by J.B. Hartnett

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Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.
Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.

Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.

Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045279895
Publisher: J.B. Hartnett
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Series: Leaves , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,046,310
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A Southern California native, Julie is a fan of a really good story, really good pie and really good coffee. She lives with her husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Cole 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Louisa1 More than 1 year ago
COLE is the second instalment in The Leaves series and instantaneously picks up where Book 1, INKY left off. Like INKY, which sets up the melancholic journey of Anika’s process of dealing through the horrific events of her childhood and the new found love she finds within Cole, Book 2 follows the ever evolving journey of these two characters. After we are left on the horribly gut-wrenching cliff-hanger, COLE instantly catapults the reader into the new unfolding events that challenge these characters. The reader gains insight into Cole’s perspective as well as Anika’s this time around also which alternates throughout this kinetically paced instalment, creating a nice flow within the story. For those who are yet to read Book 1, INKY it is a stunning depiction of how love ensues even from heartbreak and how one love can lead you to the great true love that you can only hope to find. It is a stunningly poetic and artistic feast for your senses and a truly beautiful and unique story. The further development of these characters in COLE was poignant and stunning to watch unfold. J.B Hartnett has created two very broken and complex individuals who suffer with the burden of their pasts but their love is strong, yet continuously tested. Cole is quite simply the definition of male beauty and sexiness. He is one of the most gorgeous and passionate male characters. He is a man whose relentless love is pure and almost palpable, as is his determination to heal Anika and finally attain the life and happiness they both deserve. He is also beautifully broken, and just as afraid of the demons that still pervade his world. “Because your pain is my pain, Anika. I can’t take it away, but I’ll wear it with you.” Anika is a woman who is still slowly healing the deep wounds she has suffered from the devastating abuse and horrific torment from her past. She is a heroine you cannot help but feel a sense of deep empathy with. Her continuous strength and desire to achieve true happiness and contentment from the unconditional love she so deserves just emphasises how complex, yet delicate her character is. I loved the expressiveness of these characters, the way in which every element of their personas complemented each other and their relentless pursuit to find happiness and contentment in order to break free from their pasts. It is the intensity of their love that truly drew me in and consumed me though. When this book ended I was left feeling extremely bereft. With sore eyes, wet cheeks and achy thumbs from being glued to my kindle until 3am, I utterly devoured this book. There is no doubt you will develop a strong bond to these characters, as well as love for the new secondary characters who are introduced into the story (particularly David). The development and growth of existing characters we saw in INKY, was also well written and watching the growth of the relationship between Cole and his father was simply endearing. The author also sets up the much anticipated scene for Nico’s book. No doubt he will be another enigmatically beautiful and damaged character that will steal our hearts. J.B. Hartnett has created a book that was very emotional, filled with heartbreakingly painful situations, intense and endearing moments and scorching love scenes that ignite right off of the page. This is truly one of the most gorgeous and heartbreakingly gorgeous stories about two individuals who find solace, healing and an undeniable connection that allows them the power to love. It is the journey the author takes you on that is a stunningly poignant one that will leave you feeling a myriad of emotions but it is one that will also make you smile with its delicately weaved humour . I strongly recommend you read COLE and The Leaves series. 5 BEAUTIFUL Stars
countrygirlbookfri-ends More than 1 year ago
Finally! I can breathe again. I read the first book, Inky, and it ended with such a cliffhanger I was holding my breath until I could read this book and know what happened. There is so much action and suspense in this one. It is a bit scattered, things happen quickly and I had some trouble following the story and why things were happening. However, when it came to Anika and Cole’s relationship, there was nothing hard to follow there. This is such a great love story. You can feel the hurt that the two go through, and I loved reading about how they work it out. They have such an honest and beautiful relationship. Anika, who in Inky you learn has a dark past, has a wonderful relationship with Cole’s mother and works things out with his father. She also has people from her past come forward. Things work out for her and her family continues to grow. Her friend that you got to know in Inky, Ames, still plays a big part in her life and her husband Gus’s life. When you read this, you can feel the love that everyone has for Anika and it just gives you the “warm fuzzies”. Cole is so in love with Anika you can feel it down to your bones. He will do anything to keep her dark past from haunting her anymore. The connection that the two of them have is undeniable. They can feel each other and seem to know what each other are thinking. This was such an emotional read. I cried, I laughed and I swooned. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger like Inky did, but you can tell there could be more that may involve other characters. If I was to guess, I am thinking it will be about Rico, the tattoo artist that worked on Anika’s tattoo and Lark, someone you are introduced to in this story. I can’t wait to see what happens and I hope that Cole and Anika will still be in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right amoubt of everything. Perdectm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beauty from evil is very clear in this story. Beautiful words telling a story everyone can be touched by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful ending, to a heartbreaking, beautiful love story!!