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Inky (The Leaves #1)

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Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed an
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by J.B. Hartnett (first published July 12th 2013)
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BOOK REVIEW: Inky (The Leaves, #1) - J.B. Hartnett

Inky is an inspiring story of one girl's plight to leave her broken childhood behind, and one man's dream of walking out of the shadow of his unrelenting Father to prove he has what it takes to make it on his own. It's seductive and powerful with a dark vibe running throughout.
It surprised me how much I liked this book. Usually these kind of books about self descovery and stuff arent really my thing. But I devoured this. I tend to love books that focuses more on the romance part. But the mix was absolutely perfect. And the hero, Cole. Oh my god. Can he be more perfect? The sex was really hot, but this book was more then anything, beautiful. It wasnt like this story was told to us. It was like you were there, experiencing it all with them. When you get that caught up i ...more

This started out good and I was super excited, because it seemed really promising, I was liking the story, the pace, the angst, the characters but then the second half Ugh! the insta-love. Why? Why? Not even insta-lust, but insta-love in a very sappy way.

The story is centered around Anika (Inky) a struggling artist who works as a bantender. She's had an abusive childhood. It was really terrible what she went through and is coping with ocassional anxiety as a result. She shares an apartment with
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
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Jenny: Once again we go into a book completely blind and once again I really enjoyed it. The title and synopsis of this book intrigued us and so we took a plunge into Inky’s world and what an intense, passionate, heartbreaking, sad and yet witty world it was.

We meet Inky (Anika) as she in the throes of love with her fiancée Evan. He’s everything she’s always wanted and Inky has been the
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*

3.5 Stars...I think!

I think I liked this one. I definitely liked the first half of the book...but something changed for me towards the end. It felt like a different book....the vibe was different, the characters felt different--their personalities, etc. I am not sure how I feel about that part of the book.

The story begins with the introduction of Inky. Inky is an artist by day and works evenings at a bar. She lives with her BFFs, Lisa and Aimes. She's "engaged" to Evan--though no rings h
Jennifer Treviño
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Aaaaaargh! I can not tell you how loud I screamed at the end of this book! I won't tell you why...that you will have to read for yourself to find out. What I can tell you is I could NOT put this book down! I must also tell you that I do not care much for violence & abuse in my reading choices...BUT when done tastefully (& this was definitely done tastefully) I can overlook it. Especially when it adds so much to the story rather than hindering it.

This s
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
4 Stars!

Ok. So I'm writing this review after only getting an hour sleep last night. I was up until 1 reading Inky and it had me so worked up, I read a whole OTHER book after it just to try and calm down! Yes, my reaction at the end was SERIOUSLY?! WTF?!

Inky starts out following Inky, who's real name is Anika, as she thinks she is finally forward from a very rough upbringing. She has the fiance that she's pined over for years, 2 amazing friends, and is living her dream as a struggling artist whil
Sandy B.
Inky Will TATTOO Your Heart
"I heard the door but played the "I'm sexy and sleeping and waiting for you to gaze at my beauty" game. You always see that in romantic comedies and I always imagined how lovely it would be to wake up and have your lover staring at you with nothing but adoration in his eyes."- Inky

"You think I'm like every other guy you've encountered. I'm not. I'm falling in love with Anika Redding. You think I'd let you go that easily?"- Cole

First of all can we talk about the cover f
TJlovestoread Blog
Emotional, deep and panty melting. Anika and Cole’s chemistry was off the charts! AMAZING READ!

Every time I stumble upon a great book by accident, I throw a silent prayer to the book gods! Especially when said book is just 99 cents and a gem. This book is no exception, superbly written, emotional and raw; I loved every single page and yes J.B. Hartnett you have a new fan!

Anika (Inky), a young woman, scared by her past, yet making a life for herself. She works at a bar but her true calling is art
Crazy~Chaotic Book~Babes

Before I even tell you how much I loved this book, just know that at the end of the book I kept hitting my nook and wondered where the rest was. The ending is a major cliffhanger…..

