Tears of Ink (Tears of #1) by Anna Bloom
Released: November 2, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Anna Bloom
Reviewed by Keyrsten
She has one rule: Never sleep with someone twice.
Faith Hitchin wears the shadows of the past on her skin for all to see. To a stranger’s eye she is a girl with sass and tattoos, a lover of art. But beneath the mystery of swirls and ink she is a woman alone and in pain.
When opportunity knocks in the form of an invitation to an art project that could change the direction of her life, she’s afraid to move forward. But, like her namesake, she pushes past all inhibitions and takes a leap of Faith. The last thing she imagines is a summer of self-discovery at the hands of a sexy Baroness’ son.
Elijah Fairclough is arrogant yet charming, complicated but forthcoming. With his blue eyes, expensive suits and evasive attitude, it seems he’s used to getting what he wants, and he wants nothing more than to discover the woman beneath the tattoos in every way possible. Will Elijah’s persistence make her break her only rule, or will there be tears of ink?
Elijah is mysterious, intelligent, complicated, and damn does he have a caring heart. He has lived his entire life flipping between two sides of the same coin: the elusive arrogant business man living to secure his family’s name and living like a caged bird struggling to fly free. Elijah is willing to sacrifice his own happiness if it means saving the people he cares about, even if his actions unintentionally hurt the people he’s sacrificing for. He has craved freedom from his namesake his entire life, and from the moment he meets Faith he sees someone worth fighting to gain that freedom for. Faith continues to brush him off, but he remains persistent for the only woman who has ever given him a taste of love and freedom.
Faith wears her heartache on her sleeves. No literally, she wears them inked in her tattoos as an ever present reminder of her mistakes and pain. Though her tattoos were meant to be a reminder they become the wall she has solidified around her heart, a wall that rivals the Great Wall of China. Faith is determined, brazen, sassy to a fault, and so damn strong. She struggles to see her inner strength and instead sees herself as broken, something unable to be loved. She has one rule when it comes to men, one and done. Her rule started as a way to protect her heart and broken pieces, but it has become more of a cage she has put herself in. Elijah challenges her like no other, and in allowing him to love her may be the most dangerous thing she’s ever done.
Faith and Elijah’s story had me wrapped around it’s little pinky from the very beginning of this book. They are the epitome of opposites attract, but complement each other in ways that neither of them ever expected. The steamy moments, oh my lanta. Those got me real good. They both get a ticket to the Hot Lanta Train and I don’t plan on ever letting them off. Their story is one of those “it hurts so good” love stories. The chemistry between Faith and Elijah is electric, and no matter how much Faith resisted she stood no chance keeping her heart from Elijah.
Anna’s writing was captivating and she keeps you enveloped in the story with every page. Elijah wants to be the one who stops Faith’s tears for good. Faith wants to be the one who puts together the broken pieces of the man within the gilded cage. They crave nothing more than to be able to set each other free. Their love is hauntingly beautiful. Anna will rip your heart out and stomp all over it with the cliffhanger at the end, but hot damn she’s got me hooked and I’ll be back for more with the next book.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.