Monday, June 10, 2013

Inked Ever After + Epilogue by Elle Aycart

** 5 out of 5 Stars **


Tattooed bad boy James Bowen is about to marry the love of his life. Everything would be perfect if it wasn't for the tiny detail that his bride-to-be is freaking out big time. And trying to hide it from him.

Tate Cooper is losing it. She loves James with all her heart and wants to be married to him; it's the getting married that's killing her. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother,and totally overwhelmed by the wedding arrangements, she's in full emotional meltdown. But James deserves a happy bride, not a high-maintenance, sorrow-filled, guilt-stricken one, and, by God, she's going to give him that, even if she has to paste on a smile and fake it till she makes it.

James doesn't know whether to be amused or pissed. He understands she's running scared, but there is no way in hell he's going to allow this to continue; he's going to push her to confront her fears until she happily embraces their ever after.

We continue the story of James and Tate in this book.  I enjoyed this one a little better than More Than Meets the Ink.  I think the reason is because Tate didn't really get on my nerves with this one.  I felt for her.  She's planning her wedding and there are some very important people that are missing.  Any bride would be upset knowing that she's getting married without her father and brother.  Little girls dream of having their daddy walk them down the isle.  The writing style was great.  It was little shorter than I wanted but I felt like their story came to a beautiful ending.

So this book picks up almost a year after they become engaged.  Tate is struggling with her feelings but she's doing her best to hide it from James.  She frequently has little melt downs.  She had one in the dressing room while shopping for her wedding dress.  She has them in the shower.  It's gotten to the point where she locks the door when she goes to shower, not allowing James to come in.  He knows she's in trouble but he's letting her try to deal with it but he can't stand that she want open up to him.  It's hurting him to see her like this.  After the time he finds her in the dressing room after she's been bawling her eyes out, he's had enough.

He buys a cabin in a little lake side town where she has great memories of her family.  He did it so she could create new memories.  She has a melt down and everything comes to a head.  He will not be pushed away anymore.  He wants all of her and he is going to get it.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  

“How many times do we have to go over this for you to get it into your thick skull? I love you. Taking care of you is not a bother, princess. It’s my prerogative. I want you, forever. All of you. Yes, sometimes you make me spitting mad, and yes, you've given me headaches, and you’ll probably give me many more, but I’ll take all of them gladly for a chance to wake up to you every morning for the rest of my life. There is nothing about you I’d change..."

When they get to the heart of the subject we see that she didn't tell him because she's afraid that she will loose him.  She thinks he's to good for her.  She thinks he deserves better than her and her baggage.  He doesn't take well to this news at all.

“I don’t want to hear any more moronities. So shut it and listen, because you really need to get this. You’re mine, and I will not give you up. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. You do not tell me what I deserve. You do not lie to me. You do not hide. You do not put up a front for my benefit. And you do not put yourself down. Are we clear? Nod if we are.”

This is why I love James so much.  He doesn't ask her, he just tells her how it's gonna be.  There is no more lying and hiding from him.  This whole scene reminded me of Whatever it Takes by Lifehouse...
In the song it stays.. 

"If we're gonna make this work
You gotta let me inside, even though it hurts"Don't hide the broken parts that I need to seeHe said, "Like it or not, it's the way it's gotta beYou gotta love yourself if you can ever love me"(I thought this was perfect for their situation)

The sex in this book is hot!  Especially at the cabin.  I love their chemistry!  I love the way they always want each other.  It doesn't matter how intense they are or how angry, they will always need that connection.

After that scene everything begins to fall into place.  She doesn't run from her feelings and she doesn't hide them from him anymore.  When she's hurting, she crawls into his lap and unloads it all on him and he's finally happy that she's letting him in. 

While he is away on business, she decides to show her how much she loves and accepts him and has the exact replica of his dragon tattoo done on her lower back.  He goes crazy when he sees it being the possessive man that he is.   In his eyes, there is no greater way to stake his claim than to have her ink on his skin.

There is an accident.  She's been trying to reach him on the phone all afternoon and not getting any answer.  His brother comes and tells her that James has been in an accident.  Aside from dropping a glass and walking over it, once she gets to the hospital she actually handles things very well.  She doesn't freak out and she never dissolves into tears.  She stays by his side the few days he's in the hospital refusing to leave him.  The accident opens her eyes and she tells him that she isn't going to hide from him anymore.  He finally gets all of her and he's over the moon.


She tells him in the hospital that she's pregnant and he's so happy.  The way he took the news was so sweet.  Dropping to his knees and kissing her stomach.  She has his ink on her skin and his baby growing inside her, he's in heaven.  From that point on every time she's with in holding distance, he keeps her on his lap with his hand wresting on her stomach.  He's always been very protective of her but not he's really protective and I thought is was really sweet.  He little cherishes her.

They get married at the end of the book.  I also read the epilogue on the authors blog and loved it.  

In the epilogue, it's 10 years later and they are at the cabin with their family.  He's 44 now but still beautiful and still the exact same.  He's still controlling and possessive and he still loves her unconditionally.  It was sweet to get to see him interacting with his children and Tate.  They have 2 boys, ages 9 and 5 and another on the way.  After 10 years they are still happily married and in love.  It was the perfect ending!

I gave this book 5 Stars because it was perfect and I loved every second of it.  The sex was hot and intense in this book.  He was a lot more dominate in this one. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves tattoos and possessive, controlling men.  You won't regret reading it!