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The Sweetest Tattoo (Cabin Fever #1)

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Her twin was a dead man.

Tattoo artist Kelsie Cole cannot believe her brother would give his best friend use of his cabin the same week he promised it to her. She had been butting heads with straight-laced John McBride since they were kids.

John McBride only takes one week of vacation a year, and there isn’t any way he’s driving down a mountain back to Raleigh just because K
ebook, 73 pages
Published 2008 by Liquid Silver Books
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This was such a sexy, romantic, well written read! I hope to find some full length novels by this author, but will definitely be reading more of her short stories.

I just loved John McBride and Kelsie Cole. Growing up, John was Kelsie’s brother, Gray’s, best friend but her relationship with John was tenuous at best. He’d gone on to become a very successful business owner – the suit wearing briefcase toting, big money making kind – while Kelsie had become the owner of The Sweetest Tattoo tattoo sh
Jan 18, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
4 1/2 stars

This was my 1st read by this author, but it won't be my last. John and Kelsie were very likable, with sizzling sexual chemistry and enough backstory to make them 3-dimensional, the setup was simple - hey, it's a short story - but effective, the conflict between John and Kelsie was believable and the love scenes were scorching hot! Can you tell how much I liked this story? ;)
I picked this up from Liquid Silver after getting sucked in by the excerpt despite it being twice as much as a novella should cost, and I'm glad I did.

Kelsie Cole is a pink-haired, well-inked tattoo parlor owner who hasn't worn a single-digit clothing size since she was a pre-teen. She's off for a week vacationing at her twin brother's lakeside cabin in North Carolina and she's not too keen to see the car pulling into the driveway. She decides her brother's a dead man for telling his best friend
Robin *loves sexy books*
Aug 25, 2010 Robin *loves sexy books* rated it really liked it
i really liked this book. this was the first cameron dane book that i've read and i immediately bought the sequel 'grey's awakening'.

loved kelsie the tattoo artist. it makes me happy when opposites attract in books like this. the pink haired, piercings, tattoo artist and the buttoned up business man.

and any man willing to take a butt plug because he says it's only fair to feel what kelsie will feel when he gets his turn, is way OK in my book!

i'm on to grey's book.
I try not to give out 5 stars unless a book really is amazing. Well in my opinion this book really is amazing! I love, love, loved John and Kelsie.

At first I wasn't sure when I first started reading that this wouldn't just be some book filled with sex and nothing else. See the author doesn't spend a lot of time building up to the relationship. At first the writing felt a little lose, almost as if we were missing some of the story if that makes any sense. However, that is quickly replaced once t
Juliana Philippa
A very sweet friends/enemies-to-lovers story with some very hot love scenes. Thanks to Audrey for the rec! It's hard for me to enjoy a (romance) novella because I invariably feel that there's not enough time for the relationship and characters to properly develop. Dane did a great job despite the short length though, and I think one of the things that helped was they are the only two in the story throughout. At one point they go to a diner and run into a friend of hers, but he's there for only a ...more
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A fantastically sweet and hot erotic story of unrequited love. Though it was a short read, I didn't feel that the story suffered at all. This is my first read by author C. Dane...I will be looking for more of her work to read.

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I liked this story, even though it was kinda short and I would have liked to learn more about the MCs. But it was well delivered and it didn't seek to reap any laurels of originality, even though Kelsie, with her pink hair and multiple tattoos and piercings, was no classic romantic heroine. So, I liked her. Or maybe it's my soft spot for tattoo artists.

And since this is erotic romance, I should add that the sex scenes were scorching hot and I particularly enjoyed the one involving a certain toy.
Apr 18, 2012 Shannel rated it liked it
Shelves: smut-monday-esqe
**REVISED: 2.5/3 Stars: I realize now I was being to harsh...

This little smutty gem was short, sweet and straight to the smutty point.

Which in all definitions of smut, it is exactly what it should be.

We first meet Kelsie; a wild card for all intents and purposes. She’s got tattoos, piercings and neon pink hair. She owns and runs her own tattoo shop and is every bit “sticking-it-to-the-man” as the next rebel girl.

