Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Tour for Love, Honor, and Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan (REVIEW)

Friends to lovers is a favorite theme of mine when it comes to sweet and sensual romance and it's what drew me to this novella.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Love, Honor, and Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add this sixth-ish installment in the Montgomery Ink series to your bookshelf too!

In a bonus Montgomery Ink novella, it seems that falling for your best friend isn’t as easy as fiction says and friends of the Montgomerys might finally find their happy ever after.
Wedding planner Arianna King had everything planned out down to the last detail until her father's ultimatum changed everything. Now she’s alone, trying to open her own business, and seemingly failing at every corner. Just when things start to look even bleaker, she’ll find out just how much she can rely on her best friend—and herself.
Being in love with your best friend isn’t always easy as Harper Rosso knows. He’s been by her side since the beginning, but now that she finally has time to breath, he might just be able to show her what he could be for her. Only he’ll have to make sure he’s ready to take that chance and perhaps lose her forever.
Sparks fly between the two of them once they finally take their relationship to the next level. Only the burning temptation than fills them might not be enough in the face of what they left behind and what threatens their future.




Readers looking for a quick read full of warm fuzzies will get just that in this friends to lovers romance will very little drama to keep the likable main couple from reaching their HEA.  Setting the story amidst the world of wedding planning adds an extra layer of romance to this charming tale.

Arianna's entire life has revolved around weddings and she takes great pride in the business that has been in her family since her grandmother founded it.  Her father has taken the heart out of it by only catering to the wealthiest, but with his retirement on the horizon, she hopes to change all that.  Things don't go as planned after bitter words are said and ultimatums issued which leads her to starting over.  She's not alone though as her best friend Harper is there driving her to succeed.  Starting her own company is tough, and with mysterious occurrences plaguing her events, she'll need him more than ever.  His emotional support soon leads to more in a sensual connection that has her feeling as though she's becoming too dependent, putting their HEA in doubt.  Ari truly loves weddings and is biding her time at the start of the story, putting up with her father's nastiness, in order to be promoted.  She's strong-willed and very capable, but for too long has been made to feel inferior, which has her lashing out when her need for Harper becomes all too clear.  Whenever she needs support he's there before she even asks as their connection is deep and comfortable which charmed me.  Despite her moments of insecurity, absence makes the heart grow fonder in a conclusion that gets wrapped up with a pretty bow.

Harper's a hard-working man who's the exact opposite of his slick and creepy brother Justin.  He's gone off on his own in choosing a career in restoration and feels no shame in working with his hands, despite how much Justin belittles him.  The only time the belittling gets to be too much is when Ari is the subject. Ever since he met her he's wanted her but is too scared to express his feelings out loud.  When he fears his brother got her through manipulative means it shocks him into action and has him offering to mix his helping her in business while enjoying pleasures together.  It's a match made in Heaven and the transition just feels natural.  Her fears though lead to an unnecessary hiccup that was thankfully resolved before it became too annoying.  Harper's an immensely appealing hero.  He's a supportive friend on an emotional level saying and doing just what Ari needs before she even knows what she needs. He's loyal and always watching over her and his tender words and deeds endeared him to me and had me rooting for him.  Overall he's sweet and sexy and exactly what every lover of romance wants their hero to be.

This was a charming read full of warm fuzzies and was a nice addition to the Montgomery Ink series, though we don't see too much of them.  They're more on the periphery, but still showing the supportive and familial nature they're known for and that readers have seen throughout the series.  The focus is definitely on Harper and Ari which shows a crackling connection with sexual tension becoming more palpable as the story progressed.  Not a whole lot of time was spent in the bedroom but what was there was flirty and sensual.  Their relationship was easy going and joyful which is why Ari's blow-up felt so out of place.  It felt manipulative and unnecessary, especially as it was over before it barely started. Another part of the story that felt out of place was the sabotage of Ari's wedding events.  It was an over the top element that was resolved all too quickly and was unsatisfying too.  All in all this was a sweet read with a likable main couple that made for an entertaining afternoon.  It was a romance that made me feel good and took all my cares away for an hour or two.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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