Anika, or Inky as we all know her, was a child of many different things but abuse would be the best to describe it. Mentally her mother and the boyfriend treated her bad. We learned throughout the book that the abuse Inky receives puts her in a place that she sometimes tends to stay. We learn a
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Jenny: Once again we go into a book completely blind and once again I really enjoyed it. The title and synopsis of this book intrigued us and so we took a plunge into Inky’s world and what an intense, passionate, heartbreaking, sad and yet witty world it was.

We meet Inky (Anika) as she in the throes of love with her fiancée Evan. He’s everything she’s always wanted and Inky has been there, waiting in the wings, until Evan was ready to
Derna ~ BiblioBelles
4.5 stars

***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

It was the cover that attracted me to this book, I think before I had even read the synopsis I knew I needed to read this book. I absolutely love this cover, and after reading Inky, I have to say it fits perfectly it’s truly is beautiful.

From the very beginning, you know that Anika ‘Inky’ Redding has a story to tell, and very soon you discover what happen to her during her childhood. Inky is an artist, and she us
Sweet and Spicy Books
"Do you read much mommy-porn?"
Well yes, yes I do! Because I love it and I loved this one too.
'I'm sweetness with a potty mouth and an attitude.'
We meet Inky and her sweet boyfriend Evan, who have had a lot of history with each other but decided it was finally their time. After five min of dating, they get engaged. Inky has secrets though. She has never felt the need to share them, but what the past comes back, she's forced to let Evan in. Except he doesn't respond the way a boyfriend should.
I was not expecting the story that came with this book. When I first opened it, I have to say that I judged the book by its cover (and title). I had NO idea what I had been missing! Inky is the main character's nickname and she has had quite a life. She has suffered terrible physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and she is coping best she can. She works in a bar with her friends and really likes her life. She also paints, but hasn't really made any money at it yet. One day a gorgeous man comes i ...more
Karen Harper
What can I say about this book? I’ll start with “Oh My God!”
If you want to read the synopsis, just look at the Amazon link. I want to tell you why I think this book is amazing. I will admit, at first, I was thinking this book is a bit slow but then it reached out and smacked in the face.
Now that I’ve finished it, I think this may have been a ploy used by J. B. Hartnett. Maybe I’m wrong. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I love a book in which I become emotionally attached to the chara
I read this whole thing, I never got the connection between the characters. I never felt anything actually. So unfortunately I have this give this book a 1 star. Oh well...I will not be moving on to book 2.

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Claire Sidebottom
OMG!! Thank god, I've got the next book in my kindle waiting for me to open. 5 fantastic stars!!

Why oh why, has it taken me almost 6 months to start this series.?

This ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, so I'm starting the next book today. :)

I absolutely fell in love with Inky. She is so beautiful inside and out and doesn't even know it. Even though she has endured some tragically heartbreaking abuse from her own mother and her mothers boyfriend. She tries to hide her pain and deals with he
Stacey is Sassy
Luckily, I wasn't expecting light and fluffy...

This is the second book I have read by this author, so I knew she had the power to rip my guts out and slowly put me back together. When I bought this book I was still on my fan-girling high from reading Genevieve Clare and didn't read the blurb or reviews. I probably should have. I spent half of this book not particularly liking the hero or to some extent the heroine. Then thing started to become clearer and I settled in for the ride.

There was a ve
Awesome debut novel. Totally sucked into the life of Inky. She has a fantastic down to earth friend, she is facing her demons and following her heart. Mammoth cliffhanger, bring on Cole (book 2)

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Wow!!!! Just wow! (sigh) I really really love this book!! No, I ADORE it!!! Inky is one of those hidden gems everyone needs to discover.

