Blog Tour: “The Morbid & Sultry Tales Of Genevieve Clare” by J. B. Hartnett – My Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 

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Title: “The Morbid & Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare”

Author: J. B. Hartnett

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 30th October, 2014.

Cover Designer: LM Creations

SYNOPSIS

My name is Genevieve Clare, professional mourner, destined to spend my days donning a black suit and throwing myself on top of caskets for money. Sometimes I mixed it up and threw myself on top of a willing warm body instead. Finding the right warm body though, that was a different story.

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My Review

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

 Death is such a taboo subject when, in fact, it really should not be. Now, do not go into this book thinking that that is everything this story is about: no, this is a love story that makes you feel everything. The love story between Genevieve Clare and Ahren Finnegan is sweet, funny, life affirming, and uplifting. Add to that some great, dry wit delivered by some of the secondary characters, a bit of steaminess, and overall “feel-good-vibes”, and I am positive that you will come to love, maybe even adore, this book as much as I do.

As always, I will not give away any spoilers of the story, but what makes it so much more important than usual is the fact that this is such a different romance novel from what we see on the market these days, and I honestly believe that it will ruin the reading pleasure for you if I reveal too much of it.

Genevieve – Gen – has suffered great loss at a very young age: losing both her parents and grandmother in a horrific way. Needless to say, she is filled with sorrow, but she does not know how to work through it in a “normal” way. She has been in love with Ahren Finnegan since she was a little girl, and even though he admits to feeling the same way about her, fate decides to step in and tear these lovers apart. It does not happen in an overly dramatic way, but, again, I refuse to give any spoilers; suffice it to say, years will pass until Gen and Ahren meet again, and, this time, decide to take a leap of faith in order to find happiness together.

”All the men in my life had been compared, unbeknownst to them, to Ahren Finnegan. They never stood a chance.” (Genevieve)

Gen is a quirky, sweet, and caring person; to say that her line of work is different would be an understatement: I honestly do not know if there exists professional mourners in this day and age, but I kind of hope so. You see, the services Gen offer her clients are compassionate, selfless, and absolutely amazing. Are they eccentric? Yes, absolutely. But is this really such a bad thing? To some, yes – to others, not so much.

As for Ahren: well, he is such a wonderful person. I love him! In some aspects, he is just as scared as Gen, but I love his stubbornness, his humour, and his alpha tendencies (especially in the bedroom *wink*). He understands Gen like no other person does, and he knows how to handle her when she feels afraid and want to bolt. Furthermore, he understands why she has chosen the profession she has, and that means everything.

‘”I wanted to be your first, Gen. All those years, I knew I could say anything, tell you anything, and you would’ve thought it was cool or asked me more, and we would talk. I missed you. I missed talking to you. Not the little girl you; I missed you.”’ (Ahren)

I would also like to add that Ahren is not insecure about opening up the can of worms, and you just have to love a man who does not shy away from disagreeing with his woman – because that, my dear readers, is not an easy task!

‘“No going back,” he said firmly. “I mean it, Gen. It’s you and me, now. Not our pasts. Now. If you ask me to leave, I will not go. Do you understand?”’ (Ahren)

As I said in the beginning of my review: death is not something you want to dwell on – and I do not think that you should, of course – but neither is it a subject to ignore at the same time. It just is. It is a fact of life, plain and simple. But what I feel that Miss Hartnett wants to tell us by writing this story is that one should make the most of one’s life; that it is more than acceptable to be different; and, last, that love is all that matters in the end. True love, in any shape or form, is everything. And that brings me hope.

‘I felt his smile against my own. “What if something happens to me?” I asked. He held my face in his hands and said, “Then you wait for me to join you, baby. I won’t be far behind.”’ (Genevieve & Ahren)

So: yes, I recommend this rather different, but endearing, romance novel: the storyline is unusual; Gen and Ahren are lovely, believable, and genuine characters; Miss Hartnett’s storytelling skills are so unique, and you can really feel that she cares deeply for every single person she introduces us to in her book; finally, the cast of secondary characters in this novel is so much fun! Yes, even when you find yourself bawling your eyes out – and yes, that I did – you will end up smiling because of something a certain person said in a previous chapter.

