Series: Brothers of Ink and Steel
Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau
Genre: New Adult/Sports Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Liam Knight, a sexy panty-melting, hard-bodied streetfighter and renowned tattoo artist, is rising up the ranks of the UFC Middleweight Division, but he’s about to get knocked out by his past.
Quinn Kelley is a semester away from becoming a college graduate when her mother’s death sends her spiraling, forcing her to go back to her hometown and a past she can’t outrun.
Nearly a decade ago, Liam and Quinn fell in love while surviving on the city streets together, but they were torn apart by one irreversible night. Now each has moved forward without the other, but like a tattoo on the heart, absolute love creates a lasting burn.
Quinn has kept a tight rein on her emotions, but with the passing of her mother, the foundation she’s built begins to crack. Will seeing Liam again crumble her fortress to the ground, uncovering the flame that still burns? Or will it extinguish the fire forever?
Liam’s tough exterior and resentful demeanor hides more than a wounded heart. He’s tormented by guilt over what happened to Quinn—and the secret he kept, even from her. But revealing his secrets would require unearthing the all-consuming monster he keeps caged in the darkest part of his soul, the one that threatens to devour him.
When they’re given a second chance, will they let go of their fear and pride and let the flame between them become one?
Or will the heat burn them both?
Foxy Rating = Four Stars
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
This is the second book in the Brothers of Ink and Steel series. This is Liam and Quinn’s story.
Quinn is back in town after a decade of living away, to arrange her estranged mother’s funeral. Quinn doesn’t quite understand herself why she is doing this as there was never a mother and daughter relationship. Her mother never cared for her or gave her love, in fact by the age of fifteen Quinn was out on the streets, homeless and battling to keep away from the local street gangs.
It was whilst living rough that she met and fell in love with Liam. From the offset he became her protector and steadfast anchor to all that was good in her life. They found salvation at North House where they forge a bond with the other guys that became the Brothers of Ink and Steel. But that happiness was drastically pulled from Quinn on one horrendous night, when she felt she had no alternative but to run. Now she is back in town and scared to see Liam again, will he forgive her and will there ever be a second chance for them?
Liam is a sexy, tatted, musclebound and renowned street fighter who also owns a tattoo parlour. He has done well for himself, to drag himself out of his horrific past of his childhood. But he has never been able to move on from Quinn. He has always carried her in his heart and could never let go of the promise of them that was pulled from him abruptly on that night.
The story is told in past and present form which I do like but on this occasion I would have liked to have seen more from the present. There were too many flashbacks and although I guessed what had happened from the prologue, it was until nearly the end that it was revealed what actually happened.
However I really enjoyed this book and found it a little different to the first one but liked how the band of brothers are included in the storyline of each book in the series. A good series to be hooked into and I look forward to the next. Four stars.
Allie Juliette Mousseau is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she'll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever. She loves to travel and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces. She is excited to add all of Canada and Alaska in the near future!Sign up for Allie's Newsletter: http://goo.gl/Oyw8G2