Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.
As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…
I loved that the story centered around a tattoo shop in Scotland. Shannon and Cole had a turbulent relationship filled with drama and growth that was absolutely sizzling. I loved how Cole turned all of Shannon’s preconceived notions of him on its head and it was great seeing them learn about who they really were, fighting their past and trying to make a better future. I liked the whole perception can be wrong theme in the story with Cole looking like your typical bad boy but having a heart of gold.
I really enjoyed the roller coaster ride of their relationship, how Cole first strongly pursued Shannon then they disliked each other because of the bad assumptions they had of each other. Then with time and working together Shannon got to see the real Cole, underneath all the tattoos and strong personality was a really nice and caring man who wanted a future and Cole got to see the real Shannon a strong, independent woman.
There was some strong feelings with Shannon having to deal with her hard past and I defiantly understood her reasons for staying clear of bad boys. Though she made mistakes in the past she owned up to them and wanted to be better. It really sucked how her family, aside from her brother treated her and I was happy that she found some great friends at the tattoo shop and Cole’s family. It was great to see past characters again in the story and see how they progressed.
With all of Shannon horrible past relationships it was really nice that Cole helped her deal with her trust issues with men, particularly bad boys, showing her that he truly cared about her and wasn’t like her past relationships.
There was one serious situation that I found resolved themselves to quickly for my liking. When Shannon confronted one of the most traumatic situations of her past, I felt like things were resolved way too quickly. I thought there would have been more drama with the confrontation but it was resolved in one meeting and that surprised me.
In the end I feel that Cole and Shannon really earned each other’s trust and love and I ended up really enjoying Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young.