NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan begins her binge-worthy Montgomery Ink series with a bachelor ready to finally settle down and the one woman he shouldn’t have.
One look at the woman who comes in for new ink and Austin Montgomery knows she’s the one for him. The problem: she can’t stand him. Now he’ll have to be his most charming and brooding if he has any chance of changing her mind…and claiming her heart.
Sierra Elder has reasons for keeping away and secrets close to her heart. An accident took her first love and scarred more than her soul in the process. Now the inked man with a wicked grin is starting to melt the ice she’s built to keep her safe, but the danger isn’t only from what she feels.
Some secrets were never meant to be kept and when mistakes from both of their pasts come knocking, they’ll have to trust each other, even if it could hurt them both in the process.
I love watching a new series develop, so I couldn’t wait to read this but wow, there was just too much going here for my tastes. The characters were great. I really liked Austin and Sierra immediately, as well as their supporting cast. The author may have gone too far trying to set up future books here and the multiple subplots eclipsed Sierra and Austin’s story. The subplots were interesting enough on their own, but they were distracting and unnecessary. The BDSM in particular really felt random and served no purpose. The book probably would’ve been better if there was less subplot and split focus and more concentration on the relationship between the MCs.
It was a bit tough to keep track of everything happening and all the different characters. That’s never an issue for me when it’s warranted but here it’s confusing and begins to feel tedious. There was a lot that I liked about this story, I just wish the book had focused more on Sierra and Austin’s relationship and less on everything else. There were times their interactions felt empty, like there should be more dialogue, more interaction, more of them getting to know each other and showing how they come together. That’s where this book fell somewhat short, by focusing on other things instead of the main event.
Still, the characters were great and there are elements I really enjoyed so I’ll probably reserve judgment on this series until after reading the second book. Maybe things will improve there.
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