Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sinful Southern Ink by S.J. Drum

** 4.5 out of 5 Stars **

Jed Weston is a tall, hard country boy with dangerous cowboy charm and piercings in all the right places. As Abigail's employee in her tattoo and piercing shop, he's kept things between them on a strictly professional level. Until Abigail's violent past catches up with her and she seeks his comfort-comfort that leads to an intense emotional and sexual connection neither can ignore. Jed's jealous ex-girlfriend, a nosy reporter, and a potential father-in-law in prison won't keep him from the woman who makes him hard at the very sight of her. Nothing will keep Jed Weston from catching-and keeping-the woman he loves.

This was a good book.  It's a novella so it's very short.  It had a strong plot line.  I enjoyed the characters.  The writing style was great.  It had me from the very beginning.  It only took me about 3 hours of reading to finish it.  The only complaint that I have is the fact that it was so short.  I would have been happier with an epilogue.  I always want to know where they end up.  

Abigail is a tattoo artist who owns a tattoo and piercing shop.  She has tattoos on her upper body but from what I could tell about the books they seem to be mostly under her clothes.  She's a little on the short side and feisty.  She has long dark hair down to her waist.  She's running away from the past though it's more from herself than anyone else.

Jed is a cowboy with tattoos and piercings.  He's inked up all over.  I picture this guy being one seriously sexy man.  He's an alpha male.  He is defensive and very protective of what he views as his.  He likes sex a  little on the rough side.  He might even have a little DOM in him.  He has worked at Abigail's shop for 3 years.  They are friends and he kind of looks out for her. He has a girlfriend that I couldn't stand.  Abigail describes how he looks better than I can...

The man was well over six feet of all-American, naughty temptation.

They have worked together for three years and have some how managed to keep it platonic.  Nothing more than innocent flirting.  Somewhere along the way, their feelings about each other begin to change.  In truth I think they have probably always been in love with each other, just never really realized it.  

After a night of heavy drinking on Abigail's part, and a night of Jed not being able to perform with his girlfriend (He kept picturing Abigail's face) on his part, he finds her nearly in very drunken state and takes her home to watch after her.  She receives a phone call about her father's death which leads to the drinking.

There aren't a lot of spoilers in this one.  Her father killed her mother in front of her and she's running away from her past, trying to reinvent herself without it catching up to her.  She succeeds for the most part.  She tells Jed the following morning about all of this and instead of asking a hundred questions or showing pity he just holds her on his lap.  Things take a heated turn and they get interrupted by his crazy girlfriend.

By crazy, I mean this chick is one fry short of a happy meal if you get my meaning.  When he tells her he can't see her anymore, she literally throws herself at him.  He pretty much has to force her off of him and leave.  There is a point between these two that cause a rift in his relationship with Abigail.  She shows up at work and pretty much attacks him and Abigail walks in catching her kissing him.  He has to be very blunt and ugly to get this girl to back off.

At the end of the book Abigail burns the trailer she lived in with her parents.  She and Jed sit on the back of his truck and just watch it burn.  I thought this was funny.  I mean, go big or go home right?!  He asks her to marry him and she says yes!

I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars because it's so short.  In all honesty most novella's I read never make it to 5 stars because I always want to know more.  

My Jed/Abigail


Favorite quotes...

Fixing things with Abigail was not going to be easy, but he would find a way. She was his woman, from the moment their lips met—she just didn't know it yet.

There was something seriously sexy about a tattooed, pierced cowboy.