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Inky (The Leaves Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Hartnett , Jennifer Roberts - Hall
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Book Description

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1211 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: J.B. Hartnett (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E8YE87K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,021 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - MAJOR CLIFF-HANGER!!!! August 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A Big WARNING that this book ends with a MAJOR cliff-hanger, so if you hate that trend in indie books, be forewarned. In many ways, the ending reminded me of the cliff hanger in the FABULOUS book by Claire Contreras called There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness #1) (Darkness Series). Thankfully, that series was only two books long and hopefully, so will this one.

This is a great story for only .99. 25 year old Inky or Anika is a great character who has been through abuse and survived - with baggage. She has a great life-long friend in Aimes, a boyfriend/fiancé who she has been in love with for 3 years, but only been together with for 2 months and another roommate/friend, Lisa while working as an artist and a bar-tender. The first half of the book is establishing her relationships and setting the suspicion that all is not as perfect as it seems. Inky is happily engaged, she is expressing herself well in her paintings and singing and she feels truly happy. Her best friend Aimes who is normally pretty slutty, is in serious love with a divorcee named Gus, but her other roommate Lisa has been acting bitchy towards her lately and Inky met a hot guy named Cole who helped her through a panic attack and sparks went off between them confusing her feelings towards Evan.

Those of us who have been there, knew what the bitchy roommate/ working out of town at the same time roommate has "gone home" boyfriend really meant, but poor Inky didn't see it coming. Her name Inky is from the large tattoo of an oak tree on her back that represents the bad things that have happened to her but have not knocked her down.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CLIFFHANGER! #FML September 5, 2013
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Hmmm... I'm having a difficult time reviewing this one. I may need bullets rather than my normal sad run on sentences to decipher my thoughts or conclusion:

Inky is fantastic.
Aimee's & Gus- THE SHIT!
Rusty & Abe- OMG, who wouldn't want to work for or with those two amazing, kind, loyal and fiercely protective men.
Trish- Perfection.
Antony- Adorable & endearing. I want to steal him as my GBFF & PA.
I very much enjoy the dialogue between characters.
I felt the emotion was very raw and real.

Now Cole-.... I'm with Inky... Something seems to be too good to be true here. Maybe the insta-love was a little too much for me. I'm not sure, I just stayed worried the whole time about what the full story was. Where is that other ChuckTaylor going to land when it falls??

The Lisa/Evan thing I never really got. Why did he ever ask her to marry him if he never wanted to? There was no reason to ask if he didn't want to. So I was scratching my head as to that love triangle?

Not unlike many self-pubs there are a very large number of typos, misspelled words or words missing all together.

Lastly, the ever popular, insanely cruel, ridiculously annoying cliffhanger was unneeded drama IMO. I feel this could have evolved into a wonderful stand alone novel that didn't need the angsty cut off. Why Authors?? Just charge double and write a complete book, or at least one that finds a resolution and leaves readers with a feeling of completion. This "To Be Continued" BS was taken to a whole new level by Sylvia Day w Entwined in You and I'm still pretty bitter from that greedy slap in the face. I just hate it when trickery, marketing ploys and dangled carrots have tainted my favorite & most sacred past time.

Would I recommend it? Honestly, not sure.
Will I read the next book Cole? most likely.
Was it Worth $0.99? Absolutely.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inky Will TATTOO Your Heart August 8, 2013
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"I heard the door but played the "I'm sexy and sleeping and waiting for you to gaze at my beauty" game. You always see that in romantic comedies and I always imagined how lovely it would be to wake up and have your lover staring at you with nothing but adoration in his eyes."- Inky

"You think I'm like every other guy you've encountered. I'm not. I'm falling in love with Anika Redding. You think I'd let you go that easily?"- Cole

First of all can we talk about the cover for a minute?! NOW I understand that it is a perfect illustration of the author's "vision". However, when I first saw it, I though WOW what a beautiful and amazingly unique cover! I immediately sent J.B. Hartnett a message telling her I obsessed with it must read her book. Thank goodness she didn't think I was some crazy stalker - well - maybe she did but she didn't say so. ;-) You have this beautiful girl with a very unique tattoo on her back of a tree, standing in a gilded frame looking upon gorgeous sunset with water lapping at her feet. Yet there is a dark gray stormy sky and angry waters overshadowing the picture in that gilded frame. I thought hmmmm - what's that about?

So - I'm smiling as I'm reading this book thinking awww how cute is her name. Awww how sweet is her BFF. Awww how cute they love working together at the local hang out with their way cool boss. Awww she's engaged to Evan who she has loved, played booty call for and waited for while he worked his way through the local female population. Everything is going fabulous right? Until one day a disillusioned but gorgeous business comes into the bar. The sad businessman, well, his name is Cole. Inky may be in love with Evan but Cole has made an impression and is now lingering on her mind whether she wants to admit it or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Inky & Cole
I was really surprised by the story. I really liked this and was anxious to get to book 2. Inky and Cole make a great pair. I do have to say that I was done after book 2. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jamie H
3.0 out of 5 stars ... slow but I kept on reading and it got better. There is a cliff...
Started off slow but I kept on reading and it got better. There is a cliff hanger so beware
Published 2 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Inky
This book was absolutely amazing. I could not put it down. Very intense moments. Perfect love story. Not how I expected it to end.
Published 5 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Mates are real!
This is a powerful story of childhood abuse where these two find each other and they have a connection only soul mates could understand. A must read for romantic people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars Luckily, I wasn't expecting light and fluffy...
This is the second book I have read by this author, so I knew she had the power to rip my guts out and slowly put me back together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stacey is Sassy (Edgy Reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars cole
I put off reading this book because of the synopsis didn't paint a very good picture. I was wrong this book has everything, scandal, loyal friends, romance and family issues mixed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pyte in Texas
2.0 out of 5 stars Inky
I was excited to read this book especially with it having so many good reviews. However, this story just did not pull me in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CRISSY
5.0 out of 5 stars It ended with a cliffhanger but I loved it. Loved Cole and Inky
It ended with a cliffhanger but I loved it. Loved Cole and Inky. What a beautiful love story. Can't wait for book 2.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by Anna
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicole
This book was just OKAY! I hated inky boyfriend and her roommate!!! The ending was a cliff now I am stuck bc I want to know what happens! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicole
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