Title: Delicate Ink

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Series: Montgomery Ink Book 1

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing

Main Characters: Sierra Elder, Austin Montgomery


Personal Rating: 




Contemporary RomanceErotic Romance


Sex Scenes: 

Fiery PassionBDSM



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On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.


Deep breaths. I need to take deep breaths before writing my review for this book. I am not sure yet how to put my thoughts into words. One thing is sure, though, they won’t be good.

First of all, I don’t know how many times I almost decided not to finish reading the book. However, because I never DNF anything, I marched on, even when I was clearly not feeling it anymore. From the first chapter, I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy it. The thing is, the first few chapters of the book should be interesting enough to hold a reader’s attention. And for someone like me who’s already read so many books, this one right here was just very subpar.

There were just too many things going on in the book. I get that this is supposed to be the first book of the series and that it’s diffiult to introduce secondary characters who will later on have their own books. That task is difficult, but it is not impossible. So many authors have been able to do so without fucking up the whole enjoyment factor of the book. This book right here had POVs from different people at the most confusing places. One chapter you were reading about the hero and the heroine then cliffhanger and the next chapter starts out on a different scene, concentrating on a different character.

But no. When I said there was too much going on, that wasn’t what I meant. The thing I was referring to was the fact that this book seemed undecided if it wanted to be a BDSM book, a tattoo-guy/broken girl book, a family drama, a romantic suspense, or just plain contemporary romance. Their was even one scene where the hero, Austin Montgomery, was tattooing a notorious biker, Saint, and the women in the shop were lusting after him, much to Austin’s discomfort. I mean, what the hell? Can anybody point me to the significance?

Another thing that bothered me was the insta-love factore. I couldn’t even pinpoint the exact moment when sparks flew and sexual chemistry and tension was so obvious it jumped right out of the book to slap me in the face. I’m not against insta-love because I’ve read many books where the hero and heroine fell in love in the blink of an eye, and I still enjoyed those books. This book right here, however, just wasn’t one of those.

By now, it would be obvious that I am going to give this book only one red heart. While I can see that many readers will enjoy this book and mayb even the entire series, for that matter, I just have to say that, sadly, it just didn’t do anything for me. This is actually my first book from this author. The good thing, though, is that, as disappointed as I am about this book, I am still not going to close my doors on any book from this author that I may come across in the not so distant future.



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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