Series: Gallagher Brothers #1
Published by Pink Ink Books on September 13th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In the first of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, a broken man uncovers the truth of what it means to take a second chance with the most unexpected woman...
Graham Gallagher has seen it all. And when tragedy struck, lost it all. He’s been the backbone of his brothers, the one they all rely on in their lives and business. And when it comes to falling in love and creating a life, he knows what it’s like to have it all and watch it crumble. He’s done with looking for another person to warm his bed, but apparently he didn’t learn his lesson because the new piercer at Montgomery Ink tempts him like no other.
Blake Brennen may have been born a trust fund baby, but she’s created a whole new life for herself in the world of ink, piercings, and freedom. Only the ties she’d thought she’d cut long ago aren’t as severed as she’d believed. When she finds Graham constantly in her path, she knows from first glance that he’s the wrong kind of guy for her. Except that Blake excels at making the wrong choice and Graham might be the ultimate temptation for the bad girl she’d thought long buried.
One bearded hero meets his match.
Love Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan is a great story about letting go of the past and letting love back in. While this book is a spin-off of another series by Carrie Ann Ryan, you can definitely read it as a standalone, I did, as long as it doesn’t bother you to learn the relationship status of couples from the other series.
Graham is your typical alpha; bearded, tattooed, smoking hot, yet damaged by his past. Damaged by good reason too, having gone through the hell he has. Unfortunately, there was nothing special about him. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Graham, but he was like so many other alphas out there.
Blake on the other hand, well I loved her. She was unique to me. Working in a tattoo shop as a piercer, she is not your typical heroine, also because she lacks the obnoxious attitude I’ve sometimes come to associate with that sort of heroine. She is strong, oh so strong, but she is not hardened by her past. And her past has been just about as bad as Graham’s.
I did enjoy Graham and Blake as a couple though. You could feel the chemistry bleeding from the pages. And while they are both damaged characters, they learn how to fight together not against one another. I enjoyed the back and forth between them in the beginning. It wasn’t overdone, but kept me engaged and intrigued as to what will happen.
Ultimately, this was an enjoyable read with well-written characters and a great storyline. I just needed some more depth in the story and characters. Something more to move me emotionally. I will however read more by Carrie Ann Ryan. She’s an amazing writer, this one just won’t be my favorite by her.