ARC Review & Giveaway – Ink Enduring (Montgomery Ink #5) by Carrie Ann Ryan

I have enjoyed this series immensely but there was something extra special about Ink Enduring and it is by far my favorite in this series to date. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

ie-coverAbout INK ENDURING

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.

Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him—it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else…or at least he thinks he is.

Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.

Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.

It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.

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I’ve been waiting for this book and many times wondered if it would come to fruition given the purestdelightawardcircumstances of two of the main characters and I’m happy to say that it was well worth the wait. Following a night of missed opportunity Maya and Jake have been best friends for over a decade with each of them denying their feelings run deeper than friendship, when a man from Jake’s life returns and it changes all of their lives forever. A compelling love story filled with hope, romance, suspense, sensual sexiness and a whole lot of love I could not put this book down.

Maya and Jake’s friendship and endured many changes over the years and while Maya likes Jake’s girlfriend Holly, she has come to realize that she wants more from Jake than friendship but she won’t do anything to upset his relationship because he seems happy. When Jake’s friend and ex-lover, Border, returns to Denver like changes rapidly for all three of them. I have to give a lot of credit to Holly for recognizing that Jake wasn’t in love with her and cutting him loose despite the fact that it threw him for a loop.

I loved seeing the “beginning” of Maya and Jake and getting a better understanding of what Jake’s relationship with Border had been and what it had not been, but more than that I had to commend Maya and Jake for the way they managed their friendship over the years. There was love, respect and excellent communication which in the end made it easy for them to accept Border into their brand new romantic relationship. That’s not to say they didn’t make some mistakes along the way because at times they expressed things in a way that was misunderstood, these very unflappable characters suddenly lost their minds (LOL), but underneath everything was that strong friendship bond that helped them forgive and move forward. These three were so sexy together, but their relationship was so much more than that even from the very beginning. You could just feel the connection between them, see the way they completed one another and thus it was easy to believe the ease in which they melded their lives.

Things that made this book so awesome; Maya and Jake’s families accepting their triad relationship without even thinking about it and giving them all the support they needed, Alex’s return to the family fold after his stint in rehab, seeing more of Jake’s brothers and getting a feel for their personalities, and Maya getting words of wisdom from an unlikely source and someone who totally deserves her own HEA after everything she did in the book.

I have enjoyed this series immensely but there was something extra special about Ink Enduring and it is by far my favorite in this series to date.


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About Carrie Ann Ryan

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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