Carrie Ann Ryan
In the first of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, a broken man uncovers the truth of what it means to take a second chance with the most unexpected woman…
Graham Gallagher has seen it all. And when tragedy struck, lost it all. He’s been the backbone of his brothers, the one they all rely on in their lives and business. And when it comes to falling in love and creating a life, he knows what it’s like to have it all and watch it crumble. He’s done with looking for another person to warm his bed, but apparently he didn’t learn his lesson because the new piercer at Montgomery Ink tempts him like no other.
Blake Brennen may have been born a trust fund baby, but she’s created a whole new life for herself in the world of ink, piercings, and freedom. Only the ties she’d thought she’d cut long ago aren’t as severed as she’d believed. When she finds Graham constantly in her path, she knows from first glance that he’s the wrong kind of guy for her. Except that Blake excels at making the wrong choice and Graham might be the ultimate temptation for the bad girl she’d thought long buried.
Once again Carrie Ann has take my heart and twisted it all around and then fixed it all up.
We met one of the Gallagher brothers in the Montgomery Ink series, Jake is part of Maya Montgomery’s triad. Now we get to meet his brothers. We start with the eldest Graham. Graham is the head of the family and has known much pain in his life. Now he’s not sure what to think the heiress who is in charge of the renovation of her family home. He starts growling at her right from the start, much to the dismay of his brothers. Here is a favorite scene, oh, those first impressions.
As they neared the other entrance, he let out an oath. If anything, the cracking paint and wallpaper, as well as the molding beams, looked even worse than before. If they hadn’t already done a full sweep of the place to make sure it was safe to even stand under the damn roof, he wouldn’t even be inside. This was going to be one hell of a job, and if he’d been in any other mood, and if it had been any other place without the strings that came with it, he might have been more excited about the prospects of being part of the restoration.
The place had good bones, he had to give it that, but that was about it. And, normally, while good bones were the reason he did this job and loved it— at least, usually— sometimes, he wanted to kick someone for letting a place get to this. Yeah, he’d be out of a job in that case, but to see something that had once been so grand and intricate end up the way this place was, hurt.
Buildings needed care, and most of the time, people sucked and didn’t do it.
“You’d think with a family with this kind of money, they’d take care of their shit a little better,” Graham grumbled.
“Good to know what kind of attitude you’ll have on the job,” a sultry voice said from behind him.
Owen mumbled a curse while Murphy’s eyes widened. Graham tightened his jaw. Great. The little heiress was finally here, and now he had to deal with whatever shit she’d brought with her.
He turned on his heel, rolling his shoulders back as he did. The shock to his system at the first look of her was a jolt.
Shit, were heiresses supposed to look that good in a business skirt?
Of course, they are, he thought to himself. They spent all their money on their clothes and whatever they needed to look the way they did, rather than taking care of the important things in their possession like the home they’d once lived in. God forbid this woman get her hands dirty to clean up the mess that the people residing here had left.
Her long brown hair had streaks of lighter colors in it, like blonde and chestnut, though she’d pulled it back in a tight bun at the base of her neck so he couldn’t see how long it was.
Her eyes were large, but not too big for her face, and had this honey brown hue to them that looked as if they might change color in different lighting. Her cheekbones were prominent, but not in the malnourished way that the one chick who’d hit on him at the last site had had. She wore a light brown business jacket with silver buttons over a cream shirt and a very tight skirt that matched the jacket.
If he weren’t already in a pisser of a mood, he might have wanted to see how far that skirt would slide up her legs as he fucked her. Especially with those tall heels she wore that had the little straps at the ankles to keep them in place.
And that was a train of thought he needed to end right now. He didn’t know this woman, and while his groin might have one idea, his brain needed to focus on the fact that someone had neglected this house for years. Yeah, it might not exactly be her fault, but she was here, and he needed someone to blame.
Carrie Ann Ryan. Love Restored (Kindle Locations 210-236).
Blake doesn’t have a choice when it comes to the renovation she is the executor of the estate. It has nothing to do with her other than cause her more pain. She has a life so different from what that home represents. As a the new piercer at Montgomery Ink, she is finding friends but she has a major secret she can’t afford to let out.
Being attracted to Graham is bad for her, she can’t let anyone that close to her, she has too much to lose.
I laughed and cried just like I do with the Montgomery Ink series. The rawest emotions and the hottest scenes ever are in these books. I look forward to meeting the next Gallagher brother up close and personal.
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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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