Title: Love & Ink
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: JD Hawkins
Release Date: 21 February 2018
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?
Love and Ink is a full standalone second chance romance.
Ash and Teo had been young secret lovers that had been cruelly torn apart seven years ago. Teo was the typical bad boy from the wrong side of town and Ash was the epitome of high society girl. With their familial differences they kept their romance a secret from everyone. When a promise to meet and reveal all on prom night, Ash is devastated when Teo never shows up and leaves town.
Fast forward seven years and both have never forgotten the other but have tried to move on with their lives. Teo has given up the dodgy lifestyle and has travelled the US and Europe and learned a new skill. Now back with a thriving tattoo parlour, he is the hottest tattooist in LA. Ash put all her focus on her career and pushed back on her father’s influencing to make a go of it herself. Finding her feet and finally getting promotion as a producer on a celebrity gossip show, she is moving on up in LA. Feeling brave with her new found confidence she decides to get a tattoo. Imagine her surprise when she finds the superstar tattooist is Teo. However being back in close proximity the old feelings for both return and when a second ‘surprise’ meeting happens, Teo takes it as a chance to put things right without divulging the past. Sometimes life though has a way of throwing curveballs at new made plans.
The reignited romance kicked off more or less immediately with little or no explosive argument about the break-up. They both kind of ignored it or changed the subject whenever it was mentioned. Both were very strong characters and instantly likeable and the hotness levels were high. Once the initial passion was ignited, they both started to work though their feelings of the past and now which was helped by the storyline being in both POVs.
This was an enjoyable read with great characters (and some not so great!) that gave the simple plot line some grit. It was easy to work out why the initial break up had happened though and I was hoping for something more unique. The ending was good although the easy redemption of two of the characters would have been better if it had explained more how that forgiveness came about so quickly.
Overall though, this was an engaging and sexy read and a four star recommendation from me.
“You want something to drink?” she calls from some other room.
“Sure. Something strong.”
I pace around the room a little, lust still pumping me full of adrenaline, taking in the details, stopping to study a Basquiat print above a bookcase. Flashbacks of conversations we had in her bed rushing through my mind, until she clinks some glasses behind me and I turn around.
“Here you go,” she says, handing me the glass.
I take it from her, sip slowly, but my eyes stay on hers—a living work of art even more captivating than what’s on the walls. The alcohol burns, hitting the spot, but I’m intoxicated enough by the room, by the smell, by her. She must sense it, because she breaks my gaze, eyelashes flickering away as she smiles down, but her coyness only ignites the fire building within me.
I put my drink down and throw her on the couch so I can gaze at those lush curves, trace my eyes down the length of that magnificent body.
I trace a finger around her ear, down her neck. She trembles like a leaf under my touch, skin cool with goosebumps. Her breath quickening, hot and heavy.
I climb on top of her and we devour each other’s mouths as I tug her pants off and she pulls her shirt over her head. We roll around on the couch, her hands squeezing my cock, my mouth sucking each nipple until her breath shudders, her fingers clawing down my back. I need to taste her.
I pull away, enjoying how she hisses with unresolved desire.
“Why are you stopping?” she asks, her voice tinged with desperation.
I growl, low and firm, “I’m not. I’m going to eat you.”
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.