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I always have to carry the essentials.... Pen case, Book, Book Journal, iPad, wallet 

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review 2016-01-13 00:57
Great Story and Characters
Bear Necessities (Bad Boy Alphas): A Post-Apocalyptic Bear Shifter Romance - Selena Kitt

The world as we know it has ended and if there are any other survivors, Ivy hasn’t seen them. She’s hidden away in her tiny home in Michigan, surrounded by forest. While out picking strawberries one day, she comes across a bear. There’s something about him though, that she can’t bring herself to shoot it, so instead she runs, spraining her ankle. When a strange man appears at a tiny abandoned cabin, Ivy is worried for the worse. When Caleb first saw Ivy, he forgot he was in his bear form. He felt horrible that she got hurt, but now he has to get her to trust him and hope she feels the pull between them.

This was different from most books I read from this author. However, regardless of the genre, it was a fantastic story. It was pretty quick but it had a great plot and hot scenes. I can’t wait to read more from this world. I highly recommend.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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text 2015-01-14 20:46
Living Ink: Tattoo Artists in Paranormal Romance
Frost Moon - Anthony Francis
Marked by Midnight - Lara Adrian
Bear Necessities - Dana Marie Bell
Amazon Ink - Lori Devoti
Angel's Ink - Jocelynn Drake
Witch Interrupted (Pack and Coven, #2). - Jody Wallace
Nightmare Ink - Marcella Burnard
Whisper Kiss - Deborah Cooke
Afterlight - Elle Jasper
Inked Magic ( Inked Magic World #1) - Jory Strong

Tattoo Artists along with Rock Stars are still on the upward swing as popular heroes and heroines in Romance.


Here are some great Tattoo Artist Leads in Paranormal Romance. The tattoo's in these books are often more than just sexy and compelling. Lots of female Tattooists in this mix! 


1. Inked Magic by Jory Strong


With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI agent brother, magic and gift have put her in the path of two compelling men.


Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín's help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.


Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now, as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn't-until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly, and only by paying magic's price will there be any future at all.


2. Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles by Elle Jasper


Savannah's most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she's put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley's beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she's never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all...


3. Whisper Kiss: A Dragonfire Novel (Dragon Fire Novel) by Deborah Cooke


For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr and the dreaded Slayers is about to begin...

Niall Talbot has volunteered to hunt down and destroy all the remaining shadow dragons before they can wreak more havoc. But fate has placed him in the hands of Rox, an unconventional tattoo artist who doesn't even flinch when a shape-shifting dragon warrior suddenly appears on her doorstep. And as a woman who follows her heart in matters of passion, she makes the perfect mate for a firestorm with Niall...

4. Nightmare Ink (A Living Ink Novel) by Marcella Burnard


With her art and magic, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create or destroy. In her tattoo shop, Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the power embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel.

When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink—something she swore she’d never do again. But a broken vow soon becomes the least of her problems.

The real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked with a Living Tattoo against her will. Now, saddled with a powerful, amoral entity willing to do anything to win his freedom, Isa must fight to keep her Living Tattoo from consuming her completely...


5. Witch Interrupted by Jody Wallace


Two decades ago, assassin Katherine Zhang faked her death to escape the Keepers, a secret council of witches who use magic to kill those who pose a threat to their kind. Once a powerful Keeper, she lives a solitary-but peaceful-life as a tattoo artist. Until a strange, handsome lone wolf named Marcus Delgado walks into her shop.


Marcus has his own reasons to hate the Keepers. A scientist who sacrificed himself to test the fragile boundaries between witch and wolf, he believes there's a way to harness the combustible power between the two species. If he succeeds, he'll be protected from the Keepers, but he needs a willing partner-and the delicious Katie just might be the perfect test subject.


Katie knows working with a wolf, an adversary she's undeniably attracted to, is a dangerous proposition...no matter how tempting she finds Marcus's proposal. But when a common enemy from their past threatens them both, working together might be the only option.


6. Angel's Ink: The Asylum Tales (The Asylum Tales series Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake


Meet Gage, a magical tattoo artist trying to remain hidden and alive in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires mingle freely with humans, and warlocks and witches rule the roost with merciless cruelty. Angel’s Ink indelibly marks the beginning of something phenomenal and every reader whose tastes run to the supernatural—those who can’t wait to sink their teeth into the latest Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, or Jim Butcher—will want to fly with this Angel.


7. Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti


's been ten years since Melanippe Saka left the Amazon tribe in order to create a normal life for her daughter, Harmony. True, running a tattoo parlor in Madison, Wisconsin, while living with your Amazon warrior mother and priestess grandmother is not everyone's idea of normal, but Mel thinks she's succeeded at blending in as human.

Turns out she's wrong. Someone knows all about her, someone who's targeting young Amazon girls, and no way is Mel going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe Saka is quite a force...even when she's facing a barrage of distractions -- including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a seriously angry Amazon queen who views Mel as a prime suspect. To find answers, Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do: embrace her powers and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe...but you can't take the tribe out of the girl.


