Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.
Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.
Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.
The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brand new adventures for a whole new set of Montgomerys! As much as I loved the Denver Montgomerys, and wanted them all to find their HEA, I was reluctant to see the series end. And then, I found out there are more! This book begins the series of the Colorado Springs Montgomerys, who are cousins to the Denver Montgomerys, and Shep’s sisters (Shep from Ink Inspired, which began the Montgomery Saga!) This made my day! I was totally overjoyed!
This book focuses on Adrienne and Mase. They are best friends (their relationship reminds me a lot of Maya and Jake). At the beginning of the book, Adrienne and Shep are partnering in a new tattoo shop, a sort of “franchise” of MI. Mase also took the leap, following Adrienne from the shop they worked at together, to her new shop. He is also a single father.
This book is all about friendship, and how it can change into….more. It has that slow burn that all of a sudden explodes when you least expect it. This is totally one of the hottest books I’ve read recently! Adrienne and Mase are…..indescribable. There is so much angst in this story, my heart hurts for them. They have an amazing relationship as friends, and I can’t imagine the leap of faith it would take to move from that to something else.
Mase is a hardworking, loyal, stand up guy. He is an amazing father, dependable friend, and always there for Adrienne. Adrienne, on the other hand, is a tough cookie! Strong, brave, and everything I want to be when I grow up! She is always putting others needs and wants ahead of hers.
This story totally blew my mind. I was excited about the concept of following the Montgomery family from city to city, before I began reading. After reading Adrienne and Mase’s story, I am eagerly anticipating the rest of the sibling’s stories! This was a fantastic continuation of the Montgomerys and everything I’ve come to expect from Carrie Ann Ryan! Another wonderful story that focuses on romance, family, and ink!