After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him - and always has.
Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself - or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.
©2015 Laura Kaye (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I was introduced to Ike and Jessica in the Hard Ink series and I liked them enough that I wanted to see how they got together. I liked this story and I plan to read more of the series in the future.
Jessica is a piercer that works for Jeremy, the owner of the Hard Ink tattoo parlor (see the Hard Ink series by Kaye). Jessica's mother left her and her father when Jessica was only 8 years old. Jessica grew up close to her father (who was a cop) but some trouble ended with her dad getting killed and Jessica blamed herself for his death. Jessica has had feelings for Ika for years but he's always treated her more like a little sister.
Ike is a biker with the Raven Riders motorcycle club and he also works as a tattoo artist at Hard Ink. Ike grew up in a family that wasn't good and he just wanted to get away from them. Unfortunately, his family was determined enough to keep him that they started a situation that ended up killing the girl that Ike loved. Ike escaped his family but felt that his love's death was his fault and that he didn't deserve to love again.
Ike and Jessica have been denying their attraction to each other for years but when Jessica ends up in danger (from some of the stuff going on in the Hard Ink series) Ike is determined to protect her. Ike takes Jessica to his place to stay but them being alone together makes the attraction all the stronger and harder to deny. Unfortunately, Ike has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth while trying to push Jessica away and he hurts her even though he doesn't really want to. Basically the story focuses almost completely on Jessica and Ike's relationship and after some drama, Jessica and Ike manage to work through their issues and end the story starting a HEA together.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I like Jessica and Ike and was happy to see them get together. I have to admit that Ike pissed me off a few times because he acted like a real jerk while trying to push Jessica away but thankfully, he got past that. Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable story...I'd recommend this and am planning to read more of the series in the future.
* note - The narrator did an alright just but his female voice made Jessica sounds like she constantly had a sore throat which was a bit annoying.
This Novella was the best story I have heard, from a novella, in a long time. It had a natural pace and didn't end too abruptly.
My only complaint was with the narrator's attempt with female voices. I had to really make an effort to ignore this issue in order to enjoy the story. i, myself, could not attempt different voices, so I'm not trying to be overly critical. I'm just trying to give the most honest review I can.
- V from Kansas
"A brilliant standalone/crossover"
Laura Kaye is one of a few authors that I will 1-click, no questions asked. I love her Stubborn alpha males and Ike Young is just that, a stubborn, sexy, hulk of a man who rides a motor bike? What's not to like? The truth of that is absolutely nothing, he's perfect. Then we have adorable Jessica Jakes who is in danger because of the people she knows (the super hot Hard Ink guys). Caught in the crossfire between her employers and their enemies, her 'friend' Ike takes her away to keep her safe. Unfortunately for him, this means being in close contact with her at all times (something he's been avoiding). He doesn't want or need love and commitment and he knows it would be much more than a fling or a one night stand with Jess. The chemistry between them is intense and I was rooting for a HEA so much. A sexy friends to lovers romance that can be read as s standalone, however, I heartily recommend you read the Hard Ink series first, just because, it's a brilliant series. Fantastic narration.
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