Inked Hearts

Inked Hearts

by Lindsay Detwiler


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Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler

“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure. That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”

Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.

But then she meets Jesse.

A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.

When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925655087
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication date: 10/21/2017
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 641,187
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Inked Hearts (Lines in the Sand, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 5 hours ago
A unique love story. Two broken souls merge and complete each other. A nice book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first novel by this author. This a sweet and loving story of two broken individuals burned by love. I enjoyed it. A few spots felt rushed but otherwise an enjoyable quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Characters were believable. Story was a gentle love story with a few twists. Enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have had the opportunity to read from Lindsay Detwiler. I feel this book was not a typical romance book but a breath of fresh air. Life had not been easy for neither Jesse or Avery. They found each other when neither one was looking. While spending time and enjoying each other, they found dealing with life's issues my easier together. I enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to reading the next one in the series
BBBGirlsBlog More than 1 year ago
Avery moved to a new state to start again. Not expecting to find love again. Avery and Jesse find a second chance at love with each other after both having their hearts broken by other people. Avery is a strong woman. She doesn't want to be defined by a man. She is brave to defy her parents, leave a nice job, and strike out on her own. She doesn't NEED Jesse but he complements her and you can't get much better than that! Highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down because I connected with the characters and wanted to know what happened with Avery! Reviewed by: Alexis B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to finish reading. I kept thinking it would get better but it didnt.
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Detwiler's "Inked Hearts" is the first tale in the Lines in the Sand series. Avery has been through a rough marriage and a divorce. Jesse has had a rough past too. He's such a hottie! This is a sweet love story, with mostly closed door sexy scenes. You can feel the chemistry between Avery and Jesse - it's palpable. I have been wanting to read this author for a while now and I was not disappointed.
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
Avery is such an amazing character, she is coming to terms with something I cannot even fathom happening to me. While in the beginning it seems to her family and maybe even to herself that she is going off the rails insane, I think she is unbelievably brave. She is stepping outside her comfort zone…WAY out. That is something I don’t like to do myself, let alone by myself. Of course she takes her dog Henry with her! I loved the addition of Henry in this book.. You will have to look at the picture below of Lindsay’s Henry because that is who this dog is to look like. Avery continues to grow and evolve as a character throughout the book. While she does have set backs throughout the book, she grows from them. I enjoyed the family she made for herself in Ocean City, from her roommate to her new work friends. Everyone she decided was in her close circle was a perfect fit for her. I loved the fierceness that they showed in protecting her and the loyalty they showed to one another. Jesse is a tattoo artist with a complicated past of his own and is not looking for a relationship. While you really think Jesse has it together most of the book with his tattoo parlor and his normal beachy life, he actually has a lot of evolving to do. The more he is around Avery the more you see a different side of him. The thing I really, really like about Jesse is that he is real. There is no macho bull crap, he is just honest and open with everything. He is always lifting her up and be totally supportive. I really enjoy how he just went with the flow with everything. He seemed to fit right in with Avery’s friends and didn’t push when she needed time. The scenes with his dog and her dog were adorable and hilarious! There is this thing when you read a Lindsay Detwiler book, you are reading real characters… they are real people. They have real faults.. they fall down… they spill things on themselves… they make fools of themselves. You laugh with them, you cry with them, you smile with them. Her characters become your people…. You are guaranteed true slow burn romance with her. I enjoy this so much because, especially in this book the main character needed to mainly find herself before she found anything in a man. I feel like with slow burn you get so much more from the characters than all of the sexy times….
