Unbelievable… After months of admiring Arianna during their tattoo sessions, James is half in love and completely in lust. When he finally asks her out, things move at lightning speed, until he gets her home… Where someone has abandoned a baby on his doorstep. Arianna should be running in the opposite direction, so why is she the one who comes to his rescue when he has nowhere else to turn?
Unlovable… Arianna’s past holds a secret sure to crush James’ attraction to her, which is too bad because he’s exactly the kind of guy she’d choose for herself, if things had been different. She knows she should abandon their failed attempt at a fling, but she can’t turn her back on him and his newborn niece – they need all the help they can get. Being a part of his life while fighting her feelings for him is hard, and resisting his feelings for her is even harder.
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James was already halfway in love with Arianna. How could he not be? She was like a goddess in his tattoo chair. The rest of the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio had faded into the background, a blur of light and noise and things he didn’t – couldn’t – give a damn about as long as she was there. He couldn’t have said what song was playing on the radio, or how many other clients were in the shop, if his life had depended on it. And he’d been going like this for hours...
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Wow, it's finally here -- release day for James' story. As anyone who follows the series knows, James was the last single member of the Hot Ink staff. I've been writing this series for about 2.5 years, giving each artist and shop receptionist a story of their own (Eric and Mina shared a book). And it's been fun. Having a series -- a world and characters I can return to -- that readers are also invested in is a very satisfying and exciting experience for a writer. All of my characters live inside my head and my heart, but with a series, they live inside readers' too. So now that Book 6 is here and everyone at Hot Ink has been given a HEA, I want readers to know that I plan to write an 'extra' 7th book.
Because I'm not ready to let Hot Ink go yet, and a reader gave me a really good idea that's set the wheels turning in my head. Right now I'm hard at work on my new Lock and Key Series, preparing for its launch in June, but I do plan to work that 7th book into my schedule. So I hope that those who've enjoyed the Inked in the Steel City Series will be happy to have a 7th book to look forward to, just like I look forward to returning to the Hot Ink world. :)
Thank you for the years of support that kept me excited and motivated while writing the 6 'main' books of the Inked in the Steel City Series. ❤