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The Purest Hook

(Second Circle Tattoos #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,819 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with
Published May 3rd 2016
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This is the first time I've read anything from this author and I have to say I'm not disappointed. When I first read the blurb I thought why not give it a try. I love books about rock stars but who doesn't, right? So, if nothing else, that definitely sold me to read the story. Since this is a series and I (shame on me) didn't read the first two books, I still didn't have any problems understanding the plot and characters. I love all of them, they seem like a fun bunch to h
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4 'Play with me' Stars

I pretty much fell in love with this series from the very first chapter of the first book. Since then I have no shame in saying that I've been stalking the shit out of the author waiting for the next release. When I got this book I jumped on my Kindle and ignored the world for a few hours while I immersed myself into Pix and Dred's life. And I loved it!

This book follows Pix, the receptionist at Second Circle Tattoo's, as s
I m a sucker for a rockstar

I was dying to read this book when I knew it was goin to be Pixie and Dred's story. There was so much I wanted to know about them both but I just knew that what Pixie went through was good. Both characters had dealt with some really horrible stuff at a young age. They had to deal with the families being torn apart. They never thought they would have a family again. But once Pixie meet Trent and Cujo she knew they were goin to be her new family the guys meant so much
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance
3 "Hooked" Stars

The Purest Hook is a standalone novel in the Second Circle Tattoos series. This addition follows Pixie, the receptionist at Second Circle, and Dred, the rock star, reality show star friend of Pixie's bosses Trent and Cujo. Dred and Pixie both have secrets and as they learn more about each other, they have to decided if they ever truly open up before things get too far.

For years Pixie has been living a quiet life after Trent and Cujo took her under their wing and saved her. Dred i
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Oh yas. This book.

I have been a fan of this series ever since I discovered the first book through the wonders of Netgalley. Sure, the second book fell a little short for me, because drama-llama and all that, but I've always been a fan of pretty much everything about this series.

Full disclosure: I am currently binge watching Ink Master and am incredibly in love with Dave Navarro and his beautiful face. And the entire time I read this book, I pictured Dred as Dave Navarro. I don't even care that
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scarlett Cole Fans, Tattoos, Romance
4 Can We Play Stars
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There is nothing better than when a series you felt had that extra something to it... proves once again... it is back on track. Scarlett Cole's third entry of the Second Circle Tattoos Series was a winner for me. It felt closer in style and content to the first entry...and for me, that made The Purest Hook thoroughly enjoyable.

This story took secondary characters we met from the first book and let them have center stage. Both Dred, the Heavy Metal Rock Star and Pixie, m
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
I am pretty sure Scarlett Cole is incapable of writing a book I don't love. Dred and Pixie are amazing and wonderful! Full review on The Book Disciple
Kate's Corner
Nov 10, 2015 marked it as 09-nuff-said
Update 26/08/2016.

I love this author I just don't like the plot of this book. Let's face it all the books we put on hold end up in the couldn't/didn't finish shelf. This is going to ny nuff said shelf.

My best advice for you?

Read it. Judge for yourself as I can't really give a full opinion.

Update 27/04/2016 - on hold I don't think I'm in the right mood at the moment. Besides Rockstar romances are ifffy & shoot me now.

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Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Dred and Pixie were so great together. He was patient and gentle where and when she needed and let her set the pace. Pixie has had a really bad upbringing. She suffered abuse and that has colored her adult interactions. Dred is a rock star with a level head. He knows what he wants and is willing to work for and wait when the time calls for either. He gets an unexpected curveball but he handles it perfectly. The plot is interesting though a little on the predictable side. The character ...more
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Cont. Romance
Series : - 3 in the series.
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4


I actually started reading this a few weeks ago but struggled t
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Title: The Purest Hook
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #3
Author: Scarlett Cole
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Cliffhanger: No
Writing Style: Third Person POV
HEA: (view spoiler)


I have a penchant for rock stars, so when I know this book is about a hot, bad boy rock star, I knew I had to read this!

Dred Zander is a famous, successful rock star. Or so, what people know. What they don't know is that he has a painful past. And so did the other members o
Ivy Deluca
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
[3.25 stars]
I liked it. The series hasn’t hit returned to the heights of my feelings for the first book, but I did enjoy Pixie and Dred’s romance more than the last one. Two damaged souls clinging to each other, a protective hero and a heroine with an evil stepdad, it has some fairy tale qualities to the romance that tripped my switch. What perhaps didn’t work as well was the pacing - it took a while for them to open up to each other and both were fixated on why they shouldn’t be together (also,
4.5 stars

I loved it!

Scarlett Cole made me an instant fan of this series with her amazing debut novel, The Strongest Steel. This is the third book in the series and she has me well and truly captivated now! Pixie and Dred’s story has been building since book 1, and I loved finally getting their story! I was immediately sucked in by their flirty banter, but this book was so much deeper than I was expecting. It’s a great story with a beautiful romance and lots of feels, and I absolutely loved it!

Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I have you and you have me.”

THE PUREST HOOK, the third fantastic installment in Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, electrified my heart!!!

I have loved every book in this tantalizing series, but Instant Daddy tales are my KRYPTONITE, and when said Daddy is a hot, broody rock star it catapults this tale to STAR-STUDDED status!!

Gah! Where to begin? For starters, I have been looking forward to Dred and Pixie's story since I saw sparks fly between them in The Fractured Heart and holy
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I haven't read the first two books in the Second Circle Tattoos series and that really wasn't a problem as The Purest Hook can be read as as a standalone. Unfortunately though, I, she who loves her angst, struggled with Dred and Pixie's story as Scarlett Cole went a little seriously overboard on the drama.


