Format: epub (provided by author)
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order -- tattoos and attitude included -- which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate's not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she's on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With her dad and brother gone, Tate is left to deal with the family restaurant, which is fast going down the drain. Her employees are acting out, her boyfriend has bailed out, and her very own private stalker is emailing her to death with lovely threats of doom, fire, and dismemberment. So yeah, maybe a little holiday fling is in order. Strictly sex though, and no follow-up whatsoever once.
Reading romances where the hero has all the hangups and is the jerk until almost the very end where he has that "Ah-Ha" moment can become boring if the story isn't told well. That was my concern when I began More Than Meets the Ink by Elle Aycart.
Happily, it wasn't one of those stories. In a complete reversal, it was the heroine who had all the hang ups, who was the jerk until the very end and it was great! After all not all women are born with the desire to fall in love and the ability to recognize a good man among all the losers out there.
More Than Meets the Ink isn't just a steamy romance though, there's a bit of humor in it as well. Readers get to meet Tate in the middle of a rather odd situation with her mother. Let's just say it's not the sexiest way Tate could have met James. It isn't all laughs and fun times though, Tate has emotional scars, as well as an independent streak 10 miles wide that runs parallel with a stubborn streak. She shows that while an independent woman is special and admirable, too much independence turns into stubbornness, and can cloud rational sense. In other words, a real woman with real issues.
Then there's James, and by the way, I would never have associated the name "James" to a tattooed bad boy. "James" sounds like the name of a smart, quiet, shy, nerdy guy in accounting who has trouble with women. Not Elle Aycart's James. He's an Alpha male all the way and his name is just as misleading as his tattoos. He's a heart melting character. It doesn't take long for him to figure out that he wants Tate in his life permanently and he sets out to prove he's not the leaving kind. With him, it's the little things that he does for Tate that makes him all the more desirable.
The chemistry between James and Tate is scorching! The sexual tension in the book is like a blocked valve, the pressure builds and builds until -boom- it explodes and goes back to its original state, only to start building again for the next explosion. And boy are those "explosions" between James and Tate hot.
To balance out the sometimes intense relationship between James and Tate, James' brothers, especially Max, lighten up the mood and provided much appreciated humor, as do Tate's sister Elle and their mother Ann. I do hope that Elle gets her own book soon, she makes Tate seem like a kitten in comparison.
More Than Meets the Ink by Elle Aycart is an enjoyable book with likeable characters, steamy scenes and a dash of danger. Definitely a book for mature audiences, due to sexual content and language, it is worth taking a second look at in the book store. Especially if you have a thing for men with tattoos and soft hearts.
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