Title: Temporary (Indelibly Marked #2)
Published Date: August 8th 2014
(Available Now on Amazon)
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
After a year spent secretly hooking up with his best friend’s baby sister, a tattoo artist who believes only ink is permanent must decide if his love is temporary.
In a temporary world only tattoos are permanent…
Content, consistent and calm described Ivan Harlow’s life to a tee. Satisfied with being a artist at the world-famous Permanent Tattoo, playing the role of eternal side-kick, and of course, hooking up with his best friend’s baby sister, his days are predictable and fun, and nothing has to change. With his live story permanently embedded in his skin, he still can’t help but feel anything he dares to love will only be temporary.
All Emily Elliott wants are some big changes in her life. She wants to make it big in the world makeup, needs to show her three big brothers she is all grown up, and dreams of truly being with Ivan, the man she was wanted since she was seven years old.
However, when the fate of the tattoo shop is put into Ivan and Emily’s hands, they must not only work together outside of the bedroom, but face their own personal truths, and figure out what is permanent, what is temporary and where love fits.
Temporary is Book Two in the Indelibly Marked Series that revolves around the lives and loves of the Elliott Family and Permanent Tattoo. Each full-length book can be read as a stand alone, and features its own couple.
In this second book in the Indelibly Marked Series by Kim Carmichael you read the story of Ivan and Emily. It is a standalone novel but I would recommend that you read the first book as it may help you understand relationships and the characters. Even if you do not read book one, you’ll get the idea of who’s who in this book as you read along.
I tried to fully enjoy and appreciate the story, but parts of the story fell flat for me. I enjoyed the plot twists and turns, but there were parts of the book that for me did not make sense and I had trouble following where the story was going. Emily started out as a character that I liked, but as the story progressed, I felt that she wasn’t growing or developing at all. She never communicated to Ivan what she wanted out of a relationship with him or asks what he wanted. They seemed to go in circles around the fact that both of them wanted the same thing: to be in a permanent relationship with each other. Ivan is a great guy. I think that he was well developed because he does eventually figure out what he wants and he changes the way he acts in order to show Emily that he does love her. Ivan does however make a lot of mistakes that just felt like fillers to me. I don’t think he needed to have jumped into the middle of Emily’s dinner date with another guy when he never expressed to her that he wants to be with her.
I mentioned the plot earlier, and I like where the author went with it. It wasn’t your typical love story where the guy tries to get the girl and the girl tries to make him jealous. There was an incident at the tattoo shop that made both Ivan and Emily figure out how to work professionally together and try to manage their feelings. This problem at the shop I think helped Ivan more than Emily because he was able to start growing when Emily ended things at the start. It allowed him to chance to see that Emily isn’t just his best friends’ baby sister but a fully grown woman who’s capable of anything. It also allows him to see that together they work well, not just professionally but he starts to see Emily as the woman he wants to spend forever with. I was, however, disappointed in the antagonist who created the problem. I was expecting more from that character and was let down a bit. How that situation was written fell short of what I was hoping for.
I was happy with the ending of the book since there was no cliffhanger. I won’t tell you what happens but I was very pleased with how the author ended the story of Ivan and Emily. If you’re curious to know what happens, think about picking up a copy today.
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