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Inked Hearts 1-3: A Romance Collection (English Edition) Kindle-editie
The men of tattoo shop Inked Hearts are brooding, bossy, and impossible to resist!
Dive into this addicting series and see why readers say "Crystal Kaswell is the queen of broken bad boys."
He's my best friend's brother. He's off limits. But when I find the brooding tattoo artist's sketchbook full of dirty drawings--drawings of me--I can't resist.
Sweet, booksmart grad student Iris and I have a friends with benefits arrangement with three simple rules. All fun. No strings. No falling in love. But then I've never been very good at following rules.
Pretend You're Mine
I'm pretending I'm in love with my best friend. What could possibly go wrong?
This romance collection contains the first three books on the Inked Hearts series.
- ASIN : B08RC31HWM
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 3885 KB
- Gelijktijdig gebruik van apparaten : Onbeperkt
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 1257 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #109,601 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
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This is the story of Brendan and Karlee. It's a best friend's brother romance that has everything I love!! Kaylee has had a crush on him for years. It isn't until they end up living together that she realizes he might have feelings for her too. This book has everything that I love....off the charts chemistry, perfect amount of angst, all the feels, hot AF sexy times and the perfect HEA!
Gah!!! I have so much love for this book!!!
This is Walker and Iris' story. He's part owner of Inked Hearts and he is a man whore. He’s also going through some family drama that has turned his world upside down. What better way to forget for a while then to hook up with someone. That someone being Iris, a psychology major. One night turns to friendship, turns to more. This book is packed with all the feels and *fans self* a lot of heat!!!
Pretend You're Mine
I couldn't wait for Ryan and Leighton's book and Pretend You're Mine was everything I had hoped it would be! It had the right amount of angst, it made me laugh and shed a tear or two and it had some seriously hot AF sexy times. It was sweet and sexy perfection!!
This is books one through three of the eight-book Inked Hearts series. Each book reads as a standalone, though they are best enjoyed in order.
Inked Hearts is a tattoo parlor in Southern California that sits about five blocks from the beach. Brendon, Ryan, Walker and Dean are like family. They are tattoo artists and the heart and soul of the shop, along with Leighton who runs the front desk. Manning, who had been an absentee owner for the past few years, sells the Venice Beach shop to the four tattoo artists, who somehow manage to get things done despite their lack of coordination. Together they all serve a variety of clients – to include some rather well-known celebrity types.
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These stories are well-written. The plots are fairly simple. The characters are rich and carefully crafted, creating attachment to the characters and deeply felt stories. They feel real. The stories are written in first person. The POV’s alternate between the hero and heroine. I rate this set 4.5 stars.
BOOK ONE, TEMPTING:
This is Brendon and Kaylee’s moving story. It is tender and patient. Broody with a dose of kink, Brendon falls for his little sister’s best friend, whose secret crush isn’t so secret.
Kaylee Hart, now eighteen, is looking forward to beginning at UCLA in the fall. Smart and sweet with a sense of humor, she has always been a straight A student. Her best friend Emma got an early start over the summer, choosing to both work and go to college part-time. Em is interested in studying business; Kaylee, however, is uncertain about what she wants to do with her life. She loves reading and writing, but isn’t sure how to translate those into a career. Last year, when so many high school seniors were thinking about what they want to do – about their college major and future career – Kaylee was focused entirely on just staying healthy. While she had always channeled her insecurities into her achievements, things had taken a turn. Getting past the dark thoughts had taken some work. She is finally in a relatively good place, but she will always be broken. It is her secret and her shame.
Brendon Kane, twenty-six, has always been a brooding bad boy. He fell in love with ink when he got his first tattoo, and his love of art led him to a career he loves. He had been young and angry when he started his apprenticeship. A punk. He wasn’t exactly into drugs, but he also didn’t choose the best crowds to hang out with. His choices caused a lot of conflict with his mother, who thought he was a bad influence on his sister and asked him to leave. The rejection had hurt, and he never wanted to turn his back on his sister. But today Brendon is tired of playing Dad. Being the guardian of his little sister has altered the nature of their relationship. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t change things if he could. When their parents died in an accident, he and Em were fortunate enough to inherit the family beach house in Venice beach as well as some life insurance – enough to give them each a good start in life. It is ironic that Brendon now finds himself responsible for his eighteen year old punk-loving sister, full of spunk and rebellion. He finds himself questioning who he is anymore. Though he may still rock the brooding bad boy vibe, he might also have become a bit square.
BOOK TWO, HOOKING UP (FORMERLY NAMED PLAYING):
This is Walker and Iris’s hookup turned friends with benefits story. Star Wars nerds will love it! Their romance dives deep into the issue of addiction. On the surface they are opposites – he is the bad boy and she is the good girl – but neither lives up to that image.
