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(7th and Main #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,706 ratings  ·  625 reviews
It’s everything but business as usual.

Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission: Sell the building that housed her grandmother’s book store and move on with her life.

But life doesn’t always go according to plan.

To reopen her grandmother’s book shop, Emmie will nee
Published March 13th 2018 by Elizabeth Hunter
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Elizabeth Hunter
Jan 09, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Ink by Elizabeth Hunter


I can't wait for you to read INK, my new contemporary romance. Grab it wherever you buy your e-books or paperbacks!


Check out my Pinterest board to see more of my inspiration for the story:
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
While I enjoyed this one a lot, and it was a sweet romantic read, It didn't blow me away. The writing was very good. The pace, unfortunately, was a bit too slow for me. I am just not a fan of slow burn romances and the romance in this one was super S-L-O-W and although Ox and Emmie were cute together I just never felt a burning passion between them. So, unfortunately, my mind did start to wander halfway through and I found myself a tiny bit bored and impatient for things
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Emmie and Ox are total opposites but I think that really works for them. Emily is back in Metlin and decides to reopen her Grandma’s book store. This is not an easy task and that’s were Ox enters. The relationship between them is nice. I didn’t feel a burning passion and the slow burn romance lost my interest at times. I wish they had more chemistry, you know the type that burns the pages. This doesn’t mean there needed to be more sex, just more attraction. I like a slow burn book when there’s s ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 “Buttons” Stars

This was such an amazing introduction to Ms. Hunter’s writing. I really, really liked this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I was captivated by all the characters. I had a smile on my face almost the whole time and was sad when the book was over. I’m definately checking out more of the author’s back list now.

Emmie is back in her home town after her grandmother’s passing. Expecting to clean up and sell her book store, she finds herself unable to do it. Instead she decides t
I think I expected INK to be a bit more of a hate-to-love instead of sorta-opposites attract but this was cute. I would definitely pick up any companion that comes along, and I'm pretty sure there's going to be one. If you like somewhat shy bookish girls, with a bit of an edge, and big burly sweet dudes covered in tattoos who have a bit of a hero complex, I think you'll like this. And I did. I just wasn't blown away.
Lana Reads
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

The story was set in a fantastic idea of a shop: books and tattoos put together under the name INK - in the books and on the skin?! How brilliant is that?!

I liked the main characters and their friends. The heroine was this great combination of shy and strongly fierce, the hero was a mix of talent and hotness. What's not to like?

Well, the first part pulled me right in and I couldn't stop!
But then something changed, I can't even put my finger on it properly... It became... A cliché? A dra
Book-Bosomed  blog
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emmie Elliot, 27, can’t resist the opportunity to open her own bookstore so she takes a chance on her grandmother’s old shop after she passes. She also can’t resist the hot tattoo artist who’d make a pleasing addition to the work space. Miles Oxford, 28, otherwise known as Ox, is out of a relationship and out of a work space. When the cute book girl makes him an attractive offer, he hopes he doesn’t repeat his mistakes.

“‘Thanks for dreaming big enough for both of us.’”

This story is written in

3.5 promise we will never get involved Stars. - Ah Ox where is the fun in that?

Now although Ms. Hunter was meant to be working on Ben & Tiny’s story you though as you gave us Emmie & Ox instead so all is forgiven.

Emmie Elliott can’t sell her Grandmother’s bookstore but it after leaving for the big city it never really was in the cards to move back to Metlin. A small town in California that is changing where hip meets traditional. What is a bookworm to do? Well reopen the bookstore of course but
Spoilers ahead, 2.5*

Emmie returns to her small-town hometown after her grandmother's death to sell her family's bookstore. She's got a job, friends and a life in the city so she doesn't plan to move back......until she does. Emmie the planner makes a spontaneous decision to keep the bookstore open. When she decides to rent out the other side of the store it's fortunate that her former neighbor across the way is now an unemployed tattoo artist, so combining books and tattoos they get INK. And whi
Douglas Meeks
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I am almost not sure where to start .... this is Ms Hunter's second foray into contemporary romance and compared to her first book in this genre The Genius and the Muse it pales in comparison sadly.

