Quiet does not equal weak…
Leaving a dependable job to apprentice as a tattoo artist was a drastic step after surviving breast cancer, but Cassie Whiteaker is nearly five years cancer-free. Nearly. She’s not ready to go out on her own until she clears that all-important hurdle. Also off-limits are relationships and sex—something Cassie is sure she’ll never want again.
Struggling tattoo shop owner MJ Flores doesn’t give a damn what people think, but losing Thorn & Thistle would mean losing everything. When her former mentor’s protégé arrives at her door, MJ hires her out of obligation…at first. Cross-stitching goody-goodies are not her type, but Cassie’s business background might just get the shop back on solid footing. They strike a bargain: Cassie will enact new marketing plans and MJ will teach her to find her inner bitch.
Only when clients request to see Cassie—having learned of the beautiful, compassionate tattoos she creates for survivors and their families—does MJ realize all Cassie has endured. And as Cassie’s fears fade, she finds it harder to keep her admiration for her bad-girl boss from reawakening all she’d feared was lost.
This book is approximately 82,000 words
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Davids's debut, first in the Thorn and Thistle contemporary series, blends a delightfully nuanced opposites-attract romance with real-world issues of health and healing. MJ Flores is struggling to keep her tattoo studio, the Thorn & Thistle, in the black. She's also trying to overcome the betrayal of her former business partner and girlfriend. She's hardly in the mood to take on a new apprentice, much less the quiet and painfully shy woman who's asking for a job. Cassie Whiteaker endured extensive treatments for breast cancer, and expects to be declared cancer-free in a few months. She is determined to start living again. When she arrives at the shop, she's dismayed to find her new boss floundering. MJ agrees to let Cassie use her business skills to keep the shop going in return for lessons in how to be a badass tattoo artist. As their partnership develops into a passionate and profound love, both Cassie and MJ find a new strength to fight for their shop, their art, and each other. The protagonists are vibrant and their connection is honest and real. This moving and deeply fulfilling romance marks the launch of a very promising series.