Iris Avery, twenty-five, is trying to put the pieces back together. She had had a tough go getting into grad school, and she doesn’t want to let anything get in her way again. Finishing her PhD in Psychology at UCLA is the one thing she knows she wants in life. Everything else is a bit fuzzy. She was raised in the Valley. When she finished her undergrad at UCSD, she was lucky to get a decent job, but she hated it. She wanted to go back to school but found it was much harder than she had expected. She had always been a nerdy overachiever, so she took the setback hard.
Iris’s new boyfriend Ross had given her a diversion from her disappointment, but she had no idea what she was getting herself into. He was a clean-cut guy, a programmer, but months into their relationship she learned that he did recreational drugs, and in her desperation for an escape from her disappointment she soon joined him. That led to two and a half years of use, and she finally found the strength to take control back. She broke up with Ross over Christmas, then took the winter quarter off and entered rehab. She is now three months clean and just starting spring quarter. But she made a lot of mistakes the last few years. Broke bridges. Lost all her friends. Fractured her family. Lost her sense of identity. She is following a list of steps to get her life back. It is a lot of work, but she is determined to persevere. She will not be defined by her mistakes.
Walker Williams, twenty-four, wears a smile and a carefree attitude. He is an easy breezy surfer, a bad boy with tattoos. The few that really know him well, though, recognize that he often harbors stormy feelings below the surface. Born to privilege in Beverly Hills, he chose to move out at eighteen and live life by his own rules. He lives in an apartment in Santa Monica, with the surf and sand nearby. He is a tattoo artist at Inked Hearts in Venice Beach – and just recently became a co-owner along with his three friends. His own tattoos reflect his love of Star Wars extended universe novels, which he devours.
Walker doesn’t do relationships – he hasn’t ever had a girlfriend. When not drinking and partying with his friends, nameless no stings hookups are his ticket to a good time. With the stress of worrying about his older sister Sabrina, starting something new has been the furthest thing from his mind. Bree made too many broken promises. They had been tight growing up, and the fear of learning she overdosed has him pulling back such that he is now considering cutting her off altogether. He doesn’t want to enable her like their parents do, coddle her by buying into her excuses. He is finally done – and he never wants to be close to an addict again.
BOOK THREE, PRETEND YOU’RE MINE:
This is Ryan and Leighton’s friends-to-lovers story about trust, betrayal, and moving on. Together they learn how to spread their wings and open their hearts.
Ryan Maddox, twenty-seven , loves black. His wardrobe is entirely black. His outlook is black. He decorated his apartment in it as well. He also loves tattoos. He loves running Inked Hearts, which he does for the most part with some help from Brendon. He never wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps. He and his younger brother Dean, twenty-five, grew up in luxury in Beverly Hills. Their parents have MBA’s and wear suits to work, but that never appealed to Ryan, nor to Dean who always looked up to him. Nevertheless, Ryan went on to earn a business degree, strictly to appease his parents.
It was when he began apprenticing during college that Ryan really knew what he wanted to do with his life. As a tattoo artist, he makes a connection with the client. It is a somewhat spiritual experience, learning more about them and then finding the inspiration to design a tattoo that really speaks to their soul. It is gratifying. And as much as he hates to admit it, that business degree he got has been helpful, especially since he and the guys bought Inked Hearts from Manning.
Besides ink and running the shop, there was one more thing that Ryan wanted to make his life complete. Something he thought he had until last summer – twelve months ago. That was when everything fell apart, when Penny took hold of his heart and ripped it out. Ryan isn’t great with words, and doesn’t like a lot of change. He has intimacy issues, too. He hates being touched too much – he isn’t big on passing out hugs. But the hole is his chest left him afraid to get close emotionally now, too. Finding Penny in their bed with someone else after nine years together completely shredded everything he thought he knew about love.
Leighton Black, probably about twenty-seven, is a punk rock princess who loves rocking her purple hair. She is also secretly in love with Ryan. It isn’t a well-kept secret, though. Everyone seems to know except for Ryan himself. She fell for him when she first started working the desk at Inked Hearts two years ago. She and Dean went way back, and Dean had hooked her up with the job. Leighton had been bartending at Rock Bottom for four years, where Dean had been a regular. Even though it meant a loss in income, she had needed a change. Inked Hearts was now the closest thing she had to home. It was like family. She couldn’t imagine leaving, but that was the problem. Her job was too easy. She enjoyed graphic design, and had even signed up for a class at Santa Monica College thanks to Ryan’s encouragement. But pursuing a new career would mean leaving Inked Hearts and Ryan behind.
I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.