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“Cute”marla d wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“She kind of took a giant dump on this guy for most of the book. I'm not sure why he endured it for so long. She must have made one hell of a first impression on him.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Female character was not as likable as the male lead. She was very judgmental.”Stephenie wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent book, even though the first half had an amazing amount of sex in it - over-the-top sex, too, sort of unbelievable. But the characters were well-drawn, and I enjoyed reading about them. When the mystery started to heat up the author made sure there were several suspects, and I have to say I didn't really know who it was. Needless to say, I'll read the next book.”Marie T wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“James Bowen is visiting his Dad who lives in a Florida retirement community. Tate Cooper is spending time with her mother who lives next door to James’ Dad. Both James and Tate live in Boston and their meeting is pure coincidence. Tate is pretty stressed after having lost her father and brother in a car accident a year ago and is now trying to keep the family restaurant afloat. Her mother and sister have bailed on her and she’s determined to keep this together. To complete this sad picture, her boyfriend dumped her in the middle of all of this. When she meets James, she’s attracted to him until she sees his tattoos. Tate’s got a whole conversation about what kind of men wear ink and she decides that he’s worth a fling but no way is he going to get the chance to break her heart.
James and Tate begin their relationship with a complete focus on sex, and there is a lot of it. James knows that Tate has him stereotyped and he’s okay with that because he’s that confident in himself. He’s one of those alphas that doesn’t come on strong but gets his way by charm and affability. When it’s time for Tate to return to Boston, James has feelings beyond a fling and while Tate misses him, bad boys are too risky.
What makes this erotic romance work is the wonderfully developed characters. James is utterly charming, even when his alpha nature takes over. Tate never set out to be the family savior and she’s going under until James intervenes in her life. She’s vulnerable but at the same time she’s terrified of losing anyone else she cares about and is resistant to letting James become too important to her.
There is quite a bit of sex, really explicit and HOT sex, more than I thought was needed until the second half of the story, which focused on some very tough issues that the sex was masking. While the first half was filled with witty dialogue and the dance that goes along with two people focused on a physical relationship, the second half of the story was really compelling. There are also some sinister actions targeted toward Tate that add a serious element as well. I enjoyed the story, where two people who start off a relationship totally based on sex but find common ground and come to love and like each other. I couldn’t resist starting the next one immediately.
“MORE THAN MEETS THE INK by Elle Aycart is a sexy-as-sin contemporary romance that will help any reader warm up against the crisp winter season or self-combust from all the crazy, no-strings-attached monkey sex James and Tate did for most of the story.
--nine times out of ten, tattoos are an unmistakable marker for the whole bad-boy, I-am-above-all-that-mundane-shit style of life. So like Pavlov's dogs, I learned--tattooed men are evil.
And that is where Tate is wrong. I found it hard not to LOVE much less get all hot and bothered by James Bowen, a sexy 34yo black-belt ex-Marine Catholic guy and his made-for-sex 6'4 body with a beautiful dragon tattoo snaking up his arm and blue label skills in the bedroom. I was fanning my face as I mirror Tate's reaction to the man and his insatiable libido. James is a carefully crafted male meant to ignite out fantasies (or torture us), his name alone is foreplay! Don't you just love the name James?! Anyway, he's a good guy wrapped in bad-boy package with his tattoos and muscly built and no-nonsense attitude like David Beckham or The Rock.
The story... I almost forgot because I got distracted by James. Well the story is pretty simple, James met Tate when the latter was vacationing in his mother's house in some senior community housing. The instant attraction between Tate and James is instinctual and purely animal, they can't stay away from each other even after Tate went back to her life to deal with her personal problems. James can't get her off his mind so he followed her and the weekender turned into forever with a few hiccups along the way.
Sorry to inform you, but you've been having sex with morons. [James]
The little role reversal was fun to follow. Tate is the belligerent one between the two, wanting to keep their relationship purely casual even when she was obviously falling in love with James. In hindsight I appreciate her caution, she might have put out for James but Tate is no slut. James for his part continued to seduce and court her, taking care of Tate until she finally gave in and surrendered to James completely. There was a little snafu about exes just to keep things interesting but that conflict only solidified the bond James and Tate had.
MORE THAN MEETS THE INK is a great spicy contemporary romance read. You'll be left panting trying to catch up with Tate and James' sexual energy. The main plot is well developed too, it's not one of those bimbo-books where the story would collapse if you take out the heat, the smexy is just an added bonus to an already sweet and romantic story.”
“James Bowen and Tate Cooper meet at the Florida Eternal Sun Resort while Tate is crawling through James' dad's backyard with her mother, looking for a cat. It felt like the first third of the book was just a bunch of funny situations that were contrived to keep the two from consumating their relationship. Oh, there was plenty of sex. It just took a while before they had enough privacy to finish the deed. The rest of the book takes place near Boston where Tate's family owns a restaurant and Tate, due to family circumstances is having to run it all by herself. This is where the book got more interesting. She is also dealing with a stalker and not telling anybody about the escalating violence, including fires. On their way to a happy ending there are misunderstandings and silliness. Other characters set up up for more books. This was a pretty good book. Entertaining. The plot may have suffered a little due to the amount of explicit sex.”Lisa A. Boike wrote this review Sunday, June 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No