Series: Luminescent Juliet #2
Publisher: Skyscape on November 12, 2013
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Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.
Except for one.
Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.
However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.
Check out my review of In the Band (Luminescent Juliet #1)
“I’ve never wanted a girl’s trust, but I want this girl to trust me. Bad.”
“I shoot him a level, emotionless glare. I’m not Mandy. I’m not into playing flirtatious games.”
Favorite Character: Allie. She’s so independent.
“I need a beer, a shot, and a woman.”
My Musings: Ink My Heart was a phenomenal companion novel to In the Band. Ink my Heart follows Luminescent Juliet’s lead singer, Justin. Justin is the bad boy partier who only needs booze and women in his life. However, when he stumbles into a tattoo parlor one day and meets tattooist Allie, everything changes. Suddenly, Justin can’t get Allie out of his mind. But Allie is complicated, and Justin finds that getting Allie won’t be as easy as it seems.
“I’m not too deep. I don’t like deep. I sing. I party. I fuck. Occasionally, I study. In general, emotions pretty much suck. I try to stay away from them.”
Justin and Allie are our mail characters as well as out narrators. I enjoyed the split points of view, as Allie and Justin had very different stories to tell. Justin was unique. He had this outward persona that he’d broadcast to the world, where inside, he was completely different. Inside, he was sweet and caring, and you could really tell that he was beginning to care for Allie. But still, he was hot, he was confident, and he had a nipple piercing…
“I could blame my pent-up lust on the fact that I haven’t been with anyone in over two years, but the reality is that I can’t resist Justin. Hist tall, lean muscled frame. The ink covering his body. Those green eyes. Those dimples. But mostly what gets me is the way he yearns for me to know him. And I’m beginning to want to know him in every way possible. The topography of the surface of his skin and the man beneath the skin.”
Allie was a very strong and very dependent female protagonist. She didn’t take crap from anyone. She was working through quite the ton of crap that the world through at her, but she did it in stride. I can’t tell you much more, but she was an inspiration of a woman. She was a business owner and a student. You can’t get much more than that! But on the flip side, she finally let someone in, and seeing her with Justin showed a completely new side of her. It was sweet to see the two of them together because they fit so well.
I can’t tell much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything, but there definitely are some twists, turns, and surprises that you definitely wouldn’t expect in this novel. There’s always something going on, which isn’t that common in a contemporary romance. However, there was never a dull moment, and I was almost always in a constant state of ‘OMG’. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Ink My Heart was a deliciously written novel with deep and realistic characters working with their respective stuff, but learning to love each other. It varied from intense to sweet, and everything in between. It’s definitely one that I would recommend if you liked In the Band, or if you like rock-star contemporary romances. It was a great read, and I can’t wait to see what Jean Haus throws out there next!