Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan Blog Tour

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.

For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.

When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.

But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Friends to Romance
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Thea and Dimitri have known each other for several years. Dimitri married a good friend of Thea's and that's all they wrote. Despite knowing Dimitri and Molly, Dimitri's ex-wife, separately before – in fact, Thea was the one who introduced them – Thea felt that she had kind of let her friendship with Dimitri diminish after the divorce.

When Thea is having a rough night with a bad date, she runs into Dimitri. It is a happy coincidence, but it helps them rekindle their friendship. Dimitri is just realizing how much he sacrificed for his relationship with his ex-wife and how much he missed out on doing.

Thea is part of the Montgomery crew and they are a protective bunch. When things start to go wrong for Thea and her business, everyone will rally and try to figure it out. Thea and Dimitri have to look at some hard truths.

This was an okay story for me. I think the previous book was much more successful for me. Thea was too wishy-washy and despite being an amazing business woman, had a difficult time making decisions that were not made out of guilt. Dimitri was not very well developed for as long as he was supposed to have known Thea and the rest of the crew. Their romance did not have great chemistry – it was definitely a friends to romance feel. I also didn't like the resolution – perhaps there is more to the resolution in the third installment, but for me, this was just too unfinished. However, it is NOT a cliffhanger.

I like all of the secondary characters a lot and hope more get their own story.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

I enjoyed this book, the romance between Thea and Dimitri was nice and sweet. I completely understand the mixed feelings that Thea had about dating a friend’s ex-husband.

Dimitri had similar anxiety but quickly realized that any romance between him and Thea was not the business of his ex-wife, even as they all try to maintain a friendship.

It’s nice to see how their romance grew from friendship and both realize quickly that they enjoy being in each other's company, even when there is no sex involved.

This is the second book in this series, and is connected to a previous series, so a regular fan will fall right into this one with great pleasure.

Thea may have her premises near to the tattoo parlour, but her passion is baking, and her business is doing well. One of the lovely things about the book is how great it is to catch up with the Montgomery clan, their partners, children, and work. The closeness of the women, and the adoption of Dmitri into the fold is very entertaining and gives a wonderful vibe to the story. It also helps to show how Molly is such an unexpected fit as a friend for Thea.

Molly is a sad character and I thought the twists were well done and the faith that both Dmitri and Thea had in her gave you a sense of their natures, far more than of hers. The fact that there was a dog mixed up the story added some clever interruptions, which broke up the flow and the ease of their renewed friendship.

I thought that the flow worked well, the romance was hot and spicy, as well as being comfortable and believable. There are plenty more stories to come from this bunch of lovely people and I need Roxy and Carter to be happy again, so I hope that happens soon.

Thea and Dimitri were friends for years, after his divorce they drifted, and after a bad night, Thea runs into him again in a story. Their friendship picks back up and quickly becomes something more but Thea is riddled with guilt that she has feelings for her best friend’s ex-husband.

This was an okay read, the pace wasn’t as great as the previous books and I had a lot of trouble getting past the fact that Molly, Dimitri’s ex-wife, is Thea’s best friend and their whole love triangle thing at the beginning of the book was just hard to get past for me. I also didn’t like that Thea is so indecisive throughout the story, I just wanted to yell at her to make up her mind. The parts of this story that I enjoyed were definitely the Montgomerys – I fell in love with their family in book one and even though this book didn’t really do it for me, I am looking forward to where book three goes.

Also Available in the Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Fallen Ink Blog Tour.

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ruthless Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan to read and review for this tour.

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