Passion and Ink

Passion and Ink

by Naima Simone

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ISBN-13: 9781640636996
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Series: Sweetest Taboo , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,098
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Naima Simone's love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown, and Linda Howard many years ago. Well, not that many. She is only eighteen...ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading, and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights—creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bulletproof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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Passion and Ink 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 7 hours ago
Great storyline. The sex was off the wall, but watching them both grow was better. Both had a lot they needed to work through and they did to b together. Loved the ending,
ReadingInPajamas 1 days ago
Review: PASSION AND INK (Sweetest Taboo Book 2) by Naima Simone Publication Date: February 18, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars This is a smoking hot erotic romance that still manages to portray feelings and barriers. I do wish there was more talking and less of the long-winded descriptor sentences. I enjoyed the interaction with the characters, including secondary ones. The problems this couples faced was not because of their step-sibling status, but because their parents are weak and ridiculous, yet manage to have damaged them both. I’m glad they found the strength together to overcome that foolishness. The drama wrapped up rather quickly, but that can be forgiven since it is a shorter novel. I did not feel cheated. I liked it and look forward to the next. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
MaBiche 4 days ago
Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow! Passion and Ink is my favorite of the series so far. Hot but tender. Angsty but not dreary. Deep and nuanced. Dirty and oh. so. sweet. All elements of the story are balanced. Jude and Cypress are both immensely likable and relatable. Two people with lots of baggage between them yet they dealt with their problems individually and with support from the other. They're mature characters who face their crises head-on, who express their wants and needs, who act with a purpose. I liked that the push and pull wasn't severe. I appreciated that the side characters added depth to the story. Some initiated the conflicts, others provided the light relief. I loved that hard topics like sexual harassment in the workplace and mental health issues are addressed with sensitivity and compassion. I loved that friendship and family are at the core of the story. Finally, I absolutely believed in the transition from lust to love between Jude and Cypress. Superb writing. Definitely a contender for one of my Top 19 of 2019. I can't wait for Simon's story!
moonfox1234 4 days ago
This is another wonderful book in this series. This can totally be read as a standalone read. However, in my opinion, you should read book one because of the strong ties between the two and honestly, Sin and Ink was incredible! There is a deep, powerful history that fuels the characters and the storyline and reading both books and in order will enrich your reading pleasure and give you more insight into the characters. This forbidden romance focuses on the romance between stepsiblings, Jude and Cypress. I myself truly didn't get too much of a forbidden vibe from the story; except in the loosest sense. Although these two interacted a little bit when they were younger, they never really shared that familial bond or sentiment. The storyline is filled with seething emotions, tensions, turmoil and drama. The attraction between this couple is instantaneous and sizzling. Their scenes are scorching but always with a simmering underlayer of emotion underneath. Both these characters were wounded and yet strong. Stronger than they ever thought they were. I loved that Cypress could make Jude see that he wasn't responsible for everyone else's secrets and choices and it was heart melting to watch Jude convince Cypress that true love is not a weakness but a strength. A very beautiful romance with plenty of heart and heat.
BookReview4you 4 days ago
Passion and Ink by Naima Simone is book Two in the Sweetest Taboo Series. This is the story of Cypress and Jude. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Cypress and Jude are both having family and career issues along with other bad baggage. They come together for one hot night of no promises and just need. But things are so easy because they feel more than just that night but a relationship would be somewhat taboo since they are step-brother/sisters. But together they pull each other together to make them whole. Exciting hot read!!!
kbsroberts5 4 days ago
Passion and Ink is book 2 in the Sweetest Taboo series and since I loved the first book, I was really looking forward to the second book. Jude and Cypress are supposed to have just one night together and then go their separate ways. That's not easy for either of them to do when they can't get that night off there minds, and of course there's the fact that they are kind of related. ' Jude and Cypress''s relationship is a little forbidden as they are step siblings, but it's also intensely hot and hard to not pursue for the both of them. Their journey to happiness is not an easy one with family bonds being tested along with Jude and Cypress having personal issues of their own to work through. If you're looking for a romance full of heart, with passion that's off the charts then you will want to pick up Passion and Ink.
