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(Inked Hearts #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,685 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Walker Williams is my f*ck buddy.
I get his inked arms.
I get his soft touch.
I get his massive ahem.

His offer was exactly what I needed. A casual arrangement. No feelings. No strings. No heartbreak.
Just the two of us playing.
At least, that was the plan.
But the troubled bad boy did more than make me c*me. He made me laugh. He tore down my walls. He showed me the beauty in t
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2018
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Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: college
3.5 Stars
Loved the first part of the book and then I don’t know what happened but I just started liking it. Also they had so much sex I had to start skimming it. Lol
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
After Tempting then finding out that Walker was going to get his own book, I was really excited. He was one of my favorite characters in the previous story and this one did not disappoint. I loved how Walker and Iris just meshed. Even from the start there was that pull with the two of them! Their banter and chemistry was amazing and I found myself really wanting more. These two were really broken souls for different reasons that just fit together to create a whole. Walker with his aversion to co ...more
Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️
Crystal Kaswell did not disappoint and exceeded my expectations by telling a love story I loved more than her rock star series!!! Definitely going to go back and read Tempting so I can get Brenden & Kaylee’s story from the start!!
Loved Walker & Iris’s story!! Looking forward to Ryan’s story!! March get here soon!!
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
3 1/2-4 stars

So after Tempting (the first book), I was hoping Walker would be a great book and it was going pretty well.

Walker- another tattoo parlor owner, self-described man whore, and friend of Brendon

Iris- college student, finding herself, and 3 months sober

Walker and Iris just meet and decide to be screw buddies. Walker has a history of his sister doing drugs and such and he wants nothing more to do with people that have an addiction. So he has no idea about Iris's past. But since they are
Lissa Hawley
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me a nervous wreck. All the typical Crystal Kaswell attributes apply, well written, full of steam, likable characters, but...

The hero failed me on this one. I feared it was coming, but I have been spoiled by some of Crystal's other too perfect to be true heroes.

Walker's actions were realistic, but to misquote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, I wanted the fairytale. He of course redeemed himself eventually, but I had a lot if stress and heartache along the way.

Definitely worth readin
Barrie Mac
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of books, over 200 a year. It don't give out a lot of 5, perfect ratings. But when I do, it means the book not only has good characters but it's well written. There is detail but not too much so that it's boring. The characters are enjoyable to read with their imperfections. This was definitely a 5! The writing was amazing and kept my attention throughout the book. Walker has never had a girlfriend and doesn't want to start now. Iris is pulling herself together, renewing herself, af ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crystal-kaswell
I received this book for Free to Give My True & Honest Review.

Oh god how I love Crystal Kaswell's work. How I love the way I get brought & hooked on to get characters. And Walker & Iris's characters just got me hanging with their connection, especially feeling for Iris' of needing to tell Walker her past history but the scared reaction to her/them even he hears especially AFTER she knows she's in love with him & the way he feels that his sister is actually going through the same
Shelly Celli
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I an definitely a lifelong fan of Crystal's, her work keeps getting better. This book is both heartbreaking and full of inspiration. With Iris being a recovering addict, she's afraid to tell anyone what she's going through. When Walker comes along, they decide to be friends with benefits of sorts, but the more time they spend together, the more they each fall. When things start getting serious, she tries to tell him, especially when things come out about his sister, but he won't hear it. When I ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Walker is drawn to Iris at a party at his friend's apartment. They share a night together and decide to keep "playing" without the relationship. Walker and Iris are each struggling with their own issues and without realizing it, help each other get through some rough times. These two characters are struggling with some heavy issues through out the story and seem to be drawn together even more so because of the issues.

I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was fantastic! Walker was a tattoo artist who enjoyed women but never wanted a commitment. When he met Iris at a party he knew he wanted her. Iris was running from her past. Trying to move on. When she sees Walker, she knew she wanted him. Two people both attracted to each other and both not wanting any commitments. As they spend time together will their feelings change? What happens when things in both of their past and present come to light? Will their relationship survive? ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
I was very lucky to get this ARC copy before it’s release. I already read Tempting from the Inked Hearts serie and loved it, and was very excited to get inside the mind of sexy and broody Walker.
I loved so many things about this book, from both main characters POV and the way their relationship evolve. I would love to read more about Walker and Iris. It’s also good to read about Walker’s friendships with his wor
Nicole Ortiz
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second story in the Inked Heart series but can be read as a standalone. The first book is called Tempting. I loved Walker and Iris's story. What starts out as f*ck buddies and turns out to something more as time goes by. Loved the storyline and the characters. The couple from the first story are mentioned but you don't need to read it first but it had me intrigued so I will have to read that one. When these two are together the chemistry is explosive. This story has hot and heavy sex ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read by Crystal Kaswell. They are usually light and sexy with good character development. I really liked Walker and Iris, but in this story they are both dealing with some dark deep issues which many face today. The issue of addiction is not handled lightly in the story, the issues that come along with it such as family and work issues are addressed. The story held me captive from the beginning until the end.
Logan Hr
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book had a good premise, but I felt like the characters used sex as an escape to their actual problems... I get it’s a friends with benefits kind of thing, but the sex was in every page of the book... barely any interaction outside of the bedroom.. and the lies were too obvious.. this book is more of a 3.5 to me
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Playing is the sweet story of Walker and Iris. Neither is looking for commitment but, that being said, Walker is becoming dissatisfied with his hit it and quit it lifestyle. After meeting at a party and spending the night together, Walker realises that Iris is someone he would like to spend more time with and they come to a friends with benefits arrangement. Despite telling themselves they're not dating, feelings start to creep in and soon they are falling for each other. However, both have thei ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wowza, this book was hot!! I was pleasantly
surprised at how much I loved this book.
Crystal Kaswell is a new author for me,
and I will definitely be reading her again.
I loved Walker and Iris individually and
together. They both had pasts that they
were dealing with, and I loved how
those paths crossed. They ignited when
they were together, and this book was
super hot. Now, Walker lost me a little
bit toward the end. I think he had put
Iris on a pedestal, and the times she
tried to be honest and open wi
Pelusa Rivera
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC at no cost to author..This was the first book I ever read from this author, and that actually shocked me, I am pretty sure this will not be my last. I was kind of upset with myself because even though this is a standalone it really is the second book to a series, so now I have to pick up the first one, no you will not miss anything I just like to reacquaint myself with all characters and it just enlightens me more. Anyhoo, I enjoyed their banter and chemistry and found myself wan ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another standout book by Crystal! Iris and Walker both start adamant they want something fun and easy that's not a real relationship. It turns into so much more. Both have their imperfections but that makes them so much more relatable. Their chemistry and banter are amazing. You can see they are just meant to be together if they both can work though their pasts and accept each other. This was a great 2nd installment in the inked series. You get all the characters you loved in Tempting a ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