Both characters have led difficult lives up to the point where we meet them, but they each have a supportive network courtesy of their friends. I liked Dred, he has his demons, but a
Maegan Moores
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a HUGE fan of Scarlett's work and each time she has released a new book I thought to myself, "There's no way she can top this one because that was effin' brilliant." But boy was I wrong!

The Purest Hook completely wrecked me! In a fantastic way, of course. So many emotions flowed through me during each of my reading sessions. One minute I'd be laughing because of something ridiculous that Dred, Trent, or Cujo said. The next I would be crying because of something tragic that happened in the p
Siobhan Davis
I'll start by mentioning that I haven't read the first two books in this series, and it was a great read in its own right. It completely stands alone and it isn't essential to have read the other stories first because this author is fantastic at building each character's profile one step at a time. A lot of times, I find books of a similar nature are on the short side and have a tendency to rush characterization. Not this book. Not this author. Scarlett took her time presenting and molding her c ...more
4 stars

The Purest Hook was a heartwarming read, loved both Dred and Pixie.

The storyline was well written, and it held my interest from the first page until the last.
The characters were both likable, lovable and very relatable.
Loved their interactions, they were fun and sweet together and their chemistry was smoking!


I really connected with Pixie's character, she touched my heart with her story and I wanted nothing but the best for her. And Dred was the perfect man.
He was able to make Pixie fee
Bette Hansen
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Scarlett Cole has blown me away with her ability to masterfully craft a story that grips my heart and sticks with me long after the last page has been read. Her characters are real, raw, and flawed yet striving to make the best of what life has given them and the H/h of this story are no different.

Pixie literally owes her life to the guys at Second Circle. They found her when she was at her lowest and have been by her side every step of the way. Now she's living a quiet happy life and
Olga therebelreader
I had to force myself to finish this book. It was way too drawn out, and, quite frankly, boring. I skimmed most of it. I really wanted to love this book, the cover is great, the blurb is all spot on, but I just did not get it. I just have to say that the story lacked a lot. The dialogue was contrived, Dred was sexy and I liked him, but the story was too boring, there was no content. I found the whole thing quite slow and unrealistic to be honest.

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☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
4.5 "Rough beginnings to well deserved wonderful endings" Stars

This series is sooo awesome! Not the best I've read, but close. All have good plots, Suspense, Love, Humor, Hard times, and Erotic times too, Kickass Heroines and of course Sexy, Buff, Tattooed (women too) Badass Heroes! All the books have been great but this one, I thought, especially ROCKED, literally. Be aware though, that it does touch on some sensitive subject matter (they all do though really).

The band members are terrific and
**ARC kindly given in exchange for an honest review**

4.5 Snowflake stars..

I loved this book..the plot, the twists, the chemistry between the H and h was just perfect.

Pixie and dred's story was that of overcoming the past and present obstacles and finding love and happiness in each other. I loved that the author included previous book characters like Trent and Cujo, i loved how extremely over-protective they were of Pixie.

I don't want to say anything else apart from READ THIS BOOK.

Best of the
Dnf @ 39%
Just not feeling the connection or the characters.
Fabiola Chenet
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entre 3 et 4 étoiles. Un peu trop de pathos pour moi dans ce livre, l'auteur a frôlé le complètement glauque de très, très peu. Le héros aurait mérité d'avoir à ramper plus à un moment du livre.
Sinon le reste était pas mal et la lecture fluide et rapide.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blown away!! That’s how I felt reading this killer rock romance about a drop dead gorgeous guy who knew what to do with the women in his life. Well not at first maybe; but boy did he learn. Dred Zander was the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Preload who had met the rest of his bandmates/brothers in a group home when they were kids. With the guidance of a couple of caring people these guys became one of the top rock bands in the world. There was no looking back for these guys, only mo ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'"Hey Pixie" Then he winked at her. Not just any wink. No, that was his rock star wink. The one that caused panties to drop and heartbeats to race on a global scale.'

The Purest Hook is the third standalone in the Second Circle Tattoos series by Scarlett Cole and after staying up all night to complete it I think I can honestly say that it is my absolute favorite in the series. Full of action, deeply emotional situations and wickedly sexy talk I loved Dred and Pixie's story from the first page t
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Having read all books in the “Second Circle Tattoos” series by Scarlett Cole I think it is fair to say that so far each book was a little better than the previous one. Which makes “The Purest Hook” the best book so far.

I was intrigued from the beginning of that series what Pixies story would be and I guess other readers felt the same. I liked the story that the author came up with for Pixie as it suited her and Dred – wow – he was just THE guy for her.

If you would have asked me before, I would h
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Netgalley.....:)

Let me begin by saying that while I enjoyed the 3rd book in this series, I did not love it. I guess you could say I feel pretty "meh" about it......and trust me it guts me to say this, as I looooved book 1!!!!

This is Dred and Pixies book. Pixie works for Second Circle Tattoos and Dred is the lead singer of the metal band Preaload.

They both have heaps of baggage from awful childhoods that make them very weary of pursuing the chemistry they have be
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The Purest Hook is a rocker story with very tragic pasts. Both Pixie and Dred both have overcome very dark childhoods that could be triggers for some readers. The story is maturely written and despite all the dark tones in the story, Pixie and Dred are the light of the story. The way they take care of each other was beautiful to read. There were a few times Dred messed up but quickly realized his mistakes. The other band members come from the same background as Dred but you don't really learn th ...more
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Three-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time

Other books in the series

Second Circle Tattoos (4 books)
  • The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos, #1)
  • The Fractured Heart (Second Circle Tattoos, #2)
  • The Darkest Link (Second Circle Tattoos, #4)
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