Inky (The Leaves, #1) - J.B. Hartnett
Elizabeth - 4 crowns
This story is amazing!
Anika and Cole... What an amazing ride.... So many twists and truths, hard sad truths are told in this amazing story!
It completely sucked me in..I couldn't put it down! I am sooo invested in theses characters... I can not wait until the next book...Only reason it's not 5 stars is because it ends in a cliffie...personally not my fave... And I have no clue when the next book is out either... Even though, this is a must read!!!
Kelly - 4 crowns
BOOK REVIEW: Inky (The Leaves, #1) - J.B. Hartnett
Inky is an inspiring story of one girl's plight to leave her broken childhood behind, and one man's dream of walking out of the shadow of his unrelenting Father to prove he has what it takes to make it on his own. It's seductive and powerful with a dark vibe running throughout.
However, I wouldn't necessarily say this is a sordid story of depravity and abuse, although it certainly incorporates some of those elements. It also focuses strongly on friendship, companionship, and proves in time that with a great support network, exercising those demons can leave a world of hope and new beginnings in its wake.
J.B Hartnett has successfully mastered the art of seat gripping angst, and you all know how I love my angst! If you are looking for a light-hearted romance, you won't find that here, so don't go in thinking 'hearts and roses', and YES it ends on a cliffhanger, but hey... please don't let that deter you! It just makes the anticipation for book 2 all the more sweeter.
From the opening pages it's obvious that Anika 'Inky' Redding has a story to tell. She expels her hurt and her emotions through art. Her paintings speak of the inner turmoil and victimisation that she felt as a young child and only those who truly know her, know that this is her only coping mechanism.
In walks Cole, a newly-divorced successful businessman who has been searching for something his entire life - a person to connect with, one who understands the meaning of feeling trapped, restricted by the hand of another. Hiding behind the façade, Cole knows there is something about this beautiful girl behind the bar. When he helps her overcome a panic attack, she cannot help but notice this beautiful newcomer. Yet, there is only one problem, she is engaged to the most wonderful boyfriend in the world - yet, how is it he still doesn't know of her past, the significance of her back tattoo and it's true meaning behind it? Her past still remains a mystery to all those that are close to her - all those, except for her best friend.
Cole makes Inky question her life, her surroundings, and it's not long before she finds out some hard-truths. Feeling betrayed and isolated, Cole helps pick up the pieces as he becomes her rock, but it's obvious he is hiding a few demons of his own....
Emotions run high, secrets are unearthed, scars will remain, but love... love is forever.