I loved the story and the characters! My only downside was there was actually too many sex scenes for me. Which is crazy because I love me a steamy book. But besides that I really enjoyed this book. Love that the friends are so involved as well. Looking forward the the next book.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Very sweet book. I'm kicking myself for not picking up this as ARC. I know at the time I wouldn't have taken my time to read the way it thoroughly. A little emotional at times in story. A great subject matter.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent, Not Great

I had a really hard time figuring out what to rate this book; 3 or 4? If possible I’d have given it 3.5.

This is why:
I liked the plot and the problems this book attacks but I never really felt it hit my emotionally.
I didn’t feel like I had to keep reading it in that I’ll-go-mad-if-I-don’t-know-what-happens-next way. Neither did I like the text’s format; I more than once thought “what has this author against solid text?”

All in all, though I actually liked the characters, I didn’
Sarah Kirk
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute story of two people that think they can pull off just playing and having fun. Walker and Iris have pasts that bring baggage with them as their fun develops into more. I really enjoyed how the characters vulnerabilities were so relatable and tenderly written. You will definitely fall head over heels for these two.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Wow! This book made me laugh, feel antsy and cry but the ending made me so happy. This has to be my favorite book by Crystal Kaswell so far! I love that her writing just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Ryan's story next.... or just anything Crystal writes.
I received an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Heather andrews
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Walker's girl is always up for broadening her horizons, "she looks to me and cocks a brow. "I suppose a hands-on lesson is better than a recipe." Her gaze trails over my chest, stomach, crotch. "And later…" Walker doesn't mind laying on the guilt trip, "I'll clean up after." I set my cell on the windowsill. "Unless you don't want me to pin you to that wall." She shakes her head. "You don't want to come on my ***k?" I liked this book, I loved Walker.
Walker Williams me oh my! What a sexy sexy man. He knew what he wanted and Iris was just that. While they were ok with just having fun, but feeling got involved and the next thing you know, you fall in love. Iris tried really hard not to love him but he was just too irresistible.

I was super excited to read this book as I enjoyed Tempting. But I am more excited for the next book. I really want Dean or Ryan's book, but I'll take any at this point. Crystal Kaswell now has me as a lifelong fan.
Le Ann Foster
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions**

I gave this book 4 stars!!

We meet Walker in Tempting as a secondary character and now we are getting his story and WOW what a story he has to tell. I loved Brandon in Tempting but I think that Walker has become my new book boyfriend out of this group. Walker is another tattoo artist and owner. When he goes to a party he wants to do what he normally does and "Hook Up" with someone for the night. That night he hooks up with a girl named Iris. Iris is a ps
Alex ♈
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jessica Graham
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Walker and Lilly book is sweet as pie but strong as an espresso shot. You have your really sweet moments, when they cannot get enough of one another. They always want to be in each other company, and they’re touching one another whenever they can.

Then you have the espresso shot moment. You know what I’m talking about when I say that? I’m talking about when it’s a strong but bitter taste that wakes you up. Yes that moment when you drink espresso shot. That is the strong moment that I speak of wh
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More Than a Game

Playing is the second book in the Inked Heart series. Inked Hearts is a high end tattoo parlor owned by 4 hot male tattoo artists. This is the standalone story of one of them, Walker Williams.

Walker meets Iris, a doctoral psychology student, at a mutual friend's party and the two hook up. Although Walker is a slut, who regularly hooks up, it's a first for Iris, who has only been with men she is involved with (and although not quite clear, that may have only been one previous man)
Michelle Austin
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Playing was a great 5 star read.

Walker and Iris meet at a party that they both dont really want to be at. So Iris invites the hot as sin Walker back to her place, after their hot and steamy evening they decide to become “shag pals”. Neither one of them are looking for commitments and this seems like the best solution for them. No dates, no flowers, no romance.

Iris has a secret that she is keeping from Walker, only because the last person she told didn’t wa
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Crystal Kaswell is the author of the Sinful Serenade series. She writes steamy new adult romance with flawed characters. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.

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Inked Hearts (5 books)
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