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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: #6,860 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Money, Expensive Tattoo? August 13, 2013
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Not a bad book, but I read this a year ago and do you know what STILL bothers me? If she's struggling for money, how the hell did she afford that tattoo?! Don't get me wrong, I love tattoos, but a tattoo that big that takes multiple sessions would cost her over one thousand dollars! I don't see this character spending her money on something so frivolous. And it STILL bothers me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read May 10, 2013
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Bank teller Mina feels 24 going on 40. As guardian for her wheelchair bound 14 year old sister she doesn't get out much and can't identify with her peers. She meets sexy tattoo artist Eric when she decides to get a rather intricate tattoo. He is nothing but professional while giving her the tattoo but when Mina's best friend rising photographer offers to take pictures of some of the ink work as advertisement for the shop Mina and Eric end up in close quarters and the chemistry between them is obvious. With some pushing from her bff Mina agrees to a date with Eric. But will he still want to go out with her when he finds out that he can't be her first priority?
I love that these characters are so real. Mina is so strong but riddled with insecurity. Eric is strong and sexy but not perfect either. They are perfect for each other.
Hot Ink is a short book but it is filled with a terrific story with multiple sub plots. It is well worth the read. I do have one problem with it though. The plot device to introduce the two is improbable given Mina's character. She wouldn't spend the money necessary for a tattoo especially one that involved. But once you get past that...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters
Loved the characters. And I especially loved the relationship between the two sisters, even if their life wasn't what it should have been. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Alexandria Infante
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've Been YA
I would have considered this novel YA if not for the sex scene. It was predictable from start to finish, and simply written. Simply, but not poorly. There is a difference. Read more
Published 6 days ago by krakenlacken
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but predictable
I really enjoyed this story as an easy read: it is a very sweet story, well written and Eric is definitely super cute but for me it just did not appear to have any real wow-moments... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Line Nørgaard Fallesen
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought that Hot Ink was sweet. I really don't get the negative...
I thought that Hot Ink was sweet. I really don't get the negative reviews. The story wasn't perfect (what story is, really)? Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Ink (Inked in the Steel City Book 1)
This book was really well written and I can't wait to read more of her books I loved this one...
Published 22 days ago by Cm C
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one sitting!
I enjoyed this first book in the series and I am looking forward to reading the rest. The characters and their stories pulled me in, and I read the whole book without putting it... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Shauna
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story!
This was a good short story about Mina and Eric. Mina goes to Eric to get a tattoo and her friend Karen photographs it for her and sends pictures to Eric. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the character chemistry!
Wow. This little book was free?!! Hot Ink was definitely a steal considering I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Clark
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Ravenous reader
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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, fitness and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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