Title:First Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles #1)Author: Laura Wright
Date of publication: 17 Dec 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella
My rating: 3 stars
This book is currently free on Amazon.
Women in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair and a killer bank account at his disposal, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. With her mismatched eyes, perfect pink mouth and a laugh that still haunts him, she gave him nothing but marvelous misery. Now she wants his hands on her again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago.
She can’t forget him. No matter how hard she’s tried. The pain she caused him in the past eats at her daily, and she can’t move on with her life. But she has a plan, a hope for redemption – a way for him to take his revenge out on her flesh. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—and heart-once again.
The story is told form dual POV and it's all about getting back together after a break-up. I liked a lot of things about it - the heroine, Addison, who has made a mistake but has come to realize it and is doing her best to remedy it. You have to respect her for strength and determination to fight for her love. The hero, Rush, is deeply wounded, unwilling to forgive but unable to resist the physical attraction. I liked them both, him especially - his struggle with himself, his resistance to risk his heart again with the girl who had hurt him so much.
It's a light steamy read but I'd have liked there to be more substance to the story. There is a lot of potential but not enough depth. I wanted to know more about the characters, the things from their past were just hinted upon and it would have been nice if they were further developed. We see Rush's life in the present - he is a successful tattoo artist in Las Vegas but don't learn much about Addison besides the fact that she is a college student somewhere. Despite the happy end, I feel that there are too many things about them as a couple which are left unresolved.
Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend me it anyone who is looking for a quick, light and very, very sexy read.
The second book, Shattered Ink, which continues Rush and Addison's story, is just a novella and it is currently available for 0.99$.