Captured in Ink, an all-new smoking hot Montgomery Ink: Boulder Novella from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!
New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan returns to the Montgomery Ink world with three souls bruised yet forever connected in this sexy and intoxicating ménage romance.
Julia and Ronin know their relationship is solid. They’ve been through hell and back, but their love has stayed true through it all. When Ronin’s ex, Kincaid, comes back to town, however, the two realize what they might be missing.
Kincaid didn’t mean to leave Ronin behind all those years ago. When tragedy struck not once, but twice, bringing with it the heat of horror, he couldn’t face the past he’d left behind. Now, he’s back and doesn’t know how he fits in with the seemingly perfect couple—especially not when their families will apparently stop at nothing to keep them apart.
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Ronin is a man who is very much in love with his wife. They have a serious, and real, discussion on how people feel about certain things. Kincaid wants to make up for past mistakes, The author does a good job at showing his apprehension about something he’s not sure of. Julia gives the reader the woman’s point of view to what is going on. We have to decide if we’re willing to be a voyeur as things develop.
You being the reader have to decide if you can be comfortable reading about a relationship that contains more than two people. The author makes everything feel comfortable, other than the characters feeling a little awkward as they figure things out in the beginning. She also includes some realism because a lot of people don’t believe in a relationship that isn’t between a man and a woman. The author doesn’t focus on that which is a good thing because that would take our story in a direction that wouldn’t be good for our characters. But it is part of their life.
Julia is naturally the one that connects Ronin and Kincaid. But we also get to see life outside this little circle. The author includes lots of emotions that may make you smile or even make you frown. There are obstacles to overcome but knowing they have someone to lean on helps. Love always helps and there’s no missing how it grows throughout this story even though there are ups and downs.
I had spent too long trying to dig myself out of the darkness, attempting to claw my way out of horror, and I had missed my chance at something more. My fault, I repeated to myself—all my fault.
“Kincaid?” the woman in front of me asked, her voice soft. “It’s good to finally meet you,” she said, although her voice was devoid of emotion. I didn’t know if she was lying or not.
I rolled my shoulders back. “I’m sorry for disturbing you so late. I just got into town. I’ll let you be. Sorry about this.” I turned to walk away, to let the pain ease ever so slightly even though I knew it never would, but a small hand grabbed my arm—the strength of the grip surprising me. I looked down at that diamond ring that had been put on her finger by the man I once loved. The man I still loved? I wasn’t sure.
“Come inside. Please.”
“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” I said.
Ronin didn’t say anything. And, somehow, that hurt worse than him yelling at me and throwing me out. But I would deserve it if he did. I deserved all of it.
“I’m Julia. Please, come inside. It’s late and getting a bit chilly. You don’t even have a coat on.”
“I’m fine,” I said.
“Please. You don’t want me to get mean.” Her eyes twinkled as I peered at her face.
This was the woman Ronin had married, and I liked her. She was firm, smiled, and looked like she would take no shit—the perfect partner for Ronin. She was so different from Alexis. I could already tell that, and maybe that was a good thing. She likely wouldn’t run away when things got tough.
Though I had no idea how I could tell that from a single touch, a momentary glance.
“Come on. Ronin and I were just cleaning up after dinner.”
That’s when I finally noticed the swollen lips—the tousled hair.
Oh, they had definitely been doing something after dinner, but it wasn’t cleaning up.
Jealousy slashed at me, but I pushed it away.
I deserved this, and so much more.
Finally, I looked at Ronin again, saw the longing mixed with anger in his gaze, and knew I couldn’t just leave. I would after, but I couldn’t hurt this woman, not when I knew if I walked away, I would only leave ashes in my wake for her to deal with. And neither of them deserved that.
“Okay, just for a moment.”
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Talon Pack, Promise Me, and Elements of Five series, which have sold millions of books worldwide. She’s the winner of a RT Book of the Year and a Prism Award in her genres. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.
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