Tuesday, August 6, 2013

***Inky by J.B. Hartnett Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway***


Release Date August 3rd.  Adult Contemporary Romance

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee.  She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down.  Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love.  As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

“Please…” I begged. The way he spoke and the words he used, I wanted him more than ever. I felt him move to my feet, straddling the end of the chaise. He was stroking his c*ck harder and hissing between his teeth. “Come for me. Come for me so I can put my c*ck in you and f*ck you hard and finally make you scream, Anika. Come for me.” His words were like fire igniting my flesh. I came at his urging and as soon as the first shudders of my orgasm began, he thrust himself into me, hard and deep. “Ah, Cole, yes…please, please.” I felt the second wave begin as he rammed against me, his sweat dripping onto my face as we came together. He cried out my name, almost a roar and I’d never heard anything more erotic and sexy in my life. I wasn’t sure if I did indeed scream but it was beyond amazing. He collapsed against me, panting and breathless. “God, what you to do me. How did you know I’d like that?” “Lucky guess?” I replied trying to catch my breath.

Sandy B's Review
“I heard the door but played the “I’m sexy and sleeping and waiting for you to gaze at my beauty” game. You always see that in romantic comedies and I always imagined how lovely it would be to wake up and have your lover staring at you with nothing but adoration in his eyes.”– Inky
“You think I’m like every other guy you’ve encountered. I’m not. I’m falling in love with Anika Redding. You think I’d let you go that easily?”- Cole

First of all can we talk about the cover for a minute?!  NOW I understand that it is a perfect illustration of the author’s “vision”.  However, when I first saw it, I though WOW what a beautiful and amazingly unique cover!  I immediately sent J.B. Hartnett a message telling her I obsessed with it must read her book.  Thank goodness she didn’t think I was some crazy stalker – well – maybe she did but she didn’t say so.  ;-)  You have this beautiful girl with a very unique tattoo on her back of a tree, standing in a gilded frame looking upon gorgeous sunset with water lapping at her feet.  Yet there is a dark gray stormy sky and angry waters overshadowing the picture in that gilded frame.  I thought hmmmm – what’s that about?

So – I’m smiling as I’m reading this book thinking awww how cute is her name.  Awww how sweet is her BFF.  Awww how cute they love working together at the local hang out with their way cool boss.  Awww she’s engaged to Evan who she has loved, played booty call for and waited for while he worked his way through the local female population.  Everything is going fabulous right?  Until one day a disillusioned but gorgeous businessman comes into the bar.  The sad businessman, well, his name is Cole.  Inky may be in love with Evan but Cole has made an impression and is now lingering on her mind whether she wants to admit it or not.  Inky is haunted by her past and particularly the “ghost” of her mother.   A woman who should never have had children.  Inky’s past comes to haunt her and Cole is there to help. 

Unfortunately, despite Inky’s efforts to bury her past it comes to pay her a visit – literally.  WHAM!  The smile got wiped off my face quick fast in a hurry when we find out why Anika became Inky.  We also find out the significance of the oak tree tattoo that takes up her upper back and shoulder area.  That was when the ugly cry started.  Totally did not see it coming people. There I was crying on a city bus but I was too invested at that point to care. 

Evan feels he and Inky have the real thing going on but Cole is not going away.  I think Inky (with her Mommy issues) and Cole (Daddy issues) souls recognized each other and that is why they are drawn together initially.

Inky has all the makings of a great read, even a really good movie, namely: mystery, romance, angst – lots of angst, revenge, dirty little secrets, hot sex, dialogue that stirs the heart and inspires strong emotions.  Inky is not your lightweight fluffy cupcake.  Instead you get to sink your teeth into real storytelling that will draw you in and keep you there until the very last page.  Oh! One more thing, it ends on a little cliffhanger but please don’t let that stop you.  I have it on good authority that J.B. finished the sequel tonight so it shouldn’t be much longer for it to be in our greedy little hands.   

If you must walk away from your Kindle (as I do on occasion) to prevent you from flinging it across the room, feel free to PM The Book Blog. We will understand, give you an ear or a shoulder until Book #2 comes out.  Of course, I want the sequel like yesterday.  I mean, come one, did you expect ME to say anything different.  LOL. 

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Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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