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Eli Thompson is the once golden-boy son of Oak Island’s preacher. Since the death of his mother, Eli has fallen foul of everything his father holds dear – indulging in drink, drugs, women and men.

With a dark and desperate secret weighing on him, Eli is determined to lose himself to vice, no matter what the cost.

Daniel Fisher is a twenty-six year old high-school janitor. H
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Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Sarah Goodwin
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Emma Sea
I can see why this is a polarizing novel. The characters are complex and come together in a kind of mobius strip of relationships. Goodwin handles very sensitive material in a gentle way. Nothing in here seems sensationalised. I believe in these characters and I read this world as real.

It's a story of men and their relationships with each other. There are zero female characters until the last 5%, and the only one who isn't incidental is the one who wants to destroy the relationships between the
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Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
I think some really great authors become lost amongst the more established writers in this genre because as a rule the cheaper the book, the less notice it is given because without being awful a lot of the free or cheaper self published books tend to be offerings of a lesser quality, or lets be honest just plain old erotica with little story and lots of smutty sex! Sarah Goodwin knocks that preconception right out of the box. She writes about subjects that are controversial - in this she pairs E ...more
T.J.
Jul 29, 2012 T.J. rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don't even know what to say really about this book. It's not going to be for everyone (seriously, read the blurb and you'll understand why) but holy cow, I hope that doesn't stop people. While this book does have an HEA (a quiet one, at that) it's a dark read to get to that point. Good lord, I'm kind of speechless.
Susan65
Feb 09, 2013 Susan65 rated it really liked it
I will no longer complain over my life.

Words alone can not adequately describe the emotional roller coaster that is these guys lives. They just could not catch a break!

This story was harsh, disturbing, sad, cruel, loving, hopeless, and hopeful.

I don't think I was prepared to read this in one sitting, or be writing my review at 4 am, but wow, I just could not sleep with this floating around in my head.

This story will not be for everyone...not even a little bit, but it will remain with me for lon
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
UGH! Another freebie that I already bought! Well, free today at Amazon US! 7/16/13!
Silkeeeeee
The short of it:
Elijah is sabotaging his life with booze, drugs and sex. He barely knows he's alive when he becomes involved with an older man, older in years that is, and life gets even more complicated.

The warning I need to place here is there is an adult/child sexual relationship. If that bothers you, move along, you won't care that Elijah is 17, nearly 18. You need a very open mind to read this story.

There aren't very many stories that I find myself crying through. This one, however, did me
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Purplegirl
This is my second book by Sarah Goodwin and I will buy any book that she writes. I enjoyed this book just as I did Me and Mine. I connected with the characters and felt for them through the entire book. It was just a overall good book with good writing and a good plot. 4.5
Trisha Harrington
Oh wow this story was really emotional and very sad in a lot of ways. The book is well written and has a very powerful story in it. I have to say I loved the story, it felt weird to root for the couple it really did. The author drew me in though and she kept the story interesting through out the entire book. If I said the story was beautiful it might sound strange considering what its about, but saying that the way it is told makes it easy to feel for the characters and love them. Daniel was my ...more
Hellen
Feb 28, 2012 Hellen rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

If you haven't figured out what the big secret is, read the blurb again. I think it's pretty obvious. The story focuses on the consequences that have the addictions, not only for the addict themselves but for the people that stay by their side. The writer didn't sugarcoat it and pretend there can be something remotely good about drugs abuse. However painful as it was, it's also about self-improvement, regret, second chances and, of course, love. I wouldn't change a word. My only complai
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Natalie
3.25 stars. The bones of a good story are here. With some editing, it could have been a great story. I really enjoy this author's gritty, angsty style, though, and I'll continue to buy whatever she writes. (view spoiler)
Octobercountry
Jul 14, 2012 Octobercountry rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to review without giving away key plot points; there’s a twist that occurs about one-third of the way through the story that TOTALLY surprised me. (But then, okay, I’ll admit that I’m not the most astute reader.) However, since this key plot point resonates throughout the entire book, there’s a lot I simply cannot speak of without ruining it for other readers.

There are a few things I can speak of, however, and one of those is the “ick factor.” I wasn’t very impressed wit
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Feb 15, 2013 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook
This wasn't anything like I thought it would be pretty much right from the get go. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but it sucked me right in. I felt for each character in different ways, and wanted to see them make things work. There are a few twists, and even though this isn't a real romancy romance, it was easy to see Eli and Daniel cared for each other. Overall, even giving the issues going on here, this was a very enjoyable story.
Nile Princess
ABSOLUTELY LOVED!! So much emotion in only 204 pages. Will write a review at a later time but, man, I would love to read a sequel.
Erica Chilson
5 stars on the premise.
2.5 stars on the execution/editing.

I thank the author for allowing us to download INK from her website. I hope someday she tries to republish it. I've been in Blocked Hell via Amazon a few times myself, and I feel her pain.

The bones of the story were amazing. If I could rate the book on just that alone, I'd hand out 5 stars in a heartbeat. I adored Sarah Goodwin's voice, her character development, and the unique and intriguing premise. I was kept on the edge of my seat fo
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L'marie
Aug 22, 2012 L'marie rated it it was amazing
This book y'all...how does this woman create characters in situations that I should despise but I end loving them and rooting for them?
Fangtasia
Aug 06, 2013 Fangtasia rated it really liked it
My thoughts are so confused and contradictory after finishing this book last night that I'm having a lot of difficulty writing the review. Let's see if I can make at least some sense.

