Love & Ink by JD Hawkins
Release Date: February 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
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I’m a world famous tattoo artist with a six month waiting list. Everybody’s begging me to put my ink on them. I’m the hottest shit in L.A., and can get any girl I want. So the last thing I expect is for Ash Carter to walk into my shop and blow me off.
I’ve spent the last seven years screwing half the women in the northern hemisphere, but nobody could come close to the girl I left behind. Ash was my world. But in order to protect her, I had to let her go. It was the biggest mistake of my life. And now I’ll do anything to get her back.
It’s been seven years since we last spoke. Seven long years of trying to ignore the memory of her skin, her eyes, her incredible confidence. She is everything I remember. Still stubborn and feisty and sexy as hell. They say you should forgive and forget. But Ash can never forget what I did. And I can never forgive myself.
She’s left a permanent mark on my heart.
But even if she takes me back, will we be able to overcome the past? Will we be able to move forward towards our future?
J.D. Hawkins is a new-to-me author, and I’m so glad that I signed up to read/review his latest romance Love & Ink because it’s a romance story with depth…there are so many lessons that readers are taught as Teo and Ash get a second chance to be together after Teo’s abrupt departure from Ash’s life seven years ago, and even though they have some things to work through and the past must be dealt with regardless of Teo’s need to put it behind them, it’s clear that their feelings for one another never truly went away, which gives them one heck of a fighting chance to make things work this time around even if Teo fears that his past will always get in the way of any future he could ever have with Ash.
J.D. Hawkins definitely amps up the heat factor in Teo and Ash’s story; once they reconnect, the couple can’t keep their hands off one another. There’s this incessant need for each other’s body that can’t be quenched because of the amount of years they were apart. But while Teo and Ash do spend a lot of naked time together, there’s so much more to who they are and what they have than an amazing sex life, and it’s that part of the book that will resonate with readers because there isn’t one of us who has never felt lost, worthless, or undeserving, at times, and bringing ourselves out of that self-doubt and conquering it illustrates the true merit of a person, and it’s that journey that readers take with Teo and Ash, but especially Teo, as he works through what happened in his childhood and the way he viewed himself due to his father and other people’s misjudgments.
One aspect of the story that I felt was extremely well done was the characterization of Teo. I feel like Teo’s voice/perspective is more authentic and introspective due to the fact that Hawkins is a guy and understands how his gender would react/respond in the various situations that Teo finds himself. That’s not to say that female romance writers are incapable of presenting the male point of view; to me, Teo’s inner musings and outward remarks truly showcased who he was/is, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that Hawkins created Teo.
Ash is a very independent person, and it’s her courage to step out on her own and work for what she wants that allows her to get through to Teo and make him believe that someone’s past doesn’t have to define his future. Ash could have taken the easy route when it comes to her profession, but she refused to be handed a career because working towards the goal is just as important as reaching it. The way that Ash views and lives life is refreshing and while she’s afraid that Teo will break her heart again, she’s more afraid of what not being with him will cause her to lose.
Love & Ink is a sweet and sexy story that makes readers think about what defines them as individuals and how much other people’s opinions factor into how they choose to live. Both Teo and Ash have made something of themselves on their own, which is an amazing feat, especially due to how Teo grew up and the things he had to do to survive.
I really enjoyed reading about Teo and Ash’s second chance at love and at the life they’ve always wanted/deserved.
4 Poison Apples
About the Author
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.
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