4 out of 5 Licks
Forever Ink by NYT Bestselling Author 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 USA Today Bestselling Author 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.
Overall I enjoyed this anthology. My favorite of the bunch was Bound Memories. I’ve really grown to love Sidney’s characters and she does a good job sucking me into the story and making me want the characters to have a happy ever after. I liked that Kit wasn’t your typical super muscular hero. He doesn’t have an 8-pack and he’s sporting a beard and I loved him for that. I occasionally read about female characters who aren’t perfect but I don’t know if I’ve ever read about the opposite. I also liked that even though Kit was on a successful TV show he wasn’t rich even after winning the show. There are so many rich folks stories out there right now that I’m starting to get a bit tired of them. It’s nice to be able to have the money for anything but it’s more real for me when they have to work a day job to make ends meet-guess it’s more like my life. lol
I enjoyed Carrie and Cari’s stories as well. Forever Ink is all about the rich older man/younger woman troupe. For an older man I was a little surprised at how much he still bowed down to his mother. He did eventually grow a pair (they were always there just ask Callie she’s knows), but it took a while for him to use them. Callie was a lot of fun. She is very much a free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum. She is a super likable character. Tapped Out was just okay for me. I really didn’t connect with Liam or Abby. It all felt a little unnatural and forced to me.