Friday, June 10, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Ink Enduring"

Ink Enduring by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Series: Montgomery Ink, 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.

Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him—it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else...or at least he thinks he is.

Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.

Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.

It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.

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Reviews of Ryan's Previous Novels:

A Taste for a Mate (#2) -- TBQ
Trinity Bound (#3) -- TBQ

Finally Found You (#4) -- TBQ

My Review:

Maya and Jake met in a bar 13 years ago and the sparks flew between them. Their night was cut short by a family emergency (Jake’s brother), and the two parted ways. Months later, Jake shows up at her ink parlor hoping to start where they left off, but Maya was already dating someone else. Instead, they became the best of friends, and stayed that way for 13 years.

Until the two just can’t hide their desire for more than just a friendship. But Jake’s kind-of-ex, Border, comes back to town, and suddenly the three must figure out where they stand with each other – and, perhaps, all together.

"I'm glad you think so because I want that tongue to taste every inch of me." She raised her brow. "You get me? Because I already told you, being shitty at oral is a deal breaker for me."

I liked this book, finishing it in a day. Carrie Ann Ryan writes great sexy times, and also does triad relationships quite well. I had no complaints in the bedroom department; they all had ample chemistry with each other, and I loved that Maya was not afraid to take control of her own sexuality and pleasure. (This is common with pretty much all of Ryan’s heroines, btw.)

I did, however, have a bit harder time accepting that they were all in love, and so soon, but to be honest, that’s always a possible issue with a triad, not just this particular book. Maya and Jake I could believe, as they had history and a long friendship. But we didn’t see any of Jake and Border’s old connection, so I wasn’t convinced that after all those years they’d still have such deep feelings for each other, especially since I wasn’t quite sure WHAT they had going before.

But Maya and Border were the hardest for me to believe in, since Border comes back to town and happily sets his eyes on Maya as well as Jake. They didn’t know each other, had no history, so I couldn’t 100% accept their part of the triad. Border mentioned (at the end of the book) that Jake used to write him letters, always talking about Maya and how great she was; Border claims that this was how he knew she’d be part of his life, too. I think if we had actually seen some of those messages, the hurried connection would have been more fleshed out and believable. Same with a peek into Jake and Border’s friendship/relationship/whatever before Border left. It would have added to the characters and, for me at least, made the triad relationship more solid.

One thing I always love when picking up a book in this series is the Montgomery family. They’re fun to visit, there’s a ton of brothers and sisters and cousins to explore, and their interactions and dynamics add to the overall story. This held true with Ink Enduring, too, and I do still plan on catching up on this series.

Truly this was a solid read, even if I probably won’t take the time to ever reread it. It was quick to read, fairly hot, and easy to get into. And there’s nothing at all wrong with a book like that. 


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

*Note: The quote used belongs to Carrie Ann Ryan; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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