Love & Ink by JD Hawkins
Release Date: February 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
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?
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My first ever JD Hawkins novel was a HUGE success! I loved his writing! I loved, like super duper LOVED the cover. I mean all those sexy veins traveling everywhere. Plus that toned body. There was something about the dark image and that bright green color that really worked for that guy on the cover. Perfection!
This was such a great second chance love story! I love the high school boyfriend/girlfriend storyline. However, they upped it by being secretly in a relationship. So we have Ash, the girl from the affluent political family. Then there’s Teo who comes from the “wrong side of the tracks” living in a trailer park with an alcoholic and criminal as a father. Teo up and leaves town and doesn’t say a word. How crazy is that? How devastated was Ash? So of course life pulls them back together. I enjoyed the telling of this story so much, all the secrets that we unraveled. Teo really made something of himself and worked so hard not to be his father’s son. There are just some people that it won’t matter too. No matter what Teo does or how he succeeds, he won’t be good enough for Ash. He works hard to get that second chance even with so much against them.
I loved that is wasn’t overly dramatic and angsty. It was something that seems plausible. I found myself totally immersed in the plot and storyline. I was super surprised how quickly I went through Love & Ink. Hawkins did a perfect job giving us the allure of a bad boy without Teo even being a bad boy. The dual POV, my favorite way to read a romance, was perfect! It was really interesting to me to read a male author writing females POV. I’m impressed and can’t wait to visit JD Hawkins backlog of books!
I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.
“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.
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