Inked Promise by Tierney O’Malley

Inked Promise by Tierney O’Malley
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Genre : Contemporary
Length: Full Length (234 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

In bed or out of bed, it’s worth breaking all the rules for her.

For many years, the pain of shattered dreams has haunted Gypsy Grey. Now, she hopes to spend a week at her friends’ house on Shaw Island to attend the yearly fair with her daughter, Nika. But her plan changes when she learns that her ex-lover, Nolan Keats, and his friends will be sharing the house with them. However, Gypsy begins to enjoy Nolan’s company, which again turns into fierce possessiveness and a fiery touch. When Nolan proposes that they not talk about the past or future and only live for the present, Gypsy also decides to hide the truth from him. He’s no longer single. Telling him about Nika doesn’t matter anymore. Once their temporary affair is over, she’s unsure if she’ll be able to survive living with another shattered dream.

Years of running from his hurtful past finally catches up to Nolan—unexpectedly. He’s supposed to celebrate his last remaining bachelor days with the Blue-Eyed Four, but upon seeing the beautiful, spirited woman he once promised to love eternally, he begins to burn for her again. This time hotter and deeper than the last. Worse, he realizes that he’s never really stopped loving her. Like fever flowing in his blood, he must possess her. She’s now a mother to a blue-eyed daughter he wishes belonged to him.

On beautiful Shaw Island, Nolan and Gypsy boldly ignore their present situation for a blazing, forbidden passion. More than anything, he wants her back in his life. But for that to happen it will hurt another.

Inked Promise was a book that easily captured my attention.

I’m a sucker for the secret love child trope so I was intrigued by the plot of this book. It started out great. Nolan and Gypsy fell in love when they were both real young but they made some impossible choices. Nolan walked away from their relationship and unbeknownst to him left Gypsy pregnant with his child. It was four years before they met up again. By that time Nolan was engaged to marry someone else, and Gypsy couldn’t see the point in informing him that her daughter belonged to him. It was at this point that I started having some mixed feelings about the plot. She bald faced lied to Nolan and said that he wasn’t little Nika’s father, even after he asked her three times already. Still, I could overlook that because of the extenuating circumstances. Gypsy was a fiercely protective mother who was afraid that her little girl would be hurt by some of the other people in Nolan’s life.

There were some aspects of this story that tugged at the heart. Yet there were a few elements that had me shaking my head in disbelief. I’ll just say it there was some cheating that made me uncomfortable, and it made no difference to me that Nolan’s fiance happened to be a Cruella DeVille like character, cheating is still taboo in my book. Otherwise I would have reveled in the hot sex scenes between Nolan and Gypsy. On the other hand I loved the adorable kids and the over the top reactions in this story. I always go for the books that have light humor and this one did not disappoint in that area.

Technically, this book had a interesting plot with plenty of emotional conflict and a fast paced story. It had a fantastic hook of the main characters being star crossed lovers and wondering which choice to make …. something real or superficial perfection. The story was loaded with dramatic angst and interesting characters. I’m not sure but I might read the other books in the series. So I say that for readers who can look past the cheating aspect then this is a great story.

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