Inky (The Leaves #1) by J. B. Hartnett


Release Date August 3rd. Adult Contemporary Romance

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Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

Inky (The Leaves #1)
by J. B, Hartnett
4 stars

With a title like Inky, I was not sure what to expect. I have to admit I was attracted to the beautiful cover of the book. I hypothesized that the story would be unique and probably eclectic. I pretty much hit the nail on the head with my guess. I was not immediately taken with the story because it seemed unnecessarily detailed and I couldn’t get a handle on the direction of the story. However, I kept reading because the writing style was fluent and interesting. Suddenly, I was hooked as the pieces started to come together. As I got closer the end of Inky, I could not put the book down because I needed to know how it concluded. What I found out left me hanging, but excited for the next installment.

Anika,” Inky” Redding is a survivor of abuse and an artist. She has a very blunt approach to life and sees all things through the detailed eye of an artist. She manages to find the beauty in most things and is very accepting of others. Inky bartends to make ends meet so that she can work at an art gallery where she is allowed to use the studio space to create her masterpieces. Although she makes it pretty well through daily routine, Inky carries some pretty deep scars from her past. She has managed to hide these scars from her fiancé, Evan. There is no doubt that Inky loves Evan, but she feels it best to leave the horrors of the past completely behind her. She has had a lot of success until one evening when a visitor from her past returns to shatter her delicately balanced world.

Cole Carlyle is a lucky man on the surface. He is successful in business and has all of the external perks that come with the success. Beneath the surface, he is a man who has more than his share of demons. He is recently divorced and not in the best frame of mind when Inky first meets him. In fact, he makes a pretty bad impression on Inky. He however, makes a connection with Inky on a level she deosn.t understand. Cole is instrumental in helping her survive some precarious moments. In the darkest of her situations, It is Cole’s voice that brings Inky peace. Cole understands Inky in a way that no one else ever has.

When Inky’s art is the instrument that brings Cole into her life, fascinating things begin to occur. J. B. Hartnett does a wonderful job of creating an exquisite love story between to very tortured souls. With all that Inky and Cole have overcome in their lives, it is only fitting that they find the peace they have never had in each other. As with any piece of art, it is the subtle details that add up to make the finished work a thing of beauty. J. B. Hartnett has brought together the shattered pieces of two very tragic stories and woven them into a gorgeous novel. Inky will open the eyes of many to the fact that as horrific as the details of life may be, beautiful things can be found and put together to create works of art.


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