Saturday, August 6, 2011

More Then Meets The Ink by Elle Aycart

More Than Meets The Ink
By Elle Aycart
Published June 28th by Loose I.D.
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Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order -- tattoos and attitude included -- which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate’s not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she’s on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With her dad and brother gone, Tate is left to deal with the family restaurant, which is fast going down the drain. Her employees are acting out, her boyfriend has bailed out, and her very own private stalker is emailing her to death with lovely threats of doom, fire, and dismemberment. So yeah, maybe a little holiday fling is in order. Strictly sex though, and no follow-up whatsoever once.

She hadn’t counted on her take-charge holiday fling having an opinion of his own and stubbornly sticking around, before and after the sex, making himself at home in her life. There is definitely more to James than meets her prejudiced eye, and even if she's not ready to look deeper, James isn't prepared to permit her not to.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

So all in all this book needs some work. How it was published with all of the punctuation errors is beyond me...but for some reason I found myself compelled to finish, and in the end I am glad I did.

Tate is a mess. There is no other way to put it, and who can blame her? She recently lost both her father & brother in a car accident, her mom as up and moved to a retirement home in Florida to escape it all, her sister bailed under the stress, and Tate is left with a family restaurant that she can't seem to let go of, yet just stepping foot in there without her family is a battle she loses daily. While visiting her mother in Florida she meets a rather HOT James, who happens to be visiting his father. James is instantly attracted to Tate, but she doesn't want anything to do with him because her has tattoos, and a bad boy is something she just doesn't need right now.

I could go into this more but lets just get down to the nitty gritty here ok?

The punctuation...
First of, and most annoyingly the author doesn't seem to understand what and apostrophe at all! Every where one was needed she used a quotation mark, which is not only crazy wrong but confusing when you were trying to distinguish when dialogue was going on. Not sure what I mean? Here is an example: The word She's is spelled with an apostrophe, but she would spell it She"s. And not just once, it was every single time throughout the entire book. Not a single apostrophe to be found anywhere.

Then there was the sex talk....
Don't get me wrong some of it was super HAWT! But most of it not so much. It felt all very 70's cheap porn esq. Where you are reading things like How god baby your has tight as a fist!
REALLY?!?!? Yea no guy would ever say that....EVER!! And then not to mention this...
"His taste was so intoxicating not to mention his touch. As he kept eating at her mouth, his hand gliding to her breast stealing a shudder from her."
See what I mean? Eating at her mouth? Really? Yea that just leaves me with a bad mental pic of that one guy that kissed you in middle school who felt more like a slobbering dog!
Also Tate has a hood piercing which I found really hard to believe because a girl that HATES tattoos and thinks all that wear them are evil lowlifes DON'T get they? Also Tate's behaviour towards James over 3 measly tatts? I mean it's not like the guy was covered in them....which would have been hot btw *winks*

Then we have the plot...
This is how this book actually milked 2 starts from me. Without the plot line, that despite everything is actually pretty good, I would have flopped this book so fast and slapped a big fat 0 on it. But that's the thing...the plot is good, with a little editing it would be great even. I spent most of my time wanting to strangle Tate every time she ran from James...but I get. I know where she was coming from and to be honest? I would have bad the same bad mistakes she did. In fact I have many times over. You show me a guy offering his heart on a silver platter and I'll show you a girl that can outrun a freight train....every time;) So while I wanted to slap some sense into her, I also loved her. James was just all around perfect for me if not a little pushy. Yes he tells it like it is, puts people in their place, and wants to control the situation, but the guy if a total SWEETHEART when it comes to Tate, and his family. The things he does for her is amazing. If I was him I would have ran the other way a long time ago, but I am so glad that her didn't.

Overall it feels to me like maybe this book was just thrown together and pounded out all in one sitting and BAM! Published! But with some editing work and a few more drafts I could have really loved this book. In the end I would say Mrs. Aycart should stick to the contemporary romance side of things and leave the erotica to someone else. Because the sex scenes in this book were beyond NOT believable. Even still it has been two days since I finished reading this and I am still thinking about Tate & James;)
Ok before I go I feel I must add one thing...
It was brought to my attention, after I wrote the review, that the punctation errors seem to only be in my copy. I was given a PDF for review and then used Kindle to convert it. If this is in fact the case, and the errors are only in my copy, then I would rate this at 3 1/2. Someone was nice enough to point this out to a not so nice way on Goodreads. Which brings me to another point...
As a reviewer it is my job to give you an honest opinion of the book. I understand, and you should too, that these are only my opinions, and those are like assholes...everyone has one, and no 2 are the same! Thusly just because I don't like a book, doesn't mean that you won't, and vice versa. While I always love to hear what my followers have to say, even when they don't agree with me, or even if they want to bash me, please don't be snotty about it...that's just not nice, and I am a very nice person...or so I would like to think. *winks*
Rant over and Out!

Love ya, Mean it...


  1. "Yea that just leaves me with a bad mental pic of that one guy that kissed you in middle school who felt more like a slobbering dog!"? You Crack me up!

  2. Lolz thanks Meg!! I couldn't help it, everytime I read that line (and yes it is in there in more then one occasion) I was like EWWWWW!!! DONT EAT HER FACE!! lolz