2.5 tempting tattoos stars!!!
I shouldn’t peek into Brendon’s sketchbook, even if the tattoo artist is as brooding and stoic as the day is long. I can’t help myself. I peel it open, run my fingers along the paper, soak up every ounce of him.
His drawings are as beautiful and bold as his dark eyes and his cocky smile. Only, there, on the third page–that’s no tattoo mockup. That’s me.
Waiting in his bed.
There’s no denying it — those are my blue glasses, my green eyes, my flushed cheeks.
Brendon wants me.
The smoking hot, ten thousand miles out of my league bad boy wants me — a good girl v*rgin with thick glasses and no game.
Only it’s not.
He’s my best friend’s older brother. He’s off limits.
But damn is he tempting.
There are some things I really appreciate in this book and some things that were kind of beyond believable. I appreciate the fact that this author was ready to tackle the many demons that are depression and everything that goes along with it. She seemed to have either educated herself on it, or maybe has had someone close to her suffer from it because some things were very spot on. It is a real disorder that a person who is young, old or anywhere in between can suffer from. I saw some previous comments somewhere that said this girl is young what does she have to be depressed about… what does it matter? She is, and this author does a great job of letting us know that she has these demons and is working through them. Her feelings for her best friends’ older brother also believable, and one of my favorite tropes in romance. However, the substance behind the feelings was kind of missing for me in this book.
I really wanted to get behind this relationship and at some points I really could, they seemed like an actual couple. Then at most times it just seemed like it was all about the smexy times, yes, I know some romance novel has those. These characters though seemed to base their relationships on that and if it’s a good romance novel it will not rely on those parts. The characters could have fade to black scenes and the romance would work just fine. I was missing the substance behind the characters, the ending was great, it really brought it together. I loved the idea of the tattoo shop and the guys all together and that part pulled it together some for me, other than when they are there it’s kind of sporadic. I’m not sure if I will read more of this series, I might try something else of this author but maybe not more of this series.
About the Author…
Crystal Kaswell is the author of the Sinful Serenade series. She writes steamy new adult romance with flawed characters. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.
One thought on “Tempting (Inked Hearts #1), by Crystal Kaswell”
I totally agree. A romance should fly based on the relationship, not the sex. Great review!