Emmie Elliot returns home ostensibly to sell her late grandmother’ ...
Emmie Elliot returns home ostensibly to sell her late grandmother’s beloved bookstore. When she decides to reopen and modernize the bookstore instead, Emmie comes up with the wild idea of sharing her space with Ox, a tattoo artist with a few drama issues. Coming out of a bad relationship, Ox plans for their interactions to be business only; no more mixing work with pleasure. Both Emmie and Ox are trying to find their footing in owning a business and dealing with a personal life. Emmie's is essentially limited to the few close friends she grew up with in Metlin, and one friend from San Francisco who arrives to help out. Ox has serious responsibilities to his family farm as well as trying to run his own business. While working together to create the new store and after it opens, Ox and Emmie develop a strong attraction to one another, but both are determined to keep hands off because “here be dragons.” Neither one wants to take the risk of ruining something in which they have both poured so much time, money, and effort. Except Ox has never been a following the rules kind of guy, and Emmie is so very much tempted. At the outset, it would seem that books and tattoos have little in common, and yet they both tell stories. So in truth both types of aficionados, readers of books and those who adorn their bodies with words and images are book lovers in a sense. I enjoyed the trope of books being intrinsic to Emmie’s life; it would be sheer bliss to have a dream bookstore like hers available. Reading and then gathering to talk about books in a welcoming and fun environment is a bibliophile’s paradise. Also explored from Ox’s side of the story, his customers and the various reasons leading them to get something so indelible as tattoos. Surprisingly to Ox, Emmie is no stranger to tattoos herself. INK is definitely a slow burn romance as Emmie and Ox do a complicated dance around each other interwoven with a mixture of desire and restraint to keep themselves from crossing firmly established lines. Ms. Hunter's writing style and skills are a reminder of why I enjoy reading so much. The finely crafted word is a joy to behold.
4.5 Amazing Stars! I was so excited about this story, after readin ...
4.5 Amazing Stars! I was so excited about this story, after reading the blurb, and I was not disappointed! A booklover who reopens a bookstore she inherited and has a partner who’s a tattoo artist. INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main is a Standalone and I feel the need to let everyone know it’s a slow-burn story; something I’ve learned to appreciate, and love, the anticipation of what’s to come is too yummy to resist. This story checks all the boxes of a quirky and fun romance. With main characters like Emmie who’s a smart, funny, and witty h and Ox, the H, the quintessential book boyfriend. Then there are the secondary characters, who add so much to the story, and the small town atmosphere that rounds it out; you’ll want to read in one sitting. Who said print books are dead? If you’re like me you read eBooks and later buy the same book in paperback, too. Because who can resist the smell of paper and ink? **sigh** Emmie Elliot has inherited her grandmother’s bookstore, Metlin Books, located in the small town of Metlin, California, where she grew up. Ironically she’d been working at a bookstore in San Francisco for several years, as a manager, and when she goes back home she’s determined to sell it. After taking stock of the store, full of reminders of her beloved grandmother, Emmie realizes she should stay and reopen it. The bookstore is large and comes with an apartment above it. She owns the building that houses the bookstore and the other two locations next door that are rented out and she wouldn’t have to worry about paying rent anymore. So, with a little nest egg, she decides to revamp, restock and reopen the bookstore. After realizing the space is really too big, and with a separate entrance handy, she decides she could rent some floor space to someone else. When opportunity knocks on her door, in the way of Miles “Ox” Oxford, a tattoo artist who’s in desperate need of a new place to work, she makes him a proposition he finds hard to resist. After giving it some thought, he accepts, but he has one condition: “You have to promise me we will never get involved.” Ox has a lot on his plate. His sister and husband took over the family farm after their dad died, but when her husband died in an accident, Ox felt obligated to help out. Their mother does what she can by taking care of his niece. He made it clear to his previous girlfriend that his family comes first, even if he has to sacrifice his personal life, and puts his needs last. Emmie has always yearned to be part of a family; she was raised by her bohemian mother, who was absent a lot, and her older grandmother. After her death, Emmie realized she was all alone; her mother was living her life with no real concern about Emmie. She longed to belong somewhere, to place roots down, and maybe find someone to share it with. But not with Ox, he’s made that perfectly clear. With so many book references in the story, including mention of the Austen classic Sense and Sensibility, it’ll have the book nerd in us happy sighing. All the way to the HEA ending!
March 18, 2018
I was trapped reading books that failed to build a true love story. I was bored. This book was exactly what I had been missing! I was anxious to see what each encounter would bring. They don’t immediately fall in love or into bed together but they do build an incredible business relationship that has attraction attached to it. It was a fabulous love story! It was well written and the secondary characters were interesting but didn’t distract from the main characters. This is a must read AGAIN in my library!