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“A man like him could never be tamed....”

Giovanni DeRose only came back to Las Vegas to work with his brothers in the legendary family tattoo studio. Instead, he’s found himself the leader of a sinking ship, thrown together with a gorgeous woman who won’t back down. But with the threat of closure if he doesn’t turn a profit ASAP, working alongside her may be his only option. Gio can do just about anything with his talented hands and bare skin, but this bad boy will need something different if he’s going to save Thorn....

Riley Bryne is an Irish lass that’s as smooth as whiskey - if you don’t mind the burn that comes along with it. As Thorn’s new co-manager she’s desperate to pull it back into the green to clear her own debt, but her numbers-focused tactics throws her up against her Gio’s art-centered direction. 

Challenging the tattooed hunk is easy, but stopping herself falling for his smoldering touch? The odds don't look good. 

Riley is business savvy and a little bit bossy - something Giovanni finds frustrating in the studio and hot as hell when he’s got her pinned to their office desk. But if Thorn Tattoo is going to survive they’ll need to combine not just their bodies, but their talents outside the bedroom, too.

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  • seelk
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-11-18

Gio and Riley

From the first meet, Gio and Riley clash but their chemistry does not let them stay away from each other. They are both complex characters and a contradiction as it is revealed throughout the story, but it works, they mesh so well. A good set of secondary characters that add to the story. It was an interesting and informative look into the tattoo artistry world. I liked the flow of the story, some tension, a bit of drama, steamy scenes and it ends in HEA, I enjoyed listening to it. Looking forward to the next story.

New voice for me, Mr. Carberry is a good fit for Gio's temperament. It is flexible to differentiate the many male characters, not so much for female ones, but that didn't take away from the story. I will check his other works for sure.

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Brilliant as always

I've listened to a lot of books by this author and I've cone to expect a great book, and this book delivers exactly that.

This story had me laughing out loud and feeling right along with the characters.

I loved the slow build of the relationship between Giovanni and Riley, I thought it made the story realistic and the tension between them was a lot of fun. The mystery of Riley's past also added another great element to the book.

I really enjoyed listening to it, the narrator did a great job with the character voices and conveying emotions.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Dichotomy: Oppositions within.

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Great start to a new series. Characters are believable and the situations are mired by pride, lust and doubt... Gio is dichotomous. He always wears a tailored suit, dressed to the nines, while underneath, he’s tattooed and pierced. Riley is similar with her organized, black and white, structured demands but her secret is everything opposite. A natural fit, right?

E. M. Carberry does a great job. I believe it’s the first time I’ve listened to his work and hope to hear more.

Two Thumbs Up!!

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Good afternoon audiobook!

I enjoyed this story about a tattoo shop in Las Vegas. The hero is the son of the original owner and manages the shop which is actually owned by his brother. The artists are all overworked and in an effort to try to get out of the red, the owner hires the heroine to co-manage the shop. Of course the hero sees this as a challenge and decides not to be too cooperative, except that he’s seriously attracted to her. She has a secret that no one knows, which is my favorite part of the story. I liked the budding romance between the two and it has a great ending. Narration was done very well.

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tattoos

Great book! love story with hot sexy men!! gio comes back to vegas for his family and the tatoo shop that is way behind on profits! his brother hires riley whos sexy, funny, vibrant, talented and very smart to help bring the tattoo shop back ! gio and riley fight their chemistry which makes it even hotter! i was given a copy of this audiobook for free by my request and voluntarily left this review!

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It Drew Me In and Kept Me Hooked

Giovanni DeRose, what can I say about him, he's a walking talking turn on! He's covered in tattoos but wears a business suit in a tattoo parlour. He's a walking talking contradiction to what I would expect to find in a tattoo parlour. He's also stubborn, arrogant and refuses to listen to anyone about the best way to save Thorn Studios. Riley Bryne has been hired by Giovanni's older brother Antonio, who is the owner of Thorn, to help turn around the fortunes of Thorn Studios. Gio is an artist and hasn't got a head for figures, but then that's Riley's forte, she's a graduate from Princeton, she's brilliant with figures and business plans. She's also small, delicate looking and has skin as pure as the day she was born. Not what Gio expects to see in 'his' studio.

When the two of them meet the attraction is instant, but neither of them acts on it, Gio because he wants her gone and Riley because she doesn't want to put her job at risk. They clash over everything, Gio refuses to listen to her ideas, and it looks like Thorn has no future. Then Riley comes up with an idea which may save them but will Gio take it on board and if he does will it work?

I can't say anymore about the plot of the story without giving too many spoilers which will totally ruin your enjoyment of the story but what I can say is this story has hidden depths, there is much more to Riley than we are told at the start of the story. Why is such a talented financial expert willing to take a pay cut, move all the way across the country to work in a struggling tattoo parlour? What secrets is she keeping?

I loved this book, I really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to finding out more about the three DeRose brothers. The other members of staff at Thorn also were well developed and fleshed out. I also enjoyed immensely the narration given by E. M. Carberry, I could listen to his voice for hours!

I am writing this review voluntarily and it is my own personal opinion.

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Tattoos Art Stubbornness and Love

A tattoo studio in Las Vegas financially going under when a woman, Riley, is brought in to save it. Business is her strong suit, or so it appears. There is alluding to her desire to save this shop, but und
known why.
Gio is a famous tattoo artist at Thorn, the shop that must n
be saved. His father began the shop and his brother owns it. He is an artist and not good in business, angry his brother brought in Riley.
There is a friction and attraction between the two, She doesn’t want to become involved with the arrogant Gio, but is attracted anyway. He is angry over the changes she wants to make to the shop, yet is also attracted.
So, there is tension, some fun secondary characters, a little hit sex and a couple of twists that are surprising.
The narrator was great..,Leslie North books always has make narrators with the deepest, sexiest and excellent voices. Great narrator.
An enjoyable story that keeps involved and listening all,the way through

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Perfect steamy story

Loved the storyline, loved the narration and fell in love with Gio and Rylee! It’s steamy, it’s intelligent and great escape.