This has become one of my favourite books this year, so please take a chance, dear reader, and buy it!

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I approached Bryce Oskin, with caution, and when I reached his side, he demanded, “Who the fuck are you?”

Charm and disarm. Charm and disarm.

“I’m Genevieve Clare, Mr. Oskin,” I said with a grin. “I believe you hired me to come to your funeral? Mind if I join you?” I brought my own bag of goodies and opened a white baker’s box from Brewster’s.

“You some kind of spooky chick?” he asked, his eyes squinting as he studied me.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think he was… sweet on me already. “Kinda, yeah. If by spooky you mean I get paid to go to funerals, give people a nudge, and check for a heartbeat. Oh, and I live at Eden Hills. Then yeah, I’m spooky.” I grabbed a plastic fork and took a bite of amazing cake. It was always amazing, but today it seemed more amazing than usual.

“There,” I nodded toward the folder I’d set down on a little table to his side. “I just need you to sign on the dotted line. And the bag there is from Ruby. But I’m taking over the goody-bag duties, so tell me what you like and I’ll get it for you.” I licked my lips and did it seductively because I knew this was a man who appreciated a woman. Also known as a dirty old man. “Want a bite?”

“You gonna tell that Nazi Nurse Ratchet on me?” He jerked his head toward Cheryl.

“Are you gonna drop dead from half a slice of cake?” I countered.

“Nope.”

“Then I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship, Mr. Oskin. I visit once a week, unless I have a funeral, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday. I always bring cake for my clients. If there’s something you don’t like, just tell me. But I usually bring a selection.”

“You do this every week?” he asked, disbelief in his voice.

“What do you mean?”

“You eat like that every week? When you see other clients?” His eyes slid up and down the length of my body.

“I have a high metabolism.” I smiled. It really was a miracle I wasn’t as big as a house. But my sweet tooth was limited to sharing with clients. I had to give myself some sort of boundaries.

He grabbed the plastic fork I’d handed him and stabbed the slice of Meyer lemon cake with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting. His eyes closed, and when they opened, he said, “God bless you.” After a few more bites, he asked, “So, you’re gonna open up my box and poke me before they burn me, right?”

“Yes, sir, I’ll make sure you’re good and dead.”

“Spooky chick.” His tone was gruff, but his lip tipped up in the corner.

I saw it with pride. Disarmament, accomplished.

Bryce Oskin had ordered the Shake N Bake. I had permission from most of the mortuaries and crematories to open the casket and check the body. I mean, you could just tell when someone was dead. By the time I had my turn with the deceased, they were most likely already embalmed. But some of them chose not to be, or if they were, they hired me to come to their place of death and make damn sure there was no chance in hell they were coming back to life.

A while back, there was a highly publicized case in Southern California. A woman had been pronounced dead and taken to the hospital morgue. But when they opened the fridge for her to be transported to the funeral home, they saw obvious signs of a struggle. She’d been put in there alive.

Yikes.

I’d never been afraid of death, and, after my family died and the man I loved almost had, I embraced death in my own strange way. I made it my life’s work, I guess. While it took a lot to creep me out, that story gave me the heebie-jeebies something fierce. It was all over the news. Every staff member from the hospital to the morgue was investigated then sued or fired or both. And, of course, old people sitting in the common room of a rest home from the wee a.m. hours to beddy-bye time, saw that story six times in one day, minimum. I ended up receiving so many requests to make sure they weren’t breathing, I added the Shake N Bake to my website

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

j.b. hartnett

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation (and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Cover Reveal: “The Morbid & Sultry Tales Of Genevieve Clare” by J. B. Hartnett – Synopsis & Teasers

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Title: “The Morbid & Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare”

Author: J. B. Hartnett

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 30th October, 2014.

Cover Designer: LM Creations

SYNOPSIS

My name is Genevieve Clare, professional mourner, destined to spend my days donning a black suit and throwing myself on top of caskets for money. Sometimes I mixed it up and threw myself on top of a willing warm body instead. Finding the right warm body though, that was a different story.

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#1 – With Tony, it seemed to take a lot to get me going. When Ahren walked into a room, I wanted to smother him with my vagina.

