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Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
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**4 stars**

Passion and Ink continues the Sweetest Taboo series with Jude, the brother of Knox (I love him so much <3) and fellow tattoo artist.

Jude is dealing with living under the shadow of his brother's reputation as an MMA fighter and tattoo artist. He wants to make a name for himself, but that's hard to do when you're carrying around as much baggage as poor Jude.

Needing to blow off some steam after a stressful week, Jude notices a gorgeous new waitress - Ro - at his regular hang out and the physical attraction is so tangible between them you can almost taste it!

One thing leads to another - holy hotness, grab a fan! - and they spend a hot night together. What they don't realize is that Ro is really Cypress, Jude's step-sister who he hasn't seen in more than a decade.

The chemistry is still magnetic and they have to fight their attraction or it will rip their family apart. I love this taboo series and the family dynamic! You get to see a little of Knox and Eden from Sin & Ink the first book in the Sweetest Taboo series.

Both characters have their fair share of baggage. It was just a lot going on. If the book was longer and some elements were able to be fleshed out more, I would have been all for it.

Another reason why I only gave this book 4 stars was I felt that Jude and Cypress could have used some more down time. I would have preferred to witness them getting to know each other rather than Jude spouting off all of the things he learned about Cypress over the course of a few weeks. I'm a sucker for the small moments and I think that this book could have used more of them to sell me more on their relationship beyond the physical.
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Reading Progress

January 25, 2019 – Started Reading
January 25, 2019 – Shelved
January 25, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
January 25, 2019 – Shelved as: angsty-romance
January 25, 2019 – Shelved as: broody-hero-romance
January 25, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-reads
January 25, 2019 – Shelved as: taboo-romance
January 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

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