Saturday, October 18, 2014

Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed by Jade C. Jamison is Now Available & Reviewed

Kory McCallister has had her eyes on tattoo artist Stone Bowman for quite some time—so long, in fact, that no other guy will do. Stone pushes every turn on button Kory has—he’s tattooed from head to toe; he’s hot; he’s funny and charming; and he’s also mysterious. So when Kory’s friends dare her to ask Stone out on a date, she can’t believe she actually finds the guts to do it.

More surprising? He takes her up on the offer.

She discovers that, while his past might not be quite as dark or mysterious as she’d imagined, it’s bigger than she’d expected, and it’s something she will need to contend with if she decides she wants to keep him around to color her life for good.


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


**This can be read as a standalone, but it is a companion to the Tangled Web series.**

Kory has been getting pierced for years at Iron Maiden. When she first went there she didn't know what to expect, it certainly wasn't Stone Bowman. He was the sexy tattoo artist at the shop that did her piercings. Stone Bowman was her ideal man, he was sweet, sexy and covered in tattoos. After two years and multiple piercings Kory finally asks Stone out. Stone accepts surprising her. Can the monsters hiding under her bed come between what could be? Can Stone get her to see the real him?

"You are most than your past."

Everyone has a past, some are all butterflies and rainbows, some are dark and scary and that's where the monsters hide. This is a story of healing. Exploring that past and overcoming. Stone and Kory are meant for each other. Kory needs his strength and understand and Stone needs her to see the real version of him. Stone isn't the typical bad boy, he has the look but he is sweet and caring. Kory's tough, tougher than you'd expect her to be. Them together just works.

Jade does it again! Such a great read!

I was really excited to read this book by the description. Once I started to actually read the book I was finding myself bored and struggling to finish it. It wasn’t until after 50% the book actually picked up but then I still didn’t feel a connection between the characters. The story had potential I just couldn’t get into it, I am sure other readers will love it, it just wasn’t for me.

Characters: I couldn’t really feel a connection between the characters
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Companion novel to the Tangled Web series
Genre: Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I had a good laugh at the title, snarky really. This was a pretty good read, and I felt the author tried to introduce us to two people who were damaged. Kory was really crushing on this bad boy hottie that gave her piercings because she was trying to get over a phobia of needles. Along the way her attraction for him grew. You don't really get to see how much Stone's interested until she asks him out on a date. Maybe the author could do a small rendition of Stone’s POV, so we could see his interest. I thought the idea was good but it was hard to get a connection. Still I enjoyed it, and liked the romance despite the heavy emotion surrounding their circumstances. Overall entertainment is three stars.

This was a slow starter for me, but I had every confidence that it would come together, and in the end enjoyed it very much. The main characters were clearly deeply affected by their pasts, but in a position to move forward, so there was an upbeat feel in spite of some heavy reveals. An enjoyable read, with a fun twist at the end, which shows a complete turn around from the beginning.

This story starts with Kory trying to conquer her fear of needles, but she soon finds out that in conquering her fear she meets the one guy she has an immediate connection with. In her efforts of getting to know the mysterious tattoo artist, it ultimately helps her defeat a past that she thought had been dealt with a long time ago. The summary of the book definitely interested me but as I read I felt like something was missing. I felt like Kory and Stone lacked chemistry. I also don't feel the cover art goes with the story being told within its pages. Sure there's a guy with tattoos on the cover but there are a woman's hands and they are wearing a diamond ring and a diamond bracelet....Kory doesn't quite strike as a diamond wearing kinda gal. The plot has potential. It just didn't grab me as well add I would have liked. 

Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado, moved from one city/town to the next, and she’s decided she likes it so much she wants to stay…although travel is not out of the question. She lives in a big town in Colorado (not unlike Winchester!) with her husband and four children. She is working on becoming a crazy cat lady. Okay, so maybe not.

Still want more? Jade has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater, a master’s degree in English, and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing. Obviously, she loves school and the student loan folks love her. She works in human services by day, teaches English and creative writing at night, and—in between playing soccer mom and community leader—writes like a fiend. Someday soon, she’ll narrow it down to just writing, but let’s get all those kids off to college first.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed by Jade C. Jamison to read and review for this review.

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