 

#2 – “It was a work of art, beautiful, as if carved by the masterful, dirty, filthy hands that knew exactly what a girl like me would want.”

 

#3 – “We’re all gonna die, Cookie. Death is the devil you know. The better you live, the more you piss him off, and he just hates that. Right now, you’re lettin’ him get his way.”

 

 #4 – So when I looked at him in the truck, I saw this man I’d loved for years. This time, instead of looking at him with the eyes of a silly girl, an awkward teen, a romantic young woman, or a grieving daughter…this time, I looked at him with the eyes of a woman in love. A woman who knew her heart, finally, and I knew, in that moment, nothing would ever part us again.

 

#5 – Now, seeing all of him, I fell a little more in love that day because, in my mind, he’d always been perfection. But no one is perfect, not in the real world. His fragility made him so in my eyes.

 

#6 – “Little pieces,” I whispered.

“Sorry?” he asked against my hair.

“Just when I think I can’t love you more, you give me another piece to add to my heart.”

 

#7 – “Love it when you talk to me about cement. It makes me think about your cock,” I said against his lips.

 

#8 – “I love you, Gen and you love me and I hope to God you have more of these skirts because I’m about to tear that fucker right off of your body.”

 

#9 – “I’ll share your smile, your laughter, your generosity, and your friendship, but I won’t share your body, and I won’t share your heart.”

 

#10 – “I’ve decided it’s worth the risk of losing you and having you for one day, than never having you at all.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Blog Tour: “Nico” (The Leaves #3) by J. B. Hartnett – My Review, Excerpt, Dream Cast & Giveaway

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Hello, my lovelies!

It has now become my turn on the blog tour of this truly wonderful book.

In this post, you will find my review of “Nico”, an excerpt from the book, the dream cast + an amazing giveaway.

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Title: “Nico” (The Leaves #3)

Author: J. B. Hartnett

Release Date: 7th February 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb

When I was a boy, I met a girl.
She didn’t know it then, but…
She changed me.

Now…..I am a man.
A man who is broken by the stories of the women who come to me.
They are my birds with broken wings.
I help them heal, help them to make them strong, so they can fly free.
Lark changed me. Loved Me. Made Me Strong.
With her, I am free.

I write…
To the girl of the past.
To the girl of my present.
And, the girl of my future.

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My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

If you have read my reviews of “Inky” and “Cole”, you will know that I loved these books, but “Nico” is, hands-down, my favourite. And let me be clear: although this book is part three of The Leaves Series, it can be read as a standalone novel.

I want to start this review by letting you all know that this book deals with some very difficult subject matters – it is not a light, fluffy romance so please do not expect it to be that way. But if you, like me, enjoy reading books filled with plenty of raw, gritty and angsty emotions, please read this one! I promise you, this IS a romance novel, and it has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as well, but…well, I best not get carried too much away and tell you everything.

Nico is a very talented tattoo artist who made Inky’s beautiful back tattoo, and this is his story: we learn how he is able to help women – his “broken birds” – to purge themselves from their hideous experiences in life through creating beautiful body art. We also learn how this deeply affects Nico himself, making him feeling lost and lonely.
His ability to help women actually began when he was 7 years old and he spent a night at the women’s shelter his parents worked at at the time. A little girl – who he later calls Dish because of her hair – changed him for life and he has never forgot a single moment of that night.

The stories Nico listens to in his tattoo parlor – and although very different from each other, they are all horrific – are slowly, but surely, driving him mad. The only way he really gets an outlet is by hooking up with random women for a few short hours in order to forget and feel alive. He is always honest with the women he hooks up with, though, and he does not make them any promises. So yes, he is most definitely a player, but you really cannot blame him for it: he has to deal with so much ugliness all alone, but who is standing by him at the end of the day? The fact that he has no one special to share his life with, to share the burden he carries with him, is making him battling demons of his own.