The writing as always is near flawless and carries a story that is exactly what the title says it is, a romance ... no real drama, no adventure, no real humor ... just a long drawn out romance that while not as boring as it may sound was actually done well enough to keep my attention and little if any
“All the best romances have to bubble under the surface for a while.”

4.5 stars!

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Hunter’s PNR writing, and was excited when I learned she would be writing a contemporary romance. And then when I saw that blurb, I knew I had to have it. And I’m happy to say that it more than met my expectations! This book is lots of fun, with a chemistry-filled, slow-burning friends-to-lovers romance, lots of funny moments, lots of heart, and a beautiful love story. I read this book in o
3.5-4 stars

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover- it's frickin' beautiful.

This was a good book- light and sweet. It was fairly realistic but brought out the idea of selling ink on paper and skin together. I mean if there was a combined tattoo and bookshop? You bet your ass I am the first one in. I would say that the idea was the only ingenious thing about the book and the rest of it was mostly your plain old friends to lovers/office romance kind of story. I am not saying
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who knew that this story turned out real good. So I’ve never heard of this author and since this is my first book by her, I’m definitely swooning over the name Ink. How can you not love books and tattoos. But, book girl Emmie and tattoo artist Ox are not what they’re expected from each other but as they say opposites attracts.

Ink is a hot, sweet, but sexy, and funny with amazing friends, family aaaand it’s a slow burn fall in love kind of read that you’ll enjoy on the quiet nights.

I liked this. It was sweet, hot and fun, rather low on angst, nothing too profound but definitely entertaining.

Ox was more of a sweetheart than I expected him to be after reading the blurb, but I liked it. He's a genuinely good guy who stands up for himself and the people he cares about, and he's got some seriously hot moves.
Emmie, on the other hand, was rather bookish, more of an introvert, but not the inexperienced, naive doormat often associated with those traits.
I loved all those crazy, sup
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"She couldn't say no when someone asked for a book recommendation. It was a compulsion."

I think to me this was a love story between a reader and their passion for books. Elizabeth just had to get inside a bookworm's head and show what's bubbling under the surface. And I luuurved it! From nerdy t-shirts to cosy sassiness of Emmie's mugs, including her care for her gran's bookstore and unstoppable desire to make it work again. Duh, never discount romance readers! We are a force to be reckoned wit
This was such a realistic romance that I could picture them as my neighbors. It's rare that I romances without farfetched drama and over the top miscommunications. Ox reminded me of my brothers and it endeared him to me because I got his devotion to his family as well as his lady love Emmie.
I also love the combination of books and tattoos!
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
What's the common denominator between a bookstore & tattoo shop - a bookseller & tattoo artist? INK! Can they coexist in the same space? In harmony? Maybe . . . If the parties involved can agree on some ground rules like keeping their relationship strictly business and their hands to themselves. Easy, right? Not when sparks are flying and desire threatens better judgment.

Ink is a sweet, low-angst contemporary romance. While it started off a bit slow for me, it was easy to feel the undeniable che
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
4.5 Stars!

When I read the blurb for Elizabeth Hunter's Ink: A Love Story on 7th and Main I could not get my hands on this fast enough. I absolutely love tattoo parlor and opposite attract novels as there is something so refreshing about two different people coming together who may not (at first glance) have alot in common but through HOT chemistry, kindness and friendship they eventually get together. I loved Emmie and Ox. He was so sexy and refreshing. I loved the Old town feel of Metlin and co
Amber’s reading
This book has everything that a romance reader and a book lover will adore - small town setting, a fabulous bookstore, and a hot tattooed hero. The town and bookstore were two of the best I’ve found in a book. I seriously want to move to Metlin and work at Ink.

