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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Neglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best friend, Aibhlinn is impossible to hide. When the attraction between them reaches a boiling point, h ...more
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Lustful Literature
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

Josie's 4.5 STAR Review

Enzo is a story that deals with past trauma, a trouble past, the IRA, a sexy hot alpha male and a pretty awesome line of characters. I really loved the main characters that Shyla introduces us to in this new series. They were complex with some really great depth. The side characters added humor and guidance to a very complicated relationship that had the promise of a forever. The author tells the story in alternate POV’s and while she gives readers a love story (with some
Heather andrews
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not exactly sure how old describe The Enzo, except that boy could be deep, in a manly way of course, “babe, we passed that road a long time ago. That line in the sand got obliterated when you came with my name on your lips and put your hand down my pants.” The scenes that I found were the sexiest were surprisingly not the sex scenes but when Ave gets worked up:
“I just got you, girl. I’m not trying to lose you so soon. I’m going to break that Irishman’s neck.”
“Not if I shoot the effer first
She Hearts Books
Enzo and Aibhlinn have been besties for a lifetime and both are now struggling with the possibilities of more between them. Enzo is fighting it hard as he is terrified that he will mess things up and push away one of the only people he cares for in his life. Aibhlinn can't wait around for him anymore and is considering moving on with her life so that she can find love. I so loved her. She is strong and sassy and perfect for Enzo. Once he gives in to their attraction they are scorching hot togeth ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
This is the first book in a new series, Jinx Tattoos.

Jinx Tattoos is a tattoos shop run by Enzo and his two brothers (who I guess we will see in future books?) Enzo has multiple demons from his past that have damaged him for life, despite the love and support provided by his adoptive parents who adopted him at the age of eighteen. Now thrity five, these elements of the past have stunted him in time and unable to move past or move on with his best friend Aibhlinn. There is no other woman he trus
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading any and all of Shyla Colt's books that I can get my hands on since I became a new and/or HUGE fan girl, so Enzo was no exception. I didn't even have to read the blurb, just dove in, and it blew me away. Enzo Jordan has carried "love hurts" scars his whole life. Neglected and abandoned by his drug addicted mother, he was put in the system at 10. He now has a successful tattoo shop, and no shortage of one night stands at 35. The problem is that he's been in love with his best f ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review.
This is the first time I have read any of this authors work, and my word, it will definitely not be the last. I am now a firm fan of her work. Hot, sexy bad boy Enzo runs a tattoo shop with his two brothers, and Aibhlinn is his best friend. Trouble is he has loved her for years, but has been too scared to make a move in case he loses her for good. Eventually he is given an ultimatum to get over his demons, and fight, or lose Aibhlinn. Will Enzo step up and
Alwaysreadingbooks - Reading Drinking and Relaxing
This is my first book by Shyla and I am now a fan. I love the whole friends to lovers thing and the fact that all this time they were both in love with the other and never wanted to say anything was great. I loved the fact that Aibhlinn was this spunky and feisty girl that never took crap from anyone.
Enzo was the bad boy that everybody wanted to tame and no one could. This was one of those books that you can't put down and the characters leave you wanting more. I look forward to the next book in
Crissy Sutcliffe
Enzo and Aibhlinn have known each other for a very long time. Enzo is a stubborn, broken man. Aibhlinn loves that stubborn, broken man. These two have a unique kind of friendship/love that makes you want to punch Enzo for being so stubborn, and love him for being the man he is. Can these two figure out there is more then a lifelong friendship? Can they overcome the obstacles in their path? you must read and find out!!!
Jun 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved Enzo and Aibhlinn's story. They are best friends, what better way than that to start a long term relationship. Even though they are best friends Enzo is reluctant to have a more intimate and romantic relationship because of his horrible upbringing. I enjoyed reading about Enzo's mental health journey, it was great to read about this stong alpha character being vulnerable. There was some action and violence in the book, but no real gore. There was a little humor as well. The twists to thi ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Aibhlinn and Enzo both had troubled childhoods, but how they went on from those demons is what makes them perfect for each other.
Enzo was all about Ave but he couldn't commit because of the nightmares of his past. When he thought he might lose her he decides to do something about his past.
Ave is ready for a new romance when Enzo pushes her away for the last time, but when he see's her with someone new he realizes what he may lose.
When he is ready to profess his feelings they come upon an unexp
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have never read anything by this author in the past, but I found that I truly did enjoy this story. Enzo is one of those lovably flawed characters that we just want to see get things right and be happy for once. Aibhlinn is the best friend who wants to be more.

