I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ink by Sophie Lark
Series: Colors of Crime #7
on May 13, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, Mafia, Suspense
Format: digital e-book, ARC
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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He’ll Never See It Coming…
I never thought I’d get revenge on Roman Turgenev. He was a Bratva prince, I was a nobody. So I don’t know why he turned his gorgeous green eyes on me, and decided to spend every single day of high school torturing me.
Now he’s the head of the Paris Mafia, more powerful than ever. To me, he’s the same arrogant bully I used to know. I don’t care if he’s trying to be nice to me. It’s only because he needs my help...
And I am going to help him. Or at least, I’ll pretend for a while...
I’ll get close to him.
I’ll learn all his secrets.
And then I’ll destroy him...
“Ink” is a bully mafia romance, Book 7 in the Colors of Crime series. It’s an intense, violent, and sexually charged stand-alone novel. Complete with HEA and no cliff-hangers, plus enough steamy scenes to set your kindle on fire!
Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, Mafia
First Person, Dual-POV
This is book #7 of Colors of Crime series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read any other book from this series, and I never felt like I was missing something of the story.
I was very intrigued about reading a book with bully romance and mafia romance blended together. I love both romance tropes and was very excited about it.
I must say that we only get a full chapter of their past and a few glimpses of the bulling, but it was still enough to satisfy me and it really enhanced my reading experience.
Saying that, I must add that it has only light bullying and the mafia part is also very tame. This is not really dark for those that only like dark romance.
This has been my first time reading the author and I’m really looking forward to reading more.
This book was hot! Their chemistry was amazing and there was a scene inside a church that I have on repeat on my brains. 🙂
27.5/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)
Addictiveness: 4 Character: 4 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 4
Action 3/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Yes, to anyone that like both mafia and bully romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes.
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Addictiveness: 4/5 I was invested in this story from the beginning. The prologue really hooked me. As addictive as pizza!!
Character: hero 3/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 3/5, real 4/5 They were good. Some easier to love than others.
Mila was a great heroine. She was fierce and strong. She never really allowed Roman to get the upper hand. I missed more depth to her story, but overall she was my favorite.
Roman was a weird mobster. Yes, I know he was trying to clean his act, but I still wanted a more alpha male. He was young, but a bit immature. He was very hot, and a good brother and friend. I also missed more depth to his story.
Secondary characters I really loved Roman’s brother-in-law and sister and I will definitely read their book.
Villain/antagonists … there is a clear villain and a few extra antagonists.
Characters were lovable, but I wanted more substance to their story.
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 3.5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was a great cover. I love that we can see Paris in the background. I also loved Roman’s tattoo that feels pretty similar to the one in the story. This cover is not generic and it gives the feel of something made exclusively for this story. I didn’t love the title, maybe would have been better with a subtitle of sorts. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 4/5 Different! I really liked how the author started with a high school bully theme and transformed it into a mafia’s tale. Both genres were well meshed together and it gave a unique vibe. As fresh as mentos!!!
Plot: believable 3.5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 2/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 4/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 4/5 Amazing opening for a very rushed ending. Believable plot, with hot dialogues and great pace. Superb setting, interesting subplots with unexpected twists. Good level of enjoyment!
I love how the author merged together the bully and mafia trope. Even though, it was light on both counts, it felt one-of-a-kind.
I love Paris and to read a story with a bit of its history is always wonderful. I love Phantom of Opera!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 3/5, steam 4/5 This was hot! So many good scenes, one in particular was cold shower worthy. Their chemistry was undeniable, I only missed more of their romance. It felt a bit rushed the journey from hate to love. Sexy romance!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 Interesting plot, with good characters, sexy romance and unique vibe. Great writing!!!
Plot: The ending!!! Really, I took half a star because of that ending. I felt like I’ve missed part of the romance. One day they hated each other, the next they were in love. I wanted to feel the growth of the relationship.