November 16, 2013

Ink My Heart by Jean Haus (+ Giveaway)

Ink My Heart by Jean Haus
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Skyscape
Pages: ??
Series: Luminescent Juliet
#2 (can be read as a standalone)
Review Source: eARC from AToMR Tours

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

Except for one.

Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.
My Thoughts:
I thought I would change up my reviewing style today and go back to the “like, dislike, conclusion” format that I’ve used occasionally in the past.

  • The book as a whole was a good story, and I thought that Justin and Allie were a good fit for each other
  • Allie is a character who I enjoyed reading about. She’d been through a lot, yet she was a strong person who had done well for herself, and she was very caring of those around her
  • Seeing the band again, even though they almost came across as hating each other most of the time, was fun; the little glimpses of Romeo and Riley (main characters from the first book) were really fun, especially seeing from Justin’s perspective how awesome they were together

  • Even though I liked Justin and Allie, I felt like there was a “getting to know you” period missing from the book
  • Justin went from total player to fully committed with no real in between: he pursued Allie at first because she’s gorgeous and then continued to go for her because she was playing hard to get -- I wanted to get more in his headspace over why he decided that Allie was different and why she was worth ignoring all the usual girls he had
  • Also re: Justin, I wanted more internal musings about why he had acted like that in the past, more of a realization of what he was doing to them and to himself

  • I think if I wasn’t already invested in the secondary characters from the first book (read: Justin) I probably would have wanted even more to make this stand out from other “broken girl and bad boy reforming himself for her” stories
  • Overall a decent read, with engaging writing and likeable enough characters, though I still prefer In the Band (the first book) in terms of story and main characters

The Cover:
Not my favourite.


Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Chapters-Indigo

About Jean:
Jean Haus writes young adult and romance novels. She reads a lot too. Anything with a bit of romance has the possibility of being loaded on her Kindle. She even does a bit of cooking, which is actually quite good. She also golfs in the beautiful summers of Michigan with her awesome husband and son, but she cooks way, way better than she golfs.

Where to find Jean:
Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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1 comment:

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