I love a good "friends to lovers" romance, because I feel like all truly great loves in our lives either start as or become friends in addition to the romance aspect. This story was especially endearing when you factor in the hardships
Sarah Smith
Jun 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was so perfect!! It had so many realistic ups and downs, twists and turns, and light with darkness. The characters were absolutely fabulous and so down to earth, and the world building was spot on. This is an amazing start to a new series.
The number and depth of emotions this book evoked from me made this book an intense read, but it was well worth it with the HEA ending. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series because of its anything like this book it will be an
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Enzo runs his own tattoo shop, he does one night stands but he doesnt do love, Aibhlinn is Enzos best friend and has held a torch for him forever, but Enzo keeps her at arms length when it comes to it. he doesnt want to let her in to see his past but she just wants to heal his demons. but when it becomes to much will Enzo put his heart on the line or lose his best friend and chance at love? well written emotional charge, engaging characters and well developed story.

I received a free copy of this
Jun 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
Enzo leads a complicated life and doesn’t want has darkness to blend into Aibhlinn’s goodness. He can serious give a girl a good heartache when it comes to loving him. When they both find a baby that’s been abandoned, it brings out true feelings of how they want to continue on with their relationship. A good read to see how much they’ve grown as it jumps from the past and present time of their life.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
I feel like certain pieces of the story and, even the dialogue, was missing. Started off as a good premise. One of the typical bad-boy-not-good-enough-for-the-girl trope that I usually buy into - but somehow this time around I just wasn't feeling it. Overall, what had a potential to be a really good read, was under delivered and just poorly written. ...more
Michelle Austin
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Enzo was an emotionally exhausting 5 star read.

Aibhlinn and Enzo have been best friends for years, they have a very deep connection. As they are getting older Aibhlinn is starting to have true feelings for Enzo and she is tired of hiding them. Enzo has been very determined that he doesn’t want a relationship.

Maybe he’s trying to tell me we are never going to happen and I need to move on without him.

When Aibhlinn shares with Enzo how she feels, she doesn
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

I can't help but feel like I have read this book before. I think I might really have read it before but I just did not put up a review about it. This book talked about troubled past, clubs, and IRA's. I was anxious while I was reading the book because it felt like both characters are holding back. Aibhlinn, which is a really cool name by the way, was just waiting on Enzo and they are now 34 years old which is kind of a long time to wait on
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Jennifer
(4.5 stars)

Shyla Colt has been a TBR author for me for a long time, and I finally was able to read one; and it was worth it!

Enzo had a horrible childhood, but got lucky later in his teens. Ave came from Ireland with her mom for a fresh start. They met as teens and both pretty much knew from the start that they were meant to be together. Enzo feels that everything will change and not for the better, where as Ave just needs him to take that leap of faith.... but years go by and
Melissa Mendoza
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Author: Shyla Colt
Series: Jinx Tattoos Series, Book #1
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Release Date: January 27, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count:
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Neglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best fr
Angie Box
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion for Hot Box Reviews and I have to say this is one amazing book the storyline and charcters are amazing I am a very emotional reader and I have to say this book brought out all of my emotions it had me mad and happy and then the next minute I was crying yes I was crying like a baby. this is an new author to me but I can say I will be adding her to my must read list. Thank you so much for giving me this amazing opportunity to read and review you ...more
Books Laid Bare
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Life has been far from kind to Enzo, or at least the start of it was. Abandoned to the Foster care system by a mother that was ill equipped to deal with herself, let alone what it took to be a parent. The system left him jaded but far from broken, although his demons are never too far away, he lives with the effects of his childhood every day and no matter the support and love he has received from those around him, the influence those events have had still plague him, they resonate and while in ...more
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

This romance looked soo good with the blurb – I love reading about unrequited love + the fact that I was in a total mood for an angst filled romance, this one (by the blurb) was the perfect choice!