LynnB888 5 days ago
Explosive chemistry, broken souls and glorious redemption! With the next book in the Sweetest Taboo series, we step into the familiar Gordon family's world. In the first book, we met hardened brother Knox, and the story continues now with Jude's story. I recommend reading SIN AND INK first even though they are both stand alones just because you'll get a greater appreciation of the family nuances if you do. Jude and Cypress were a great second book and I enjoyed their story a lot! Cypress Winters has had just about as much of "life" as she can take. She lost the high paying job that she had worked hard for just for having the nerve to stand up for herself, her mom is sick and running up hospital bills left and right, and now she finds herself serving drinks to grabby jerks in a dive bar just to survive the best she can. She needs an outlet for this frustration or she's going to explode! Jude Gordon has a bit of his own pent up energy to burn, and when he sets eyes on Cypress, he can't leave until he makes her his. One night of fun, that's what they agree to. Only there's just one little thing that neither of them realized ... they are step-siblings and their parents are going to flip out!
Rainn2978 5 days ago
This is book 2 in the Sweetest Taboo series and can absolutely be read as a stand alone although I recommend the first book as well just because it is a really good read. This one is about his brother Jude and Cypress. Jude and Cypress meet one night in a bar and have a one night stand, not realizing exactly who they are to each other until later as they had seen each other in over a decade. But this also leads to conflict not only for them but for their combined families. Along with the conflicts they are both already facing. I really liked this one! They both have issues that they are trying to overcome while at the same time trying to just figure out what they need and want in their lives. Throwing in the family dynamics and having that hit close to home also drew me in and made me want to read more. The only thing that drew me back and made not give this one 5 stars is Cypress could have stayed in the town she was already in and found another position instead of completely uprooting herself and starting over. And I really don't like Jude's mom. She definitely get's on my very last nerve! But I think that is part of the family dynamic and she is that way in order to explain why they are the way they are. On a whole though, it is definitely a great read!
Kindle_Loving_Mom 5 days ago
This book was very emotional and poignant. It's about rising above the lessons you were taught in childhood, and embracing your own life, flaws, hurts, happiness, and all. It's about forgiveness, and loyalty, loss, and going after what you want, regardless of the consequences. It was so good. Jude Gordon is an amazing tattoo artist, but he's always felt as though he was in his older brother Knox's shadow. Knox was a famous MMA fighter, and now he owns the tattoo shop that Jude works in. His family has been in turmoil since Knox and Eden got together in book 1. Eden was their dead brother's wife, and Knox and Jude's mother, Katherine, can't forgive them for getting together. It's left Jude holding all the pieces and trying desperately to keep them together, as he's done since his father died. He needs a break, even just for one night. Cypress Winters needs a break. She left her job 3 months ago after a horrible workplace sexual harassment episode left her unable and unwilling to deal with the fallout. Also, her mother had a heart attack, so she packed everything she could and drove from California back to Chicago to help take care of her mom. She's slinging drinks in a dive bar, and wondering how in the world this became her life, when he walks in. She sees a one night distraction from all her problems. Little does she know her problems are just beginning. As they both discover a few days later, they are step-siblings. They haven't seen each in 10 years, not since those awkward early teenage years. Cypress' dad is married to Jude's mom. Jude and Cypress' chemistry was blazing hot, and it practically singed me through the pages. Though, the forbidden aspect of their connection wasn't lost on them,, eventually they decided it didn't matter. They wanted each other too much. But after everything that happened with Knox and Eden in book 1, Jude was reluctant to stir the family pot too much. Cypress also had horrible examples of selfish love throughout her life, and she didn't know what it should really look like, even when it was staring her in the face. I love Jude and Knox's younger brother Simon. I hope he gets his own story one day. He's such an enigmatic character, and I feel we've barely scratched the surface of him. All the other employees at the tattoo shop were awesome too. On the other hand, the rest of their family is a HOT MESS. I HATED their selfish, horrible mother in book 1, after the things she had said and done to Knox, but I hated her even more after I found out what secrets Jude had been keeping. She was a spoiled, selfish witch. I understand that she had horrible loss in her life, but what she did, and the burden she left on Jude was more than any young boy should be made to bear. Even later once they FINALLY started talking and being honest about the problems in their family, her apologies and regret weren't enough for me to get over it. Jude and Cypress really needed each other. They didn't know what they were missing until they found each other, and I loved how much better, stronger, and happier they made one another. It was hard watching them dig through the muck to figure their stuff out, but it was so worth it. I love when the heroine is the one who has to make the grand gesture and grovel, and Cypress did it perfectly. They both truly deserved happiness, and found it in each other. The epilogue was lovely, but I hope to get some other glimpses of them in the future. I love everything I've read by this author!
