Review: Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink, #0.5), by Carrie Ann Ryan

Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink, #0.5)Ink Inspired by Carrie Ann Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At roughly 2 1/2 hours, this was an incredibly short audiobook. Not surprisingly, this audio novella failed to foster the type of deep connection with main characters that I crave. It was a quick, smutty listen with a lot of insta-love and a HEA. If you’re in the mood for something that is sweet and cheesy, with a dirty-talking tattoo artist, this may be a good choice for you. Just don’t expect any depth to this story. It just isn’t that kind of story.

The heroine, Shea Little, wants to break out of her conservative, straight-laced mold. She has led a life of a debutante. Familial obligations had her going through the motions of her life, maintaining appearances. She’s spent years trying to appease a frigid mother whose only interest in her revolves around strategically marrying her off in order to enhance their family’s social standing.

Deciding to be spontaneous, Shea sets her mind on getting a tattoo. She’s every bit as nervous as she is determined. It is the first time she’s really rebelled in her life.

When Shepard Montgomery runs into the gorgeous Shea, he has no idea that she’ll be in his shop moments later. Shaking like a leaf, she’s obviously terrified of getting a tattoo. He’s intrigued by this woman, who is so clearly out of her element standing in a tattoo shop.

Telling Shea that he needs to get to know her before tattooing her, Shepard uses the opportunity to date her while simultaneously stopping her from making a big mistake by getting a meaningless image permanently placed on her skin. In no time at all, the two are head over heels.

Overall, this was an “okay” audiobook. It was fast-paced and relatively entertaining. I can’t say that I feel compelled to continue this series, but it was an alright way to pass a little time. I didn’t expect too much, being that the entire story was about 2 1/2 hours long and I wasn’t surprised. Maybe if I had already read other books in the series I would have gotten more out of this, but I haven’t.

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