Thursday, June 8, 2017

Inked Expressions by Carrie Ann Ryan - Review

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Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date:  6 June 2017
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan
Series:  Montgomery Ink, book 7
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~

Book Description:

The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.
Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.

My Review:

It's Storm, finally!  I feel like we've been waiting ages to get to the twins.  While I wasn't expecting a happy go lucky book, certainly not form Storm's perspective (he's always so broody) but not from a Carrie Ann Ryan book either, I have to say this one was a pretty emotional ride.  Now before I scare any Carrie Ann Ryan new readers away, yes her books have a tendency to be deep and possibly a little on the dark side, but we always get our HEA, it may just take a few tears and a lot of tissues to get there.

I really enjoyed the characters of Storm and Everly.  I loved how Storm, after such a tragic moment in Everly's life stayed right by her side, helping when he could and when she would allow it.  I loved Everly's strength and perseverance.  I can't not fathom going through what she does in this book and that she continues on with such grace and even when she is feeling her weakest her strength.  It is not a stretch in the least to see how this friends to lovers romance evolves, these two characters are clearly meant to be together and honestly likely should have been together day one and not how it happened but then we wouldn't have a story and a pretty interesting one at that.

I struggled a little with Storms past and his taking all that on, but the Montgomery's are a empathetic, caring, giving family so it is not a stretch, though I really don't know how he kept it a secret from ALL of them for so long.  I loved seeing the twins challenge each other, and seeing them come back together when Storm had been pulling away.  There is always a strong tie into family bonds in the Montgomery Ink books, you can't have one with out having them all and I can't imagine it any other way.

I was completely shocked and pretty darn saddened by the twist in the story.  As if life isn't hard enough Carrie had to throw that WTF wrench into the plan, lol.  I wanted the death of Everly's husband Jackson to have been some big cover up just so I could watch Storm kick his tush!  It's amazing and honest (sad as that may be) how much people really don't know...people.  There is a side to everyone that is hidden, some hide it better, and some have some pretty nasty sides. And to see a side you never knew existed come out and in the fashion that it does...well I am not sure how that is ever reconciled.   I wish Everly or Storm would have had the opportunity to come down a little harder on Jackson's parents.  That man's mother is ridiculous and she needs her tush kicked as much as Jackson did.  I felt like the end came upon us rather quickly and all the loose ends I needed tied up, all the explanations didn't happen.  Ultimately it didn't take away from the story but it would have been nice to have Storm and Everly going into their new life with a clear path, especially after all that came there way this book, and I am not sure they totally got that.

In the end this is another great read from Carrie Ann Ryan, it wasn't my favorite Montgomery Ink but not my favorite from that series is still a pretty darn good read.  I am more anxious than ever to get my hands on Wes's story after the little bits and pieces we get of him and Jillian in this book.  Pretty sure that release date is 31 October of this year so we don't have too much longer to wait, but then again I am not sure I am ready for that either, Wes if I am counting right is the end of the Montgomery Ink children....nooooo!




About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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