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More than Meets the Ink (Bowen Boys #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  14,028 Ratings  ·  730 Reviews
Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order -- tattoos and attitude included -- which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate’s not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she’s on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With ...more
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Loose Id
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
2 stars. Review edited January 25, 2014

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"But don't worry, you're stealing my heart away too, princess."
"I didn't know
your kind had a heart."
"Yes, I do, even if you're set on stomping all over it."

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Dump her. Dump her. Dump her.

I think James has a hearing defect. He did not listen to me.

In fact, this was a one-star read for me. But I felt sorry for James and I had to add a second star. Tate was an incredibly judgmental bitch. James was tested but he did persevere. To persevere is to maintain purpos
Jul 01, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I'll confess that I only start reading this book because I wanted to read the second in the series and I just can’t start reading a series in the middle. I've got always to start from the first.
And in this moment I can honestly say: Thank God for that!

This is a damn good book. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s romantic and in some moments (okay, plenty of moments), it’s really steamy.
And it has a simple story line that balances between sweet and sexy with no major angst or sadness, which I found
Jun 30, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2012-read
I stopped reading at 52%. I disliked the h so much that it overshadowed the entire story. Loved James though...despite the fact that he liked the h. And I couldn't figure out "why" James even liked Tate. The sexual chemistry? The reverse psych cliche that she thinks he's scum? Great character totally wasted. When I realized that at 50% I wasn't rooting for a HEA but begging for James to RUN.... yeah too many other books, to little time. Tate was written to such an extreme from even the first pag ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Ok. Here's the deal. I loved this book. The writing was funny, smart, emotional and hot. Tate was a bit of a bitch in the beginning, immediately lumping James in with "tattooed bad boys". Calling him a " black hole wrapped up in fancy paper". Um, is it the seventies? Could someone tell me? You know, where tattoos equaled bad boys? Uh oh, he has beautiful, artful, meaningful tattooes on a gorgeous body. Bad news! Did Tate not live through the nineties? Being untattoed was the exception.

James is
Apr 18, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Brandie

Tate is in Florida visiting her mother while on vacation. While there she meets James, the son of a neighbor. He's the perfect picture of a "bad boy" if she ever saw one with devastatingly good looks and prominent tattoos, she knows his type. At least she thinks she does. He's exactly the type her sister goes for and those doomed romances never end well. So when James shows an obvious interest in Tate, she is initially hesitant. She doesn't have time for drama and she needs to guard her fragile
~ Becs ~
The first in the Bowen Series and a seriously smexy romance.

James and Tate first meet when Tate is on a covert ops mission with her mother crawling across his Father’s lawn looking for her missing cat! After a less then auspicious start, they have an intense physical attraction to one another that burns white hot. They can hardly resist each other despite the fact that James’ Father and Tate’s Mother live in a seniors retreat!

After several hilarious coitus interruptus moments, they start an inte
Wow, this book had one of the worst heroines ever and I just couldn't take her so I quit reading. She is a judgmental beeotch toward the hero, she thinks because he has tattoos that he is a bad boy loser who only uses women - for no reason other than the tattoos. She even says something to him about "his kind" of people. Wow. I wanted him to walk away from her nasty azz when she said that. Meanwhile, little miss hypocrite has a clit ring. Maybe the hero shouldn't want to be around a woman who wo ...more
Lisa Jayne
The best thing about this book MR JAMES BOWEN sexy, sweet, alpha male. A thoroughly enjoyable short read. 3.5 stars the right mix of steam drama and romance.
“He should come with a warning from
the health department: Handle with extreme caution and use at your own peril. Looking will cause palpitations, dizziness, and hyperventilation. She
knew, for she was having all of those and then some.”


