Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I am quickly becoming a fan of the Belladonna Ink series, thanks in large part to the enticing storytelling that author Lorelie Brown has employed in the two books that have been released so far. Following up the heartwarming series starter, Far From Home, is a novella entitled Take Me Home, which features one of the tattoo artists of Belladonna Ink originally from Tennessee, twenty-four-year-old Brooke, and twenty-three-year-old CPA and California native Keighley. Once again, Brown gives readers an unconventional love story, with Keighley looking to Craigslist to find herself a date to take with her to the annual Thanksgiving gathering that will be attended by her homophobic, Christian fundamentalist aunt and the woman's equally judgmental family. Brooke's offbeat ad catches her attention immediately, fitting the bill in a way Keighley never expected. Another thing she wasn't expecting was her reaction upon meeting Brooke and being around the tatted up, pink-haired woman. When they kiss, it's the beginning of something much more. But Brooke isn't ready for "more", while Keighley is already there.
I loved this novella! It was a quick read, but one that told a lighthearted story about two women who unexpectedly make a connection that becomes deeper faster than either one expected. Only, Keighley is ready to jump in head first, while Brooke is content dipping her toes in. There's a lot of pushing on Keighley's part, while Brooke pulls away when things get too personal or when it feels as if Keighley is asking for more than Brooke is prepared to give. I adored the fact that there were dogs in the story--I'm a sucker for that kind of thing--and it was interesting how Keighley instantly decides to take care of a dog that isn't hers goes all in with Bennet (also known as the dog formerly known as Snow White) while Brooke, who is a self-confessed dog person, doesn't have any dogs at all. It's just one of the ways that give you an idea of how different these two women are when it comes to living their lives. I also liked Keighley's immediate family and how they were accepting of her and welcoming of Brooke. I'm already looking forward to seeing where Lorelie Brown takes this series to next. I'm giving Take Me Home five stars. ♥
Read my reviews of the Belladonna Ink series:
Far From Home (book one) - five stars - My Review
Take Me Home (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 11 November 2016
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