Excerpt Tour and Review: Hidden Ink


Montgomery Ink Book 4.5
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the long-awaited romance between the cafĂ© owner next door and the tattoo artist who’s loved her from afar.
Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past.
Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level. He’s kept his distance because he knows what kind of man he is versus what kind of man Hailey needs. When she comes to him with a proposition that sends his mind whirling and his soul shattering, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the woman he cares for and the secrets he’s been forced to keep.

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This sweet novella takes place in the world of Montgomery Ink.  It follows the lovely coffee shop owner Hailey and the grumpy, mysterious tattoo artist Sloane.  The two have been dancing around each other in each book up until now.  It seemed they were attracted to each other but the reader and honestly, the other characters did not know what was going on between the two of them. 

So this is their time to shine.  I read this novella prior to release without paying much attention to the cover illustration.  I had read the blurb and I follow the series so of course, I was reading it.  What I didn't realize the was the extent to which Hailey's scars ran.  The pink ribbons say it all.  For me, she is the best character in the story.  She has faced looking at death with strength and grace while being utterly alone.  Her story is about hope. When she takes a risk with Sloane and learns of his demons, the story becomes one of the healing power of love.  

Hailey survived her cancer.  She becomes brave enough to share with Sloane and then embraces her new Montgomery family by trusting her story with all of them. Short and moving story in the series timeline.  Well written and coming to me at a time when I needed some hope and healing as well.  Looking forward to more Montgomery Ink!  

ARC received for an honest review.  

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.


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