Friday, September 13, 2013

Tour Stop: TATTERED LOVE by Lola Stark ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Tattered Love
Author: Lola Stark
Hosted by: SMR Promotions

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.


I stepped out of the shower and reached for the lone towel I kept in the rarely used bathroom. Wrapping it around myself, I realized I didn’t have any clothes down here. That meant I’d have to make a run for it.

Knowing my luck, I’d fall face first on the stairs.

Opening the bathroom door, I didn’t bother to look around; I just made a mad dash for the stairs. Halfway up, I heard a laughing Mace yell, “I’ve seen it before, baby. I’ve licked and tasted every inch of your perfect ass. Run all you like, I’ll catch you again.”

I had no doubt he’d try his damndest to do just that too. .

Stomping my way back down stairs after I dressed in my ugliest pajamas, hopefully turning Mace off, I heard the shower running. Mace was in the shower and I’d used the only towel in the bathroom. Shit.

I ran upstairs as fast as I could to grab one. Apparently, I wasn’t fast enough, because as I rounded the corner, he was walking toward the kitchen wearing nothing but a smirk. The pile of towels I had been holding dropped to the floor. My jaw slack, my eyes followed his very naked, very firm ass as he casually strolled to the fridge, opened it and pulled out a beer. Turning as he popped the cap, he cocked an eyebrow and asked, “You want one, babe?”

Void of any coherent thought, I just stood there gaping like a fish out of water.

“Take that as a no then.” He scratched his chest and strolled by, dropping a kiss on my forehead as he passed. “Love them PJs. Love to take ‘em off too, but I’ve gotta get some shut eye. Night, babe.” Mace flopped down on the couch and got himself comfortable.

"I'm gonna prove it to you, one way or another. You still love me, and I won't stay away. I won't be without you anymore. Not ever again." 

"This was my love, her love-torn, damaged, broken, ripped apart and put back together. This was our tattered love." 

There were so many good quotes to this book. This book captured me right from the beginning. Chapter One, you are introduced to Scarlett. Muscle Car driving, tattoo parlor owner, feisty hell on wheels bad ass chick. I loved her instantly, she's funny, head strong and tells it like it is. She owns the shop and her two buddies work there with her. That's where Trip comes in, he's her best friend and fellow tattoo artist, tall, dark and HOT! Teeny (Scarlett's female best friend) comes into the shop to get a piercing from Trip. The tension between Trip and Teeny is unmistakable and you know that there will be more to their story later. 

Enter Mace: Six foot three, broad muscular frame, solid and toned, aqua-blue eyes, slightly olive skin. He sounds like sex on a stick! He walks into the parlor and instantly Scarlett turns to a gooshy girl, which she doesn't do. She's a tough girl who doesn't let men affect her, yet one look from Mace and she's gone. Did I mention that Mace is ex-military and inked all over. I'm still picking my chin up off the floor and mopping up the drool. 

Mace has secrets, Scarlett has a wall that she's put up to protect herself from the damage falling in love can cause. Mace is determined to break down those walls, while Scar is determined to keep them up. This book isn't all serious, there is a scene where Teeny and Scar go out to the bar and Scar drunk dials Mace. This is one of the funniest scenes of drunken behavior I've seen written. I was laughing my ass off and snorting through this part. Teeny: "I'm a gonna go to studs-r-us, and buys myself a Mace. Noooo, not a Mace a Trip. Oh, where do all the hot guys live? At studs-r-us, yeah! OH HEY, studs-r-us..." Scarlett: "I wanna lick your face, Mace-Ha! I made a funny, face-Mace, face-Mace. I rhymb-rhyms-I rhymed."  Oh this goes on and on. I freaking love these two ckicks. I think we could have lots of fun together. 

So you know it can't be all love and hearts and flowers and drunken escapades. The drama starts shortly after this, I will tell you this. At one point I had to grab the tissues and hold on for the ride. It's one hell of a ride too. This author was able to keep me gripping my Kindle, holding my breath, laughing my ass off and crying. I started this book after taking my son to school and finished it just as he was getting home. I could not put this one down. I fell in Love with all of the characters and can't wait for Trip's story. 

I'm giving this book 5 Stars!!!!  ~Jen

About the author...
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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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I entered here :)

  2. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Entered @ Winding Stairs Book Blog

  3. Winding Stairs Book Blog was where I entered the giveaway. I've added this to my TBR. I love it when both leads are strong characters.