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: He, like the elderly women, is also wearing rather tight yoga pants—except his are leopard print. To go with his leopard print pants, he’s picked out a black muscle tank that is leaving very little to the imagination—not that I would have really wanted to imagine his hairy chest anyway. I try not to stare at his pecs, nipples out and all, as I offer a polite grin. I don’t say anything, not really sure how to respond to a man twice my age who has just used the word “electrifying.” Jodie exhales with a little snort… Yoga is not only an epic disaster. It’s going to be epically disturbing. Oh my God, you’re reprehensible. Both of you. What, are you both a hundred? You do know that at an adult sleepover, you’re not actually supposed to sleep, right? I’ve never been the woman from the movies—the one who walks seductively in her dress that clings in all the right places, her eyes screaming confidence and sexual energy. I’m usually the girl who walks like a clomping goat in high heels and who has no sense of fashion. I’m the kind of girl who can’t pull off the serious photo face, and usually ends up looking constipated. My Review: Inked Hearts provided a realistic premise with real-life issues, an engaging storyline, and adorable and endearing characters. The story developed gradually, as did the character’s confidence and new sense of identity after hitting reset and starting over at age twenty-eight. This was a character-driven story, which I tend to savor and the talented Ms. Detwiler does so very well. I appreciated the lack of contrived conflict and formulaic tropes. The story was easy to follow, relevant, entertaining, inspiring, and could very well be happening in any community. Avery thought her marriage was forever and solid - until she found out in the most humiliating and humbling manner possible that it wasn’t. There are few among us that after suffering a major set-back have not had the urge to remake ourselves and start afresh, where no one knows of your background, teenaged escapades, family shame, school struggles, unsightly acne, choice of prom date, childhood embarrassments, etc. I did it and highly recommend it, the only problem being that you have to bring yourself along, damn - there is always a catch… Avery quit her job, packed up her car and massive dog, ditched her pencil skirts and kitten-heeled shoes, found a roommate and apartment online, fled the controlling strings of her uptight family, and moved a state away with only a few other rather sketchy personal plans. Pretty brave stuff. I enjoyed watching Avery gradually open herself up to change, take risks, battle her self-doubt, silence the voice of her ex-husband in her head, and begin to blossom and finally realize she has found her footing. Avery fell into and navigated through alternative routes she would have least expected and were as surprising to her as her newfound love of fried pickles; which is a dish I must now track down and sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning starts out with a bang of broken hearts and cause for a change for Avery. Her mastiff, Henry, manages to keep her afloat when she just wants to drown. "One hundred miles until I start fresh with new people, with a new town, with a new life. Only Henry knows my past, and I don’t think he’s telling anyone anything." The breathe of fresh air does wonders for her. However it is a certain someone who is a game changer... "With him, I want to be me but braver. With him, I have more fun. With him, I feel like I’m exactly who I’m supposed to be." I seriously need a Jesse. Gah swoon! He makes you wish for a fairytale for them both. "Love isn’t always permanent, and the ink can fade." I think may favorite part of this novel is that the message the reader gets from these words.... Hope.... It must be said that fried pickles make this novel stand out!! Review by Reckless Readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With hopes of a new beginning, Avery Johannas jumps in her car and moves hundreds of miles away. Of course her enormous Mastiff Henry goes with her. Moving to a new town, new job and a meeting a new roommate can be very exhausting and exciting at the same time. What she didn’t expect was to meet the man of her dreams, Jesse. Avery went from her boring life as an Accountant to having fun times at the Ocean with Avery & Jesse. The writing style of this book keeps your interest and definitely wanting a second book with these characters. Love the detailed writing and humorous style. I hope for many more books from this Author.
Jennifer_e911 More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a woman's quest to find herself after a divorce leaves her disillusioned by the concept of love and marriage. She moves away from home with nothing more than what she can fit inside her car, away from everything she has ever known and loved. On this quest, she makes some great friends, who help her open herself up to new possibilities, and a new life. This is a new to me author, and I really enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of books on the market today, this is not a book for someone looking for an insta-love connection. This isn't a book with a lot of drama. There is a slow, sweet build to a relationship between the main characters, and the book is more about empowerment and strength of character. I think this is the kind of book that will stick with you, more so than others, because there is actual meaning behind the words. It's a beautiful story about love, possibilities, and new beginnings. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.