It’s Day Seven of my Cozy Christmas Week and I’m going to a bit naughty and feature this sweet and spicy book that I just finished, Merry Inkmas.
Enjoy this festive romance by Talia Hibbert, author of A Girl Like Her. Christmas just got sexy…
“There’s a beast inside of me. I keep it caged. You drive it wild.”
Cash Evans has come a long way since his troubled childhood, but all the wealth he’s earned as a tattoo artist can’t fix the hole in his heart. He knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan.
”There isn’t a man on earth who could ruin me.”
Bailey Cooper is determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She’s seen how cruel love can be, and she’s not about to sacrifice her self-respect for a relationship. But when a bad boy with a heart of gold comes to her rescue, she finds herself wondering if this beast might just be her Prince Charming.
Will these two lost souls find a happy ending under the tree this Christmas? Or is their love doomed to wither with the mistletoe?
Merry Inkmas is a steamy Christmas romance starring a brooding, bad boy hero and a curvy, black heroine. Be warned: this love is hot enough to melt any winter frost! ***Please be aware: this story discusses topics that could trigger certain audiences, such as domestic abuse, homelessness and intrusive thoughts.***
Thanks to Misty over at Misty’s Book Space for this recommendation. After reading all those delightfully sweet Christmas romances, I thought I’d mix it up a bit with something a tad steamier. This one fit the bill. It was spicy with intriguing characters and substantial Christmas cheer. Actually, one of the interesting things is that although both the main characters have difficult pasts, they’re very keen to celebrate Christmas.
Cash’s layers are peeled away chapter by chapter. We meet the friendly coffee customer, the guy who stands up for and helps the less fortunate, the bad boy celebrity tattoo artist, the anguished hero afraid of love and the man who loves his family.
Bailey must puzzle together all the pieces that make up Cash and decide once and for all if she’s willing to take a chance on love. Her own mother’s history with men has left her jaded. I really enjoyed reading about how she begins to open her heart, understand her mom’s life and eventually figures out what this thing called love means.
One of my favourite characters is Cash’s mom, Karen. With her ginger hair, bubbly personality and dedication to her family, it’s understandable why Bailey comes up with the comparison to Mrs Weasley!
The theme of homeless is also addressed in this story. The actual homeless character who helps bring Bailey and Cash together is just one aspect. Both Cash and Bailey have led lives that at some point left them wanting of a place to call home.
Another thing I enjoyed was the interracial relationship; not something you come across often enough. I liked even more that it wasn’t a focal point of the story. The romance was, and the story didn’t become a poster child for a cause.
And finally it was interesting to read about tattoos from the artist’s perspective, and to read about the creativity and immersion of the artist.
Yes, there were some cheesy bits and some eye-roll inducing lines but I’ll overlook them, as mostly this story is about two people facing their demons and accepting each other. It held my attention, made me laugh and made me say ‘aww’ at times.
Overall, I give it 4/5 sexy, inky espresso shots.