From the boardroom to the bedroom, Antonio DeRose is a man who always gets what he wants.
And Antonio wants Evie. Antonio took a risk when he purchased Bloom Tattoo. The studio is a “fixer-upper” that could pay off in spades…or cost him Thorn, the family’s studio. He knows the key lies in making Evie Stuart, the tattooed sex kitten, head artist. He can see that beyond her beauty, that the fiery girl has some serious brains too.
Evie, on the other hand, is more than happy to continue being a tattoo artist. She likes being free to follow the wild creativity of her imagination without risking the livelihoods of other artists. Because even though Evie can’t stop thinking about his scorching touch, she has no desire to share a boardroom with him.
While pride brings them together it’s their shared desire that has them entangled. At first, Evie thinks that their head banging sex will keep her career change at bay—but when their shared passion begins to bleed over into the business, can either pull away from their love without losing everything? Or will they finally realize that you really can have it all?
After Giovanni (Rose) and Luciano (Thorn) of course Antonio was also entitled to a story. And here it is: the business man of the trio, the man of the money and the brains meets his match with the feisty little Evie.
And yet again Leslie North is able to write about the Thorn Tattoo shop and it’s owners, from a new point of view. Whereas Gio is the temperamental one and Luciano the emotional broken one, Antonio is the cold-hearted business one. Or so it seems, because below the surface, Antonio also is a real DeRose. But being burdened with the financial part of the business and taking charge, because neither Gio or Luciano were able to do so, left Antonio to be the responsible one.
And by taking over Bloom Tattoo he is taking an even greater financial risk. But he is determined to make this a success. And he needs Evie, one of the employees of Bloom Tattoo, to become the Head Artist to make this happen. What he didn’t foresee was that Evie wasn’t willing to step up to this position. And what he also didn’t foresee was the chemistry between them.
Evie knows it is not a good idea to shack up with your boss. But when he is as hot and yummie as Antonio, and when he asks her to finish the tattoo on his back, how can she refuse? But what she will refuse is the position as Head Artist. Due to her past, she is not willing to take this step. Not even when Antonio tries to convince her with various different tactics.
So, what do you do, when your heart and your head are in disagreement? Find out if Antonio and Evie get their happily ever after, or will Bloom never grow into a full-grown tattoo shop?
Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Published: August 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