Draw Me In: A Novel

Draw Me In: A Novel

by Regina Cole

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In Regina Cole’s steamy novel of hot ink and delicious angst, two tortured artists take a leap of faith—but the past threatens to tear them apart.
After her parents pull the plug on her college fund to finance their nasty divorce, Hailey Jakes is desperate to pay her own way and finish her degree in graphic design. She can hardly believe her luck when the sexiest guy she’s ever seen hires her to be the receptionist at his tattoo shop. With sea-blue eyes, jet-black hair, and full sleeves of tattoos on his muscular arms, Neill Vanderhaven looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. In fact, he’s mesmerized by her—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talented as hell.
But Hailey and Neill have more in common than instant chemistry: They’re both carrying serious baggage. Hailey’s parents split after years of blowout fights and sloppy affairs. Neill just got out of something serious with a woman who loved her bad habits more than she loved him. When they take the plunge on a new relationship, they’re both breaking their own rules.
But then a terrible misunderstanding brings Neill’s worst fears to life, and their connection threatens to come crashing down. What they have is more than skin-deep, but now Hailey and Neill need to decide whether the kind of love that lasts forever is worth such exquisite pain.

Praise for Draw Me In
“A sweet but intense New Adult story . . . Regina Cole drew me in from page 1 with great writing and believable characters. Swoon-worthy Neill makes you want to run to your nearest tattoo shop: definite book boyfriend material.”—Sidney Halston, USA Today bestselling author of Full Contact

“A true love story . . . Draw Me In is filled with sweet, steamy and sometimes heartbreaking moments that will have you rooting for Hailey and Neill from beginning to end.”—Renita Pizzitola, author of Just a Little Crush

“I loved every second of this book and I would definitely recommend it to contemporary romance readers!”—Between the Lines
“If you like some drama, angst, and complications in your romance, this book will make you very happy!”—Crazy Four Books
“Outstanding . . . filled with fun characters.”—Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs

“I loved this book and I loved how Hailey grew into her own skin. . . . It was so amazing to see her transform.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553393743
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 346,334
File size: 651 KB

About the Author

Regina Cole, lover of manly muscled arms, chest hair, and mini-marshmallows, has been reading romance since her early teens. When she’s not frantically pounding away at the keyboard, she can be found fishing with her family, playing with her dogs, trying out strange new recipes, or snuggling with her hubby. She also writes as Gina Lamm.

