This story gripped me immediately. It was hot in the best possible way. The love scenes are plentiful, but always add to the story and our understanding of the characters. The portrayal of working through grief felt authentic, the characters genuine. Highly recommend.
A beautiful story like only Naima Simone knows how to weave. At times very funny, sad, heartbreaking and heartmending, Sin and Ink was a real rollercoaster ride for my emotions!
Knox and Eden are in laws. Her husband was his brother who died in an MMA fight. Knox has silently loved Eden for years and now, two years after his brother's death, it's getting harder for him to hide it. He’s guilt ridden, as he feels he could have prevented his brother’s death, and the fact that he wanted Eden even when he was still alive. Eden silently wants Knox but doesn't feel she can say anything, especially because she's still living with her in laws in a sort of constant memorial to her deceased husband. She feels guilt of her own because she’s ready to move on with her life and doesn’t know how that will be received.
The angst and impossible situation they're in is palpable. Even though it's an HEA, it's hard to see how they're going to come through this. You care for them, you feel their agony, understand their guilty feelings, you want so much for them to be happy...Naima takes us on some ride, and a scorching hot one at that!
I absolutely recommend this book. Will it keep you up wondering what's going to happen next? Yes. Will you have a few sleepless night alternately worrying about Knox and Eden and just being set on fire by them? Absolutely. Go get it!
And I mean ALL. THE. FEELS.
I’m not sure if I should categorize this one as a roller coaster or a yo-yo with the way it had my emotions going crazy, but it was one hell of an intense one that yanked me in from the first page and had me #multitasking because putting it down wasn’t an option. The need to know how everything with Eden and Knox played out was intense and I didn’t stop turning the pages until there were no more words to read.
I loved and adored Eden and Knox. Eden is sweet and sassy in equal measure, despite the fact that her heart is still healing over the loss of her husband. But the woman is strong and I loved watching as she took the steps to start truly living again. Knox. OMG this man. I spent the ENTIRE book wanting to hug him and Gibbs smacking some sense into him in equal measure. He keeps himself so walled off from everyone and everything that it’s painful because the heart that beats beneath all those layers of protection is a golden one that only wants to love and protect those he calls his own.
Eden and Knox’s journey to their HEA was a rocky one, not that it’s a surprise considering how they are connected, but while I found myself frustrated with them on numerous occasions with the whole push/pull thing, I never had the urge to toss my Kindle into the freezer because everything they felt was their truth in that moment and they needed to work through it all in this new situation they found themselves in. The smexy between them was nuclear aka have that B.O.B. on hand or an ice bath ready to go HAWT, but it was that intangible connection they had with each other, that easy flow when they were together and just being, that had me rooting for them. Now there were many, many roadblocks they had to traverse, one that actually had me all kinds of growly and wanting to gut a certain character with a spoon, but I liked how they worked through them all in the end.
Being a fan of the author’s thanks to her WAG’s series, I jumped at the chance to read this baby and boy did it take me on one hell of an emotional ride. Though funnily enough, the emotions that had me wanting to grab a spoon and do harm were towards a secondary character, who I had empathy for, but very little sympathy when everything was said and done. As for the rest of the supporting cast we meet, I don’t have an ultimate favorite, but more of an overall need to know more about all of them. So bring on the next book!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
by: Kahea46/Books n Wine Blog
This was one hot read that was a bit difficult for me to rate. The guilt that Knox displayed over and over in this book kept interrupting all that taboo hotness the author delivered to us.
Knox is an incredibly appealing hero. He's former MMA, big, tatted and gorgeous. He's got that dirty, bad boy vibe going for him, but he is also a really great guy and strong protector. They way he took care of Eden while knowing he could never have her was the soft side to his love. But that lustful side burned the pages.
Eden was a sweet character that still dealt with some demons from her husbands death but she was also ready to start living again. The one man who made her want to live again is the one she didn't think she could have. That didn't stop her from testing the waters.
When things really got heated, that guilt just kept creeping right on in. As much as I wanted less of it, I loved how it all lead to that ending. I wish we could have gotten more of these two once they broke free from all those restraints.
The side characters were a big draw in the story as well. I hope the author has plans to write a few of their stories. ARC provided by NetGalley.
by: ~Mindy Lou~