Publisher: Flirt on November 4, 2014
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In Regina Cole’s steamy novel of hot ink and delicious angst, two tortured artists take a leap of faith—but the past threatens to tear them apart.
After her parents pull the plug on her college fund to finance their nasty divorce, Hailey Jakes is desperate to pay her own way and finish her degree in graphic design. She can hardly believe her luck when the sexiest guy she’s ever seen hires her to be the receptionist at his tattoo shop. With sea-blue eyes, jet-black hair, and full sleeves of tattoos on his muscular arms, Neill Vanderhaven looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. In fact, he’s mesmerized by her—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talented as hell.
But Hailey and Neill have more in common than instant chemistry: They’re both carrying serious baggage. Hailey’s parents split after years of blowout fights and sloppy affairs. Neill just got out of something serious with a woman who loved her bad habits more than she loved him. When they take the plunge on a new relationship, they’re both breaking their own rules.
But then a terrible misunderstanding brings Neil’s worst fears to life, and their connection threatens to come crashing down. What they have is more than skin-deep, but now Hailey and Neill need to decide whether the kind of love that lasts forever is worth such exquisite pain.
Draw Me In was an okay contemporary read. It was not anything super special. It followed the typical NA trope: girl meets boy, one of the two or both have baggage, they get together, crap hits the fan, and then they work it out and get back together. And this novel followed that exactly.
I, for the most part, enjoyed Hailey’s character. She was likable and relatable. She was trying to do what was best for her to reach her dreams regardless of the family issues she was dealing with. She was admirable. Neill was not. He was a coward, plain and simple. He shied away from their possible relationship at every turn. And the cause of that? You guessed it—he has baggage from a previous relationship. A druggie ex-girlfriend that took advantage of the things he offered. And so he projects the fears and feelings from that relationship onto Hailey. It felt really weird for me, the roles reversed, because often it is the girl who does that exact thing: not trust a guy because they’ve been hurt before. Although it showed a vulnerable side to Neill’s character it quickly got old and annoying. His character made it hard to really and truly enjoy this novel.
That being said, the plot was paced well and it was a somewhat enjoyable novel for the most part. However, due to the male lead, it was hard for me to enjoy this novel as much as I was hoping to.