Review: Ink by Elizabeth Hunter (Love Stories on 7th and Main #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Ink is both my first read from author Elizabeth Hunter and the first in her new contemporary romance series entitled Love Stories on 7th and Main. In this opposites-attract story, we meet Emmie Elliott, a woman who has just returned to her hometown of Metlin, California with the intention of selling the building her late grandmother owned. When she glimpses her grandmother's much-loved bookshop, Emmie decides to not just hold on to the building but to re-open the bookshop as well. But things were different during the heyday of the bookshop, so Emmie needs to have a fresher, more creative approach to woo customers. This is where Miles Oxford comes in. The tattoo artist may be talented, but he has no place to park his tattoo gun. When Emmie offers to share store space with him, Ox is intrigued--by the business proposal, not the woman offering it. The idea of a bookshop and a tattoo studio together may seem strange, but why not combine the two worlds? But a bookshop keeper and a tattooist working together doesn't have to lead to the two becoming as indelible as their shared love for ink, right?

Though this did get off to somewhat of a slow start, this series starter proved to be an enjoyable read overall. The idea of a woman who wants to resurrect her grandmother's bookshop and a man hoping to open his own tattoo shop had me curious, especially given that Emmie and Ox seemed like such opposites. Theirs was a slow burn romance, and while I have nothing against this kind of love story, this one did tend to be a tad slower than I'm okay with, leading me to take quite a few breaks. Things do get more interesting about midway through, and Emmie and Ox really were a curious yet cute couple. I would have wanted a bit more oomph to them, like that extra something to make it feel as if the connection between them was so palpable that no one could deny they belong together. But while they lacked zing and the pacing was rather slow, I did appreciate that there wasn't a whole lot of unnecessary drama or angst thrown in just to make things complicated between them. The fact that they were making a go of their businesses and their being such different people was enough romance fodder. 3.5 stars for Ink. ♥

Release Blitz: 13 March 2018

Date Read: 13 March 2018

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