Romance Books

Book Review – Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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delicate inkOn the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

rating

3 out of 5 stars

review

Delicate Ink is a story about the oldest brother, Austin, of a family of 8 kids.  He also has a lot of cousins, friends who are family, strays, etc.  See where I’m going here?

I will be the first to admit I’m a sucker for series about families.  I love them.  They are what I prefer to read.  While this book wasn’t awful, it wasn’t great either.  Some of my thoughts are below.

Austin runs a tattoo parlor with his sister Maya.  One day, a lady, whom Austin automatically deems is stuck up, walks in and wants a tattoo.  Austin is rude to her.  She’s rude back.

Fast forward a week or so, they cross paths again, and now things have changed.  They are super nice to each other.  Austin is dealing with an obnoxious ex (who served no purpose at all).  Sierra is dealing with grief.

My biggest problems with this story were a) the long, boring, excruciating detail we had to bear in every chapter, b) the plethora of characters we met, c) the large number of storylines we were expected to keep up with and d) it was told in the third person (personal preference on that one).

Given that this wasn’t told in the first person, it was often easy to forget who the focus of the chapter was.  There was a side story with Austin’s cousin that was super predictable, but he had his own chapter a couple of times, and I couldn’t figure out why.

The ending of this book also had me scratching my head.  Something happened to Austin, and Sierra just kind of stepped in and took charge – while not having told Austin she loved him (or he her).  It was really bizarre.  Then what happened to Sierra.  Really?  Omg.

I liked both Austin and Sierra, but there was not much growth in their characters or for them as a couple.  It was like they didn’t like each other, then the next chapter, they are getting busy and both into BDSM (which was another element of the story which was stupid – in fact, the whole story about Sierra’s past as it relates to BDSM was ludicrous).

I didn’t love this book (obviously) but I’m willing to give book 2 a chance.  If that one sucks, then I’m out.

Happy reading.

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