Then there’s her and her twin brother’s child hood friend John. Shooting the straig
Aug 26, 2012 Beck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mf
This is the first M/F romance/erotica that I have read in about 6 months & I now remember why I started reading M/M. Why is the angst & drama in M/F books so contrived? I hate sitting there & thinking to myself 'just sit the feck down & have a conversation'. The book isn't bad but I just found the whole thing so over-dramatic. Perhaps the fact that I have read 5 books in 2 days has made me a tad jaded, but I probably won't bother to re-read this one any time soon.
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Nov 13, 2010 Cyn Mistress Kitty rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this story even though it was short. It had blazing hot love scenes but it also had a tender sweet love story that made me bring out the tissues. I really liked both characters but especially the hero. What a man. This is a wonderful read.
Nov 02, 2012 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Book 2 in this series first, the aptly titled Grey's Awakening, and having loved the book, I was grateful for the opportunity to read about how Grey's sister, Kelsie, and his best friend, John, got together. This is a novella, and though I knew it was going in, I always curse the fact that novellas are too short. This is of course my flaw, not theirs, but it always takes a little something away for me because of it. In e-book format, this is only a 73 page story. That said, this was ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amber by: Audrey
Shelves: erotica, contemporary
The story itself was sweet: a buttoned up businessman and a plus size, tattooed woman have been fighting since they were kids and finally morph into lovers. Plus there's the unrequited love theme that's always a favorite. The special part of this story was the sex, which was both hot AND realistic. It had one of the most realistic anal play scenes I've ever read, not at all fake choreographed.

The problem with this book was that the dialogue was an odd mix of casual, realistic speech mixed with
Jan 12, 2013 Lirajean rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The feelings of the two MCs jump off the page, a remarkable feat for a short book. We aren't bogged down by a lot of back story or setting up, we're into the tension right out of the gate. The plot is flawed, IMO, though. Without giving too much away, the reason the woman holds back is inconsistent with the rest of her personality. Part of what makes these stories work is the compassion we feel for the characters, we root for them, experience their angst with them. But if it doesn't make sense, ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Aug 23, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it really liked it
Kelsie and John are forced to stay for a week in a cabin since none of them is willing to leave.Kelsie is furious first and doesnt want John to stay there because she thinks that he thinks she is a freak,John makes a plan to make Kelsie see him as somthing more than her brothers best friend.A kiss is the perfect opportunity for that.
The story was good bad it tired me at some point and thats the reason I rated with 4 stars and not 5.
Mar 25, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2read2
What a sizzling, sweet, short story! I loved the couple's chemistry and the hero, McBride is total swoon worthy! A fabulous friends to lovers story and the heat these two radiate is nothing short of combustible!
Sep 25, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!! I highly recommend reading this before reading Grey's's a very sweet romance that you will definitely carry with you even after you finish the book...
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Nov 19, 2010 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

The Sweetest Tattoo is a very sexy, quick and easy read.

The sex scenes were hot and the ending was sweet and romantic.

Dec 21, 2011 Joletta rated it really liked it
Sweet read. I normally do not read short stories. I hate investing emotions in characters who are only with me for one hundred pages or less. Having said that, this is a Dane novel so it's an auto-read for me. I really enjoyed the slick way Dane maneuvered these into a a situation where she wouldn't have to pull focus from the two lovers. John McBride has lusted after his best friend and business partners sister since they were kids. Kelsie Cole is the grown up version of a wild child. She's ver ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it
Recommended to Audrey by: Ridley
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not usually an erotic romance reader, but this novella was recommended when I sought recs for one of my favorite themes (discussed below). This story was very good at weaving the emotional development of the H and h throughout their physical interactions. Because they're isolated at a cabin for a week, they are constantly in each other's company and learning more about each other beyond the antagonistic exchanges that had been their previous norm. Add to that constant companionship the fact ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Gyn rated it liked it
This was a short read by Cameron Dane. Kelsie has pink hair, lots of piercings, various tattoos and is a size 16. John is a tall dark and handsomely somber business owner. As different as they seem, they both share a childhood being raised by Kelsie's grandmother when their own parents were neglectful. For most of that childhood Kelsie and John bickered and agitated one another so when John shows up at her brother's cabin during her week of vacation Kelsie is anything but thrilled. Sparks quickl ...more
Anna D.
Mar 25, 2013 Anna D. rated it really liked it
I don’t read too many contemporary romance or erotica, but this short contemporary erotica romance got my attention from a couple of Goodreaders’ reviews and the premise of the story drew me in. It’s only 75 pages so I decided to give it a try. In the past, the few erotica or borderline erotica stories I’ve read lacked emotion or an overall purpose other than to present readers sex on a page. Basically, the main dish is usually the sex and however hot or imaginative the sex is, I’ve been left fe ...more
Heather in FL
I'm a sucker for friends to lovers stories, but this was friends to lovers with a twist. It was more like frenemies to lovers, at least on her side. He was her twin brother's best friend. They sort of grew up together because of John's parents -- he spent more time at their home than his own because of a rough family life. And along the way he fell in love, but didn't think he had a shot so he never pursued it. And she has a mouth on her and they fought constantly, even about stupid things. It s ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the first book I have read by Cameron Dane, a sweet story of Kelsey and John, who have known each other since childhood and have been fighting most of the time and now find themselves alone in a remote cabin where they discover and admit their love for each other…but not without a lot of angst and soul-searching. Sparks fly from the first moment they see each other

