INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main
is an all new opposites attract, Contemporary Romance
by Elizabeth Hunter
It’s everything but business as usual.
Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission: Sell the building that housed her grandmother’s book store and move on with her life.
But life doesn’t always go according to plan.
To reopen her grandmother’s book shop, Emmie will need a hook. She’ll need a strategy. She’ll need an… Ox?
Miles Oxford doesn’t have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He’s a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don’t mix for Ox, but since he doesn’t have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
She sells ink. He tattoos it. Unusual? Yes. But a book shop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business.
Just on business.
Fly Girl’s Review:
This review is a little late on my part. I finished it several weeks ago, but forgot I was supposed to post the review with the release. Sorry about that to our passengers and to Elizabeth. So I’m working to hold up my end of the bargain. I will say, I haven’t read any of Elizabeth’s work before, but I would definitely go after another novel of hers. She has a very good voice and her characters are strong but human.
Emmie and Ox are two people who are facing a lot of life’s everyday challenges. Do I start a new career? Moving locations, finding a new job, making friends, reconnecting with old ones, letting go. The usual things most people encounter at one time or another in their life. Emmie is the shy, book worm and Ox, well two words on that one “HOT tattoo artist.” Oh, that was three, see even I got distracted by him. Well, Emmie finds herself so distracted by him she asks him to join her business. She says it’s a marketing ploy, but come on, who can resist those eyes, the ink, and the abs. She certainly can’t. So that is how their story starts. They draft a little “Employee Handbook” for their professional relationship, but they keep revising it as they go. Funny, they don’t work for one another. Anyway, it helps them try to focus on what they feel is most important until they figure out they can have it both–business and love.
This one is the start of a new series for Elizabeth Hunter, of which I can’t wait to see who’s story she does next. There are so many good ones I’m sure, just based on the rich dynamic characters she’s created in this novel. But we were talking about Emmie and Ox’s story so I’ll get back to it. I’d definitely give this 4 of 5 propellers. There was some severe angst missing in this one. I mean where you want to say, “You idiot, he/she is right in front of you denying it all, just say you Love him/her.” This book just doesn’t have that strong of a dilemma for either of the characters. The rest of the story, was a sweet romance between two people who felt an immediate attraction to one another, but had other things in life they felt were more important than finding the one. It was nice to see she allowed them to realize they could have those important things and love. She didn’t end it with a sappy forever HEA, but with a HEA for a real life relationship that still has some room to grow.
With that said, this story could progress further in her next novels in the series, and I kind of like that. It would be similar to Julia Kent’s Shopping series. Stand alone novels, but l little extra for those that have read them all in order. Elizabeth, thanks for the chance to review your work and I would love to check out the next segment in the 7th and Main series.
4 of 5 Propellers
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and paranormal mystery author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. She’s the author of the Elemental Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and the Cambio Springs Mysteries.