by Lindsay Detwiler
Publication Date: October 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure.
That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”
Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.
But then she meets Jesse.
A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.
When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?
Inked Hearts is a romantic, emotional read full of overcoming fears and living after a pain so deep you have internal scars. It is not only inspiring, but engaging and honest, raw. Friends, family, loyalty, all combined to make a heartwarming tale about finding love after being broken, about trusting again.
Avery moved far away from her parents, her ex-husband, her past. She wanted to be free of the pain and the realization that while married, she never really grew, nor became someone she liked and wanted to be. This new start is her chance to be the girl she always wanted to be, to let loose and stop following routines and constantly taking care of others but not herself. Bold and somewhat insecure, Avery moves in with a stranger, gets a job as a waitress, and meets a tattoo artist who gets her heart fluttering. Moving is a big change, and Avery is ready for it.
Intense emotions colour many of the ages, and makes it so easy to fall into the story. I adored reading about the new friendships that bloomed, the start differences between characters that made them click so well together. An outgoing roommate helps Avery get out of her shell, try new looks and new activities, and introduces her to people who become some of her closest friends. I enjoyed how the author described the relationships and the changes they brought, the growth. Avery grew to be happy with herself and her life as she found clarity and trust and loyalty in these new people.
All in all, this was a lovely story that kept me engaged and I definitely recommend it!
About Lindsay Detwiler
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.