8.  Bear Necessities (Halle Shifters) by Dana Marie Bell


Once a Bear sets his mind on a mission, it’s best to stay out of his way. Alexander “Bunny” Bunsun is that Bear. Something’s not right with his cousin Chloe, and he’s come to Halle, PA, to sort it out, turn his Harley around and head home to Oregon. Until an enticing scent lures him into the local tattoo shop.


There she is. An inked, Southern-drawled she-Wolf with lime-green hair. His perfect mate.

Tabitha Garwood’s rotten day just got worse. Her Outcast status makes her a target for harassment with alarming regularity. And now, in the middle of a root touch-up, looking like a half-melted Skittle, she’s met her destined mate. The only upside? She finally has a protector in the form of a huge, tattooed, shaved-head Bear who vibrates with carefully restrained power.


When Chloe is left for dead and Tabby is threatened, only Alex can keep his growing family safe. Giving Tabby the loving home she needs, though, could come at a price—Alex must give up the control he’s worked a lifetime to attain.


9. Marked by Midnight by Lara Adrian


Determined to solve a string of brutal slayings in London, vampire warrior Mathias Rowan is forced to seek the help of Nova, a fiery tattoo artist who ignites an unexpected, yet undeniable, passion in the grim Order enforcer.

Nova’s shadowy connections and dark talents may be Mathias’s best hope of unmasking a treacherous enemy . . . but falling for a woman with her dangerous past will risk both their hearts and their lives.


10. Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1 by Anthony Francis


In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life.


When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city's Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion...or as delicious prey?


To vote for your favorite Paranormal Tattoo Artist, go to my Goodreads list: Living Ink: Tattoo Artists in Paranormal Romance.


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text 2014-06-24 15:26
Best Beta Hero of PNR, SFR, and Fantasy Romance
The Mane Squeeze - Shelly Laurenston
A Brother's Price - Wen Spencer
Heart Dance - Robin D. Owens
Wolf Nip - Vivian Arend
Heart of Steel - Meljean Brook
Bear Necessities - Dana Marie Bell
Contact - Susan Grant
Devil's Gate - Thea Harrison
The Mage's Daughter - Lynn Kurland
Topaz Dreams - Marilyn Campbell

In worlds full of bossy Alphas (literally) the Beta Hero of Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance is just that more special.




1. The Mane Squeeze  by Shelly Laurenston  Loch. I Bear shifter.  love him. Really. 

2. A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer Jerin, strong man in a gender reversed world. 

3. Heart Dance by Robin D. Owens Saille T'Willow  Matchmaker

4. Wolf Nip  by Vivian Arend  Mark Weaver wolf who wants a cat

5. Heart of Steel  by Meljean Brook Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox 

6. Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell Harley Riding Alexander “Bunny” Bunsun

7. Contact by Susan Grant Kao, spokesperson for "Aliens"

8. Devil's Gate by Thea Harrison Vampyre Duncan Turner

9. The Mage's Daughter by Lynn Kurland Miach of Neroche 

10. Topaz Dreams by Marilyn Campbell  Falcon an empath. 


Click here to Vote for the Best of the Best: Best Beta Hero of PNR, SFR, and Fantasy Romance.



I would love some more recommendation for Beta Heroes in PNR, SFR, and Fantasy Romance. 

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text 2014-05-06 16:00
Best Tattoo Artist Romance Heroines
Inked Magic - Jory Strong
Hers for the Holidays - Samantha Hunter
Whisper Kiss - Deborah Cooke
She's Got It Bad (Harlequin Blaze, #464) - Sarah Mayberry
My Misery Muse - Brei Betzold
Bear Necessities (Halle Shifters #1) - Dana Marie Bell
The Harder He Falls - Sidney Bristol
Branded as Trouble - Lorelei James
Dedicated Ink (Inked in the Steel City) - Ranae Rose
Drawn Together - Lauren Dane

We can't let the gentlemen have all the fun and they certainly don't have all the badass talent!


Here are Romance Novel Heroines who are Tattoo Artists...


1. Drawn Together by Lauren Dane- Raven

2. Dedicated Ink by Ranae Rose- Abby 

3. Branded as Trouble by Lorelei JamesIndia Ellison

4. The Harder He Falls by Sidney Bristol- Kellie

5. Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell- Tabitha

6. My Misery Muse by Brei Betzold- Devi 

7. Whisper Kiss by  Deborah Cooke- Rox 

8. She's Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry- Zoe

9. Hers for the Holidays  by Samantha Hunter - Lydia

10. Inked Magic by Jory Strong- Etain 



Do you have a favorite I missed? Let me know!


To vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads list: Best MF Romance Novels about Tattoo Artists.


To get even more recs and see some of the best tattoo artists in the world, check out my Pinterest Board: Permeant Ink: Tattoo Artists in Romance Novels. 





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