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Draw Me In 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JoannaDursi 9 days ago
(3-3.5 stars) I thought the premise was promising. Girl gets job to stay in school & falls for her hot new boss. These two have been broken in different ways , so I could see why they were closed off to a point but often found these two to be too childish for my liking. The sub plot was alright. I really dislike when characters fall for each other and the readers don’t get to be in on the conversations they’ve had. It lacks the connection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely fluff reading. The characters are underdeveloped, the plot muddy and uninteresting, and the ending completely predictable. The male lead is insecure, clingy, and desperate. The female lead is dependent, irresponsible, and weak. I expected a stronger male lead and though I understand where the author was going, this was shameful. I could not connect with the female lead and found her dreadfully annoying. There are several holes in the story and I was most upset by the ending. I will not be reading anything else by this author and I sincerely wish I could get a refund for this book.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. I thought Hailey and Neill were good together, and I like the setting of the tattoo shop, but some of Neill's actions were a bit alarming; I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't go into it, but when Neill did these things, I would have liked more development into the resolution of these problems. Also, some of the language choices were too stereotypical, some of the terms Hailey used seemed odd for her to say, and they took me away from the story.. There was a mystery element that I was glad for because not too much happens in this book; it's mainly about Hailey and Neill figuring out what they are to each other. There's also a whole crazy ex storyline, and I was a mixture of happy and not happy that it didn't play more into the story; I think it would have added another layer to the story, but the character of the ex would have really annoyed me. I also would have liked more depth to the characters, but as a fan of NA novels I still really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested till the end, and I would like to read more books with these characters, so I'm hoping there will be more books.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Hailey is the college sophmore in desperate need of a job after a shocking phone call from her father informing her that her mother left him and she filed for divorce. Neill, the owner of Sinful Skin tattoo shop and tattoo artist hires her because he thinks she's hot and they need a receptionist fast. Both have too much baggage between them to dive right into anything. The instant attraction between the two was there but it was a slow process. Getting to know each first before diving into more. There's a lot internal dialogue for Hailey and Neill and I think this space could have been put to better use. What I liked most about the book were the supporting characters of Sinful Skin and that the troubles Neill and Hailey had were relatable to an extent for some readers. The ending of the story is somewhat disappointing. There was so much potential with this situation to create even more turmoil and make this an even better story. It didn't seem like Hailey was too worried until she got the envelope. Then things went really fast and it was over before you know it. We got snippets of what happened after the arrest and the only thing we learned about Hailey was her living situation. I would have liked to have read more about her and Neill's relationship in the Epilogue and maybe some after effects of the situation. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
psee More than 1 year ago
Wanted more from this story I really came to this story with high expectations. Seriously, college art student taking religious classes ends up working alongside a sexy tatted up stud who just happens to be part owner of the tattoo shop. Normally any story with a tattoo artist tends to be steamy due to the bad boy persona. Neil, had the makings of a bad boy but his actions just didn't come through. Hailey made for a decent heroine, after all, she wanted Neil and she went for it. I don't think she over dramatized her situation with her parents considering her mom fell off the face of the earth and her cheating father was demanding her return home. She did annoy me with how lax she was with her studies though I can see how something like that could really happen. It was almost as if the tattoo shop was an escape from her reality, and of course it gave her more time around Neil. My issues with the story started with the wishy washy behavior of the hero. I get he was hurt and he had a messed up past, but really, you would think he would have welcomed some sort of relationship. And why, when they did hook up did he expect her to totally commit and want a full on relationship. Further, why did Karl discourage him only to later give him a hard time for messing up. Way too confusing and honestly way too much drama with Hailey's crazy adviser. That was just a little too much for me. Thankfully, Hailey didn't spend weeks harboring ill feelings toward Neil which allowed us to get to the HEA. Unfortunately by that time, I was too disenchanted with the story to fully enjoy it. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2.5 - "You're tougher than you think." Stars. A book with some romance and a little drama, mainly set in and around a tattoo parlour, is pretty much my idea of reading heaven, so when I saw Draw Me In pop up on Netgalley, I had no hesitation in requesting it. "You've had some heavy s**t go down before. That can be hard, but you've got two choices - lay dead in the past, or run toward your life." The premise, and the characters all showed promise in the beginning, but as the book developed everything of importance just felt like it was being skimmed over, there was never really any deeper development into alot of what I would class as major things, like Hailey's parents separation, the struggle she would have without their financial support to name a couple... there are more but it would mean giving off spoilers and I am not going to do that on this occasion. The total un-believability of the whole situation she was in was difficult to get past as well because her thoughts, actions and general personality do not make you think this is a girl who would just slip into working in a Tattoo Parlour, with ease and confidence, hell I don't even think she is the sort of girl who would even think to look for work in a Tattoo Parlour at all. Neill was more pre-menstrual than Hailey was for most of the book, the whole 'I am your boss we should not do this' scenario played out more times than I felt was needed, added to all his hang-ups about his ex, it all got a bit repetitive and dragged out. Unfortunately, his whole inner monologue a lot of the time was more horny-confused-teen, than his supposed 24 years. The whole Sinful Skin Tattoos scenario, and the rest of the staff were all a little too clean-cut and cheerful as well, even with their ink and piercings. As I said there is potential here, the in-depth look at tattooing as a whole is well researched and really informative, I liked the parts where Neill was teaching Hailey the mastery of it all. Sadly, as a whole the story just didn't quite come together for me. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
JeyCeeSz More than 1 year ago
While certainly a fine read, Draw Me In is nowhere near great. A story that progresses nicely and full of angst and a little pointless drama is rushed in the end, leaving a bad aftertaste. In this new adult romance, Hailey Jakes has to find a way to put herself through college since her parents are using the money to finance a nasty divorce; so Hailey sets out to find a job and ends up as the brand new receptionist at Neill Vanderhaven’s tattoo shop. Both carrying the burden of the past, they take a leap of faith into a relationship that due to a huge misunderstanding and a little of foul play can destroy whatever they build. First of all, I’ll give the credit where credit is earned: Ms. Cole’s writing is great and the editing is good. Both things are exactly what make this book. The story was well constructed, even if a little rushed in the end, but grew nicely throughout the pages. The plot is also somewhat good, in spite of some being rushed it comes across as a good romance. On the other hand, the characters were lacking strength and it made making a connection to them a little hard at times. Neill didn’t give off the vibe of damaged tattoo artist and it didn’t feel in accord to his background story. The relationship between the main characters develops slowly, which is good; but also there’s the insta-love factor in their internal rants that detracts originality. As a result we get a good book worth reading with a lot of unexploited potential, but good enough that I’d recommend reading to fans of angsty romance
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An interesting read. The premise of the book is great but it left me wanting so much more from the story. The heroine Hailey was a bit too whiny and cried way too much for me. She cared way too much what others thought. And the hero Neill needed to make a decision and go for it. For a tatted up, Harley riding dude, he was just a bit to wishy washy to believe. Overall not a bad read but left me a bit frustrated because the story had so much potential to be great.