Timitra 5 days ago
Rated 4.5 Stars I loved Passion and Ink. It's the perfect blend of taboo, filthy and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed Jude and Cypress' journey and highly recommend it. Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
TerryL56 5 days ago
Ro (Cypress) moves back home after an incident at work and takes a job as a waitress in a bar. One night at work she meets Jay (Jude) ... a tattooed hunk and they agree to a one-night stand. Weeks later when Cypress goes to her fathers one night, she is taken aback when Jay is there ... at her father's house. Cypress is then re-introduced to Jude, who she hasn't seen for over 10 years ... and has he ever changed. Jude can't believe that his step-sister is his hot as hell one-night stand. As the sparks fly between them, it doesn't take long for them to start a relationship. This book is HOT HOT HOT! This author sure knows how to write steam. And there is so much more to this book. I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters. Cypress just didn't want to end up like her mom (who was devastated when Cypress' dad left her). And Jude just wanted to be known for himself ... not as Knox's younger brother. This is a great addition to the series and I recommend you read the first book ... to get the most out of this book. I received an early copy courtesy of Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
CathyGeha 5 days ago
Cypress and Jude meet one night in a bar – she is waiting tables and he is a client. Instant connection with one night of passion and no expectations only to meet again over a family dinner table. This is a somewhat predictable story and the continuation of a series that seems to do with the Gordon brothers finding their partners. I believe there is only Simon left not sure where the series might go after Simon gets his story. Anyway...the taboo thing has to do with their parents being married so a step-relationship between them. They both have issues to deal with including abandonment, secrets, self-worth, dysfunctional families, loss and more. The story was well written and definitely HOT but for I felt some of the issues were more mentioned than actually dealt with in depth. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled-Scorched for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
Noire 5 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Passion And Ink by Naima Simone is the second book in her Sweetest Taboo series. It can be read as a stand-alone, characters from the first book do briefly appear in this one. Cypress Keller has moved back home to Chicago from California after her mother suffers a heart attack, to make ends meet she is working as a waitress in a dive bar and the hot guy she takes home for a one night stand turns out to be her stepbrother Jude Gordon a tattoo artist. Both of these characters are buried under huge amounts of baggage from their parents as well as dealing with stuff from their own lives. The steam level is super hot but I would have liked to liked to see a bit more about how they went from lust to love. Enjoyable read. Publishing Date February 18, 2019 #NetGalley #PassionandInk #NaimaSimone #EntangledPublishing
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 days ago
3.75 stars—PASSION AND INK is the second instalment in Naima Simone’s contemporary, adult SWEETEST TABOO erotic romance series. This is twenty-seven year old,tattoo artist Jude Gordon, and twenty-six year old, waitress /accountant Cypress Winters. PASSION AND INK can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Jude and Cypress) PASSION AND INK follows the forbidden or ‘taboo’ relationship between step-siblings twenty-seven year, tattoo artist Jude Gordon, and twenty - six year old, waitress / accountant Cypress Winters. Tattoo artist Jude Gordon struggles with his direction in life; an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go; and the secrets and memories he is must keep to himself. Meeting the beautiful waitress who calls herself Ro, is the perfect foil for a man who battles between in the here and now. But a family dinner reveals Jude’s one-night stand is none-other than the step-sister he hasn’t seen for close to ten years, a woman who now consumes his fantasies and dreams. Enter Cypress ‘Ro’ Winters-Keller, and the woman with whom Jude will fall in love. What ensues is the building but secret relationship between Cypress and Jude, and the potential fall-out as Cypress and Jude’s time together comes with an unexpected expiry date. Cypress Winters left California amid a work place controversy, and her mother’s inability to thrive on her own. Returning to Chicago meant starting over but never did she think she would have to face the man who all but destroyed her family and her mother’s life. Jude Gordon struggles with memories of the past, a time long ago where a thirteen year old boy became the adult to his mother’s spiral out of control. A gifted tattoo artist, our hero finds himself in direct competition with his more ‘successful ‘ brother Knox. The relationship between Jude and Cypress is a step-sibling, taboo romance. Cypress’ father makes our heroine an offer she is unable to refuse but in doing so, places her relationship with Jude towards a path with only heart break but no future. The $ex scenes are passionate, vibrant and intense. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Cypress’ broken mother Brenda Keller, her father Dan Keller, and Jude’s mother Katherine.We are reintroduced to Jude’s brother and fellow tattoo artist Knox Gordon (Sin and Ink #1), and his girlfriend Eden, as well as several fellow tattoo artists at Hard Knox Ink, and Jude’s ex-girlfriend Annalise. The world building continues to focus on the forbidden, the relationships deemed taboo by society but relationships where two people find love and their happily ever after. PASSION AND INK is a story of family, betrayal, loss and love. The premise is captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are broken, determined and lost.
