Title: Ink Spots
Author: Lissa Matthews
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Buy Link: Buy Ink Spots Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
By night, Mandi is a waitress in her best friend's adult entertainment club, complete with long raven hair and bright blue eyes. By day, she's a boutique jewelry maker with a flair for the occasional naughty design. She's shy, quiet, a definitive Plain Jane-and completely in lust with the one man who wouldn't ever be interested in her. He's big, menacing, and inspires every one of her dirty girl desires. If birthday wishes came true, he would be hers.
Tattoo artist. Business owner. Lover of vintage cars. Drummer. Jaz is far from the average guy. Built like a brick wall and inked from head to toe, he can scare the faint of heart with just a look, but faint of heart isn't what interests him, isn't what fuels his fantasies and keeps him hard from dawn to dusk. It's her-the waitress, his sister's friend, the birthday girl.
Mandi is given the best present ever-Jaz. And she's got one night to make every wicked thought and erotic dream she's had about him come true.
It's the task of a great author to convince us that dreams can come true, and Lissa Matthews certainly makes me want to believe in both dreams and a "happy ever after" while reading Ink Spots. Some stories have a fantasy of strangers meeting and falling in love, others longtime lovers finally working things out and marrying. The charm of this story is not that Mandi and Jaz are two strangers meeting for the first time, these characters have "admired" each other from afar for some time without acting on that attraction. Ms. Matthews uses Mandi's birthday to bring them together, and their own physical connection to keep them there.
There is such heat in this book, I was singed from paragraph one, and happy to experience that burn. The chemistry between Mandi and Jaspar, and Ms. Matthews descriptions of their scenes together is beyond combustible, but somehow believable. She also adds a few interesting secondary characters to round out the story, and keep it from being too overpowering while providing depth. Not that Mandi and Jaz spend their entire time in bed, they do manage to have quite a few intelligent conversations and interactions with others. One of the nicest aspects of the entire story is how visually descriptive Ms. Matthews writing is at times, almost tactile. What more can a reader hope for when reading erotica than to understand the same physical desire as the characters? Pretty phenomenal writing style by a pretty spectacular author.