Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inked Memories by Carrie Ann Ryan - Release Day Review


NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan's INKED MEMORIES is available TODAY. 

Read a sneak peek below and pick up your copy now - you don't want to miss meeting the dirtiest Montgomery yet.


Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date:  31 October, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Montgomery Ink, book 8
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:

The Montgomery Ink series by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues when the final Denver Montgomery sibling refuses to fall for his brother’s former flame—the company’s new plumber.
Wes Montgomery watched his entire family fall in love, and now finds himself ready to settle down. Except the one person he seems to find chemistry with is not only his twin’s ex, she also works for Montgomery Inc. But when the two find themselves in one compromising situation after another, Wes realizes he’s having second thoughts about the dynamic woman who’s burst her way into his life. Sure she sets off his temper, but she also makes him hot in every other way possible.
Jillian Reid never loved her best friend like everyone thought she should, so she pushed him away so he could have his future. Now, despite fighting it, she finds herself attracted to the one man she shouldn’t. When her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, and a danger no one saw coming show its face, she’s forced to turn to Wes for help. The two of them have fought off their attraction long enough, and each cave to the desire. But this enemies-to-lovers tale might have an ending no one ever dreamed of.

My Review:

So I know, I know that this isn't the end of the Montgomery Storyline but Inked Memories is the end (though they may pop up in other books) of the Montgomery Inc. love stories and I am so sad to see it end, but what a wonderful story to go out on.  

All of the Montgomery Inc storylines have a maturity to them we don't often see in Contemporary Romances and I think that we see that more so with Wes and Jillian.  Out of all 7 books previous Inked Memories had a quiet tenor to it, a kind of low key sadness to it.  I don't know if it is because this is the final book or if it was just my frame of mind going into the story, but Inked Memories while still filled with a bit of a mystery and quite a bit of swoon, it was more about the growing romance between the unlikely match.  There is a lot of personal growth that happens with these two characters, instead of the usual couple growth, if that makes sense.  We spend a lot more time getting to know exactly who these two are before they even truly come together.  After 7 books this is a bit of a difference from what we are used to but I enjoyed it never the less.  One of the best things about this book and most of the Montgomery Inc series is that they are definetly stand-alone with in the series.  You could pick any of them up at anytime and dive in never feeling lost or confused.  I love how Carrie Ann always brings each story back into the current read with out overwhelming her steadfast readers who have been there since book one.  

I loved the romance between Wes and Jillian, I loved the thoughtfulness of it. I loved that while it may have been lust at first sight it definitely wasn't love at first side.  I love that we truly go to walk step in step with them as they found their 'home' in each others arms and how the family, as always, welcomes each relationship by honoring and respecting each couples choices.  

I loved the openness of this couple, it takes time for them to get there but once they are, watch out.  That barn scene, holy hotness...everybody is going to want some land with a barn on it now, haha.  Poor Storm, but it got what he deserved.  ;-)  I would have actually liked more moments like that from this couple.  I think that Carrie Ann could have taken this into a romance with a bit of an edge and I kind of expected that but I am also thankful that she didn't because perhaps it would have been too out of the bounds of the Montgomery family stories we have gotten to know and love.  

If you are a fan of the series, don't miss this one.  It's got a different feel than what we've come to expect but it is a beautiful way to wrap up the Denver Montgomery storylines.  If you are new to the series, don't worry that this is book 8, feel free to jump right on in and fall in love with this family like so many of us already have.  


Get a sneak peek of INKED MEMORIES:

  Jillian tore off her shirt right beside her truck. Thankfully, she’d thought to put on her normal tank underneath like usual, even though she hadn’t planned to work that day. She needed a shower, but the fact that she’d washed her face and hands to the point of reddening her skin and was now pulling on a new shirt would at least take care of most of the damage. Almost all of the crew was gone for the day since it had taken her much longer to do her job than probably anyone had planned. But, hell, it had been a much larger piece of crap bathroom than even Storm figured. Now, she was ready to go home, drink a beer— after her shower—and watch a Harry Potter marathon. And didn’t that just sound like the most interesting life ever. She sighed and honestly didn’t care all too much what others thought of that. She’d had a long day she hadn’t planned for, and she just wanted to relax her way. After tossing her dirty shirt into the garbage bag in her truck since she knew there was no saving that particular piece of clothing, she turned and let out a silent screech. Her foot slammed into the curb, and her ankle twisted slightly. Hands out and braced for an ugly fall, everything seemed to go in slow motion as she tried not to hurt herself any worse than necessary. Strong arms wrapped around her waist and pulled her up so her back pressed firmly into a very hard chest. Her heart raced since she still felt like she was falling even though she wasn’t, and she let out a slow breath. “You okay?” Of course. Of course, it was him. It couldn’t be anyone else who witnessed her clumsiness and near accident. It had to be Wes fucking Montgomery. Where was a crevice in the earth to swallow her up and take her away from this situation when she needed one? “Jillian?” “I’m fine,” she grumbled. “You can take your hands off me now.” But he didn’t. Instead, he turned her in his hold and looked her right in the eyes. “Are you sure you’re okay?” She swallowed hard. Why hadn’t she noticed the brightness of his eyes before? Or the way his pupils dilated when he focused on something...namely her at the moment? “I’m fine,” she repeated. And she was. Her ankle throbbed slightly, but it wasn’t even a sprain since she’d had enough of those to tell. She’d just tweaked it a bit in her clod-hopping way of walking. He didn’t let go. “Seriously, Wes. You need to stop trying to baby me, or whatever the hell you think you’re doing all the time. I’m not an idiot. I can handle myself. Why do you—?” She didn’t even know what she was going to ask at that moment because her mind went blank at the first touch of Wes’s lips to hers. Her eyes closed of their own volition, and she leaned into him. That seemed to push him harder, and he deepened the kiss, his lips soft yet firm against hers as his tongue traced the seam of her mouth. She opened for him, tangling her tongue with his as she moaned. The sound seemed to break them both out of whatever the hell they were doing, and they pulled apart as if struck, both left panting, their chests moving quickly up and down. “No. Not going to happen.” She held out her hands, trying to catch her breath. “Nope. No way.” Wes looked at her as if he hadn’t seen her before, his eyes a little wide. “It was...it was an accident.” She didn’t even flinch at that, too numb from everything else hitting her all at once. “Fine.” She turned on her heel, grateful she hadn’t actually hurt her ankle, and jumped into her truck before turning her engine and pulling away. “Nope,” she muttered to herself again. “Not going to happen. I’m not going to do another Montgomery and fuck myself over. And I’m sure as hell not going to do a boss Montgomery. Nope. Nope. No. No. No.” And if she kept repeating that to herself, she just might get the damn taste of Wes Montgomery out of her mouth.


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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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