This novel is not a cliffhanger and can be read as a stand-alone.
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.
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.
This is the 4th book written by Nicole Reed and the 4th book of hers I have read. I must say….
I have to say that yes, this is the best Nicole Reed book she has put out to date. I loved all her other books but Beautiful Ink takes the cake in my opinion. She has shown a different side to her writing then she has ever before. I was speechless when I was finished because I couldn’t wrap my mind around Nicole writing this book because it was so different than what she has given us in the past. The growth I saw in her as a writer made my heart happy for her.
When I was first digging into Beautiful Ink I thought I was in store for another wonderful biker MC book but Nicole surprised me because even though yes, there is a bike gang in this book, the story is so much more than that. The whole biker MC plays a small roll in this book but is very important to the storyline. I loved how she took a topic that is so widely written about but clearly made it her own and unique because it’s not about a bad boy biker at all, Beautiful Ink, is about a girl Keller who is trying to escape the past that has haunted her for just about ever. A past so dark and twisted that she is forever looking over her shoulder make sure her that the next step taken and the next breath exhaled will not be her last.
“Blood in and blood out,” he says, kissing my neck in between his words. “Your fucking choice. But know this, it is forever now my blood that runs through your veins. And I will drown you in it, before I will let you escape me.”
Not only does Nicole delivery the suspense that I love so much in books but she gives me the hope that something beautiful will come out at the end. My heart was beating fast while reading this and goose bumps covered my skin. Beautiful Ink is raw and gritty. It’s dark and dangerous and at times downright disturbing but Nicole delivery’s it flawlessly and made me hang onto every word. Moments during the book you could find me looking….
And at other times when Keller proved to be the strong character that I knew she would be and a kick ass woman that I admired I would be….
You will meet Hold who I had very mixed emotions about there were times when I found him drop dead sexy and wanted to ravage him and time when literally just his name on my lips made me want to vomit. His love for Keller runs deep but from what I pulled on from this story is his love wasn’t the right type of love. Decisions he made clearly showed that. I felt like he was 2 different people because of his lifestyle and upbringing and there was a side of him that would have you….
And a side that is so dark and twisted would have you…
You will also meet Vin, well the only thing I can say about Vin is….
Oh and he has a past too and knows more about Keller than she is aware of.
Keller knows that she needs to escape that world, before that world brings her under and destroys her. But once you belong to something like that and you have seen the things that could get you killed it’s not that easy just to walk away.
What happens when the past you know will kill you catches up to you? Can you truly stay hidden forever and start a new life, finally find your something beautiful? Or will the past that has threaten to take you under for so long catch you and consume you to the point where there is no beautiful left to be found?
You need to get this book! It is by far one of the best books I have read to date. I cannot put it into words how proud I am of Nicole for spreading her wings and giving us something different; something that made me feel so many different emotions at one time. I cannot wait for more of this series – she has me hooked.
Final words about Beautiful Ink and the masterpiece that Nicole gave me…