Hidden Ink by Carie Ann Ryan…ARC Review

Hidden Ink releases TOMORROW!

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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the long-awaited romance between the café owner next door and the tattoo artist who’s loved her from afar.

Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past.

Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level. He’s kept his distance because he knows what kind of man he is versus what kind of man Hailey needs. When she comes to him with a proposition that sends his mind whirling and his soul shattering, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the woman he cares for and the secrets he’s been forced to keep.


My Review:

Hidden Ink is part of Carrie Ann Ryan’s Montgomery Ink series as well as the first novella in the 2016 1,001 Dark Nights lineup and I was SO excited to get my hands on this story.  I knew it was going to be emotional and heartfelt and Ms. Ryan didn’t disappoint.

Having been tip-toeing around their feelings for one another, it was finally time for the beautiful and resilient Hailey and the gruff and tattooed Sloane to act on their attraction.  It was time to make a move and give things a try.  Of course that would prove to be difficult for both of them.  Each of these amazing characters have their own sets of scars and misgivings.  Each has a reason for their trepidation and when we finally learn the truth behind it, my heart broke for both of them.  I don’t want to ruin anything by telling you exactly what the emotional and physical scars are, but I will tell you that Ms. Ryan wrote them in such a beautiful and respectful way.  I was moved to tears when I read the incredible act of courage Hailey has in showing Sloane what she’s been through and the aftermath of what she has suffered.  I was so proud of her and her strength.  She is one hell of an amazing heroine.  Sloane was equally brave in the purging of his past.  My heart also broke for him and the profound loss and suffering he relives every day.  But the thing I most treasured about this story was in Sloane and Hailey coming together to gather strength from each other.  To learn they have someone to lean on in one another when the times get tough.  When the emotions get to be too much to bear.  That they found this special gift was truly beautiful.   Of course, they also share some seriously heated moments and oh boy was it delish!

Of course, getting to see the rest of the Montgomery Ink crew was also a treat and one I loved.  This tattoo shop is a place I wish I could go visit in real life!

Ms. Ryan sure kicked off the 2016 1,001 Dark Nights series with an emotional and heated start.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this inked up crew.  Thank you for a fantastic read!


Four-and-a-Half Loves


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Book links:

1,001 Dark Nights  |  Amazon

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About Carrie Ann Ryan:

Profile2 (1)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.



Twitter: @CarrieAnnRyan





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