More than Meets the Ink

Elle Aycart
More than Meets the Ink
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Release Date
June 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order -- tattoos and attitude included -- which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate's not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she's on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With her dad and brother gone, Tate is left to deal with the family restaurant, which is fast going down the drain. Her employees are acting out, her boyfriend has bailed out, and her very own private stalker is emailing her to death with lovely threats of doom, fire, and dismemberment. So yeah, maybe a little holiday fling is in order. Strictly sex though, and no follow-up whatsoever once.

She hadn't counted on her take-charge holiday fling having an opinion of his own and stubbornly sticking around, before and after the sex, making himself at home in her life. There is definitely more to James than meets her prejudiced eye, and even if she's not ready to look deeper, James isn't prepared to permit her not to.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and graphic language.

Book Review by Bookgrrl
Aug 20, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
171 people found the following review helpful
James Bowen is hot. He is a tattooed bad boy of epic proportions and Tate sees warning signs every time she looks at him.

The opening meeting between James and Tate is fresh and entertaining. Tate's mother is looking for her cat and is convinced that James' dad has absconded with the poor beast. Tate is hidden in the bushes, searching for the blasted cat when James stumbles upon her and is greeted with a very pleasant sight.

Tate is wary of tattooed and lazy men. Her sister is notorious for picking losers and she is leery of picking any for herself. She makes assumptions left and right about James.

Tate is battle scarred. Her father and brother recently died, leaving her in charge of the family restaurant. Her mother has moved to Florida and her sister is off to find herself. It's understandable--to an extent--that Tate is wary of any romance and potential loss.

James is pushy. He is alpha male, 100%. But he is willing to do what it takes to make sure his woman knows how he feels and that he is willing to walk on burning coals for her. He is an absolute (pushy) sweetheart.

So what's the problem, right? Tate is inconsistent. She hates tattoos with a serious passion, but has erotic piercings? She bases all her assumptions on some losers that her sister--not she--has dated in the past. She dated a starched stuff-shirt who had major issues. Hello? She is inconsistent and it drove me crazy. James gave and gave and gave and it felt like she never reciprocated. Another issue is some of the descriptive work. It didn't flow or mesh. There were times that I feared poor Tate was being mauled by an animal, thanks to the imagery Ms Aycart created.
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Book Review by drm2115
Dec 08, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed MORE THAN MEETS THE INK. The book tells the story of James and Tate, who met when she is visiting her Mom and he his Dad in a senior community in Florida. Tate makes it clear from their first interactions that she plans to judge a book by its cover, and in this case, she means to write James off as a bad boy because of his tattoos (hence, the book's title).

Some of the scenes at the retirement community are adorable, even laugh-out-loud funny. James interacting with the older ladies is so cute and there is some banter with James and his Dad on the golf course that is hysterical.

Tate and James also engage in some fun and witty banter before agreeing to sex only, though it becomes clear to both early on that what they are experiencing, they have never felt for others before.

James comes to terms with his feelings earlier than Tate and realizes that given a recent loss in Tate's life, she is going to fight her feelings at every turn. Couple the traumatic loss with the fact that the last man Tate confided in called her needy and walked out of her life when she needed him most, and you quickly see why Tate is scared to death of her feelings for James. But James is willing to take on the challenge of proving to Tate that he is there for her, that she can rely on him, and that she can trust him.

James is hot, sexy, engaging and when he calls Tate "Princess", your heart will melt. The sex scenes between James and Tate are very hot, as James is vocal about loving her body and wanting her to be pleased.

MORE THAN MEETS THE INK is a delightful read. The plot kept me engaged and what kept me reading onward was the hot sex and the hope that Tate would realize how wonderful James is.

Off to read Heavy Issues, a book about Cole, James' brother. I hope this brother is just as yummy!
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