Tattooed Hearts: Tattooed Duet Book 1 (Forever Inked Novel 1)
Forbidden… that’s what Clarissa Lynne Black was. People do desperate things in desperate times. Sleeping with my brother’s fiancé wasn’t supposed to be one of them. Especially on the day of his funeral. It should have been a one-time thing. Something that shouldn’t have happened at all. Something I walked away from, but I couldn’t let go.
I knew Zack would leave. It was only a matter of time. Everyone I’d ever cared about had left me. I was in love with Zack and I wasn’t ready for it to end. I kept my secret because I wanted to hold onto him as long as I could. But, when Zack found out I was pregnant, and the baby wasn’t his, he became someone I didn’t know. I’d never seen such rage. He wouldn’t listen to me. He wasn’t interested in the truth.
Dangerous. That’s the first word that came to mind when I set my eyes upon my new co-worker at Forever Inked. Beautiful. That’s the next word my mind conjured up. I’d never thought of a man as beautiful before. Handsome? Yes. Cute? Sure. Freakin’ hot? Absolutely. Beautiful? Never. Draven was dangerously beautiful. I stopped dealing with dangerous men years ago.
I’d never done the one-night stand thing before, but for once I broke my own rules. I threw caution to the wind and followed him home from the bar like a lost puppy. The two martinis I drank didn’t hurt either. I wanted to forget for one night. Forget my responsibilities as a single mom. I wanted to live life on the edge and explore the little bit of wild that existed inside me.
My entire love life was a string of disasters. Now that I was turning thirty, my mother expected me to marry a respectable man and start a family. But when my impending engagement blew up in my face, I fled his lavish condo and moved into an apartment above the Forever Inked tattoo parlor. I was shocked to find my first love standing in the kitchen signing his own lease for the place. Elias was the only man I never got over… the preacher’s son. Sometimes salvation came as a second chance.
First love is like fire. It flickers in the beginning, then blazes to life. It engulfs the soul and consumes it. The beauty of the flames blind. Being entranced by the light and the heat, you forget how easy it is to get burned, and your heart, incinerated.
As Kyla’s life spirals out of control, she desperately seeks the one thing that can hold her together. Her lies continue to haunt her, and it seems there is no redemption. She’s searching for something to be right again and finally she’s found it. But is it really what she needs or is she just grasping at anything to find happiness?
Kyla’s been damaged beyond recognition. Her life is in turmoil. She wants to be normal, but she doesn’t even know what that is anymore. She struggles to overcome her past and build a future for herself, but all she can think about is revenge. Kyla knows what she must do to find happiness. But when all her secrets are revealed, she wonders if Tyler will even want her anymore.
When I was eight years old, I met Tori. By the time I was ten, she hated me. At twelve, in a dark closet, I kissed her for the first time. Fireworks exploded between us and I was in love. Two years later, she let me kiss her again and I knew I needed to make her mine. She was a feisty thing though, and she kept me waiting. Finally, at sixteen, she agreed to give me a chance. It was the first of many.
As Tori and Chris try to rebuild their relationship, they have difficulty maneuvering around the obstacles standing in their way. Tori doesn’t know if she can ever fully trust Chris, while Chris tries to convince her she’s the only one for him now and forever. He is determined to unlock her heart to let him in. With certainty, Chris knows they are destined to be together and he’s not willing to let anything stop that from happening.