Montgomery Ink 1.5
by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
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.
This is definitely a favorite in this series. Callie is Austin Montgomery’s apprentice at Montgomery Ink and in the beginning of this book is one of my favorite scenes.
“You’re ready for your own space, hon,” Austin said softly. “You’ve been ready for awhile, but Maya and I wanted to be sure the shop was ready too. Since Tommy moved away when his wife got stationed in Texas last week, we’ve opened up a space. So it’s yours. We’ll talk business and what it all means when Maya gets back, but welcome to the family. You’re one of us.”
Callie threw her arms around Austin’s neck, crying softly. “Oh thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Austin patted her back and set her down. “You’re good at what you do. So go work on the star for that girl over there and then we can work with Morgan together.”
She nodded, a bit dazed, then kissed Austin on the cheek. “Thank you.”
“Putting moves on my man?” Sierra teased as she walked in.
Callie blushed then stepped back from Austin. “He just told me I get my own station, so I was just saying thanks. He’s all yours.”
Sierra beamed and hugged her tight. Callie closed her eyes, letting her family in everything but blood celebrate with her. “I’m so proud of you.” She looked over at Austin. “Maya’s going to be pissed you didn’t wait for her.”
Austin shrugged. “Whatever. I want Callie to work with Morgan and Maya isn’t here. She’ll get over it.”
Callie winced. “I so don’t want to be here when you’re telling her that.”
Thus starts a rollercoaster of a romance with as many ups as downs, tears and laughter and misunderstandings as a person can take. Morgan has to convince the people around him of what he really wants in life and Callie has to decide if she can handle it all.
Their romance tends to be so hot you need a cold shower to keep reading, then almost frigid with misunderstandings.
I love the way all the novellas and books in this series just flow into one another while remaining standalones. We see the same characters so we watch them grow as they contribute to the current story. Then new ones are introduced giving a peek into the next.
5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!
A Tapped Out Bonus Novella
by USA Today Bestselling Author
This is one messed up relationship. Liam left Abby and his family when he entered SEAL training. He hasn’t contacted any of them since. Now he is home and he thinks he may be a better person or, at the very least, different.
Liam jumps to a lot of conclusions from the moment Abby opens the door to his brother Slater’s apartment. He puts his foot in his mouth several times and still the lust between them takes over. After another round of foot in mouth with his brother, about his involvement with MMA and Abby, he walks out, again. Not saying anything he planned on.
He finds himself at the Cage the gym Slater’s best friend Fox owns. There he finds his sister Jenna working, and he gets to say some of what he wanted to with Slater. This is one of my favorite scenes.
“Don’t leave like that again. Promise me.”
“I promise, nugget.” I brushed her hair out of her face as she eased back. “I’m not going anywhere for a good long while if I can help it.”
Her eyes narrowed. They were so like our mother’s, large and expressive, always showing exactly what she was feeling. Now she was cautiously optimistic…and confused. “Why? I mean, it’s awesome, and I’m so glad you’re here.” She squeezed me in another quick hug. “But, I mean, are you based here? Is there even a base? What’s going on?”
I laughed. Somehow I’d forgotten what a chatterbox my little sis could be. A great thing to be reminded of when you didn’t want to talk about yourself. Soon enough I’d steer the conversation back to her. Until then, I had to answer her questions as honestly as possible.
“I’m medically retired.” As soon as I said the words, I had to clear my throat. I hadn’t had to say them much out loud yet, and the grit in my throat that accompanied them was harder to swallow than I expected. Years of my life and my foreseeable future were gone, just like that. “I will probably go back and help train SEALs at some point, but that’s up to me. Right now, I want to be here with you and your brother and—” I broke off, unable to finish.
“And Abby,” she said gently, reaching for my hand again.
Saying nothing, I nodded.
With the help of his brother Slater’s best friend Fox, and his sister Jenna, he finally looks at himself inside and out.
This book is very emotional, heart-rending secrets untold until now and fiery, hot sex.
5 Contented Purrs for Cari!
A Bayou Bound Novella
by Sidney Bristol
When Kit walks back into Renee’s life, she isn’t sure she wants anything to do with him. He left her and Peaches (her cat) ten years ago and the struggle to be a female tattoo artist in a male dominated field was just too much. She quit to do something that would pay the bills.
Kit has returned the reigning Tattoo King. He is hoping that Renee will come with him when he leaves to do the convention tours.
Renee, has settled in with a good job, friends but no tattooing. When she and Kit discover he knew the victim of the cold case his uncle is still trying to solve, in spite of being retired and in hospice care, things get very interesting.
This novella has something for everyone. Hot sex, a cold case mystery, a dying relative and two people that have to overcome the hurt of the past.