Love & Ink by JD Hawkins
Release Date: February 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I do enjoy a good second chance romance, and I also love stories revolving around a tattoo shop so I was excited to get into this one. The description of the tattoo shop at the start was amazing; this writer has done their research as it was so detailed and descriptive. As you’ll read in the blurb, Teo left Ash many years ago without a by your leave and now, years later, they meet again, quite by accident when Ash walks into Teo’s tattoo parlour. These two were everything to each other at one time, joined at the hip and as close as any two people could be; so why did Teo leave?
I thought the story was well written and I liked how the mystery of why Teo left unfolded at a good pace. The story was told in alternating POV so we had chance to get in both their minds and see what their motivations and feelings were. I thought Ash was strong and confident and she didn’t play up to the stereotype of being weak or vengeful after Teo vanished, she dusted off and got on with it and started a successful business while being her own woman; quite stubborn and able to stand her own ground but vulnerable enough to let in those old feelings that she still harboured for Teo.
Teo was a goner as soon as Ash walked back into his shop out of the blue, which was clear to see. The love was still there for both of them and the way they navigated through the hurt while looking for answers from each other was a delight to read. If you enjoy a second chance love story with likeable characters that have some depth, you’ll enjoy this one.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
A cute second chance, Love & Ink is the story of Ash and Teo.
When bad boy Teo leaves rich girl Ash, he doesn’t resurface in her life until she heads to the hottest tattoo shop, and recognizes her artist immediately. Their chemistry hasn’t died at all during the separation. There is still an intense connection between the two. These two
Overall, Love & Ink was a decent read. It held my attention. I didn’t find it overly angsty, but there was some feely moments. The characters were interesting and developed. I found the story to be a bit slow moving, and on a superficial note, as hot as the cover is, it didn’t match the description of the hero. Once I got over that, I was able to lose myself in the book.
I’m a world famous tattoo artist with a six month waiting list. Everybody’s begging me to put my ink on them. I’m the hottest shit in L.A., and can get any girl I want. So the last thing I expect is for Ash Carter to walk into my shop and blow me off.
I’ve spent the last seven years screwing half the women in the northern hemisphere, but nobody could come close to the girl I left behind. Ash was my world. But in order to protect her, I had to let her go. It was the biggest mistake of my life. And now I’ll do anything to get her back.
It’s been seven years since we last spoke. Seven long years of trying to ignore the memory of her skin, her eyes, her incredible confidence. She is everything I remember. Still stubborn and feisty and sexy as hell. They say you should forgive and forget. But Ash can never forget what I did. And I can never forgive myself.
She’s left a permanent mark on my heart.
But even if she takes me back, will we be able to overcome the past? Will we be able to move forward towards our future?
About the Author:
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.
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