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review 2017-11-11 11:07
When all that's left is hope
The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

A beautifully written harrowing story of one man's will to survive in Auschwitz concentration camp during the 2WW. Lale Sokolov is transported from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942; an educated man fluent in many languages who also happens to be a Jew. His proud bearing and individuality immediately sets him apart from his fellow detainees and when he is offered the privileged job as tatowierer "the tattooist" he readily accepts. His job is quite simply to "mark" his fellow prisoners as and when they arrive, stamping them with a 5 digit number that will forever remind them (that is those who survive) of the hell of Auschwitz. He uses his position to help and befriend where possible fellow inmates and early on in his arrival meets and falls instantly in love with a young woman called Gita.

 

The centre of this remarkable story is the relationship of Lale and Gita and how they managed to sustain their love whilst all around death and slaughter is the order of the day, and it seemed only a matter of time before they met the same fate. We witness firsthand the cruelty of man and the barbaric acts carried out on the weak by those who saw themselves as true followers of the Fuhrer adhering to his orders by cleansing society of undesirables. The reality was that they themselves were no better than murderers and robbers. Yet Lale's account is much more than this; it is a story of hope and endurance and a beauty that emerges when all around is painted in black. As a reader you cannot help but be affected by this account the simplicity of the story telling only adds to the poignancy of the moment the sense of dread, the unexpected and the wait for the knock when death comes calling.

 

Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for sending me a gratis copy in return for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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review 2015-04-19 17:50
4 full moons - 'Hard to Be Good' by Laura Kaye
Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink) - Laura Kaye

Jeremy has been one of my favorite secondary characters in the Hard Ink series since he was introduced in the first book. I was really excited to read his HEA. If you read the previous book in the Hard Ink series you would've found out about Charlie and what happened to him. He's still suffering with what happened and it's taking a toll on him. He's the computer guy in the story, which means he likes to be around computers more than people, so he's doesn't know how to be open around people…even with the person who he really likes. (Seriously….I love when authors write characters that work in the IT field or are hackers…because I'm one of those people who loves working in the IT industry)  =)   And I nitpick like crazy whenever authors write about my job field or related to it…and well…Laura Kaye definitely knows the industry.  (One of the main reasons why I can't handle watching tv shows with ITs/hackers in it because they always fabricate stuff.  Grrr! But with some of the authors, including Laura Kaye…they make it very believable!)

On to other details of the story….(because I could rave about Charlie being what he is ALL day) Laura Kaye has some suspense in the story, but most of the story is Jeremy and Charlie. Charlie has his insecurities in the story due to what he fears everyone will think of his relationship with Jeremy. I will say though, Charlie and Jeremy's hookup in the story was really quick. I was hoping for some more tension with them both. The ending came quickly too, but I loved how everyone handled it. I actually wanted more of the story after it ended because it was short compared to the other books, but I know why Laura Kaye did write this novella. I needed to know Jeremy and Charlie's story. Jeremy deserved happiness and so did Charlie. I want every character to have a HEA…dang it!  

If you aren't a fan of M/M romance then I definitely believe you could skip Jeremy/Charlie's book. You could read Easy's book and go into the next full book in the series without missing out. Jeremy's brother Nick and his Special Forces team do make an appearance in Hard to Be Good, but it doesn't really touch on what they are trying to accomplish through the series. The story is mainly focused on Jeremy and Charlie.

If you are a fan of M/M, and are a fan of Jeremy's (like I am), you will enjoy reading this short novella. My only complaint is I want more of Jeremy and Charlie. Plus, I seriously love all the shirts that Jeremy wears in each of the books.  =)

(I would've had this review posted on release day, but this Book Lovin' Mama had a rough week and needed her sleep during the work week. Thank goodness for the relaxing weekend that helped with the stress of the week.)

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/19/arc-review-hard-to-be-good-by-laura-kaye
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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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