First of all, Sarah Goodwin has talent to spare. She does an excellent job bringing the characters and the setting to life. My imagination had no trouble whatsoever being where she wanted me to be, during the telling of this story. Daniel, Eli/Elijah, Cory, and Michael all had my heart wrapped around their pinkie fi
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Nicole
Jun 24, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and I guess I am having trouble putting
my thoughts into words on this one. I am not by any stretch a great
book reviewer, I like what I like but this book unexpectedly made me
feel. I think everyone can find something in a character that resonates within them and Daniel is someone I get. His relationship with his father is something that really made me think. All of the characters in the book are deeply flawed in some way and I guess for me this book was no longer just
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Simon
Jan 24, 2013 Simon rated it it was amazing
Because of the title I thought tatooing would have been more of a theme through-out this novel. It wasn't, it seems to be a title to link a son and a father, I see no other reason, and that is a tenuous link.
I love this author's writing. She writes beautifully, and novels of a good and decent length. This is the third Sarah Goodwin I have read and I see a pattern to her writing. She follows themes of true love conquering.
Poverty, despair, deep emotional crisis, this is an exhausting emotional re
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Tracy
Jun 30, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless
Ten star book
Sarabeth
Jul 30, 2015 Sarabeth rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how to rate this book, so I'm giving it 5 stars because I know I'll never get it out of my head.
If you want light and fluffy, or raunchy and sexy, this isn't for you.
But if you want a poignant piece of real literature, start here. It's a shame it's banned on Amazon.
Immediately when starting the book I was pleasantly surprised by the prose, the beauty and the superb crafting of the words.
I was not a fan of the tense, but once I got used to it, it didn't bother me at all.
The taboo w
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Maite
If you ever think you have a complicated family, if you are fed up with your brother or father, or your mom did something you don't agree with, just go take a look at Daniel's family...

So, if you read this book expect all kind of complex life choices, hurt characters and very tough situations that at times seem unsolvable. It really makes you feel, and makes you think, so yes, I definitely recommend it!

The writing, in my opinion, could have been less descriptive (also needed more editing) in or
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Trix
This was quite a complex story. I had a hard time getting into the feel of it because of the present tense. Once I managed to overlook it, I became attached to the characters.

I didn't expect the twists in the story, (view spoiler)
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Gabbi
Ink is the second book I’ve read by Sarah Goodwin. I totally fell in love with her other book, Me and Mine, and I knew from reading it, that Ms. Goodwin likes to push boundaries when it comes to writing romance. I will say, if you are looking for a light and sweet read…her books are not for you. Ms. Goodwin writes dramatic, brash characters with a realism that really resonates with me as a reader. Her heroes are very far from perfect, and they often make mistakes, which in many ways makes them r ...more
Marie
Jul 26, 2013 Marie rated it liked it
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Kris
May 08, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
this book had me sucked in, such emotion from the characters! I adored Eli's duality and inner
dialogue with his old self. Very intriguing.
Daniel's war with himself in regards to Eli were perfectly written angst and forbidden taboo love all rolled up into a great read.
the ending seemed rushed, very open ended and a bit anticlimactic...
sorta just speeds forward in time, even adding characters at the end that we'll never know what happens....so that's why no 5 star from me.
R.J.
Dec 10, 2015 R.J. rated it liked it
This is a difficult one to rate. The editing needs a lot of work. Head hopping, random commas were everywhere, not to mention the love affair the author seems to have with eclipses... This would normally have been a dnf for me based on that alone.

On saying that, I was caught up in the tale of Elijah and Daniel enough to see past the editing. They just couldn't catch a break, the poor bastards, and everything came at them at once. This isn't a love and puppies read and can be a little hard to sto
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JC
Jan 02, 2014 JC rated it really liked it
I read the original version of this story years ago, while it was being written. I loved it then so purchased the official version as soon as it was published. The writing is excellent and the grief the characters go through leap through the pages and stab you in the heart. Be warned that this does feature half-brother incest so if that sort of thing squicks you out, then this is not for you. I do wish the ending had a bit more detail in it since these characters deserve a happily ever after, bu ...more
Dieter Schein
Jan 28, 2013 Dieter Schein rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
I have to say that first, I've stumbled upon this as a fanfiction story, I will not say in which fandom, published by this author. At the end it had a note "go read this as my original story, with fuller details and more pages!". And guess what? I did! I was so hungry for all the possible little things I missed because they were not in the fanfiction version. And the best part - as I've read it anew, it became a whole new experience. Although the storyline is the same, the characters almost so, ...more
Daniela
Jun 20, 2016 Daniela rated it it was amazing
I liked it soooooooo much.
I feel like I can't blame the boys for falling in love because they didn't know what they were to each other. Their actions are justified. Gosh! The chemistry between them was so palpable. I cannot blame either one. I cannot see them apart. They're perfect for each other.
I want more. I need a sequel. The end did not satisfy me. I can see so much brewing in the background.
Sue
May 12, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written tough story about addiction and living around addicts was amazing. What a delicate balance between two lonely and desparate for love people. Not to mention the balance between brothers. This story continues to take you on a journey with Daniel, Cory and Eli that at times takes your breath away with sadness and pain. The subject at times broke my heart, made me angry and made me cheer for all three. At times it was very hard to read. That's how you know a story is great. ...more
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