on February 23rd 2018
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All’s fair in war and unrequited love.
Tattoo artist Gwen Facharro prefers working alone in her Havenwood Falls shop. Coworkers want to be friends, and friends ask too many questions. The last thing Gwen wants to do is answer them. Especially when her inked images tend to take on lives of their own—and not everyone uses the fae magic for good. If the Court finds out, she’ll be tossed in jail. Or worse, banished from town forever.
Although they grew up together, Seelie warrior Rhys Graywalk has been very careful to keep Gwen at a distance. Between the secrets he keeps for her and the ones he keeps from her, his plate is already full. Romance isn’t on the menu. It can’t be. He has his orders.
But when the people around her start turning up dead, Gwen’s fears become reality. Someone has discovered her secret. Someone who wants Gwen’s talents for themselves. And they won’t stop until they get it.
To separate the truth from the lies she’s been told about her fae heritage, Gwen is forced to work with the only friend she’s ever really known. She’s just not sure she can handle rejection a second time.
The Havenwood Falls shared world is a collaborative effort by multiple authors across multiple series all in the paranormal fantasy genre, allowing readers to discover new authors and stories to fall in love with. Each author brings a stand-alone plotline, so they can be read in any order, but there are many crossovers among the stories.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Tragic Ink is one of the amazing stories in the multi-author collaboration that is Havenwood Falls. This particular one is by Heather Hildenbrand.
Gwen Facharro is a tattoo artist who lives and works in Havenwood Falls. She isn’t just a normal tattooist though. If she chooses, she can instil magic into her tattoos which make them come to life one time only when called upon by the wearer. When she realises that people were getting hurt by the tattoos being used for bad purposes she stopped inking with her magic and was content to just keep herself to herself, just doing normal tattoos in her normal shop.
Unknown to her Rhys Graywalk is a Seelie warrior, his mission has always been to protect Gwen. There has always been an attraction between them, but years ago when they shared a very intimate kiss Rhys backed away and kept his distance from her. He had a very good reason for staying away, one he couldn’t share with her. She was left not knowing what she did wrong but hurt as she was she made sure that she too kept her distance from him. Until NOW.
Somebody has discovered Gwen’s secret, they want her dead and they want to steal her powers. When her foster mother is murdered everything starts to change, and Rhys has to own up to being her protector. From then, not only do we see a romance come to life between them, with some very passionate moments, but we also have the excitement of good versus evil. The evil entity will stop at nothing to get at Gwen and take her powers, but Rhys and the magical court of Havenwood Hall are going to do their best to stop it happening.
When I finish one book I like to start another one straight away, just a chapter to give me an idea of what the book will be like. I started reading Tragic Ink at midnight, but found that I couldn’t put it down after one chapter! I desperately wanted to read to the end, but with just 50 minutes to go, fighting to keep my eyes open, and running the risk of dropping my kindle on my face, I had to give in and stop reading. Yes, the story was that good, the best in the series so far in my opinion! The first thing I did the next day was to read those last 50 minutes, and now am happily writing my review where I can do nothing but praise the story. I was captivated from beginning to end, the romance was hot, the danger Gwen was in and Rhys’ protection of her was powerfully intense, and the climax of the story was just perfect. I recommend this book wholeheartedly and can find no fault in it at all!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.