Tattooed Hearts, by Mika Jolie, is the third installment in her Martha’s Way Series. Starting with The Scale, Minka and Jason’s book, continuing with Need You Now, Lily and Adam’s story to this installment about Claire and Forrest; this series has kept me captivated.
This book was so riveting to me that I read it in one sitting. Forrest and Claire have been wolf pack characters with Jason, Adam and Blake since the first book. Each book gave a hint that there was much more to the relationship between these two friends.
Tattooed Hearts begins with a tragedy and continues down a path of intrigue that actually started in book one. When I read a series I always want the books to be interconnected. I prefer that series keep a flow of characters and story lines that are connected rather than be stand-alone books that can be read outside the series. What was most touching in this book was the struggle Forrest and Claire went through to finally find the love and peace they had up until her 18th birthday.
At eighteen Claire allowed her insecurities of being the daughter of a housekeeper hanging out with the children of millionaires to shadow her understanding that she too was worthy of love and happiness. One overheard conversation had her fleeing from the man she loved and her home. Fate brought these two back together at a time in Forrest’s life that he himself was dealing with death and a lifetime of secrets. The main difference is that now Claire is a star in her chosen field and now feels she has proven herself worthy.
Ms. Jolie has spun a world, in a very real location, that has the reader wishing to spend vacations on Martha’s Vineyard. I can’t wait to see the next installment since the author has now also included the mature parents in the falling in love game.
-Reviewed by Selina