Kelsey I quite like despite her attitude …the pink hair, the tattoes, the fact that she’s not the usual stick-thin damsel in
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 20, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: To anyone not afraid of a really good short story.
Recommended to Michelle by: Stephanie
This was a really nice short story with all the right, exciting elements. It went down very smoothly.

Kelsie and McBride [John], have known each other for many years. The tie that binds them is Kelsie's twin brother and their shared childhood memories. They each have a bit of baggage to overcome. They are both now adults and successful in life. She is a tattoo artist and owns her own shop - doing very well. He is in investments and is in business with her brother.

John has loved Kelsie for years b
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Aug 30, 2012 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it really liked it
I wanted to know more about John. His point of view was far more interesting, in my opinion. I couldn't relate to Kelsie. I liked that she was her own woman, but I didn't like how she treated John. Ok, I'm dumb, ha ha, that was the point of the story, but the fact that she wasn't telling him what she was really thinking was frustrating.

Very very hot sex scenes. I wish authors of het books would explore men's sexuality as fully as this novella does.
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
This was the first E book I read. It proberly didnt help that I decided to read it on my I phone instead of a proper Kindle or E reader. But I didnt enjoy reading from a screen.

The book seemed really short to me? And there was absoultly NO backstory and no plot. It just jumped straight into it.

Alot of sex is an understatment! This whole book was page after page of bed romping!

A good quick read inbetween books for me.
April C
Apr 06, 2011 April C rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
You could tell from the start that this was a good read..short but good. I love when the heroine is not a size 0 (which is not a size)!! She's a average size and a strong willed girl!! These two spark from the very beginning..would loved if the relationship could have explored more what they will go thru to stay together, but otherwise I enjoyed it.
Brenda (b)
It was a good book, but I didn't feel a connection to the characters. I must be getting too old or something because it's hard to believe but I'm actually going to say this: It seemed to me that they spent too much time having sex and not enough time talking and sharing their thoughts.
Jun 22, 2015 Alyssa rated it liked it
Name: John McBride

Hot Body? Check.
Rich? Check.
Piercing blue eyes? Check.
Business savvy? Check.
Sweetness level: 99999999999

John carried this whole book. I did not care for the sex scenes so much. Hell, it took me a long time to get that over with (must've been desensitized since I liked A Younger Man so much that I thought I needed a M/F romance at once). But John, John, John... you had just the right amount of sweetness to make me care about your feelings for Kelsie and root for you. Right at th
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I am an air force brat and spent most of my growing up years living overseas in Italy and England, as well as Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia while we were stateside. I now live in Florida once again with my big, wonderfully pushy family and my three-legged cat, Harry. I have been reading romance novels since I was twelve years old, and twenty years later I still adore them. Currently, I have ...more
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“Mmm, God, I love that.” He settled her thighs on either side of his hips until she rested on the thickness of his fully impaled cock. “Don’t need to come. Just want inside.” He brushed his lips across her mouth, cheek, and temple, and let her head come to rest against his shoulder. “Try to get some sleep. Morning comes early.” 1 likes
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