Review: At First Meet by Carrie Ann Ryan (Montgomery Ink Legacy #2)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

At First Meet is the second book in the Montgomery Ink Legacy series from Carrie Ann Ryan, and it's a frenemies-to-lovers romance featuring Lake Montgomery and Nick Gatlin, co-owners of a tattoo studio in Colorado along with her cousins. Bickering is almost second nature to them, but Nick stepping in to help her during a low point in her life isn't all that surprising either--he's just that kind of guy. The thing is, Lake isn't someone who asks for--or accepts--help easily. But when she's invited for what's considered a prestigious retreat for CEOs, going alone isn't even a consideration. Then Nick offers to be her plus-one for the weekend-long event. Sharing one room and spending time together brings them even closer, but will the ghosts of their respective pasts haunt them forever?

Lake and Nick clearly had sparks in the Montgomery Ink Legacy series starter, Bittersweet Promises, and it was interesting to see them finally fully explore that connection. Would they allow it to ignite into something more? Would it burn them to a crisp? Or would it fizzle out? This is a Carrie Ann Ryan romance, so readers know there's going to be heart and heat, and boy, oh boy, Lake and Nick were sizzling. Aside from the romance and a hint of suspense, I love how the theme of family remains consistently strong when it comes to all things Montgomery. We also get an idea of the circumstances that lead to the next full-length novel in the series, which I'm quite looking forward to. Overall, At First Meet had the sexual tension and heartwarming feels I can never get enough of. Five stars.

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Read my reviews for the Montgomery Ink Legacy series:


Bittersweet Promises (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review

At First Meet (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 27 February 2023

Date Read: 24 February 2023

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