Book #2 Needle's Kiss Series
(Conflicted Love is book #2 in the Needle's Kiss series and should be read AFTER Tattered Love to fully grasp the story.)
Trip’s life motto is simple: get in, get off, get out. His lifestyle works for him, that is until he finds himself in an unexpected situation with the one girl he can't seem to get out of his mind.
Teeny has been strong for too long. One amazing crazy night, with her best friend's cocky colleague, leaves her with more than just unwanted feelings and cravings she just can’t seem to quench.
She's knocked up.
He's freaked out.
Life is about to get crazy for two people who can't stand to be close, yet can't seem to pull apart. Tension and confusion turn into mood swings and midnight snacks. How can things ever go back to simple times when every direction leads to chaos?
*****5 -hormone fueled & hilarious- Stars
this review may contain minor spoilers
“Happy doesn't even scratch the surface; Scar's everything I'll ever need. You'll get it one day, little brother. Probably the day you can put your dick away for five minutes and look at what's in front of you,”
“Don't you fuckin' start too; you sound like Ma. Teeny can't stand me. Besides, I like my dick outta my pants; it finds all kinds of fun shit to do.”
I wanna move to LolaLand and never leave, this book just served as a reminder as to why I've turned into a total fangirl for Lola Stark. Her books are an amazing blend of angst, hilarity and sexiness all wrapped up in a tattooed badass package. I can't get enough!!
I was an asshole, but I'd warned her I was. In all fairness, I'd been upfront about my one night stand rule before I took advantage of a liquor-fueled situation. Still, I felt like I'd screwed shit up. Teen looked at me like she wanted to do bodily harm; gone was her usual happy-go-lucky sweet smile.
Conflicted Love picks up right on the tail of Tattered Love. Man-whore of the Needles Kiss tattoo shop-Trip, has just learned that his one night of drunken sex with Teeny has left her knocked up. To say he's freaked out would be an understatement, but at least now he knows why she's been so angry with him lately. He may not have planned this, or even wanted it, and he's terrified, but he wants to do the right thing by Teeny and be a part of the kids life. Convincing her of this may be a bigger challenge then he anticipated.
“I didn't ask for you to be here for me. I don't need your help and I don't want it.” I breathed out exasperated.
“Don't be like that, Teeny. I just wanna do what's right,” he said, his body still radiating waves of 'pissed way the hell off'.
Fuck him. I was no charity case.
Teeny may have a strong, tough exterior that she shows to the world, but underneath she's very much a damaged and lonely girl. Experiences from her own childhood have her in a panic when she finds herself pregnant. She has no idea how she's gonna handle parenthood, but she does know she can't let Trip in. She may have been crushing on him for years, but she also knows what kind of guy he is. She doesn't think for a second that he could change his ways and be there for her or the baby and refuses to get her hopes up only to have him crush them when he inevitably walks away. All of this going through her head along with the havoc pregnancy is wrecking on her body leaves a very unhappy Teeny.
Whoever the moron was who said pregnancy was beautiful, lied through his ass, because all I'd done was vomit, sleep and cry. None of which resembled anything close to fun.
No more of this weak, helpless teary crap; I was turning into a hot and cold bitch and it was getting on my nerves.
I loved getting to check back in with Mace & Scar, there were some tear filled moments and lots of giggles surrounding those two. Teeny's painful past was devastating and Trip's frustration was off the charts, add in some smokin' hott sex and the tension in this book was palpable. But Trip really stole the show in this one, that man has developed a direct line straight to my funny-bone. His inner monologues and stress-induced ramblings sent me into quite a few teary giggle-fits.
I was now entirely sympathetic to Teeny and her extreme mood swings though; she was about to have her lady junk stretched nine ways from Sunday. I know if I was a chick, I would be unreceptive to the idea of having something the size of a watermelon claw it's way out of there. Damn, I wasn't a woman and I wasn't real stoked at the idea of my fun house turning into an escape hatch. I felt like I needed to do something special for her to show my appreciation. It wasn't like Hallmark had a card that read 'Thanks for destroying you vag with my spawn.'
