A Montgomery Ink Novella (6.5)
1001 Dark Nights
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.
Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.
As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.
This was cute. It could be the way the story started, but I really enjoyed the introduction of Holly. We'd met her before, of course, when she'd dated a Montgomery, but in this story we meet her as she is deciding to make changes to her life. Big changes. She's tired of being the "good girl" and wants some adventure in her life.
Her first step outside her comfort zone is to catch the eye of a hot biker as she's singing at the top of her lungs. As a reader, I could relate to Holly on a personal level. She's smart, independent and finally ready to put herself out there again. When she sees the hot biker shortly after her impromptu karaoke singing on the street, she wants to die, but then she decides to step off the cliff and dive in. He offered to give her a ride on his bike, so she takes him up on it.
Brody figures he'll be rid of her as soon as he gives her a ride, but he doesn't count on becoming addicted to her. He decides he'll help her break out of her good girl rut, but he's along for the ride. Each experience brings them closer together, but will they be able to trust each other enough to make a commitment? Brody is a good man. Holly is a great woman who's friends with all of the Montgomerys, including her ex, and is considered one of the family. Brody's already passed inspection with the family, but will he be enough for Holly? He's pretty wonderful as far as I'm concerned.
The only thing that bothered me about the book was that it went too quickly and seemed a bit too easy. At times the dialogue was too smooth, if that makes sense.