The consequences of a moment can last a lifetime.
Gabriella Ross suffered every bride’s worst nightmare: a no-show groom. Now summer stretches before her with nowhere to go but home, at least until it’s time to go back to medical school.
Determined to prove she might be down but definitely not out, she chucks all her old plans in favor of having a good time—starting with giving herself a pair of wings. Tattooed wings, that is, in the form of a phoenix on her back.
When everyone else at Dermamania chickens out at the prospect of putting the gorgeous, perfect skin of the boss’s big sister under the needle, Ian Rhodes finds himself stepping up. Then unexpectedly connecting with her through tears that have nothing to do with the pain of getting inked.
Attraction flares into one hot night that was supposed to stay that way—single, and secret. But best laid plans have a way of getting blown out of the water. Now two perfect strangers must plan for a very different future…beginning with whether there’s enough common ground to spend it together.
Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, Ross family drama, reuniting with beloved old friends…and a hot tattooed, Harley-riding hero who doesn’t mind being robbed from the cradle.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
I discovered this series when my reading pals on Twitter was talking about the bald, tattooed and pierced hero of Lynn’s Leave Me Breathless. After reading that, I went back and read Brian’s story, and was anxious for more. I’m so glad I discovered Lynn!
Gabriella has had a rough time in the romance department, but with her new outlook on life, she wants to start with a fresh tattoo. Her brother refuses to do the ink, so Gabriella has Ian do it for her. The attraction between them is undeniable, and Gabriella thinks a little romp in the sack might be another fabulous way to kickstart her new attitude.
Ian is wildly attracted to Gabriella, and once she propositions him, there is no way he can say no to her. But a crimp in their plans has Ian and Gabriella having to compromise and find a way to make their relationship work for the long run, despite the many obstacles they have in their way.
I absolutely adore this series. I think Lynn does a wonderful job of creating sexy heroes and strong heroines. Add in the tatts, piercings, and bad boy images, and these books are all to die for. I loved the fact that Ian and Gabriella has a bit of an age difference between them, and that poor Gabriella got teased a few times for being the older woman. I haven’t seen that often in the books I’ve read, so it was a fun twist on the age difference drama.
I had a soft spot for Ian, because although he was a total bad boy, he was also a total softie underneath it all. He was absolutely smitten with Gabriella, and he didn’t try very hard to hard it from her. Once their little problem is brought to light, Ian seems pretty darn excited about the chance to keep Gabriella around.
*Spoiler alert* I, personally, love the accidental baby stories. I think they are so much fun. The romantic in me loves watching a couple struggle to not only deal with the way their lives will change once a baby enters the picture, but also how they struggle to accept a new partner into their everyday lives. I don’t know why, but that is just one of the problems I love reading about most in romance.
I was a little bummed with the sub plot with Gabriella’s parents reaction toward Ian. After everything Brian had to go through to get his parents approval, I for sure thought they would be a little more respectful of Ian and his lifestyle choices. But no, they had to stick their stuck up noses into the situation and make it a million times worse. I wanted so desperately for both Gabriella and Ian to stand up to her parents much sooner in the story than they did.
All in all I thought this was another wonderful book in the Ross Siblings series. I loved Ian, and the strength that Gabriella showed in overcoming all that life had done to her was wonderful to read. I wanted a little more dedication from both Ian and Gabriella toward their relationship, but I loved the way it all turned out for them.
I give Take Me On a B