Enzo Jordan is a playboy – there is no two ways about it; but from the start there was always the fact mentioned that he has been in love with his best friend, since he understood what the word “Love” means; but his past and his experiences have taught him quite well that Love isn’t exactly the most st
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tattoo-artists
I fell in love with this book with in the first few pages. The storyline instantly captured my attention and not once did I put the book down, or in my case, bookmark it. With best friend to lover’s stories, I usually struggle to connect with the story, but that wasn’t the case with this book. After I finished this book I was left in a book rut after suffering with a major case of book hangover. I loved how Aibhlinn was like a lifeline, an anchor and Enzo’s safe zone in life.
In my opinion, both
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Enzo and Aibhlinn both have tramatic pasts. Their relationship is unique and they are ok with that until Enzo realizes something is missing. The issue is Enzo doesn't know how to do relationships. He fights against love but Aibhlinn is to her breaking point. It's either try or walk away. There is a twist in the story that i think fits really well. We then get to see the passionate site of Enzo. Everything play out in the end. ...more
Melissa Mitravich
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melissa by:
I received this book, from the author and Romance Authors that Rock, in exchange for an honest review. So where should I begin? How about with my version of a quick recap, boy meets girl- the end. Not enough? Diving in to tell you about my likes and dislikes, I believe will give you enough of a summary.

First like- the H & h. I loved them both, Enzo and Aibhlinn (pronounced Ave-Lynn). Odd name for the leading lady, but there is reason behind it. Her name comes from her heritage. Another like- th
The BookChick
I just finished reading Enzo and really enjoyed the story. It was a friends-to-lovers, long-time coming romance, second chance romance type of story with damaged protagonist and a secret baby thrown in for good measure.

I loved Enzo and Aibhlinn's friendship dynamic, but hated the fact that he loved her but staunchly refused to commit to her because of his past. He had no problem being a manwhore but he kept himself from giving Aibhlinn his heart because he felt too damaged for her. Aibhlinn def
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enzo was abandoned as a child and that has affected his perception of life. He was lucky enough to end up being raised by the Jordan's who love him and he also has his best friend since they were teens, Aibhlinn. Who he has always loved as much as he thought he was able. He has a string of one night stands while Aibhlinn silently waits for Enzo to realize just how much she loves him. They end up having a one night stand after their feelings for one another are brought to light in a very interest ...more
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
Enzo is just the second book I have read by Shyla Colt, and I loved it! One of my favorite types of romance to read are friends who become lovers, and I fell in love not only with the book, but with the characters, Enzo and Aibhlinn!

Enzo and Aibhlinn are fantastic, well-developed characters. They aren’t the stereotypical characters you see in a lot of romance novels. They are more mature, even though they may not act like it sometimes. At first glance, Enzo appears to be your typical tattooed ba
Kiki Clark
**Originally posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks**

Enzo by Shyla Colt was a smoking hot book. It was the first in a new series, Jinx Tattoo.

The way Enzo and Aibhlinn cared about each and fought for one another was my favorite part of this book, by far. They loved each other from the beginning with a fierceness that was enviable.

Things were a bit disjointed for me, though. I never fully engaged with the characters or the story. I know I was supposed to sympathize for Enzo and Ave's childhoods but I felt
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
This was my first book that I've had the pleasure of reading by Shyla and it won't be my last. She will be on my lookout list because she wrote an amazing story that pulled at my heartstrings. I fell in love with all the characters in this story and I swear I could feel their pain. Shyla is one of those authors that can write a story so well that you will feel as if everything is happening to you as well. The storyline will have you hooked and eager to see how it all ends up and you will be suck ...more
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