“My chair was for me and me only. I drank there, I lived in my head there and escaped there with music, and my hand.” (Nico)

But as the years pass and Nico experiences great emotional pain in life – among other things, his mother battling with breast cancer – he starts thinking that maybe he really needs to try opening up his heart and find love. Well, his father – the great and wise Pop – also chimes in, telling Nico that he truly needs a good woman who can and will help him deal with all the things he hears and sees.
This is the point in the story when Lark enters the picture. One look at her and Nico is gone. Just like that. He knows instinctively that THIS woman – who deals with her own shadowy past – is the perfect fit for him, and that having her in his life will mean the end of his loneliness.

“I felt lost. I was empty because there was no one else on God’s green earth that made me feel any kind of peace…Until you.” (Nico)

I could go on and on about the actual storyline, but there are just so many details I am afraid to reveal that I choose to not say that much more.

Nico is a very remarkable man: strong, yet vulnerable, with a beautiful and sensitive soul. I really admire that he is not afraid to acknowledge the fact that something is missing in his life, but that he, at the same time, does not really know what this “something” is.
And Lark really is his perfect match: at first, she appears to be very broken, but as you get to know her better, I would rather say that she is lost, just like Nico is before he meets her. With Nico’s love, she blossoms into this feisty, strong and funny person who is not afraid to deal with the hardships you inevitably face in life.

One of the things I love about this book – and yes, the list is long – is the fact that it spans over a couple of years. I really love that we, the readers, get to see how Nico goes about changing his playboy ways and that these changes do not happen over night. That, to me, makes Nico’s story more realistic: the choices we make in real life usually take a lot of work and they do not just happen from one day to the next. That is my experience, at least.

Miss Hartnett really knows how to make me cry both sad and happy tears and I honestly think that her writing has improved tremendously with “Nico”. She shows us, again, that the world can be a cruel, heartless place, but that hope can be found if you keep looking for it, and that you must never stop fighting for what you want. I also believe that she excels at showing us how the people we meet throughout our lives can affect the way we live our own.
Furthermore, the author gives us plenty of quirky and interesting secondary characters in the book: there is Nico’s good friend and partner of the tattoo parlor, Zack; the dominatrix Teensy, who is Zack’s girlfriend; and Nico’s parents, especially, also provide a lot of laugh-out-loud moments.

I want to conclude my review by telling you that if you want to experience true, heartfelt emotions, THIS is the book for you. The storyline is solid and unique, there is angst aplenty and some VERY steamy sex scenes (I will never look at a spatula again without thinking about a certain scene), and it has a cast of remarkable, yet believable, characters. It has now become one of my favourite books of all time and I know that I will reread Nico & Lark’s story many times in the years to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JULIE BIO

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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We sat there trying to catch our breath, her small giggle echoing against the foothills when I heard, “You two mind keeping it down now? Son, you know I’m proud you’re a man who can please your woman, but I also have a wife – your mother – who is running around the place turning on every radio and television to full blast because she can’t find her damn headphones,” I heard him chuckle as he walked away, mocking me, “Fuckkkkk,” and laughing his ass off.

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Lark: Alona Tal

Nico: Chris Hemsworth

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Anika “Inky” Redding has it all: a great fiancé and a job that allows her to follow her passion of painting and considering her history, that’s plenty. All is well until someone from her past sets events in motion that upend Inky’s careful world. When a handsome customer comes to her rescue, will she take a risk with her whole heart?

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Blurb

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.

Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding. 

Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.

Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle. 

Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.

 

Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

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Cover Reveal: “Nico” (The Leaves #3) by J. B. Hartnett – Synopsis & Excerpt

Hello, my lovelies!

I have loved all the covers in The Leaves Series by J. B. Hartnett, but the latest installment is my favourite – to me, it is passionate, violent and just breathtaking.

In this post, you will find the synopsis of “Nico”, an excerpt ,and the book information and purchase links to both “Inky” and “Cole”.

Enjoy!

 

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Blurb

When I was a boy, I met a girl.
She didn’t know it then, but…
She changed me.

Now…..I am a man.
A man who is broken by the stories of the women who come to me.
They are my birds with broken wings.
I help them heal, help them to make them strong, so they can fly free.
Lark changed me. Loved Me. Made Me Strong.
With her, I am free.

I write…
To the girl of the past.
To the girl of my present.
And, the girl of my future.

Release Date: February 7th

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JULIE BIO

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Here is the excerpt, ladies!