Bette313 5 days ago
I loved this book! It's not the typical forbidden romance between step siblings since Cypress and Jude never lived together but the angst and yearning are still strong. Cypress and Jude have a real connection and an incredible night of passion before they ever realize who the other is. That connection is fiery, hot and all consuming, Once they know about the step sibling connection they try to resist the chemistry that burns between them. The last thing this family needs is more scandal. Yet some things just can't be denied. Great characters, great writing, and an amazing story. Don't miss this one.
Linda__ 6 days ago
Sexy and hot, I loved this romance. Cypress is estranged from her father....and his replacement family. However, after a series of tough blows, she finds herself without her fancy corporate job, instead waiting tables in a dive bar. When she sees Jude, he is just too beautiful to be real, and he wants her too. After a night of the hottest sex ever, they go their separate ways. A week later she goes to her father's house to ask for help, and learns that her one night stand is her step-brother... Normally, I'm not a fan of step-brother romances, however, this one is so well done that I fell in love with the characters and loved their story. This series has sexy and hard men falling for forbidden women and no one can create a tale of naughty love like this author. If you enjoy your romance sexy, spicy, and just a bit forbidden, you will love this book. While part of a series, this is a stand alone novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Hnobbs825 6 days ago
Well Naima Simone has surprised me again with a taboo storyline. Wasn’t sure what I was getting into with a step brother/ step sister story but dang! Because of how they met each other I was completely able to get into the whole taboo storyline. Because I mean seriously Jude sounds like a pretty sexy guy and Cypress was a hottie in her own right. These two just completely clicked right off the bat. It was instant chemistry but there was also just something about each other that they were able to talk to each other and like each other as a whole. The passion between Jude and Cypress was off the charts HOT!! Once I started this book I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I loved Knox in this book too and really enjoyed the talks he had with Jude. It helped Jude get past the baggage he was carrying from his childhood. Cypress had her own childhood baggage that was tied up with Jude’s family but Jude was able to help her with moving past it, after a few bumps in the road of course. It was great seeing Jude get his HEA after the few peeks at him in the first book. If you read Knox’s book and loved it then you will definitely love Jude’s. I would definitely recommend this hot and sexy book!
onemused 6 days ago
"Passion and Ink" continues the Sweetest Taboo series with Knox's brother, Jude. Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone. The book begins with Cypress, also known as Ro (short for her middle name, Rowena) who is working at a bar after leaving her high-paying job in California due to sexual harassment. She is also trying to gather the money to help her mother while keeping her own head afloat. When a customer comes in and the attraction is mutual, Ro is willing to have a one-night stand. Ro and Jay (a.k.a. Jude) have an unforgettable night together, presuming they would be unlikely to run into each other. However, when Sunday dinner at his mother's comes around, he finds out his stepfather Dan's daughter is coming over. They haven't seen each other since they were teenagers; their parents married when they were teens, and Cypress barely ever came around as she was mad at her father who had multiple affairs and eventually left her mother for Katherine (Jude's mother). Shocked when Ro arrives and sees Jay, they both find it hard to believe that they were actually step-siblings. Both Cypress and Jude are dealing with their own demons, primarily focused around their parents. As they struggle to deal with their own problems, they also cannot deny the attraction that pulls them together. While the book starts with a bang and seems fast, the pace does slow down so that we can get to know the characters and see them grow as individuals before they grow as a couple. I would add some warnings for suicide (past- not Cypress/Jude), mental illness (multiple side characters), stalking, and sexual harassment. While I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book at the start (due to the immediate one night stand), I found the follow-up and development of Cypress and Jude's individual stories and their healing/growth to be a really engaging and worthwhile read. Overall, I think this was a great installment, possibly better than the first, that deals with some important issues. I liked both the main characters and enjoyed seeing them deal with their pasts and move on to a healthier present. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.