Love & Ink by JD Hawkins
Release Date: February 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
4 Second Chance CROWNS
Love & Ink by JD Hawkins is a second chance romance that is not just a story about two people reconnecting but a story about accepting yourself, knowing your worth, and making a home, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Teo’s character is my guilty pleasure. Physically, he plays the part of a bad boy with the bike, the tattoos, and the transient nature, but there is so much more to him, though. His background, the way he was raised as a kid and treated by others, is a key part to who he became and the insecurities he has, especially where Ash is concerned. What makes me love him the most, though, is that he becomes better for himself. He makes strides to create a better life and become better not just for the heroine but to prove to himself that he has value and is worth more than anyone ever thought. His happiness at the end of the novel is a perfect reward.
Ash earns my respect as a heroine for her desire to succeed on her own. She doesn’t depend on her father or her family’s connections to reach her goals. She wants to do it on her own. There are parts of her character that are a bit naive when it comes to her family, which isn’t entirely unexpected as we tend to see our parents through rose-colored glasses, but her character grows and evolves, becoming more aware of what is transpiring behind the scenes. The person she is at the end, and the happiness she gets through Teo and their relationship is worth the work she puts in and gives her the home she has always wanted.
Love & Ink is and isn’t what I expected. Based on the teasers, I expected it to be steamy, and, Lord, was it ever HOT. I swear when these two hit the sheets my kindle went up in flames. Part of what makes it sexy is Ash and her sexuality. I love that she owned her desires in the bedroom and was vocal about what she liked and wanted. Teo is just as hot, but he was exactly what I expected based on the teasers I saw prior to reading the novel. What I didn’t expect, though, is a tale of learning to love oneself, of acknowledging that you have worth, and of showing how a home is so much more than a place to sleep. Most of all, I didn’t expect this aspect of the story to be told through the life of the hero, and I truly enjoyed the break in the standard romance trope. This part of the story also gave their romance the depth I wasn’t expecting and a authenticity to the characters and their journey back to each other.
JD Hawkins always delivers super hot romances with heroes I swoon over every single time, but with Love & Ink, he gives us a bit redemption for Ash and Teo as individuals and as a couple, and I truly enjoyed watching these two make their way back to each other and grab the HEA.
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