Jameson by Nicole James
Series: Brothers Ink #1
Also in this series: Satisfaction, Anticipation
Published by Self-published on September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jameson O’Rourke owns the primo tattoo shop in town, one he’s worked hard to build. And in his industry, he’s the current ‘it’ boy, the reigning King of Ink. His career is on fire, so hot television has even come calling. And as a result, the town bad-boy has now become the town’s favored son.
Ava Hightower needs his face on her flyers, if she is to have any hope of her charity gala and bachelor auction being a success. Unfortunately, they get along like oil and water. He’s a hardheaded, controlling jerk, and she’s already had one run-in with the man. Asking him, of all people, for help is the last thing she wants to do.
Not exactly a match made in heaven.
Jameson doesn’t think too highly of Miss Hightower, either.
To him, she’s just an uptight, stuck-up, know-it-all; a little Miss Goody-two-shoes. Not in a million years was she the type that he’d have anything to do with. Unfortunately she is also on the city council, and therefore has the ability to screw with his business.
He needed her help once before, and she shot him down.
Now the tables are turned, and she needs his help. Well, my, my, sweetheart, karma can be a cold-hearted bitch.
But, hey, maybe he could work this to his advantage.
You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, and all that crap.
So they cut a deal. One he has no intention of ever having to fulfill, because he plans to make it impossible for her to keep her end of it.
She thought she could outlast him. Guess again, sweet thing. She may be a stubborn woman, but she’s met her match. And he has no intention of letting her win this game.
Be warned, sweetheart, because the King of Ink has plans to push your limits in ways you’ve never imagined.
Jameson intrigued me when we met him in Wolf from the Evil Dead series so I was looking forward to finally reading his story. It ended up having a degree of sweetness I wasn’t expecting from Nicole James. Initially, the tone caught me off guard in this enemies-to-lovers book that just happened to have some badass brothers in it. Here, Jameson was a bit of a prick for a good part of the book.
Ava suddenly found herself needing Jameson to headline her annual charity gala that raises funds for a cause near and dear to her heart. She had judged Jameson wrong when she screwed him with the city council which came back to bite her in the ass in a big way as it soon became evident he could hold a mean grudge.
In fact, judging people wrong was a huge theme of this book as Jameson was a bit judgemental his own self. I still really like Jameson, but I was a bit disappointed that his sheer dickheadedness lasted for so very long. As for Ava, she showed she wasn’t the brightest bulb on more than one occasion.
Although I enjoyed the book and the sweetness of getting a front row seat to these two haters falling for each other, I wanted more of the grit I’ve come to expect in Ms. James’ books. There was a tiny bit of suspense but it was dealt with in such an easy peasy way I was hugely disappointed. It’s good I had Jameson’s hot as hell and very amusing brothers to soothe my action craving soul. Let’s face it, potential super hot and tatted alpha-hole book boyfriends are almost as calming as chocolate chip cookie dough. I’m looking forward to reading their stories, and am crossing my fingers for some gritty action to offset the sweet.
Rating: 3.5 Hot and Tatted stars
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