This book is full of hotness & substance! Yuppieee, full of action, smexy phone calls, & a lot of dirty talking. James was labeled by Tate as the "bad boy" good for a one night fuck. But his definitely more than meets the ink. The start part was hilariou
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Whoa!!! This book was SIZZLING HOT!! Just amazing. I was hooked by the story line from the opening page and had a very hard time putting the book down. James is unbelievable, the kinda guy a girl dreams about! He takes talking dirty to whole new level ..LOL!! One of the thing's I loved about him was that even though he was so sexually intense he was still sensitive and sweet at the same time. He was the full package. Tate was a little on the annoying side, she has a stubborn personality but I st ...more
Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta
Read this a long time ago because I wanted to get over my "I don't like tattooed guys" way of thinking (just to clarify, I mean it as in I don't like a tattooed H, not that I don't like tattooed people).
I got a h that thinks tattooed guys are Walking STDs, she was way too judgemental. You'd think she's Virgin Mary for how high she's on her horse and then... She has a clit ring, sinceriously.
I honestly have no idea what he saw in her.
So all in all this book needs some work. How it was published with all of the punctuation errors is beyond me...but for some reason I found myself compelled to finish, and in the end I am glad I did.

Tate is a mess. There is no other way to put it, and who can blame her? She recently lost both her father & brother in a car accident, her mom as up and moved to a retirement home in Florida to escape it all, her sister bailed under the stress, and Tate is left with a family restaurant that she c
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Rating Clarification 4.5 stars

What a beautiful love story. I don't have the words to give a proper review other than to say I really enjoyed this book. I was on the hunt for a good romance and am happy I found this gem. I read it in a little under 24 hours. It was a quick and easy read with a great story line to go with all the steaminess between the pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a beautiful romance.
Jun 07, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best. Dirty. Talker. Ever! Thank you to my girls for this recommendation. I absolutely LOVED James. Tate was sweet and while I understood her reservations when it came to starting a relationship with James... it got old. I loved this book... the story line was fantastic, the chemistry was hot, and the love was beautiful. I can't wait to read Heavy Issues!

Full review...
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
I Love Love LOVED this story !!! I couldn't put it wouldn't want to put it had the amazing, sexy, gorgeous, tattooed, dirty talker James in it!!!!! He was almost too perfect..but then fictional characters can be just that can't they?!!!

BIG SIGH .... ♥ ♥ James ♥ ♥ ....

Right I digress...

James and Tate's story is an intense love story about two passionate people who are marked by heartbreak, grief and loss who find in each other what they are missing and set upon a journey of h
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance with Suspense
Setting: Florida and Boston,Connecticut
Series: Bowen Brothers book #1

"You haven't gotten the dynamics of our relationship down yet, have you? Let me explain it to you: we're involved, very involved. You're mine and your problems are also mine. No one messes with what belongs to me. Don't fight me on that because you'll lose, baby. And be aware next time you hide something like that from me, I'll turn you over my knee an
Smitten's Book Blog

This book is seriously hot! I was hooked by James and Tate's relationship right from the start and couldn't put this down!

I'm giving the book 4.5 as Tate's attitude towards 'tattoed bad boys' drove me to distraction at times. I get that this prejudice played a huge part in the story but really... who thinks like that? And those people who do think like that, certainly don't deserve to be given so many chances.

So despite wanting to slap Tate at certain parts of the book, but it was fab. And I'm
Heather in FL
I really enjoyed this. I love a story where one or both of the characters are totally not looking for a relationship, and BAM -- love hits them where it hurts. I can't believe James was even interested after Tate's admission of her belief about all tattooed men. Granted, she had lots of empirical evidence to rely on from her sister's non-relationships, but sheesh... stereotype much? And it's not like she even buffered her opinions... just laid them out, warts and all. And there were a lot of war ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew!! I was warned that this was going to be hot, but wow did I underestimate just how H-O-T!!!!! it was going to turn out to be!! I really enjoyed this one, James' dirty mind had me hooked from the very start (HOLY crap this boy's thoughts were enough to drive me mad!!)!!! He's sweet and tender but knows just how to get rough when the time calls for it!! And if you've ever wondered what "talking dirty" entails, trust me when I say this book is a how-to guide on the subject!! *fans self* Aycart ...more
I will admit that I did struggle with Tate's characterization at first


but managed to find a middle ground for her words and actions in the end.


I mean, she had a tough life. Therefore, when sexy James Bowen enters the picture and presses for a commitment, it's out of the cards for what she's willing to give.

