Beautiful Ink by Nicole Reed
Series: Forever Inked #1
Published by Self-published on April 26th, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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I have tattooed that single word on more skin than I care to count. It elicits powerful thoughts and emotions for most people.
But not for me. The word family means so much more.
You can’t run forever from the ones who love you.
Note: This novel is not a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone.Warning: This book is real, beautifully raw, and not for the faint of heart. It is the story of a young girl’s loss of innocence while growing up around a motorcycle club. It is not suitable for children under the age of seventeen due to language, sexual content, and intense subject matter. Based on true events.
Wow. I couldn’t put it down. This was one of those books I just knew was going to be a dark, twisty train wreck, especially after I read the prologue. I hate it when prologues let you know from the get-go that things aren’t going to go well for the main character, but again, I could not put it down. The dynamics of the MC were a fascinating mess. Through the entire book, there were some really batshit crazy things going on, but by the end, I was just blown away at the evil that was hiding in the Hell’s Highwayman Motorcycle Club.
The three main characters were unbelievably well written. Hels had it rough her entire life but did her best to not give up or give in. Hels was the daughter of the VP of the HHMC. When her entire family was tragically killed she ended up living with Ward and Sage, the HHMC President and his old lady. Ward and Sage had plans for Hels to be the Queen of the MC, next to their son Hold, when she grows up. Of course, even though she was raised in that world, Hels knew it was not for her no matter what Ward and Sage had planned.
Hold, raised in that same world with her, loved her and did his best to protect her, until he couldn’t anymore. Hold was a tough one to wrap my head around. His story was twisted and sad, and ultimately tragic. He loved Hels in an almost unhealthy way, and I hurt for him that although she loved him, it was only as a brother. It was hard to believe that the same sweet boy who Hels ran to for protection and support as a little girl, became the man in the prologue. Others will probably disagree with me, but I liked Hold until the end. I feel like he did what he felt he had to do to protect Hels, even if it hurt Hels – literally.
After Hels escapes and takes on the name Keller, she reaches a point where she’s lonely and starts breaking rules by tattooing again and staying too long in the same place. She meets Vin and resists the pull at first. She knows better than to get too close to anyone, especially a man. But Vin is different, he’s strong and persistent and doesn’t take no for an answer. Pure temptation for Keller, but to get involved would be stupid and life threatening to everyone. Add in Vin’s secrets and things get even more dangerous for everyone.
I loved Beautiful Ink until the end and then I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t since my husband was soundly sleeping next to me. So I cussed a lot, very quietly. Although not a cliffhanger ending, it was so abrupt I felt cheated. I also wanted to know what the heck happened to Hold. Good thing I figured out that the next book was already out and it’s about Hold.
Spice’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
This book has some kickass music mentioned in it. One song you should definitely have on your playlist while reading this:
Beautiful Ink is a raw, confronting story that I couldn’t put down. It’s a dark read, not for the faint of heart, written in past and present tense, and it begins with one hell of a prologue!
“Blood in and blood out,” he says, kissing my neck in between his words. “Your fuckin’ choice. But know this: it is forever now my blood that runs through your veins. And I will drown you in it before I let you escape me again”
I longed for the torture to end for Helen. The MC family that surrounded her only added to her woes. Holden and Helen are childhood friends and together they form a strong support network for each other. The three year age difference between them begins to put a strain on their friendship and Hels is left confused as Hold eventually succumbs to the draw of the club and his destiny.
‘I know without asking that he doesn’t see the story, carefully and lovingly tattooed on my body that I can never speak of: my life history that is slowly eating me up on the inside, killing me quietly.’
Helen finds a way to broaden her artistic talents through ink. It’s serendipity that provided the opportunity to explore the artistic aspects of tattooing. The MC world is a lonely life unless you’re happily immersed into it. Even when you’re there through the chance of birth, happiness is not a guarantee.
What I liked:
- Keller’s strength & determination
- The suspense
- The epilogue – could there be more?
What I struggled with:
- Helen’s age and the abuse she suffered
- The lack of humanity shown towards Helen
- Sage (what did the sisterhood ever do to her?)
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
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