It’s everything but business as usual.
Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission
: Sell the building that housed her grandmother’s bookstore and moves on with her life.
But life doesn’t always go according to plan.
To reopen her grandmother’s bookshop, Emmie will need a hook. She’ll need a strategy. She’ll need an… Ox?
Miles Oxford doesn’t have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He’s a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don’t mix for Ox, but since he doesn’t have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
She sells ink. He tattoos it. Unusual? Yes. But a bookshop/tattoo studio might be the ticket for both Emmie and Ox to find success on their own terms. As long as they keep their attention focused on business.
Just on business.
This book is a long tease!! UGH!
Emmie is coming home. Her grandma passed leaving her a bookstore to sell and live her dream. Only Emmie decides her dream is to run the bookstore in her hometown. It’s a risk, but she is going to give it a go. Modernize the bookstore, maybe add another shop within her shop? She is full of ideas, but none better than adding Ox to her shop. A local tattoo artist in need of a storefront to create his art. They strike up a deal and join forces to bring the town INK. A bookstore and tattoo parlor. Emmie enjoys looking at Ox, but when isn’t expecting anything more from him. Could she be with someone like him? He doesn’t seem her type or vice versa. Maybe opposites truly do attract?
Ox is done with Ginger and her bullsh*t. He’s done with the lies, the accusations, and the fighting. The bookstore girl, Emmie offers him boxes and a potential job. He’s interested, in more than the job. But he knows he needs to keep this professional, he doesn’t need a repeat performance. Yet he can’t seem to take his eyes off the illusive Emmie, who hides amazing ink and is willing to take a chance on him. Ox is torn between family obligations, his new career, and Emmie. What are his priorities?
All through the book, there is teasing by Ox. He is a mythical book boyfriend, that really doesn’t exist in the real world and if he did, some lucky girl has him – Kudos to you! He takes this slow with Emmie because he wants it to work. He learns about her, puts forth an effort with her. Yet he still has his faults he needs to work through. Yet, Ox can read Emmie like a book!
This is new for Emmie. All so new. An old high school friend is interested in her and so is Ox. She’s never been in this position before and doesn’t know what to do. She wants Ox. Emmie has a tendency to overthink everything. Ox helps her see that every relationship is different and theirs is worth fighting for.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was steamy at all, which is what I love. But this book had the build-up, the anticipation of what was going to happen and when it did happen it was beautiful and perfect for this book and the characters. I loved the writing style and how well everything flowed. There was never a dull moment. The two main characters were likable and relatable. Emmie and I would be friends and I’d drool over Ox – now my official book boyfriend! The myriad of other characters was great too. I hope there are more books in this series! I want to know what’s going to happen with Tayla! Did she pick Ethan or Jeremey or both?
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