on October 21st, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure.
That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”
Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.
But then she meets Jesse.
A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.
When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?
When Avery leaves her home town to start anew in Ocean Beach, she’s getting away from her failed marriage, a betrayal that completely caught her off guard, and shaking up her career by stepping away from her job as a CPA. It’s really the start of her journey in finding herself. Her identity has been wrapped up in being a wife and a daughter, and she taking a a huge risk by leaving the safety of her family.
In Inked Hearts, Lindsay Detwiler delivers a beautiful story about taking chances. Avery upends her life in what seems to be all ways. She gains a friend and co-worker in her roommate Jodie, and then finds a second chance at love when she meets “bad boy” Jesse. From the go these two share a connection. It’s a bit of a slow burn romance as they have both experienced heartbreak and are reluctant to take that kind of risk again.
“Together, it seems like we’re coming out of our shells, stepping away from the past and the hurts that haunt us. Together, it feels like we can just be ourselves, whatever that means. ”
Inked Hearts becomes a friends to lovers story too as they take their newly developed friendship to any other level. Jesse is just the right amount of sweet and his kindness is actually very sexy.
I loved watching their relationship change, to grow, and the support they provided each other. Their story was perfectly paced and relatively low in angst. What I really loved about this story though was Avery finding her voice and discovering how strong she really is. There’s a strong subtext about the perils of dating post divorce, that questioning of how to trust your instincts when you got it wrong before and Detwiler gives us a well rounded story on the impact and how to build faith again. 4.5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi