“This moving and deeply fulfilling romance marks the launch of a very promising series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review (on New Ink on Life)
Sometimes everything you shouldn’t want is exactly what you need.
Tattoo artist Jamie Winston is used to caring for others. Between her assistant manager position at a tattoo parlor, single-parenting her twelve-year-old daughter, and supporting her alcoholic parents, Jamie rarely prioritizes her own needs—unless Sierra Clark is in her chair. The bubbly, younger woman somehow manages to make Jamie feel like the carefree teenager she never got to be, making anything seem possible.
For Sierra, time with Jamie is a much-needed escape. She takes her work as a social worker seriously, but with budget cuts threatening her job, there’s a lot riding on the fundraiser she’s planning with Jamie. The fact that it means working closely with the sexy, older tattooist is a bonus—a deliciously tempting bonus. Sierra isn’t one for relationships, but she’s never felt such a strong desire to mix business with pleasure.
Sizzling chemistry quickly erodes Jamie’s fears of being too old for Sierra, but navigating a romance with someone who’s at such a different stage in life is no easy task. They’ve each come to rely on themselves more than anyone else, but having a future together will mean letting their guards down, and accepting each other as a safe place to fall.
This book is approximately 85,000 words
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Thorn & Thistle:
Book 1: New Ink on Life
Book 2: Inked with a Kiss
Davids's satisfying second Thorn & Thistle romance (after New Ink on Life) sees love blossom in a tattoo artist's chair. A grounded single mother and tattoo artist, Jamie Winston has what she views as a hopeless crush on her client, bubbly social worker Sierra Clarke, who is 12 years her junior. Sierra reciprocates, but values her independence and can't get a read on how Jamie feels. When the pair collaborate on a fund-raising event to support artistic foster kids, they bond over their troubled childhoods: Sierra's mother died when she was young and her grandmother rejected her; Jamie's parents are alcoholics who she looks after to this day. Despite their off-the-charts chemistry, the women, both used to filling caregiver roles, balk at the idea of accepting the other's support and mutually agree to a "part-time relationship" out of a fear of vulnerability. Though the psychology behind their emotional hang-ups is convincing, their doubts and insecurities become repetitive and their struggles to articulate their emotions are frustrating. Refreshingly, no such issues exist in the playful sex scenes, which go out of their way to establish the characters' boundaries, likes, and dislikes. Equal parts steamy and sincere, this lesbian romance makes up for its flaws with complex, compassionate heroines.