It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.
Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.
But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...
It took me awhile to get into Written on my Heart but once I did I found the story to be an enjoyable read with likeable, though damaged characters and an ending that will satisfy many readers, and yet there is a part of me that felt like I didn’t get enough time with Ash and Lane as a couple..
What Ash went through at the hands of her stepfather and the toll it took on her mentally and emotionally made me cringe, and though she dealt with quite a few fails as she worked to fix herself she never fully curled up and gave in. She fought for herself and showed just how strong she really was. Lane is the protector/provider type of good guy that carries the weight of the world on his shoulder and pushes his own wants and needs to the side so he acts like an ass to keep people at bay and yet deep down he’s a sweetheart. Their relationship starts off rocky and while there was mutual attraction, there was no insta-love going on. And though I’m not typically a fan of romances where the H/h are in a constant state of “should I take the chance or shouldn’t I?” I found that it didn’t bother me when it came to Ash and Lane because of the demons they are both dealing with, though I did find myself more frustrated with Lane than Ash on a few occasions. There was a spark between them and while the the sexy moments weren’t explicit in any way, they were still pretty steamy.
Even though I wish that I’d gotten to spend more time with Ash and Lane and got to really experience them battling their demons together, I enjoyed the story and how everything played out. I did have a bit of confusion with the timeline of events with Ash, but in the end it didn’t take away from the overall story.
~ ARC received from Entangled Publishing, Inc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
I love writing, day-old chinese food, and my nail polish is always chipped. My YA novel, KATANA, will be released, spring 2012 by Flux. You can check out my website at www.colegibsen.com Word to your mother. (But seriously, you should call her. She worries.)