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Hot Ink (Inked in the Steel City Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ranae Rose
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Book Description

Mina never meant to fall for her sexy tattoo artist, Eric, or to become a model. But when she's asked to pose in a photo shoot for the Hot Ink tattoo studio, she can't say no. She finally gets a look at Eric's tattoos when they're cajoled into posing together, and in a few breathtaking moments, an on-camera kiss turns the passion they're asked to fake into something very real, leaving them both wanting more. 

The only problem is that Mina's not the glamour girl she looks like on the Hot Ink posters, or even in a tattoo magazine. She's only twenty-four, but being the sole guardian of her disabled younger sister has left her feeling much older. Will Eric still be interested when he gets to know the girl behind the ink and the make-up and finds out that she and her little sister are a package deal? 

Book 1 in the Inked in the Steel City Series
A contemporary adult romance for mature readers only.

Inked in the Steel City Series Reading Order:
All Inked in the Steel City books feature different couples and can be read as stand-alones, if desired.
Book 1: Hot Ink
Book 2: Innocent Ink
Book 3: Dedicated Ink
Book 4: Abiding Ink
Book 5: Serious Ink
Book 6: Irresistible Ink
Book 7: Alluring Ink
Book 8: Beloved Ink

Editorial Reviews


'A delightful story of love, tattoos, responsibility, fate and taking chances.' -Manic Readers

'A lot of great sexual tension.' -Ms. Romantic Reads

'Engrossing.' -You Gotta Read Reviews

'A sweet, fun and sexy read.' -Kindlehooked Reviews

'A super sweet love story and it will be one I read again.' -Delphina Reads Too Much

'Need an afternoon full of sexy ink and sensual romance? Then you need Hot Ink.' -Joyfully Reviewed

From the Author

Inked in the Steel City Series Reading Order
All Inked in the Steel City books feature different couples and can be read as stand-alones, if desired.
Book 1: Hot Ink
Book 2: Innocent Ink
Book 3: Dedicated Ink
Book 4: Abiding Ink
Book 5: Serious Ink
Book 6: Irresistible Ink
Book 7: Alluring Ink
Book 8: Beloved Ink (coming April 24, 2015!)

Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MHX016
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,565 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
At just twenty-four years old, Mina is mother, sister and best friend to her wheelchair-bound sister. Mina works as a bank teller; a job she doesn't really like, but it pays the bills. Her love life isn't all that exciting either. She can't be bothered especially when men realize that her first priority is and always will be her sister. That's not to say that Mina is totally unaffected by sexy men, and there is one in particular, her tattoo artist Eric. After a failed non-date, Mina thinks she's lost her chance with him. When her best friend asks her to model her recently acquired tattoos for a photo shoot, she reluctantly agrees. The impromptu job is going well until Eric shows up, and she gets talked into posing with him for some really sexy pictures. Their chemistry is undeniable, but he'll just run like the other men once they find out that she and her sister are a package deal. Or will he?

I LOVED this story! The author managed to pack in a lot of (com)passion and a little drama in this short story, but it never felt rushed. The budding relationship between the hero and heroine felt believable. There was a lot of great sexual tension that got released in increments as the story unfolded, and I didn't get the impression that waiting for the sex to happen was the main focus. It was one of those "it will happen when they're ready" moments.

Mina was a great character and very down to earth. I admired her for her sacrifices and for her relationship with her little sister. She's fiercely loyal and protective, but underneath it all, she bears the burden of their mother's actions in the past. That burden leads to her making assumptions about Eric, and he has his work cut out for him to make her see that he's not a bad guy. Eric was pretty much perfect in my eyes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more January 12, 2012
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Mina is only twenty-four years old and works very hard to take care of herself and her disabled sister. Mina feels all the responsibility she carries will scare Eric away. As I was reading this story, I really wanted Mina to have this chance with Eric, but the problem is that the author never made me go beyond the wanting and into needing and loving these two characters.

There's a lot here to like in this story: the sweet, tatted hero, the shy, awkward heroine, the interracial romance element (aw/wm), but where the story fell short for me was the lack of interaction, of dialogue, of sharing of words and feelings between h/H. All the story is from Mina's POV, her thoughts and feelings, and I really wanted to know more about what Eric was thinking and feeling.

