very end. I loved every single element of this highly infectious book. It is one I will be adding to my ‘favourites’, and one I will definitely be reading again.
A highly recommended read.
5 Spectacularly beautiful Stars.
About Author Lola Stark
Lola Stark lives in Australia, Is an at home mummy with no filter raising a hoard of minions and a husband who sometimes appears not to have grown up. Lola has loved to read for as long as she can remember. When not wrangling the family she can be found sitting at her computer , writing, facebooking or just generally messing around.
Upcoming Author of ‘Needles Kiss’ series. A sexy contemporary romance/erotica series. Stay tuned for updates on Book one ‘Tattered Love’s Scarlett and Mace’s story.
Here’s to tatted up ladies and hard as nails men !
With all things going as planned there will be 4 books to this first series with the possibility of another spin off series to follow
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4 x Swag packs includes signed bookmark, card, magnet and sticker plus Mace’s Girl dog tag and one of each scar’s butterfly tattoo and Mace’s scorpion tattoo (temporary)
2 x Tattered Love key rings
2 x Tattered Love pens
1 x Tattered Love notebook
6 x e-copies of Tattered Love (All international)