Author: Leslie North
Series: Thorn Tattoo Studio – Book 2
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: August 10th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book for free in return for an honest review
As a big Leslie North fan, I was obviously excited to read another book by one of my favorite Authors, so I dove right in. What was fun to discover was that Thorn
is set in Las Vegas, which is where I currently live and set in the Tattoo scene. While I don’t have any tattoos ( I guess I am too much of a chicken to go through with it), I do enjoy the artistry that shines through, if they are done right. So, I was already interested from the start.
Melanie and Luciano already had a pretty cool chemistry going between them already, as a part of their backstory. This is not a novel where the main characters have to discover each other, but rather one that is already based on a relationship that was well established – even if it is a professional one. Yet, I could understand why they had not turned this relationship into a romantic partnership at an earlier point in time, so Leslie did a fine job in creating a believable backstory for both of them.
Again, in usual Leslie North fashion, Thorn
is a part of a trilogy, the 2nd installment of the Thorn Tattoo Shop series, but unlike in some of her other books, the other brothers do not make much of any appearance in this installment of the series. With the exception of the location and a few mentionings of their own relationships, this book is a complete stand-alone novel, which I appreciated, because I have not read the previous book in the series.
The only thing, I did not like about the book is that the ending (the getting back together part at the end of the novel), felt rushed. She took him back a little bit too fast for my taste, without putting up too much of a fight, but, of course, not every female main character is going to act the same. Yes, Leslie North’s romance novels follow much of the same formula, but do vary a lot in backgrounds of characters, settings, and conflicts, which keeps it fresh, so I truly can not expect every one of the women in her books to react as fierce as some of them do, even though I prefer it that way.
At the end, I truly enjoyed Thorn
and will dive into the rest of the series, as soon as possible.
4 out of 5 Stars
Luciano DeRose is looking to get the hell out of town. He’s been absent from his position of Head Artist at Thorn Tattoo since the day he watched his future go up in flames. However, the bonds of family are strong and he’s dragged back into town as a favor to his younger brother. But Luciano isn’t staying for long and certainly not for the anniversary of the day his life went to hell.
Melanie Noel has spent most of her adult life fixing Luciano’s. She’s his virtual assistant, organizational guru, and problem-solver extraordinaire. However, this ex-hippie chick wants her boss, and secret crush, to see that he can finally move on. Melanie thinks that this anniversary is the perfect time for Luciano to face his grief, let go and finally be free to see what’s been waiting for him all along.
When Luciano decides to do everything in his power to leave, Melanie sees that she needs more than logic to make him stay. Risking her heart to save the man she’s loved from afar, Melanie gives into her desire for Luciano—sparked by a world-rocking kiss. The heat between them has the power to heal all wounds or it may set both their lives up in flames.
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