Print Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Elizabeth Hunter
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
About the Book:
It's everything but business as usual.
Emmie Elliot hadn't expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn't expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission: Sell the building that housed her grandmother's book store and move on with her life.
But life doesn't always go according to plan.
To reopen her grandmother's book shop, Emmie will need a hook. She'll need a strategy. She'll need an... Ox?
Miles Oxford doesn't have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He's a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don't mix for Ox, but since he doesn't have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
She sells ink. He tattoos it. Unusual? Yes. But a book shop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business.
Just on business.
INK is a wonderful novel that brings together two unlikely characters into one steamy romance. Emmie and Ox are quite different in many ways but more alike than they know. When Ox bounds into the bookshop she's reopening in Metlin, CA, little do they both know that their lives will be forever changed. The chemistry between the two is electric and undeniable (even though they both try), and the romance is slow burning as Emmie and Ox work to pull their combined business ventures together into a workable business plan.
The character development in INK was a nice blending of the tattoo culture and the book culture. Putting both cultures together inside one building is a unique business strategy. The uniqueness is sure to provide both cultures competitive advantage, especially over the other tattoo shops in the area. How the author decided to put tattoos and books together (other than a hot inked man on the cover of a book) is just one of Elizabeth Hunter's abilities that I admire. Her imagination is vivid and her excitement for her craft is undeniable.
The world building within INK was descriptive, providing essential information to make the story believable. The plot and setting were perfectly paired into a wonderful romantic story that was easy to follow and understand. I was able to visualize each moment that happened within the pages, immersing me further into the world set on 7th and Main.
Emmie and Ox are wonderful characters, imperfect but perfect for one another. Emmie has the chance to rebuild her grandmother's bookshop and she takes a chance by doing that and adding tattooing to the line-up. She's somewhat reserved but she knows what she wants when she gets to Metlin, and it isn't to sell the building or rent out the space to someone else. She wants to reopen her legacy, a book shop that she can run her way instead of working for someone else. Ox is a man hellbent on making sure his family is taken care of - his mother, sister, and niece. He so committed that he often times puts them way above his own needs and desires. Opening his own shop with Emmie is a dream come true, but when his family calls, the shop and Emmie may suffer.
INK captivated me from the very beginning with sassy and witty friends like Daisy and Tayla, hot tattooers from the shop across the street, and the bookshop. The entire book was fun and sassy,with some intense and broody moments. I had fun reading INK and learning about Emmie, Ox, Daisy, and Tayla. The story kept me engaged from start to finish with an HEA that made me grin like an idiot.
All of Elizabeth's novels reach deep within my emotional center and manage to trigger reactionary responses. These types of books are my favorite. The emotions don't have to always include tears; it is just the ability to invoke proper emotional responses to scenarios being played out.