Thursday, January 1, 2015

REVIEW - Scratches Down My Back (Love & Ink #2) by J.A. Howell

Title - Scratches Down My Back
Series - Love & Ink # 2
By - J.A. Howell
Published By - SideStreet Cookie Publishing
Genre - Erotica
**Not for readers under the age of 18+. Contains language, explicit sex, and adult situations.**

Liam Donovan can’t connect with women. The only woman he thought he had something with was his best friend Shayne, but she chose his younger brother over him. Single, bitter, and with a non-existent sex life, he’s accepted the only good things he’s got going in his life are his tattoo shop and fighting in the cage.

When Lucy Stevens walks into his shop for a tattoo, he dismisses her like so many of the beautiful but vapid girls he’s met over and over. Unfortunately for him, this five foot blonde bombshell is more than capable of going a few rounds, easily putting Liam in his place. He finds her ability to keep him on his toes both intriguing and annoying. But he isn’t just afraid of being able to keep up with her verbal jests. Despite nothing being medically wrong with him, Liam hasn’t been able to “perform” on that front in years…

But Lucy isn’t one to back down from a challenge. When she gets this man in a compromising position and it seems once again his body won’t cooperate, Lucy takes control of the situation. A little tough love never hurt anybody, and it seems with Liam, that’s just what he needed.

For someone that’s spent the last decade having to be in charge, Liam finds complete release in handing it over to her. But Lucy is keeping a few secrets from Liam. Secrets that have previously destroyed her life and her past relationships. As she falls for Liam, she knows she needs to tell him. But will he still want to submit to her once he finds out the truth? Or will this be the one fight he walks away from?

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About the Author-
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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Well, I thought Kieran and Shayne were one of my favorite couples, but they just got bumped by Liam and Lucy.

Liam is one giant mess of a man. Yeah he's Irish and a tat-shop owner/MMA fighter, but he hasn't scored with the ladies in a while. Like a long while. Unfortunately for Liam, he doesn't need a little blue pill to help him, since his problem is more of a mental issue. Seeing that Liam is a little...backed up shall we say? He's not exactly the easiest person to be around. Just imagine if Oscar the Grouch was an MMA fighter with an Irish accent.

Lucy is a study in contrasts: by day a throwback to the 60s, complete with fringe boots and those bright colors that never look good on anyone. By night she becomes La Bella Dame, complete with crops and floggers.

Both Liam and Lucy have their past issues to contend with, and their first few meetings are not made of unicorns and glittery rainbows; they initially mix about as well as oil and water. Of course, all of that pent-up frustration is the foreplay for hot, smexy times. But that's not the end of their issues, because as their relationship develops, a whole new set of fears will take up residence that could be the ending of them as a couple before they really figure everything out.

Another stellar book from Ms. Howell, I can only imagine how awesome the third book in this series is going to be.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.

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