“How do you know it's a boy? We might have a girl.”
“My seed is strong, woman. It makes big healthy boys. With large penises.”
It's safe to say that Lola Stark is not a one-hit-wonder, having now released two fantastically awesome books, her fan base is only gonna get bigger by the day. I for one cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. On that note, I'm gonna leave you with a little song ;)
I'm a little teapot, short and stout, here is my handle, here is my spout....
Twenty minutes late and running out of patience I reached in quickly undid her belt and picked her up, ignoring her squeal of surprise I pulled her purposefully flush against me one hand full of lush ass the other on her hip.
Lowering my head to her neck I took a deep breath in, catching the soft vanilla scent of her blonde hair taking as much as I could get I gently bit her earlobe then ran my lips over the same spot.
“Don’t push me, Princess. I’m clear out of give a fucks and my dick's so hard it could hammer nails. Move that sweet ass before I bend it over and fuck it into oblivion” I growled in her ear driving the point home with a quick swat to her ass.
Making sure her feet were on the ground I let go and stalked for the house adjusting my now very tight in the crotch jeans. I also didn’t miss the soft moan from Teeny before she cleared her throat and mumbled something about assholes and penis trucks then stomped up the sidewalk.
Conflicted Love Playlist
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Needle's Kiss Series
by Lola Stark
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.
*****5 -tattooed, badass- Stars
this review contains minor spoilers
Being with Scar had healed me. She took what I was and made it better. What we had in this moment, it was more. This was my love, her love - torn, damaged, broken, ripped apart and put back together. This was our tattered love.
That was friggin awesome, hott - tattooed - badass brilliance!! I loved every damn thing about it, the story, the characters, the Smokin hott steam...just amazing. For a debut novel, Lola Stark NAILED IT!!!
Step outside the box, do what makes you want to get out of bed every day. There's no sense in doing something that makes your life mundane.
Scarlett, aka Scar, lives her life exactly how she wants to. She doesn't care what others think of her, she's content with the way things are. Covered in ink, she drives a badass car, owns her own tattoo shop 'Needles Kiss', and is making a name for herself. She is who she is, deal with it or get out of her way.
I never had been one of those girly-girls, always preferring to hang out with the guys. I had only one female friend. I'd rather spend time working on my car, watching a game or downing a cold beer. I swore like a sailor, and didn't give a shred of a shit if people didn't like it. It's who I am. I wasn't without my girl like vices, but they were minimal.
The only thing missing is that special someone, but she's been burned in the past so she's in no hurry to jump into another relationship. The day Mace walks into her shop she knows she's in trouble.
Beautiful aqua-blue eyes, in stark contrast to his slightly olive skin, gave a hint at what had to be a hispanic background. My hands twitched at the thought of rubbing my hands over his jet-black hair that was neatly buzzed close to his head, and dear lord and the angels above, he looked around about two-hundred-and-twenty pounds of panty-wetting, drool-worthy, drop-to-your-knees and thank all that is holy muscled man.
Mace is fresh out of the military and from the minute he sees Scar he wants her. It doesn't take long for him to realize she has barricaded herself behind walls so thick it would be damn near impossible for anyone to get through, but he is determined to knock them down. Only trouble is, Mace has some pretty serious demons of his own that he's running from and in no way wants to share them with Scar.
"I want you in my life, but my life is a shitty place to be, babe, and I don't want my shit to flow into you. You are the only good thing in it."
From start to finish this book firmly held my attention. The chemistry between Scar & Mace was off the charts and made for some scorching hott encounters. The story was heartbreaking and full of angst without crossing the line into overkill, but the characters were the glue that held it all together. Their dialogue and interactions were funny as hell, I STILL have the damn lion king song stuck in my head. I cannot wait to see where this author takes me next, I'm very much looking forward to Trip's story...it should be interesting. Lola Stark has definitely made a fangirl outta me and I don't imagine that changing anytime in the near future.
Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.
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.
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