Published by Pink Ink Books
Source: Inkslinger PR
Copy for review provided by Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can't escape.
Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him--it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he'd first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he's falling for someone else...or at least he thinks he is.
Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can't stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake's past shows up at their door, she's forced to admit that if she doesn't take the risk of a lifetime, she'll regret it for the rest of her days.
Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he's back and ready to see what he's missed. He's been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they're like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.
It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it's not only their hearts on the line...but also their lives.
Maya wants Jake. Border also wants Jake. Jake is in a relationship with Holly, but he secretly wants Maya…and maybe Border now that he’s back in town. Border and Maya just met but, dang, there is a spark there. That’s essentially the gist of the first 40% of this book. Of course, there is lots of sexual chemistry thrown in and some really interesting backstory, but the crux of this book happens when Maya, Border, and Jake all decide to enter into a relationship together. Ink Enduring is their story.
Carrie Ann Ryan gets romance y’all. There is always an HEA, she fully explores all of her character’s motivations and she gives us panty-melting sex scenes. Quite a few of her books are comfort reads for me and I’ve already reread Ink Enduring twice since I’ve had it. Here’s the deal with Carrie Ann Ryan, I like that you can trust her and her writing. When I pick up one of her books I never doubt that she’s going to break the romance contract, I know I am going to get an HEA. More than that, though, I fully trust her to give me lovable characters that burrow their way into my heart.
So back to Ink Enduring, this friends-to-lovers MMF romance hits a lot of happy buttons for me. The absolute best part of the book is that all three of the main characters enter into the relationship willingly and at the same time. They, and here is the key, also decide to work on each individual relationship. Maya and Jake, Jake and Border & Border and Maya all get space within the pages of this book. And isn’t that just so awesome? I feel like most of the MMF books I’ve read have added a new guy to an existing male/female romantic relationship. Maya, Border and Jake coming together all at once, and intentionally, felt very realistic and really honest for them as a triad.
The love scenes in this book are noteworthy due to Maya and her direct approach to sex. It’s almost like she says, “I want that to go there”. I mean not really…but kinda. Maya knows what she wants in the bedroom and she’s not afraid to ask for it. She’s not super dominant about it, but she does tell both Jake and Border exactly what she needs to get off. They, in turn, please her without hesitation. I loved the sex scenes in this book. Maya, Jake, and Border all have enough courage to say what they want, what they need and when they need it. Carrie Ann Ryan’s specific word choices for the scenes are super spot on too!
There are two minor things I didn’t love about this book. First, for as much as Jake, Maya and Border talk through things in the beginning of Ink Enduring and their relationship, things fall apart eventually due to lack of communication. A whole host of problems could have been solved by a simple chat. Second, Holly. I like Holly as a character. My issue with Holly is that I feel like the book did not wrap things up for her. Maybe that means we’ll see her later with her own HEA (I hope so) but I wanted more closure for her.
Ink Enduring is part of the Montgomery Ink series, but I read it as a stand-alone and it made complete and total sense. Of course, I promptly went back and bought all the other Montgomery Ink books. Now I am reading through them in my “spare time”. 4 ½ enthusiastic stars for Ink Enduring!