So what basically made me continue reading this?: Why, James Bowen of course!!


This misjudged and drool worthy guy was just sensational!! I mean, what a heart to look the other cheek despit
Jul 14, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-dream-man

I loved this book!

I am a sucker for contemporary romance. But the truth of the matter is, 99% of the stories, though set in current times, have dialogue (especially in the steamy scenes) that still screams "harlequin" books w/ Fabio on the cover - old-school, not real, just short of calling each other "my beloved" (let's be honest: no one calls each other "my beloved" in the throes of passion anymore, do they?).

What I LOVED about More Than Meets the Ink is that it feels exactly like real life:

Re-reading this baby with TeriLyn ... EEEEP!

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Back in October, 2012 ...

OK, I admit that I got this book strictly based on the cover (HELLO! SEXY TATS!!!). Does that make me shallow? Maybe. Did I love the book? You bet!

Tate's character annoyed me to no end but James more than made up for it. Great story with HEA in the end (even though Tate didn't exactly do much to deserve it!).
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
I had this book for a while on my TBR and honestly, I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading it because I loved every minute.

James.......sweet baby jesus this was such dirty talker and so hot! Loved him.

The pages just sizzled with the heat between him and Tate and I loved how their relationship progressed through the book.

I can see how some would get a bit frustrated by Tate, but I understood why she reacted the way she did to situtations.

I cannot wait for the rest of the boo
May 15, 2012 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bethany by: ♥Rachel♥
Shelves: smutty-books
I loved this book and I really loved James! He was so sweet, patient, and extremely sexy. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because of Tate. She drove me crazy! I understand why she acted the way she did, but it got really old after a while. I’m really looking forward to Cole’s story and it comes out really soon!
The Bowen boys are all loveable, but he woman are a disaster. Tate not so much as Christy, but still all the same insecure, full of issues. It truly is one of those old-fashion romance books.
Dec 07, 2011 Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tate Cooper is visiting her mom in a retirement home in Florida when she meets gorgeous but completely unsuitable James Bowen, son of her mom's middle-aged nemesis neighbour.

"With the sun right behind him, she still couldn’t see him clearly, so she shaded her eyes with her hand and faced the jerk. The jerk was gorgeous."

Tate considers James perfectly unsuitable for anything romantic related as he has several tattoos, and Tate knows very well that tattoos mean bad boy, which means irresponsible,
This has been on my To Be Read list for months. There was something about it from the first look that kept me coming back to it but never picking it up. I believe there is a time for each book to be read in my life and for me More Than Meets the Ink was exactly what I needed.

From the opening Meet Cute with Tate Cooper crawling soldier style in the grass with her mother searching for a missing cat in the Eternal Sun Resort and retirement community looking up and directly into the eyes of James Bo
Hum there are so many good reviews about this book that I had to give it a shot.

And let’s face it, an alpha male, bad boy, don’t do the girlfriend thing, don’t want to get attached, but find a girl that makes him lose him mind… that’s just my thing and it kind of remembered me of “beautiful disaster” a bit, with all the bad boy falling in love with the girl but she doesn’t make it easy on him, kind of thing.
What I loved about this book is that the author knew exactly how to balance the steamy h
Ellen at Book Bellas

Cathy gives this book 4 Stars for story, 5 Stars for the sex scenes. I Ellen) give this book 5 STARS!!!

Elle Aycart, where have you been all my life? I couldn't put this book down. Ms. Aycart gives us very well-written characters in Tate and James. (And guess what, James has BROTHERS! More Bowen brothers, please!) James is sexy, gorgeous, tattooed, and everything that Tate thinks she needs to run away from. But wouldn’t you know it, James is SEXY and LOVING and he
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“I'm going to take a wild guess here and say the hard-on you've been sporting all afternoon is not on account of Mr. Nicholson continually bending over to pick up the golf balls, right?"

"For fuck's sake, Dad!" James cursed, looking horrified at his father, who just shrugged his shoulders at his son's shocked expression.

"Whaaat? Just making sure," he added, hardly hiding his amusement.”
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