Carrie Ann Ryan
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.
Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him–it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else…or at least he thinks he is.
Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.
Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.
It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.
I knew this was going to be a very interesting relationship just from the hints in the previous books. I didn’t quite know how Carrie Ann would pull it off, but she definitely did it.
The book starts off with a bang, and progress from there. Maya is irritable and trying really hard to accept that Jake is with Holly. She’s hurting but can’t define it or she would lose her best friend.
Jake thought he could maybe get serious with Holly but if he was truly honest with himself he can’t. He too can’t define it but somehow everyone else can.
Jake and Maya are in love and denying it because of their best friend status. Then Border returns to Denver and damn if all hell doesn’t break lose in more ways than one.
This is a favorite scene from immediately after Maya meets Border and he gets called to work.
Maya stared at him, confusion in her gaze, before leaving him standing alone. She went into the kitchen and flipped off the chili on the stove.
“I’m going to guess this is Border’s since you don’t know how to make chili.”
Jake let out a relieved breath. He could talk about chili. That was a good place to start. “I can cook.”
Maya raised a brow at him, that damn sexy piercing glinting in the light. “I didn’t say you couldn’t. I’m saying you don’t know how to make chili.” She leaned over the stove and inhaled. “Smells good.”
She covered the pot and set it off the burner before leaning back against the counter and folding her arms over her chest.
“So, you going to tell me what just happened? Because I’m confused as hell.”
Jake leaned against the breakfast counter so he was directly across from her but not exactly touching.
“I have no idea what just happened.”
“You’re lying,” Maya said smoothly. “And you know I don’t like liars. So why don’t you tell me what was going on in the kitchen before I showed up. Tell me why your hand is red and Border’s jaw looked like someone had recently hit it. Tell me why you hugged me like you did when I showed up. Why Border kissed each of us. And what you both meant about having us both, or whatever you said when I walked in. How does that sound to you?”
Ink Enduring (Montgomery Ink Book 5) (Kindle Locations 1185-1196). Kindle Edition.
We finally meet Border and learn about his relationship with Jake. How neatly he fits in with Maya becomes a beautifully written ménage. Not saying this relationship was an easy one. I wanted to smack both Jake and Maya at some points. The interruptions when they all got together to talk was both annoying and true to life.
This series just gets better and better, a peak at Alex’s return home and a bit more of Tabby. The whole Montgomery clan. Meeting the Gallagher brothers, and of course the requisite announcements. I really loved this book but I wanted a bit more of Alex and Tabby.
I can’t wait for the next book Ink Exposed!
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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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