Beautiful Ink (Forever Inked #1) by Nicole Reed
I have tattooed that single word on more skin than I care to count. It elicits powerful thoughts and emotions for most people.
But not for me. The word family means so much more.
You can’t run forever from the ones who love you.
NOTE: This novel is not a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone.
WARNING: This book is real, beautifully raw, and not for the faint of heart. It is the story of a young girl’s loss of innocence while growing up around a motorcycle club. It is not suitable for children under the age of seventeen due to language, sexual content, and intense subject matter. Based on true events.
This was such a change in direction from what I’ve read before from author Nicole Reed. Wow. Beautiful Ink is gritty, edgy, ugly, corrupt and dark. But within the pages there is a love story like none I’ve read. There is devotion, heartache and hopelessness.
Nicole Reed gives us characters in Beautiful Ink with depth and somehow makes the struggle of caring for someone that you’ve grown up with the devastating life that was chosen for them.
These characters have backstories which gripped me from the prologue and left me squeamish and torn. Keller was so strong and so desperately wanted to find a life with joy and beauty. She is resolute as she struggles to protect herself and to find light in her world which was so dark. She knows that opening herself up to Vin is also risking her life. Vin is mysterious and endearing and is a gentle soul. The reader can’t help but falling for him as soon as he walks in. Surprising, I was torn for Hold. I wanted a better life for him, but he accepted the world he was born into and struggled through his loyalty to that world and for his one true love.
Nicole Reed’s writing was beautiful and her skill of weaving a different and far from typical love story was outstanding.
If you love a dark, ugly love story with pain and hope, or if you want a unique, fresh, exceptional written book, then grab Beautiful Ink now. Give it a try! 4.5 Stars