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'Ink It Over by Rachel Rawlings
Adeline Severance leads a dangerous, magical double life.
Tattoo artist by day and warding witch by night, Adeline uses magical inks, a tattoo machine, and the help of her best friend Lars to permanently imbue spells of protection onto her clients. Thanks to the Magistrate's greed and failure to protect its citizens, her services were in high demand.
But when Nicholas Marks walks through the door of her tattoo studio looking for an appointment, one of Adeline's wards isn't the only thing he's after. Forced into working for the Magistrate, he's been tasked with bringing her in.
With her cover story blown, Adeline has two choices: Run as far and as fast as she can, or stay and fight. Though she’s not ready to give up the only life she’s ever known, putting her trust in a traitor may end up being the worst decision she's ever made.
Fans of The Hollows Series, Charmed and The Craft are sure to devour this series from Rachel Rawlings.
Buy ‘Ink It Over to start a magic and mayhem filled adventure today!
Series: A Touch of Ink #1
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
This was an incredibly unique reading experience. I’m a huge sucker for just about anything paranormal, but when I saw that the heroine is a tattoo artist, I was even more interested. Also, if I’m being honest here, I was incredibly intrigued by the cover. The romance community has some awesome cover artists and this one is no exception!
Adeline was a unique character. She’s both incredibly strong and terribly fragile. She’s gone through so much in her life and has had to beg, borrow, and steal to survive. She’s been used and abused and until her guardian/mentor had saved her as a child, she never knew any differently. After her guardian’s death, she’s left with her pseudo-brother, Lars, who is much more teddy bear than grizzly, despite his fierce appearance. The two of them own the tattoo shop where Adeline works as a tattoo artist, but at night she uses her incredibly rare magic to tattoo spells on the skin of people who need her specific brand of help. This has made her a target for the Magistrate–the magical version of the government. And yes, they’re as corrupt as they sound.
Then there’s Nicholas … who is blackmailed by the Magistrate to bring in Adeline for their own nefarious purposes. As the danger escalates and the trio is thrust together in a strange partnership of sorts, Adeline finds herself being drawn to Nicholas in ways she can’t explain–effectively putting her mind at war with her heart. As more of Nicholas’s powers are brought to light, Adeline wonders just how trustworthy this man could actually be.
As I stated in the opening of this post, this was such a unique read. I had read books that feature mages imbuing magic into the ink they use to tattoo, but I had never read one where that is the focal point of a story. It was fascinating to get inside the mind of such a powerful mage. Also, not only are you getting a story with great magical elements, but the author really takes you through an emotional roller coaster. There are parts that are hilarious and parts that made me want to cry. I always say it’s a great writer who can invoke that kind of emotion in their readers. 🙂
Honestly, I greatly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next installment. I would highly, highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance and doesn’t mind a little slow burn. It’s an all-around fun read!
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