Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review and Giveway: Inky by J.B. Hartnett


Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancĂ© Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

WARNING!! This book has a cliffhanger but don't let that stop you! Inky's story will continue with Cole in late September.

4 star review by Jen Skewes 

Anika has been trying to move on from her past and horrific childhood.  She is a part time bartender and an aspiring artist.  For the past few years she has been pining over Evan, waiting for him to basically sow his wild oats and decide that he finally wants a commitment.  She has been in love with him for so long and now he is finally hers.  She has it all, a fiance that she loves, the perfect best friend, her art career seems to be going in the right direction and she is moving on from her past.  One day while working at the bar she meets a man, named Cole and for some reason after that night she can't get him off her mind.  But when they meet again, she has a panic attack and he is the one to who is there to calm her down.  She is not sure why she feels such a connection to this stranger but she knows that there is something there.  But she loves Evan and tries her best to ignore it.  Until her world comes crashing down on her.  Someone from her past has finally caught up with her and if that isn't enough she watches her relationship with Evan completely crumble leaving her with a shattered heart.  Until Cole, her knight in shining armor comes sweeping in.

Cole is sexy and rich and in the process of divorcing his wife who it turns out only wanted him for his money.  When he meets Inky he knows that there is a connection between them.   He comes to her rescue more than once and after her relationship with Evan ends he knows that he can't give up on these feelings he has for her.  Honestly they are complete strangers who feel this strong connection and bond.  They both have baggage from their childhood that they have both been trying to move on from.  Inky has her secrets that only a handful of people know about.  As much as she loved Evan she never told him about her past out of fear.    But with Cole it's different.  She knows that she can trust him with her secrets and he will never judge her, because he understands the pain that has been going through. Inky and Cole have this undeniable bond but that is what scares Inky.  She just met him, so how can she have such strong feeling for someone that she hardly knows?  What is it about Cole that makes her feel like she can open up to him and possibly love him?  

Inky is a wonderful story about two people trying to move on from the hurt and pain of their past.  For Inky it was her mother and her boyfriend who caused her the pain and the anxiety attacks that she has.  She deals with her pain and emotions through her art.  Cole's pain comes from his father who always made Cole feel like he was worthless.  Cole has his own way of dealing with the pain.  They both have their secrets and demons to face.  Cole has suddenly become Inky's rock, the person she can count on, the person who understands her.  And at the same time Inky gives Cole the comfort that he needs, she sees past the money and sees him.  Will they allow their past to get in the way of love?

I loved this book.  This story was filled with a lot of emotions.  I felt the pain, anger, hurt, frustration with the characters as well as the love between the two of them.  I felt bad for all that these two went through, especially for the way Inky's mother treated her.  The supporting characters were such a great addition to this book.  I loved Inky's best friend Aimes who was funny and always there for her.  I also I loved Cole's mom.  There were of course some characters that you just wanted to punch, moments where you got those knots in your stomach.  And then there is the end, just when you think everything is perfect and BAM!!  Not telling you what happens but completely took me by surprise.  But luckily we do not have to wait long for the sequel.  Amazing job by J.B Hartnett.  This is a must read.  

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