Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review - Hot Ink Anthology

Hot Ink Anthology
by Carrie Ann Ryan,
Cari Quinn and Sidney Bristol


Forever Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
A Montgomery Ink Novella

The idea of a May-December romance has never looked so hot when it comes to broody lawyer, Morgan and sizzling tattoo artist, Callie. Between conniving family members, blondes with too much time on their hands, and their own misgivings, trust in the bedroom and out of it won't come easy.

Takedown by Cari Quinn
A Tapped Out Bonus Novella

After honorably discharged Navy SEAL Liam Walsh discovers his estranged brother, Slater, is living platonically with Abby, the only woman Liam ever loved, he vows to remind her of their scorching history. But Abby has changed since Liam left, and he only has one long weekend to stake his claim...

Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol
A Bayou Bound Novella

Kit Carson is back in his home town to do more than promote his latest reality TV win on Tattoo King. He's returned to win over the woman who kinked up his world, but Renee LeBlanc isn't the girl he remembers. Ten years can go in a blink of an eye and he won't let her walk away from him again.

My Review:

This anthology features novellas from series and I do not believe readers need to be familiar with these series to fully understand and enjoy this anthology.  As in most anthologies, I found that there are always some stories I enjoy and others, not so much.  I will start off by saying that I am reading A Montgomery Ink series by Carrie Ann Ryan and A Bayou Bound series by Sidney Bristol.  I really enjoyed Forever Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan!  It has a fantastic storyline as well a wonderful blend of romantic chemistry, drama and sexual energy...I did not want to put it down until the end.  I loved that Callie and Morgan appear to be complete opposites but in actuality are more alike than most people would believe.  Callie is a young tattoo artist who has been eagerly awaiting getting her own tattoo chair and finds out that Morgan will be her first client.  Morgan is an upper crust lawyer, older than Callie but utterly fascinated by her.  I enjoyed the building of their relationship with all the up and downs that come with being social opposites.  Fans of Carrie Ann Ryan will be mesmerized by this wonderful story!  Takedown by Cari Quinn was an interesting story that I had a harder time enjoying, it could be because I enjoyed the first story so much.  Liam and Abby are both interesting characters but I didn't feel fully connected to them.  Liam has been discharged from the Navy and is hoping to reconnect with his brother and sister.  He is shocked to find Abby, the only woman he has ever loved but left, living at his brother's place.  I was a little confused by Liam and his past actions and I think those actions colored by perception of him.  This story did have some interesting characters but overall not a story that I would read again...maybe followers of the series would enjoy it.  Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol was another interesting romantic story that I enjoyed.  I am following this series so I was familiar with most of the characters.  It was well written and the sexual chemistry was sizzling hot (as all of Sidney Bristol's books are).  Kit and Renee have not seen each other in 10 years and now Kit is back in town to visit his dying relative, a man Renee has been helping with his past cold cases.  A blend of mystery, suspense and romance that will keep readers turning the pages until the end. 

Overall, this was a very entertaining and sexy hot anthology that I highly recommend to romance readers. ~Booklover Sue

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review!

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