Release Date: September 25, 2017 Publisher: Swoon Romance
She was a disruption he never wanted.
He was everything she distrusted.
Klayton Caldwell owns a tattoo shop in Denver, Colorado, and has seen just about everything and met just about every kind of person. And they all have one thing in common. Ink.
He isn’t complicated. What you see is what you get. Sex? Always. Relationships? Never. Pleasantries? He doesn’t do that either. Those who can’t handle his mouth get inked elsewhere. Klayton holds everyone at a distance, even his friends. He doesn’t do “close.”
Until Madison ends up in his tattoo parlor, broken, afraid and alone. There’s something about her, and almost immediately, Klayton’s guard drops. Now, everything he knows about himself changes as his life begins to unravel.
Twenty-year-old Madison Hart’s future was taken from her the moment she was abducted from her college campus and held captive by a sicko. After escaping, she flees, running into a stranger. A stranger who shares a similar past. Someone who might be able to help her heal. If she’ll let him.
Madi comes into Klayton’s life like a storm. She’s beautiful. Pitiful. Dangerous. Her pain runs deep enough that she may never be able to talk about what she’s experienced. Her refusal to talk takes a level of patience Klayton’s not sure he has.
He must navigate her broken pieces by changing everything he is. Who he’s been all these years won’t work anymore. But Madi fights him, she fights herself. She fights the madness.
She refuses to talk. He can’t control his mouth. She doesn’t want to be touched. He can’t help himself. They don’t want love. Inside this storm, is a love so mad it might destroy them both.
MAD LOVE is book 1 in the Guns & Ink series from Shana Vanterpool. Look for the rest of the Guns & Ink series coming soon from Swoon Romance.
Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.
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Fabulous cover on this one. Perfect representation of the hero. Excellent composition and title work as well.
I LOVED this book. It was VERY nearly a 5 Star read for me. The only thing that stopped it from being perfect was the “Lynda” stuff. I don’t think him hooking up twice with her after meeting the heroine added a single thing to the story and did take away from the romance for me. But honestly, it was just a little niggle in an otherwise phenomenal book.
The writing was fantastic. The pace was great. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. This is not a book filled with sex due to the heroine having been held captive a raped and that was all right by me. It felt real and authentic and heartbreaking. There was only one major secondary character (CAT), and I LOVED her and can’t wait to see her get her HEA in the next book (please let it be with BRANDO). Both main characters were PERFECT. Watching Klayton struggle and fall in love with Madison was a joy to experience. He starts off as a bit of a douche, but you will soon be wanting to hug the stuffing out of his cranky ass. Madison broke my heart. I loved her spirit. My heart broke for her so many times. This couple will captivate you from page one and hold your heart in their hands right up to the end. And the final chapter, well that will have you smiling like a loon.
Not much more to say really. It was fantastic, and it gets two HUGE thumbs up from yours truly!