This is the story that romance readers and book lovers fantasize about. The heroine Emmie goes back to her hometown to sell her grandmother’s bookstore after she’s passes away, but then decides to reopen the bookstore herself. Come on, wh
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans
“Ink” was a pleasant surprise and treat to read. I’ve shied away from contemporary romance; enventually, the conflicts seem to be repetitive and clichéd. This book avoided stereotypes and judgement. It was all about people pursuing dreams, taking chances, feeling responsibility, and falling in love. “Ink” is sweet and sexy. I want a bookworm-type t-shirt or find a place like Ink.

4 Solid Stars
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bookstore and tattoo parlor at the same place...and I was sold!!!
Amazing surprising cute read by new author for me.
Three and a half stars.

Emmie Elliott has come to her grandmother's home town of Metlin, California to sell her grandmother's bookstore. But at the eleventh hour she decides, for unfathomable reasons, not to return to her job (in a bookstore) in San Francisco but to update and re-open her grandmother's store. Since she's been away Metlin has started to become cool - apparently cool enough to hold at least three tattoo shops - with lots of hipster type shops opening up and an influx of hip, sexy p
Charli (charlithebookprincess)
This was my first Elizabeth Hunter book and it certainly won't be my last. Two things drew me into signing up for this book. 1. A book nerd who is reopening her grandmother's bookshop. 2. A sexy tattoo artist who is trying really hard not to notice how hot his new business partner looks.

The Story. It was light and fun and had me laughing all the way through. I truly adored all of the characters featured in this book because they were so relatable to me. There was a small town aspect to it, which
I've read tons of Hunter's PNR work but this is the first contemporary I've tried. This book was an adorable, easy read and just what I needed after an emotional book. It's a slow burning/opposites attract storyline. I especially enjoyed the setting and secondary characters. Hope there's more to come from this world.
Gina *loves sunshine*
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2019
I have absolutely no idea how this book ended up on my TBR - so I don't have much background to give on this author or any related books! It looks like she has written a lot of fantasy, which is not a genre I hmmm?

I will give the first 25% 3.5 stars. I really loved the concept of a book store owner and tattoo artist partnering up to open a combo store and try not to fall in love! I absolutely loved the small California town setting that bounced between small downtown locals and the ra
Catty Jane
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*** ARC Received for Honest Review ***

This is so going on my best of 2018 list! I live in California and have visited some small towns outside of San Franscisco and can completely picture this town. This is the type of book that makes you believe that every place in it exists, every person is real, and has you booking a trip ASAP.

I not only love the main characters Emmie and Ox, I love everyone (even Ox's "b" of an ex turns into some one I want to meet and check out her shop by the end of the bo
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed this book! Emmie is the cutest thing ever. She was so relatable and her character was so well created. I actually saw myself in her. She was so awesome yet she was flawed and that made her perfect.

Ox. He was so hot I wanted him. His love for his family and Emmie was so great to read about. I find that him being indecisive and losing his way made him annoying at times but it also made him real. His hang ups were things that people would have. His family and their expectatio
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love opposites attract and reading Ink was so much fun. What do you have when you cross a bookworm with a tattoo artist opening up a store together? You have some “let’s keep it professional” angst combined with a quirky fun store I want in my town!
I love that there was more than meets the eye with Emmie and Ox... both have more than meets the eye when it comes down to judging a book by its cover. Ox is a hard worker, most especially with his family and responsibilities at the ranch.
I enjoyed
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Up for pre-order...always happy to support a favorite indie author!!
Zilpha Owens
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first read for Elizabeth Hunter and I loved it. I can't wait for the follow up, Hooked, that unfortunately doesn't come out until 2019. But let me tell, Ink was fantastic. Emmie Elliot thought getting out of Metlin was what she wanted. She thought life would be better in the big city. She soon discovers after her grandmother passes, that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Miles Oxford comes into her life just when she needs it. He's completely her opposite. He's an unex ...more
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books world-wide. She is the

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