Erryn reviews ‘Hard Ink (Get Ink’d Book 4)’ by Ali Lyda. The ebook was published October 18, 2020 and is 224 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Connor Brown. It was released November 17, 2020 and is 6 hrs and 14 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I wanted the next book in this intriguing series.
I don’t have the best history with older men.
When Mateo saw my last relationship implode, he was there to help. He saved me. Hopefully, self-defense lessons will keep me from getting hit again.
I can’t ask for more of my friend. Even dreaming of keeping him is wrong. But when my ex makes things difficult, Mateo steps up again.
I don’t want a protector, but maybe, it’s time to accept a little help. For the first time in my life, I want something real.
What will it cost to keep the man I’m falling for?
Bryan needs a protector. Those rich old guys that chase after him aren’t the answer. All I want is to keep him safe.
I want to watch him grow into the strong man I know he can be. Falling for him wasn’t the plan. But now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t let him go.
Sparks and ink fly in Hard Ink, a 60,000-word stand-alone m/m workplace romance between a tattoo artist and teacher Mateo and his student and co-worker Bryan.
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This series started a little rough for me but I’ve settled into the later books with enthusiasm, snapping them up as they’re released on audio. In Old Ink, Regan brought Bryan into the ink shop after Brian had served time in juvie. Bryan was jaded, to be sure, but wanting to start fresh. Regan and his shop offered him that chance.
That book ended where this one picks up – with Bryan being attacked. There’s a predator who is going after young men looking for sugar daddies – something we all wish wasn’t necessary, but sometimes young people need money fast and there are always older adults ready to exploit that need. Bryan has got himself entangled with one of these predators and can’t seem to extricate himself. Mateo comes to the rescue and Bryan is humiliated that he needs help at all.
Mateo understands second chances. He also served time in juvie and although he’s only twenty-seven, he’s already got a solid reputation in the ink community as well as teaching art at a community college. Bryan signs up for Mateo’s class which makes things really interesting – because the professor is very attracted to the student.
Now, at one point the plot hinges on Bryan moving in with Mateo for protection. I wasn’t convinced Bryan leaving his grandfather alone was safe, but sometimes plot devices don’t have to make sense. Bryan moves into Mateo’s home as his stalker continues his pursuit.
Then Mateo’s mother reappears after years of neglecting her son. As a drug addict, she was a terrible mother and now there might be a chance for reconciliation – but Mateo will have to let go of all the old hurts. Balancing that fragile relationship and a young lover proves too much. So the question was – would the two men be able to right their relationship or will Bryan’s immaturity prove to be too much?
The narrator for most of the books in this series is Connor Brown and I have to say he’s great. His voice suits the characters and his narration is unobtrusive as he tells the story. A story I enjoyed.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars