Permanent Ink

Permanent Ink (Art & Soul, #1)Permanent Ink by Avon Gale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After Poe gets caught tagging (again), his dad gets him a job in his best friend’s tattoo shop. Jericho gets Poe interested in tattooing — kind of transferring his graffiti art skills. There’s some conflict between Poe and his best friend, and his dad is a little weirded out when Poe and Jericho get together.

Poe was a little to bratty for me. I wouldn’t have had Jericho’s patience.

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Off the Ice

Off the Ice  (Hat Trick, #1)Off the Ice by Avon Gale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A college professor and his professional-hockey player student crush on each other while he’s in class and then hook up afterward.

Not as much hockey as is usual in this genre. Book is an OK afternoon read but nothing special.

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Prey (Infected, #1)

Prey (Infected, #1)Prey by Andrea Speed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great start to a series. Roan, a lion shifter, is a PI; he’s contrary and determined, and he has a smart mouth. I love him.

It’s an interesting universe that the author has created. Shifters are looked down upon by some people and nearly worshiped as gods by others. Really, they’re just people who turn into cats 5 days a month.

Paris, Roan’s boyfriend, is my problem with the series. I like him a lot. And I think he’s going to die in the next book, so I’m afraid to read it.

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Off Campus (Bend or Break, #1)

Off Campus (Bend or Break, #1)Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Santino Hassell tweeted that he loved this book, so I decided to give it a try. I can see why he likes it: It’s got the same kind of emotional baggage that has to be dealt with that his novels do.

Here’s the crux of the book for me:

He didn’t understand what had happened to him, but he wasn’t dumb enough to miss the fucking lesson. For a year and a half, he’d talked to no one, relied on no one and made it through with sheer willpower. Now, in less than four weeks, he’d vomited the worst of his secrets all over, had embarrassed himself in front of more people than he could count, and he’d ended up with so much help he couldn’t wrap his brain around it.

It’s all about friendship and love and learning to trust people.

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The Long Way Home

The Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked both main characters: Quinn, the psychic, and Connor, the cop.

I believe in psychics so much that I think it’s kind of weird when people don’t believe that such talent exists. Connor starts out that way, but it makes sense when we learn about his past. And when he realizes that Quinn’s talent is real … such kindness and support.

Nice mystery. Some family stuff that gets resolved. A good book that’s worth reading.

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