Title: Tattooed Hearts
Series: Martha's Way, #3
Author: Mika Jolie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Publication Date: June 26, 2015
Being someone’s first love is unforgettable. Being their last is immeasurable.
Claire Peters should be on top of the world. She owns the radio waves and has a budding movie career. But her heart longs to be rooted. Ten years ago, she fled Martha's Vineyard to pursue her dream and to make something of herself. But there’s still a void. After a decade of running, she returns to the island hoping to find her happiness with the man she’s loved all her life.
When a tragic event shatters Dr. Forrest Desvareaux’ well-balanced world, the Vineyard’s hometown good guy discovers everything in his life is based on lies. Angry and betrayed, he turns to Claire - the one woman who has indelibly marked him.
Is it possible to run back to the person who broke you? Forever linked, Forrest and Claire are an unending continuum. But she’s a wildflower and Forrest’s roots run deep on the Vineyard. Can they accept home is not a place but a feeling?
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 10/10
I've always loved second chance romances. While I read Need You Now, I knew Forrest and Claire had a story to tell, that there was a history between them, and I couldn't wait to hear it. As I'd thought, Claire had regrets and she needed to rectify that. Over the course of the story, she not only grew and learned to accept her mistakes, but she learned to forgive herself. She also realized that chasing one dream doesn't have to mean giving up another.
What I hadn't expected was that Forrest would surprise me. One of my favorite archetypes is what I like to call the alpha in beta clothing. Forrest is, at the surface, a little geeky and a lot intellectual. Sure, he's also sexy in a way he clearly doesn't fathom, but the true nature of what makes him a fabulous lead is that he's a damn hot alpha under that façade. He's never needed to be the strong man - he had a wonderful father and plenty of friends to play the part of the macho guy. But when his mettle is tested after tragedy, he steps up to the plate and we see the alpha lurking inside him.
As always, the setting is lush, the language poetic. I've grown to expect that from Mika, and she does not disappoint. If you loved the first two books in this series, you will be thrilled with this latest. If you haven't read them, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend this series. This is Mika's best work to date, and I'm looking forward to more from her in the future.
Twenty-seven year old, African-American, Minka Greene has to endure watching her twin sister marry the man she loves. Her weight is up, and her confidence is down. Not exactly the ideal time to meet the real man of her dreams.
The Scale opens in Martha’s Vineyard with Minka attending Keely and Blake’s engagement party at Martha’s Way, the beautiful inn owned and operated by the tall, blond, tattooed man with the piercing blue eyes. It just so happens Jason Montgomery is also Blake’s childhood friend and the best man. Dealing with a whirl of emotions, Minka faints in Jason’s arms.
When she wakes up naked in Jason’s bed after a night of passion, the Vineyard confirmed bachelor struggling with his own demons and the woman filled with self-doubt and pining for another man are joined in an experience that will change their lives.
Elementary school teacher Liliana Serrano has never been one to let others determine her future. Whether it’s her pack of three overly protective brothers or her Puerto-Rican, American heritage, she stands on her own. Which is exactly how she entered her arrangement with Adam Aquilani. The hot formula one driver is aloof, detached and not interested in relationship. After a cheating fiancé, no strings attached sex was just what she needed.
Except one year later, they’re still hooking up and things aren’t so clear cut anymore. Especially when a surprise pregnancy enters the picture.
Adam is determined to marry Lily and raise their child as a family. But Lily refuses to settle for anything less than love.
As the two go on a journey of discovering, secrets are revealed, testing the strength of their connection.
Can they learn not to give the past the power to define their future?
Need You Now is book two of the Martha’s Way Series.
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Books by Mika Jolie
Martha’s Way Series
The Scale – Book One
Need You Now – Book Two
Tattooed Hearts – Book Three