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Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan #BookReview

by April 28, 2018
Overview
Author

Carrie Ann Ryan

Title

Fallen Ink

Genre(s)

Contemporary romance

Release Date

April 17, 2018

Heat Level

High, explicit

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

The chemistry between Adrienne and Mace is explosive. Theirs is the kind of close friendship where one person is almost always secretly pining after the other, and Mace is head over heels for his bestie. I really liked him as the hero—he’s sensitive and strong, deliberate yet passionate, dominating but respectful. I enjoyed being in Adrienne’s head too; she has admirable spirit and serious moxie.

Someone is trying to run their new tattoo shop out of town, and the tension from that ramps up throughout the story. Ultimately, though, I felt the antagonist was a little forced. His motivation was thin, and the depth and maliciousness of his attacks seemed unlikely.

This story features a lot of characters that are probably from previous books, and I had some trouble at first keeping up with them all. Fans of the first Montgomery Ink series will recognize the names and be delighted to see them again, but readers new to the series may be a little overwhelmed.

“I saw the way you looked at me when Jenn came on to me. She’s not you, Addi. It’s just you and me, remember? No matter who tries to come between us, it won’t matter because it’s just the two of us in the end. I’ve watched these guys come into the shop and drool as they kept their eyes just on your tits as you walked, watching the sway because you’re way more than a handful. Which, sidebar, I’m going to need to fuck them at some point. But I digress.”
She blinked, holding back a laugh at the serious look on his face as he talked about fucking her boobs. Only Mace Knight.

Fallen Ink is a fast-paced friends-to-lovers romance with heat and heart. And a whole lot of sexy ink. As a first-timer meeting the Montgomerys and Knights, I really enjoyed the close family dynamics and am looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan #BookReviewMy star rating: four-stars
Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs, #1
Published by Self-published or LLC on April 17, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friends to lovers
Pages: 292
Source: Reviewer
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The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.

Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.

Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.

The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.

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Things I loved...

Great chemistry between the main couple

Things I didn't...

The conflict (antagonist) feels a little manufactured

Review Score Details
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Writing style & finesse
8.5
Originality
8.2
Authenticity
8.0
World-building
8.0
Character development
8.5
Likeable/relatable characters
8.5
Plot tension
8.3
Flow & pacing
8.7
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.0
Technical style
8.7
Overall enjoyment
8.5
Final Thoughts

A fun read with memorable characters. Try it!

8.4
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.

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Writing style & finesse
Originality
Authenticity
World-building
Character development
Likeable/relatable characters
Plot tension
Flow & pacing
Heat &/or sexual tension
Technical style
Overall enjoyment