Welcome to The Blog Tour of Hidden Ink, a novella set in the Montgomery Ink world created by the lovely Carrie Ann Ryan, hosted by the lovely Inkslinger PR! ❤
Check out my review of this beautiful book as well as a sneak peak into the world of Sloane and Hailey!
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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the long-awaited romance between the café owner next door and the tattoo artist who’s loved her from afar.
Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past.
Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level. He’s kept his distance because he knows what kind of man he is versus what kind of man Hailey needs. When she comes to him with a proposition that sends his mind whirling and his soul shattering, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the woman he cares for and the secrets he’s been forced to keep.
Boy, was I glad to go back to the Montgomery Ink World– I didn’t even realize how much I was missing them, when I ended up with this book in my hands.
Hidden Ink is the story of Sloane Gordon and Hailey Monroe – two people who have been circling around each other from almost the start of this series – hence my recommendation would be that you at least have a bit of a knowledge of this series before picking up this one, otherwise you will fail to understand why is that these two needed a novella of their own 😀
This is also a novella, which though suited this story, I just would have liked it to be a little longer, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t enough angst and romance to rip your heart out and yet have you happy about it!
Hailey has always been in love with Sloane, not that he noticed – the jerk! But now finally after so many years, she has decided to live her life – especially considering that she has been through a lot in her life already and the fact that Sloane isn’t ready yet to make a move on her, is slowly killing her – more so since almost everyday else has found their HEAs.
Sloane on the other hand, believes that he is all wrong for this beauty, someone whom he already considers his – so when he sees that the woman he considers to be his, trying to at least move on, he does everything he vowed never to do – he claims her!
This is such a beauty of a book, even if it is quite short (yeah I do not like novellas, especially for characters that I love!) – and I actually it could have been better as a full length novel. I get that these two have been circling each other for years, and so would have accepted each other no matter what their past, yet I still feel that this could have been handled with a lot more angst and sweeter romance if it had been a full length novel and that is the only issue I had with this book!
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Soon she found herself with only one drink on her tray along with a single cherry and cream cheese pastry.
Behind Maya’s work area sat another station.
All six-foot-four, two hundred something pounds of muscle covered in ink, his light brown skin accented perfectly by the designs. The man was sex. All sex. Sloane had shaved his head years ago. She was convinced he kept it shaved just to turn her on. He kept his beard trimmed, but that and the bald head apparently jump-started a new kink in her.
He was a decade older than Hailey, and though he didn’t speak of it, she knew he’d been through war, battle, and heartbreak.
And she loved him.
Only he didn’t see her. He never took a step toward her. He also looked as if he were ready to growl at her presence most of the time.
Much like he did now.
“Thought you’d forgotten me,” he said, his voice low and gruff.
She shook her head then raised her chin. “No, I have yours here.” After she had handed him his drink and pastry, careful not to brush her fingers along his, she glanced down at his client, who was in the middle of getting his back done.
While Sloane looked dangerous and battle worn, this guy looked gentler, but not soft in the slightest. His hair was longer on top and flopped down over his forehead and into his eyes, but the sides had been clipped short. He had a short beard and a smile that looked as if it came easily. His green eyes sparkled, and Hailey could only smile back.
“Hello there,” he drawled.
Oh, my. A southern accent—just a hint of drawl but not too much. If she hadn’t been in the presence of the one man her body and soul had chosen for her, she might have gone weak in the knees at the sound of it.
“Hi,” she said back, well aware that Sloane was staring daggers at her.
“What’s your name?” the stranger asked. “I’m Brody.”
“Hi, Brody. I’m Hailey. I own Taboo next door.”
His smile widened, showing a bit of dimple. “I’ve walked by there a few times, but now I know I need to go inside.”
She shook her head on a laugh. “I see. You scent my baked goods and now you’ll come inside.”
“It wasn’t your baked goods that made me want to step inside.”
What was she doing? Flirting with another man in front of Sloane like this? And why did she care? He wasn’t hers. He never would be. She would never have Sloane Gordon in her life beyond a few curt words and grunts of thanks. She was young, healthy, and alive. She should be able to flirt whenever she wanted.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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