We sat there trying to catch our breath, her small giggle echoing against the foothills when I heard, “You two mind keeping it down now? Son, you know I’m proud you’re a man who can please your woman, but I also have a wife – your mother – who is running around the place turning on every radio and television to full blast because she can’t find her damn headphones,” I heard him chuckle as he walked away, mocking me, “Fuckkkkk,” and laughing his ass off.

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Blurb

Anika “Inky” Redding has it all: a great fiancé and a job that allows her to follow her passion of painting and considering her history, that’s plenty. All is well until someone from her past sets events in motion that upend Inky’s careful world. When a handsome customer comes to her rescue, will she take a risk with her whole heart?

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BUY LINKS

Amazon Only $0.99

Barnes & Noble

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Blurb

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.

Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding. 

Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.

Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle. 

Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.

 

Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

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“Cole” by J. B. Hartnett

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It was with bated breath I started reading this book after the horrendous cliffhanger in “Inky”! I kept telling myself that this couple WOULD get their HEA (Happy-Ever-After), but I was not altogether sure of all the heartbreak they had to go through to get it. I was reading so fast because I could not wait to learn what would happen next.

After Inky is taken, we get to experience the next 24 hours – and the rest of the story – from not only Inky’s perspective, but Cole’s as well, and I really love that the author decided to write this book in dual POV’s – as I wrote in my review of “Inky”, I simply could not wait to get inside Cole’s head and get to know him better.
And I must say that the author definitely did not disappoint me! What an amazing man Cole is. The way he handles Inky’s abduction felt extremely real to me. He is scared, furious, wild and not afraid to show his emotions to his family. I was almost praying for Inky’s safe return side by side with him, that is how real it felt to me.
I loved how intense Cole feels about Inky – it is so beautiful, and the best part is that Inky feels exactly the same about him.

“Yes. No matter what happens. That’s my answer if something goes wrong. I love you, forever baby. Forever”. (Inky)

Luckily, Inky IS released from the clutches of Joe – and I am NOT feeling conflicted about his demise, not at all – and I was happy to see how their relationship grew as time went by. The pace of the story settles down a bit, which I was very happy with, and when you find out that Inky decides to talk with a psychologist about her past, I almost jumped up and down and shouted “YES!” to the living room! I was really waiting for that to happen, because I just felt that neither Inky, nor Cole, would be able to move forward completely if they did not see the necessity of speaking with a professional about their traumas. Otherwise, the story would have lost some of its believability in my opinion.
As you know, I really adored Inky in the first book. And I still do! She is still this strong willed, beautiful, quirky woman who is determined to find her place in the world, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Cole is her perfect match. He understands her like no other – except, perhaps, apart from Aimes – and he understands her pain and what she needs from him. I really feel that the author excelled at showing us that they are, truly, soul mates.

“This was our fate. Her ugliness and mine made us fit”. (Cole)

I love the banter this couple has with each other! I mean, there are, again, some very laugh-out-loud moments, so readers who enjoyed this aspect in book one, will definitely be satisfied with “Cole”.

“Are my sexy cupcake flannel pajama’s making you hot?” (Inky)
“You have no idea. Why do you think I bought ’em?” (Cole)

Oh, and the scene with the Thanksgiving dinner? Hilarious! THIS is what makes a great book to me: lots of drama and intensity, but plenty of humor and simplicity as well – Miss Hartnett, you have done it again!

As with “Inky”, the secondary characters are well developed. I like that we get to know Cole’s parents better, but I will never really understand Richard, Cole’s father. But that is just the wayI feel.

I will not say more about what happens in the book – you HAVE to read it for yourself – because I do not want to make the mistake of giving too much of the story away. And no, many of you may not enjoy it, but that is the beauty about books: everyone can feel differently about the same story, and that is ALLOWED! 😉

I must admit that the dual POV’s is what makes this a better book for me – I admit it, I love getting to know the hero’s thoughts and feelings – and I think the author has managed to show us who Cole REALLY is: kind, generous, protective, and hot.
As I said about “Inky”: if you want a book with plenty of emotions, with highs and lows,”Cole” will live up to your expectations. oh, and what I believe I failed to say before: those of you who want steamy sex scenes will get your wish! There is plenty of that as well! 😉

