When Emily begins an apprenticeship at the renowned tattoo studio Inkomplete, she didn’t realise she was stepping into a world very different from her middle-class upbringing. But not everybody is happy about her dipping her toe into new waters. Famous tattoo artist, Matt Jones, knows she doesn’t belong. What’s he got against her, and how far will he go to drive her away?
Blakey cleared his throat delicately. “The thing is, you don’t really look the part.” He gestured to her clothes. “You’re too clean. Too…” he faltered.
“You look like a fucking school teacher,” Matt said bluntly.
He was watching her, making her self-conscious. His angry words sent a shiver down her spine. “Are you asking me to change my appearance to get the apprenticeship? To fit in?” She asked softly, speaking directly to Blakey.
“Absolutely not,” Blakey answered firmly. Matt choked on a scathing noise but his boss spoke over it. “Like I said before, we sell our work, we sell something personal and memorable. We don’t sell an appearance or a lifestyle to anybody who doesn’t want it.”
“Who’s going to want to be tattooed by a school teacher without fucking tattoos?” Matt spat. His eyes were still locked on her face. “They’ll think she doesn’t trust her own work.”
Even though she knew his words were true, Emily turned to face him for the first time and spoke coolly but calmly, not wanting to give him the satisfaction of her anger. “How about housewives? How about young nervous men, who don’t want to be intimidated by such beautiful and obviously strong women?” She gestured to where Phoenix and Josephina were sitting. “How about people like me?”
He snorted. “You want a tattoo? And mess up your pretty skin? What will mummy think?”
“My mother is dead,” she snapped, finally losing her careful control. “As is my father. I don’t think they’ll care what I do, do you?”
“This isn’t your scene,” he said, his tone uncompromising.
“You know nothing about me.”
“My first Mara book and I’m in love. Emily and Matt take the whole “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” theme and prove it to be incredibly true for them. I wasn’t fooled with them being “enemies”, you could feel the heat coming off the reader when ever their names were near each other.
I love the vibe of the story and the other characters made you feel like you were in that tattoo shop with them.
Can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 because I have a feeling this author is going to continue to blow my mind.”Jamie Ockenhouse
“The author does a great job of bringing two opposites together in this short story. Matt, the broody tattooed badass and Emily, the prim and proper looking school teacher type. But appearance is not everything in this story of discovery. Great intense story! Can’t wait for book 2!”Kelly
“I really enjoyed this story, the heroine is adorable, but with a good solid backbone, and I love the tattoo parlour and the tattoo artist. The story is is sexy and intense, and has a sweet ending. I thoroughly recommend this story.”Lynette Hassall
“I loved reading this short interesting story about enemies going to lovers. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a great story to read.”Scarolet Ellis
“I really enjoyed this book it had brilliant characters and a brilliantly written storyline that keeps you hooked from the beginning. I would definitely recommend this book.”Debbi Taylor
“I enjoyed this short enemies to lovers romance. With a good balance between emotional connection and physical intimacy, along with a solid storyline and sizzling chemistry, creates a very enjoyable read.”Gladys
“I enjoyed this short enemies to lovers romance. With a good balance between emotional connection and physical intimacy, along with a solid storyline and sizzling chemistry, creates a very enjoyable read…”Aunt G
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Kink Level: Contains M/f BDSM