Inky really touched
Sep 16, 2013 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: cliffy
Umm. This book started off one way and finished another. There's super insta love. And there was definitely a cheesy factor in there. There's a douche bag, a slut, a hot rich guy, a great best friend, and there's Inky (Anika) who's all sorts cute and messed up.
Anika was an artist, a talented one at that, and a bartender on weekends. She has two roommates, one is the great friend and the other is the slut.
There's her man Evan who was "off" to me from the very start. They had been "engaged" with
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
This book had so much potential but I have to say, it just didn't deliver. 10% in and honestly, I was bored. The writing didn't grab me and neither did the plot. It was predictable and just lacked the depth I was craving in both the characters and the story line. It was like the whole book was on fast forward. Each time I began to get engrossed in part of the story, it was over and the characters had moved on. Gahhhh!!!

At 17%, the plot seemed to move up a gear which was great. I honestly though
Margie Fite
I just Finished "Inky' (The Leaves) way to go J.B Hartnett... This is the first book I have read of yours and I have to say, this was unbelievable.
This book grabbed me from the first chapter and I was on a roller coaster until the very end... I can not say that about many books, I have soo many emotions
going on right now and I do not know how to express them ALL!! from loving friendships that are stronger than blood, parents that should have never been parents!! child abuse.... oh, my gosh! (pl
You know that feeling you get when you read a book so good that you know that it will stay in your mind and you simply want more. This is what happened with this book. In fact it was so good that as soon as I hit the last page, which was left on a jaw dropping ending by the way, I quickly went into the kindle store and bought book 2, Cole (The Leaves).

The plot to this book is simply breath taking. It is all about Inky and how she meets and feels an instantaneous connection with a man who walks i
Inky suffered much as kid but somehow found a unique outlet for her pain and with her friend Aimes managed to deal with life. What do you do when the person you promise to marry doesn't get you? Even though you "love him" you still hide the most sacred and damaged part of yourself? You find someone whose demons are as dark and damaging as yours. A chance meeting brought Cole and Inky into each others lives but the current circumstances kept them apart. Once a betrayal was brought to light Inky w ...more
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I read this book, without ever reading the synopsis by the author J.B. Hartnett. I wanted to be completely surprised and be able to give the best and most honest review of a book that I knew nothing about.

I have the biggest smile on my face. J.B. is one talented Author. This story really had the character development I crave in books. The love connection is intense and spot on with what I look for in books that I love. The story flows and no details are left un
Anika (Inky) Redding is a broken tough girl. Her childhood wasn't exactly filled with happy times thanks to her mother and Joe. (I wanted to punch her mother in the face for the things she allowed and even told Joe to do to Inky!!!!)

Inky decided one day that she had had enough and she left her mother's condo and never looked back.

Now, she is in a relationship with a boy,Evan, that she has been "in love" with forever. They started as friends first, her always watching him leave with a different g
Melissa Yoder
Anika, Inky to her friends, is a broken woman. Her story is one of betrayal, hurt and healing. She has endured more in her short life than many would in 10 lifetimes, but is still positive and hopeful that her future can overcome her past. Until the one person who is supposed to love her above all else does the unthinkable and she begins to question everything. She meets a stranger, he is handsome and a kindred spirit. Can she find real, everlasting love? Inky is a great story, so gripping and i ...more
Cyndi Hackett
Beautiful story. I really enjoyed reading the story. I felt connected with Inky. She truly went through some hard times as a child. Some of things she had to endure were horrific. To grow up with a mother that spent her time torching Inky was just disturbing. I was so hoping Evan was not going to be the main male character in the story. He was a creep! I wanted to kick him in the face the first time we are introduced to him. It was obvious that he really didn’t have a strong connection with Inky ...more
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“I brought you here for the same reason I keep coming back to the bar in the hope of hearing you sing, the same reason I bought this and your other paintings. I need you. It scares the f**k out of me but I have never felt this in my entire life. I need to be near you, to hear your voice and see your face.” 4 likes
“Then let's be scared together, Anika. Let me love you the way you should be loved. We'll take each day as it comes, but we have to talk. You have to promise me that if you start to feel panicky at all, you'll tell me. Don't walk away. I want to help, I mean it.” 3 likes
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