Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Written in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan - Review and Giveaway

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date:  13 October, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Montgomery Ink, book 4
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

A Brand New Full Length Novel in the Bestselling Montgomery Ink Series where the quiet, inked Montgomery finds his match in the woman with a fiery passion and a past full of secrets.

There's nothing worse for a writer than missing a deadline. For Griffin Montgomery, his failure to do what he loves comes at a blow. He didn't understand how it was affecting his life until his well-meaning family intercedes. His sisters have hired him a new personal assistant and he's outraged--that is, until he sees who it is.

Autumn Minor is light on her feet and a bare memory for most people she meets. She does her best to blend in everywhere she lives, even if it's only for a short period of time. Making sure no one truly notices her is the only way she's survived this long. Only when she meets Griffin and the rest of the Montgomerys, she's afraid she won't be able to let go when its time to run.

Though the two begin a tentative but explosive relationship, they know it can't last forever. Neither of them are made for the long haul when it comes to love and romance. When the demons from Autumn's past find her and put both their lives at risk, Griffin will stop at nothing to protect her. In the end, though, he'll be the one who needs a second chance.

My Review:

I have to admit (and I hate to admit it) that this was my first book in the Montgomery Ink series and I am so glad that it came across my desk.  I fell in love with Autumn and especially Griffin right from the start and I have no doubt that I could easily love the other three couples that came before equally.

Griffin's life is falling down around him.  His mind is drawing a blank, he has sequestered himself away and is struggling not only to get his books written but to simply live.  He is a wreck and no matter how much he thinks he is hiding from his family and like any good close knit family they are bound and determined to right his world.

Enter Autumn...a mysterious beauty that showed up one day and has against her better judgement fallen in love with the entire Montgomery Clan.  She's got secrets, no one really knows who she is or where she came from, and she's on the verge of running again, fearful that this family that she's become an unlikely member of could be in danger but before she goes she's agreed to help put Griffin's world back to right and it could be both her biggest and best mistake yet.

Griffin was so interesting to me, it was funny because I felt like I could see so much of myself in him.  He strives, as do all the Montgomery family, to be the best at what ever he does, but now his best is leaving him and he doesn't know how to get it back.  What I find the most compelling about Griffin is that it is obvious to me he is in a depression.  He can't focus, he's drawn even more into himself than normal (I mean he's an artist, he is going to be a bit drawn into his own mind all the time as it is...but now it is worse than ever), he has lost his love for writing, he has lost his desire to take care of his home, ultimately his life.  I wanted to curl my arms around him, hold him, and just tell him I get it Griff, I get it.  He's also unintentionally hilarious...his 'man-tantrums' were some of the funniest moments in the book and made me giggle uncontrollable a time or two, as well as making me want to throw one of his own books at him.  My favorite thing about Griffin though is his love of his family.  He is no doubt an Alpha male, but he is also a beautifully sensitive soul that worries so much about others that he has no time to even think twice about himself.  

Autumn is this sweet, confusing, scared, beautiful ray of sunshine that holds a world of pain and fear in her heart.  She falls involve with the Montgomery family and they take her straight into their fold.  They all know there is more to her than she is willing to share and they accept that, they don't push her to tell her secrets but it is clear that they will stand behind her as they do with each other if she ever needs it.  I did struggle a time or two with Autumn, but I think that was mainly because I wanted to know why she was the way she was..what caused her pain, what causes her to continually run, what makes her fear for not only herself but more importantly for friends.  We don't get those answers until well into the book but once everything falls into place it is hard not to totally love and understand her.  I'd like to see her story come full circle one day and for her to get the chance to find what she lost so many years ago.  My favorite thing once again goes back to the Montgomery family...the fact that they take this lonely woman, a woman who hasn't been able to be with family or make a true friend in years and that make her theirs, even before Griffin, but especially after.

The chemistry between these two characters is fantastic....from the moment they meet you know it is going to be totally swoon worthy.  I loved that they clearly feel the attraction but at the same time aren't exactly friendly with one another.  I love that even though Autumn knows becoming Griffin's assistant is a bad idea (because of her fears and her feelings) she still does it out of a sense of loyalty to the family, a need to help, and because she can't let go of the spark she felt the first time they met.

My only complaint and what keeps this from a 5 star read to me, is that the build up to the reveal of Autumn's challenge is long and then the outcome is fast...I loved all the time we got with Griffin and Autumn and I wouldn't want to have her personal story to have taken away from that, but at the same time it felt rushed at the end...and it might have been nice to have the Montgomery clan have to work a bit harder to save her.

I can't wait to go back and read the first three books and you can be certain that I will be waiting anxiously for the next installment (YEA for large book families!) I am very curious about a particular female family member and her best friend, and her best friends biker friend...I know right?

This is a great read for any Contemporary Romance fan, especially those that love tight families who can't stay in their lanes and love one another so much that they will fight heaven and hell to make sure they each find their happiness!  


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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