Any story I get from the Montgomery Ink gang is an awesome one, and Adoring Ink is no different. Check out my review!
Adoring Ink (Montgomery Ink #6.5), by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publish Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(Synopsis) The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.
Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.
As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.
Holly is the sweet, introverted girl who gave it a go with Jake once upon a time, but because of his true feelings for Maya, they never went anywhere. But, I have a feeling that once you're adopted by the Montgomery clan, it's a permanent thing. And because both Jake and Maya are much better people than I am, Holly has remained a member of their clan.
Even though it's been awhile since she's been with Jake, Holly has remained single. She's born witness to several Montgomeries finding the loves of their lives and living out their dreams. Who wouldn't want that for themselves? But, breaking out of her twin-set-shaped box is harder than she imagined. She needs help. And tattooed bad boy Brody Deacon is just the man.
Brody is another Montgomery by proxy. He's become friends with the siblings through his frequent visits to Montgomery Ink. And now he's determined to help Holly get more in touch with her inner bad girl.
The great thing about these Montgomery Ink novellas is that they give us a glimpse into the side characters that we come to love as much as the star siblings. It's true that the full length novels are about the Montgomery children, but as we get their stories, we also learn about the other people in their lives that are important to them. Carrie Ann Ryan paints them so brilliantly that we can't help but want to see all of them get their own HEAs too.
Holly and Brody have been around for a few books now, but we haven't learned much about either of them. As they work through the bucket list they create together in order to get Holly feeling more alive, they first become good friends, and then much more than that. I loved how Brody seemed to know exactly what Holly needed and when she needed it. If she needed a nudge he gave it to her. If she didn't, he let her be. They were a great couple, and it was awesome to see them together like this and like the rest of their friends.