Description: Jet Ryan’s haunted by the memory of one night in the arms of a sexy tattoo artist who pushed all the right buttons before she shoved him out of her life. No one else seems to measure up. He needs her out of his system or in his life, preferably the latter. But, he’ll settle for one more night with her or a reasonable facsimile as long as he can touch her again.
Ink Monroe avoids expectations that might get her hopes up, doesn’t believe in endless possibilities, and has absolutely no room in her life for a guy who wants to take care of her. But damn, it would be nice to have all those things for a little while. So when a customer gives her a business card for a woman named Madame Eve, she asks for a man to solidify the hazy memory of a single night of passion followed by the best night of sleep she’d had in years.
Both have tall orders for a single evening of passion, but one night can lead to endless possibilities. Madame Eve promised.
REVIEW: Bella Ink is the second & last installment to Beautiful Ink. After Bella & Jim met their attraction felt deeper than one night stand, there was a connection and the need for more quickly developed. However, Bella’s past and insecurities forced her to moved on and run as she always did. I enjoyed Bella Ink because in this installment we get to know how much deeply Jim actually felt for Bella, their one time together made an impression and her body left more than prints in his mind and heart.
Jim know that there was a lot more to Bella than she let on and he was ready to find out more. Bella on the other hand couldn’t even consider settling, she wasn’t the type of woman who could settle for a normal living. She needed more security, love and the hope that one day she would be able to find that man who would help her feel like she belong. Jim was able to offer her more than just passion, he also offered security and understanding.
I really liked Bella Ink, because this story can easily touch your heart. It is easy to relate to because there are times in a person’s life when it is hard to distinguish love from lust. Even though both characters were looking for different things, they were able to compromise and understand that they both needed something the other was willing to give, what was left was their commitment to their feelings and desires. Great short story follow-up to Beautiful Ink and one that will show that love could conquer all.
Do I recommend this short story? Yes – but you must read the first installment!
Jet Ryan sat back in his chair and stared at the image filling his computer screen. Bella, aka Ink
Monroe. The woman who’d swept through his life in a single night of passion and lingered to haunt his
dreams day and night. Even after half a year, his mind missed her spitfire attitude; his body still ached
at the thought of sinking into hers. And his heart…it had claimed her for some reason and would not
let him forget.
He closed the laptop and turned to stare across the snow-covered pastureland surrounding his home.
Eleven thousand acres filled with American bison and longhorn cattle. Lean meat and hell on the hoof.
Few women, especially ones like Bella, wanted to settle down as a rancher’s wife these days. Endless
winter nights with nothing to do but snuggle by the fire. Long summer days riding a fence line or
working cattle. Calving, vaccinating, de-horning, rotating grassland, tagging, weaning, all took hard
work and dedication. A rare thing in this world.
Turning back, he opened the article again. “Top Twenty Tattoo Artists in the Nation.” Ink’s name and
photo fell in at number eight. The reporter had clarified Bella Ink’s work was unbeatable in quality and
originality. But the fact she had no permanent residence, nowhere for customers to find her other than
a cell number and an internet site, made it impossible to rank her higher.
With an unsteady hand, he clicked on the link to her site. Rich, colorful artwork filled the screen, but
no more pictures of the artist, only the one in the article. He switched back to it. God, she’s beautiful.
She appeared tired and defensive, just as she had that night, but beneath it all lay an evident and
painful vulnerability. Her obvious stress weighed on him. Bella deserved to be protected, treasured,
and sheltered from the things tormenting her.
Attempts to contact her had gone unanswered. She didn’t want to see him or reconnect. He had to
accept it and walk away. You need to get laid. The simple comment from his friend had started it all,
but maybe he was right…burn off some tension with someone as hot as Bella. The main drawback to
such a plan lay in location. He knew nearly every woman over the age of consent in the area. Fucking
one to get a stranger out of his head would come back to haunt him in a big way. Doing so would be
like pissing in a public pool: everyone around him would know, and he’d have to stew in his own
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LC Dean has lived all over the United States from the glorious South to the freethinking West Coast, but returned to the Midwest over a decade ago and now resides in the gorgeous state of MN. LC’s main goal professionally is to push the boundaries her often puritanical upbringing created. Writing about love that does not need society to define it, has been a freeing experience for her and her characters, and she hopes that readers find a similar joy in the reading.
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