Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Inked with a Kiss by Jennie Davids

Sometimes everything you shouldn’t want is exactly what you need.

Tattoo artist Jamie Winston is used to caring for others. Between her assistant manager position at a tattoo parlor, single-parenting her twelve-year-old daughter and supporting her alcoholic parents, Jamie rarely prioritizes her own needs—unless Sierra Clark is in her chair. The bubbly younger woman somehow manages to make Jamie feel like the carefree teenager she never got to be, making anything seem possible.

For Sierra, time with Jamie is a much-needed escape. She takes her work as a social worker seriously, but with budget cuts threatening her job, there’s a lot riding on the fund-raiser she’s planning with Jamie. The fact that it means working closely with the sexy older tattooist is a bonus—a deliciously tempting bonus. Sierra isn’t one for relationships, but she’s never felt such a strong desire to mix business with pleasure.

Sizzling chemistry quickly erodes Jamie’s fears of being too old for Sierra, but navigating a romance with someone who’s at such a different stage in life is no easy task. They’ve each come to rely on themselves more than anyone else, but having a future together will mean letting their guards down and accepting each other as a safe place to fall.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the story of the complicated relationship that develops between a tattoo artist with a complicated life and a young social worker who falls for her tattoo artist.

Jamie is trapped in an unhealthy cycle of caring for everyone in her life. While she’s happy to care for her daughter, she still feels responsible for her alcoholic parents and her ex-wife. I had mixed responses to Jamie. I had empathy for her stress, but I also just wanted her to do something about her situation. On the outside, she seems tough and in control, but I kept getting frustrated with her inaction.

I engaged more with Sierra. Like Jamie, her childhood was difficult, but she has moved on and become a strong adult. Sierra helps people because she enjoys it – not because she feels responsible for them. I love that Sierra continually surprises Jamie with her maturity and capability. Despite Jamie’s reservations, Sierra is the caregiver in their relationship.

As a romance, I’m not sure I really felt the chemistry between Jamie and Sierra – there are a few good steamy scenes in this story but I feel like there’s some sexual tension missing. I’m also not sure the sex in the book actually develops the characters and relationships as good sex scenes should.

For me, this was a slow, gritty read. Jamie and Sierra’s pasts are pretty dark, and the women go round and round in circles together. I feel like the story is missing an overarching plot. The romance is too quick to carry the story and the fundraiser storyline isn’t developed fully enough to carry the book either. Subplots about Jamie and Sierra’s families aren’t quite enough to pull the book together. The story wanders at times and so did my attention.

Also Available in the Thorn & Thistle Series

Book 1
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our New Ink on Life post.

Jennie Davids lives in the Pacific Northwest with her rescue animals that somehow never end up as well-behaved as their bios promise. The sound of the rain inspires her as she writes, or maybe it’s the gallons of hot chocolate she consumes to stay warm in the damp climate.

When not writing Jennie is reading, watching reality TV, or bemoaning how quickly weeds grow back and keep her from reading.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Inked with a Kiss (Thorn & Thistle #2) by Jennie Davids to read and review.

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