There is a warning at the beginning that the characters swear a lot. They do.If you are offended by swearing, do not read this book. To be honest, the male characters didn't really feel real. In many spots it felt as though the author was starting to get on a roll, but then said to herself, "But wait! This character is supposed to be a tough guy! I must insert some swear words or have them threaten someone who looks at/talks to/dances with the girl!" Also, I've said this in other reviews- I HATE it when books in a series use cliffhangers to try to suck you into the rest of the series.
This was my second attempt at reading Ms. Ryan's stories and, I'm sorry, again, there's potential but it's never realized. She hasn't changed one iota from the first book I read back in the beginning of 2016.
I enjoy books created around family; it's my favorite trope. But, in Ms. Ryan's case, there are still too many problems.
*All the women felt they were weak, ("This wasn't who she was anymore, anyway.") therefore *All the women were determined to make a stand ("Damnit, get over it!") with the hero *Almost no descriptions of any of the settings left me devoid of time and location *To much telling of how "strong" the heroes were, not enough showing, except sexually *Too much unnecessary repeated statements. (ie: "Shep's coming to Denver?" "Yes, I asked him to come home to Denver.") *Continuity errors. (One minute Sassy it's wearing a black evening dress, the next, she's taking off her black slacks) *Missing words *Extraneous words *Within hours or days of meeting the heroine, with a mere grasp of their chins, all the heroes know what the women are feeling *She's the Queen of Stating the Obvious: (She’d given him her address the day before so he had a relative idea of where she was. He knew Denver well enough it wasn’t a problem.) Austin was born, raised, and lived in Denver. *Ms. Ryan is constantly using the "As you know, Bob," trope: All of the characters are, at one time or another, confused. ("What are we even doing here?") All of the answers start with the same, "I thought we talked about this." Then there's the, "Well, let's discuss it again so..." *All the women have mother figures calling them tramps, whores, etc. *All the women give up their men so their crazed mothers, former mother-in-laws, etc., won't cause them harm. *Enough
What's sad is that I like her characters. I came to love Austin and Leif, I really adored Griffin, and Marie and Harry. I wanted to be a part of their big, happy family. She's got so much talent, and is widely read. Ms. Ryan should want to be a better, more versatile writer.
This wasn't even good enough porn for five stars! It wasn't worth reading even the first story for free! Insta-love, one badly written sexually explicit scene after another. There was a tiny bit of drama but when it came to blows, the author ended the story abruptly. As an afterthought, she wrote that the Montgomery's handled the problem. Seriously? This was terrible writing! Needless to say, I zapped it from my Kindle after book 0.
I love when authors bundle books, because it give a chance for readers to get a better understanding of what the author (and series) are about. In the Montgomery Ink Box Set (currently FREE on Kindle....go get it NOW), you get the 3 books that started it all: Delicate Ink, Ink Reunited and Ink Inspired...and every single one of them is fabulous.
Delicate Ink: A novella that introduces the Montgomery family and focuses on Shep and Shea. He lives for his art and she is new to the tattoo game. When they come together it is sweet, hot and all that you could want in a novella....it makes you want more. Luckily for us readers, Ms. Ryan gives it to us.
Ink Reunited: A menage/reunion romance that sparks all kinds of fires, and centers around Sassy, Rafe and Ian. None of them are Montgomery's, but Sassy works with Shep...and we start from there. This book is also a novella, but it doesn't feel like it--truly. The reunion aspect is not rushed, nor is the menage--but we still get a complete romance of 3 people falling back into love....only to realize they never fell out of it in the first place. Not gonna lie...I liked this book--A LOT.
Ink Inspired: The "First" Book in the Montgomery Ink Series...and by that I mean the first full-length book. Austin Montgomery is the oldest of his siblings, and as such has had responsibility thrust upon him at an early age. His parents have always been supportive of everything he's done, but Austin still feels like something is missing in his life, he just didn't know what it was. Well...that is until Sierra Elder walks through his door.
Sierra has a past that would have broken a weaker woman, so to say that she is wary about going into any sort of relationship is an understatement-at best. When she and Austin finally agree to finally stop circling each other and begin to see what they can have in each other’s future…both of their histories come calling---and they both have to dig deep inside themselves to fight for what they really want: a future with each other.
It is in in Ink Inspired that we are introduced to the Montgomery siblings, and see what potential books and pairings may occur. Looking back at this book after having just completed reading Ink Enduring (Book 5), I can honestly say that I am just as intrigued about the Montgomery family as I was when Ink Inspired came out…and isn’t that the hallmark of a great author?
Seriously though: go get this book bundle for your Kindle today---it’s FREE for a limited time! Values like this don’t happen often, so when they do, you better take advantage of the offer. You will not regret that you did.