Sunday, January 12, 2020

Warrior Blue by Kelsey Kingsley

Title: Warrior Blue
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Artist: Danny Manzella
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Blake Carson can't afford to have a life. Between working full-time as a tattoo artist and caring for his disabled twin brother Jacob, his plate is more than full - and he prefers it that way.
But his meticulous planning is turned on its head when he meets the upbeat and beautiful Audrey Wright and her butterfly tattoo.
Now, through a complicated maze of coincidence and fate, Blake begins to question if maybe there could be more to his life than just work and Jacob.
That is, if the guilt doesn't eat him alive first.
With the help of Dr. Vanessa Travetti and a girl he doesn't think he deserves, can Blake convince himself that even the bad guy deserves a happy ending?

5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I loved this book.  It is the first book that I have read by this author, but it is not the last.  There is so much more to this book than a romance between a dark tattoo artist and the bright ray of sunshine that walks into his shop.  It is a story of fate and how moments in their lives are. Somehow connected.  I loved it from start to finish and could not put it down.  

Blake is a tattoo artist in his thirties. He is really good at his job and could really go so far with his career.  But there is so much that is holding him back.  An accident when he was a child has left him bitter and angry at the world.  But more so angry at himself, feeling guilty for what happened to his twin brother.  His twin Jake is still very much a part of his life, but while he may look just like Blake, he is really a little boy stuck in a man’s body.  Blake blames himself for what happened and has not let himself live his life the way he should.  He thinks that he is not worthy of a life if his brother can’t have the one he was meant to have.  His life is devoted to his job and his brother.  Jake is his world and he would do anything for him.  When Audrey walks into his tattoo shop what he doesn’t realize is how that one tattoo will turn his world upside down, in a very good way.  But also, in z way that he is not sure he is ready for.  

Audrey came to Blake for a tattoo, but what happened next was not expected.  There was an undeniable connection between the two of them. When Audrey left his shop that day, he found himself constantly thinking of her tattoo and what it all meant.     A series of events continues to bring these two together.  Audrey likes Blake, despite the fact that he is dark and angry and can be a complete ass at times.  Blake feels the connection to her but is so afraid to open up to her.  Regardless of his fears and hesitation, fate has its own plans, it steps in and brings these two together.  They are connected in ways that continue to surprise them.  Blake just needs to figure out how he can have a relationship and still be there for his brother, but he also needs to feel worthy of Audrey’s’ love as well.  

I cannot say enough about this book.  Blake may be this dark character who has been carrying a tremendous amount of guilt on his shoulders, but he is also the most caring and loving person.  The way he cares for and loves his brother was just so beautiful to see.  It wasn’t out of obligation for feeling guilty, it was out of pure and genuine love for Jake.  And that made me love him from the start.  But then he meets Audrey and the way he connects with her, was everything.  Their story was so beautiful to watch.  A very broken and closed off man finding his angel in the most unexpected way. Audrey truly was his angel in so many ways.  She was gentle with him when she needed to be, but she was also firm at times as well, never giving up on him and saying what she felt.   Ugh it was just so beautiful and amazing, and I wish it did not have to end. 

This story is not just about Audrey and Blake there are other relationships that just added so much to this story.  Whether it was Audrey and Jake ad how they quickly became friends, or the relationship with Blake and his therapist, to Freddy and Jake’s friendship.  They were all just as important to this story and Audrey and Jake.  I did not care for Blake’s parents and at times my heart broke for Blake and how they treated him.  Yeas I get what they have been going through but boy did their actions and words make me angry. 

Warrior Blue is a fantastic red that will truly tough your heart.  A must read!!!

“Hey, Blake,” Audrey answered, a smile in her voice.
“This is the second time you’ve called me in three days.”
“You’re keeping count?”
She scoffed lightheartedly. “Duh. I mean, I might be a grown woman, but deep down, I’m still a girl who has it pretty bad for this really hot guy.”

Kelsey Kingsley is the author of ten novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese. 


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