I am really looking forward to seeing what J. B. Hartnett conjures up for us in the future. No pressure! 🙂

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“Inky” by J. B. Hartnett

Inky

Blurb:

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan.  While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit,  Inky’s world is turned upside down.  Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

My review

The story of Inky (Anika) almost drained me emotionally right from the beginning: When I read about Inky’s past, I felt such sadness and almost rage towards her mother, and I really wanted to smash somebody’s face in! Please note that I am usually a non-violent person, but I feel very strongly about the subject matter of this book. It can be a cruel world sometimes, and even though this book is a work of fiction, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that these things do not happen in real life.

I was sucked into the story right away – this author is very good at giving you small tidbits of information to get you interested in Inky’s story, and you simply cannot wait to uncover it.

I think that Inky’s character is very believable: she understands where she is coming from and that she has many issues to deal with, but she refuses to let them define her. She acknowledges that the issues are a part of her – but they are definitely not ALL she is. That, to me, speaks highly of her determination to lead a life on her own terms. Inky is a strong, passionate and determined young woman who got dealt a very shitty hand in life and decided to make it better.

“I’d always been guarded emotionally, knowing I was the only person I could depend on”. (Inky)

I believe that all survivors – and please note: survivors, NOT victims – have to feel that they can control their surroundings, and Inky is just like that: she hates to feel weak, and even more so she hates not being in control of what happens to her. She always feels that if everything is going well in her life, the bubble will burst at some point.This fact saddens me, but I do understand her reasoning.

However, I want to stress that this story is not all “doom and gloom” – what I mean is that there are some very funny moments between Inky and her best friend, Aimes, and these show us that Inky has a very quirky and fun personality – I laughed many times while reading certain dialogues between Inky and Aimes or Inky and Abe:

“Abe, I kind of want to kiss you right now, tongue and all.” (Inky)

“Ah, well, I’m flattered but you know that’s not how I roll.” (Abe)

You know how you have that ONE friend who completely and utterly understands you? The one who will walk through fire for you? I have such a friend in my life, and Aimes is that kind of friend to Inky. The way the author tells you their story, how they have always been there for each other…well, it really moved me, and because I myself have such a relationship, I can really relate to it.

“Feel whatever you need to feel and get it the fuck out of you. It’s all poison my friend”. (Aimes)

Now, THAT is what a true friend will say to you! Well done, Miss Hartnett!

I cannot write this review without mentioning the tattoo on Inky’s back. The way the author describes it is absolutely beautiful. When I read the scene where she goes to the tattoo artist after her attack…Well, it moved me to tears, it really did.

I find it really refreshing to read a story when the main characters meet each other but do not become an item right away. Usually, that is not the case with the books I read. It did make me wonder if Inky and Cole really WOULD end up together or not. Also, I have to touch upon the fact that although they admit to having a very tangible attraction going on, they do not act upon it until Inky is free of her relationship with Evan. (And good riddance!)

Though this book centers around Inky, we must not forget Cole – another swoon-worthy book boyfriend ;-). He is, of course, gorgeous, generous, very wealthy and just as tormented as Inky. When he tells his story to her, you cannot help but feel compassion towards him, and true anger towards his father.

I must say that whenever these two are together, you can feel how perfect they are for each other – and even though Cole is so mysterious, you end up not really caring about that. You simply KNOW that he is Inky’s soulmate – what he does for a living is a small detail. And with statements like this:

“I want you to trust me. I want to be your destination, not your distraction.” (Cole)

Well…enough said! 😉

So: now to the reason I am not giving the book 5 stars. There were times when the story shifted from being told, mainly, in past tense to, all of a sudden, present tense – and it confused me. I do not really understand why this shift occurred and I do not think it was necessary. Unfortunately, it happened just a bit too many times for me to simply let it go.

This is a story about love, letting the past go and finding happiness. It is about finding that special someone we all long for, who will make you forget about your past and focus on the future. If you want a very emotional story, I recommend reading “Inky”.

There is a HUGE cliffhanger in this book, but do not fret: the sequel, “Cole” is only one-click away! 😉 I cannot wait to get inside his head some more.

 

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