- File Size: 1939 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Dare (April 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0746MQH6R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Inked (Hard Riders MC) Kindle Edition
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Because it’s a huge plot-point at the beginning, it made me want to scream a little with frustration that the heroine got a complex shaded large tattoo on her back (a tramp stamp) and yet, no mention of the aftercare involved with it - no moisturizer, no plastic covering, no pain medication, no bandages to protect the scabbing...and she goes out the next night and gets pounded against some glass (with her *back to the glass*!) a day or so after getting the tattoo! Augh!
That said the MMC and FMC were entertaining in an Odd Couple way. Although, he didn’t really show her what being an MC’s old lady would be like since he didn’t share much of that with her...it’s very fantasy based. (I’m guessing - I don’t personally know any bikers).
The story ends at 90%, with a chapter of a different book at the end, and a listing of other books in the DARE imprint. So, I expected a little more story than was there. No epilogue or *finish*, if you know what I mean.
They met at a ratio parlor Vik works at and instant attraction. However, Vik is not a long term guy and Harper is. They agree to be sex buddies but you know women's hearts always get involved.
Can Vik choose to love Harper or walk away and live his life like he always does wide open with a new girl every night
Vik, so named because he has long blonde hair and is tall and built because of his Norwegian heritage (Viking, geddit?), is a tattoo artist. When drunk banker Harper shows up at his tattoo parlour in Las Vegas at two in the morning, she wants a tattoo to celebrate a new her. She’s just been kicked out of her home by her douchebag ex after she found out he was cheating on her and she wants to let loose a little. So she lets Vik pick the tattoo, a firebird he puts on the small of her back (can anyone say tramp stamp?). She quickly realises he doesn’t remember her – they had sex in the back of his car in high school.
Vik is floored that he’s had sex with Harper before and can’t remember her, because she’s gorgeous and he wants her. When he hears her sad tale of woe, he offers to be her booty call. She finds that she can’t resist and they’re soon hooking up every chance they get. Over the course of the book, Harper realises she’s in love with him and it’s not just sex for her. She tells him this, and what does he do? Pushes her away. Bikers are not one of my favourite themes because I find the whole ‘I don’t need just one woman in my life, even though I want to settle down, because I’m a tough biker and can have any woman I want’ trope to be getting rather tiresome. And so it is with Vik, who refuses to admit he is ready to settle down with Harper and does love her, even after his fellow bikers tell him what a tool he’s being. He eventually gets the memo and the way he attempts to win her back is rather amusing. I really liked that Harper didn’t cave straight away, either. She was hurt and it showed.
Can we talk about the cover? Vik is a blonde Norse God. The cover model, while attractive, is not. I also noticed that Harper gets this massive tattoo on her back in the wee hours of the morning, but then spends part of the next day swimming. Vik also takes her up against the glass in her hotel room, which her back is up against. Surely her back would be tender? Being banged up against some glass and going swimming would be off the menu, I would have imagined. Not that I have a tattoo, mind you, but that would seem like common sense to me.
Vik and Harper get their happy ending. I really liked Harper, but I oscillated on Vik a little. I think I liked Rev and Evie from the first book better. Still, this one is worth the read, but be warned – there’s a lot of graphic language.
Tattoo artist Vik finds the perfect pretend girlfriend to get his father off his back for a while. Harper is an investment banker and has just been kicked out of her home and relationship. So while she and Vik become each other's booty call in reality, Vik's father is under the impression that he's finally found the one.
I have to say that I loved this story much more than Ruled. Vik is not completely what I thought he was going to be just from the peek of him from the previous story. The image I get after reading Inked is of a big teddy bear because, come on! His character is so endearing even when he's being seductive. He doesn't come across as a womanizing jerk, just a guy who really, really enjoys the company of women and loves to pretend he's all party and play. He and Harper were the perfect match up even though, yet again, they are total opposites. Harper might seem uptight on the surface but she can go toe-to-toe with Vik. Vik is adamant that real feelings don't belong in their relationship, but as they get to know each other the pull of attraction is undeniable.
If you love friends with benefits to full blown relationship stories then this is the read for you! Anne Marsh doesn't make it easy for Vik and Harper to find their happy ending but when they get there it's the sweetest ending ever!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*
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I liked this book but the attraction between Vik and Harper seemed a little forced at times.Read more