There's a lot of Mina internalizing, and while she is a likeable character, one I really wanted to cheer for, I just feel she never really came fully alive for me. She was caught up in a lot of words and not enough action. And poor Eric, there was so much potential there. Who doesn't love a sweet, tatted hero? That's the main reason I bought this novella, but he never truly manifested as anything more.

There are a couple of sweet, sexy and well-written sex scenes, and that was when some emotion was shown with Eric and Mina, but I really wanted to see that beyond the bedroom. I wanted to feel them fall in love.

This isn't a bad read. You may like it more than I did. There is a certain gentleness and tenderness to it that I did like. I just think that the story needed a bit more direction, more dialogue, more voicing/showing of emotion (other than through sex or kissing). I see the potential here for something more, for something deeper and complex. For me, this story falls down the middle-- not enough to truly like it or love it but not enough to dislike it either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not hot at all March 19, 2013
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This is a weird book. From one chapter to the other seams like you are missing part of the story. not my favorite at all
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sexy Read!!! September 22, 2012
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Hot Ink was a quick, fun, sweet, sexy read that I really liked. The story and characters entertained me from the start and kept me interested till the end. I thought the ending was really cute. Of course, I loved hot, sexy, tattooed Eric, but I also loved Mina and Jess. This books was a perfect read for me because it was not filled will conflict and angst. It was just nice to sit and read a quick story filled with lovable characters and sexy tattoos. LOL ;p This is my first time reading Ranae Rose and I will definitely be looking for more from her. 4 out of 5 rating
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars short and steamy August 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 stars -I bought this book after reading the excerpt on the authors page, which I really liked and I am glad that I read it. The build up and passion between Eric and Mina was great, the photo shoot scene being my favourite. I did enjoy this book but it was just too short. I wished this book could have delved deeper into both characters. I didn't know Eric that well and would have loved to hear a few of his thoughts as well. I just felt that I couldn't loose myself in it because we were just skimming the surface and I felt there was just so much more to tell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jeffrey
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I was hoping for something hotter from the title. The character development could have been deepened, adding to the all over length, and a good edit would catch the long sentences that dragged the story down. I enjoyed the plot well enough, and the photo shoot was nicely done, but the chapters felt disconnected at times. I felt like I was missing parts of the story. I'm sure as the series goes on this all smooths out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live to expectations...
After reading the blurb on this book, I was so excited to read it. That excitement quickly dissipated the further I got into the book. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Ink #1
This is not so hard core that you would like in a book about Ink but it's a cute fast read. With a young women that has taken on the raising of her younger sister after a car reck... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ravenous reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Ink
I have been wanting to read this author for sometime but I haven't been able to for personal reasons, so when I saw that the author was willing to spare a few copies of the first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mineliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I loved the characters. I felt like I knew them. I loved the story. It was cute. It's hot and sexy but not over done. I LOVE that it is not a cliffhanger!!!
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved this book. It went by a little fast but it was great. I love how it shows that if you care or even love someone nothing matters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Yolonda Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok
Published 1 month ago by Jean L Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I really enjoyed this story. It was really sweet and the chemistry between them was undeniable . I can't wait to read the next one.
Published 1 month ago by sandra
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
A little bit slow in spots but decent overall. Mina's issues and shyness rather drug the story along, but in the end there was a happy ever after.
Published 1 month ago by Muffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet romance. I really enjoyed this book
Very sweet romance. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting. The plot could be developed more. But overall a very good short romance book.
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More About the Author

Ranae Rose writes adult romance with blue-collar heroes and real-life flavor. Tattoos, handcuffs and men in uniform are a few of her favorite things.

Born in Maryland, she grew up the daughter of a US Marine and always wanted to be a writer. Today she lives in the sunny South with her man in uniform, young children, German Shepherd dogs and overflowing bookshelves.

She's the author of more than twenty books, including the Inked in the Steel City Series, Lock and Key Series and more.

When not writing or reading, she lives for long hikes and days at the beach, and enjoys things like good coffee and fitness -- especially pursuing her elusive goal of getting her husband to tap out on the Brazilian jiu-jitsu mats (no luck so far).

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