Written on My Heart

Written on My Heart

by Cole Gibsen


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A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Some words last forever...

It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib-and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire-for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...

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ISBN-13: 9781943336906
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/29/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Written on My Heart (Entangled Embrace) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful and inspiring story of two broken people fixing each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Hard to put down. It was a powerful story about a young woman that was very abused. Her struggles to overcome that abuse. It was a story about a man that was forced to grow up early. Loved it. Very well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and their strength. Great writing. Highly recommend!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of author Cole Gibsen. Her book, Life Unaware, blew me away. And Written on My Heart is good. I enjoyed it. But it didn't blow me away. The story centers around Ashlyn and Lane. Ashlyn is damaged after a decade of verbal abuse by her stepfather. Lane is also damaged. He's been raising his ten year old daughter, Harper, as a single father from the age of 17 when both of them were abandoned by Harper's mother. Both Ashlyn and Lane are slow to trust, but for very different reasons. It's a given these two will end up together, we just don't know when or how. Much of the story is predictable, but there were a couple of surprises. The writing is solid, because, well, Cole Gibsen. I think maybe for me, the biggest issue was I didn't much care for Ashlyn. From the beginning she bugged me and that never changed, and I feel really bad that I dislike an obvious victim of abuse. Plot The plot is about Ashlyn and Lane and if they'll get together. There are some subtle subplots involving Ashlyn and her living situation, Ashlyn's familial relationships, and Lane's daughter, but this is primarily a romance, and as such, follows a pretty straightforward formula. Characters While I didn't like Ashlyn, I can't deny that she's well-crafted and her motivations are clear. Lane is far more likable from my perspective and just as well-crafted. Lane's sister and Ashlyn's friend, Emily, is also interesting and rounded. I did feel like Ashlyn's mom and stepfather were somewhat two-dimensional, but they have limited page-time, so I think that's fine. The Writing Once again, I think Cole Gibsen has an excellent voice and a wonderful way of writing that engages the reader. The Ending It ended as I expected, and it was a satisfying conclusion. It wasn't particularly powerful, nor surprising, but it was a solid ending for the genre. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Written on My Heart 1. Hank. The abandoned pit bull puppy was an adorable addition to the story, and I love that the author used a typically feared and misunderstood breed. 2. Emily. She's fun, feisty and loyal. 3. Lane. I love his toughness and his commitment to his daughter. 4. Harper. She's a little spitfire of freckles and curls. 5. Roommates from hell. Even if you've never had a stripper for a roommate, who hasn't had at least one roommate who left your place trashed? Bottom Line Written on My Heart is an enjoyable, if predictable, new adult contemporary romance. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Six months ago, Ashlyn Daniels lost everything ... all her possessions, her family, any semblance of security or safety or affection, however little she might have had. Now she's working her fingers off to make ends meet, living in a dump with an unpredictable and carefree stripper as a roommate, and trying to manage her recurring panic attacks and nightmares. She doesn't need any more complications. Of course, she gets them anyway. First comes a puppy. Then comes an invitation from her coworker that leads her to meet Lane Garrett, a talented tattoo artist who can cover up the tattoo on her arm she got in a moment of impulse and now regrets. He's also off-limits because it's clear he's got his own secrets and issues. So why does she feel safer with him than with anyone else? Entangled Publishing's Embrace imprint presents the newly released New Adult romance WRITTEN ON MY HEART by author Cole Gibsen. Part of what I really love about the New Adult genre and the novels classified as such is the way the authors work to exceed expectations and push the limits. Gibsen's work is an excellent example, featuring "his" and "hers" chapters in the first-person point of view for each of the protagonists. It's a unique experience to get inside the hero's perspective, and one I thoroughly enjoyed, given how realistically Gibsen writes in the male point of view. Themes explored in the novel include consequences and repercussions (good and bad), faithfulness, betrayal, loss, trust issues, independence, creativity, and many more, expertly intertwined in the lives and desires and quirks of the characters and in the sweet and sexy romance that blooms between them. Obstacles notwithstanding, Ash in particular is a beautiful young woman, compelling, striking, a little reluctant, a little unsure of herself, but determined to make her own way and keep herself safe. Lane is equally full of surprises and unexpected twists, committed to his work, devoted to his family, and almost certainly horrified, to some degree, by how much Ash affects him. A worthy pair of opponents, indeed. The only thing that threw me off, really, were the emotions toward the end of the book, as the story built to a climax. Everything got heightened to the extreme, and almost spilled over into melodrama rather than more believable or genuine connections and character actions. It isn't bad enough to warrant eye-rolling because Gibsen is a gifted author, but the outpouring does, in some places, make for an awkward and discomforting read. That said, I'm honored to have been able to read the work, and equally honored to recommend it to my readers (especially you who love the romance, coming-of-age, and New Adult genres) for your enjoyment. # # # Author: Cole Gibsen Title: WRITTEN ON MY HEART Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Embrace) ISBN: 978-1-63375-359-4 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
some glimmer of love and hope found ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review******. This is an emotional read about a young woman who has gone thru a lot in her young life –Ashlyn was abused in her home until she took a stand and stood up to her abuser –which was her stepdad which led to a horrible beating and being kicked out of the only place she had to live. She only could live in her car for a while and with her damaged body, working was hard, finally, she was able to get the money up a place that has a roommate-would be nice except the roommate parties all the time. Ashlyn gets a job and at this new job, she meets some of people. One of her coworker, Emily, mentions about this tattoo on her arm that is a guy’s name- the guy’s name on her arm is her ex-boyfriend’s name, who is another guy that hurt her too. The coworker suggests covering it up and even says to do it with a another tattoo. She recommends a name of the great guy Ash could go to that owes her a favor. Ash takes the offer and thanks her . She is intrigued by changing what is on her arm and becoming something other than the poor girl or the laughing stock. Lane is the gentleman who Ash was sent to. He is a nice guy who takes care of his family and gives them the love they need when they need it and supports them with money and emotional support. When he meets Ashl, sparks fly and he knows there is something there between them . His sister Emily had sent Ash to him so he could re-do a tattoo for her. Lane is very interested in Ash but he has something going on and he doesn’t want to drag Ashlyn into his problems. So he acts out and pushes her away. He knows he acts like a jerk but he doesn’t know how to explain the feelings he is having for her, to Ashlyn and ask her if she feels the same so he just lashes out. Ashlyn still feels the same but this reminds her of her family and she backs aways. Then Lane realizes what he is doing and he seeks her out. There is a lot of dancing around the topic, especially that Lane is holdng on to a secret that he has and is afraid to tell Ashlyn for fear that she will run and never look back. This would have been a great story if there was a togetherness of the MC. If they fought their problems together. Also It seemed like this story took awhile to get into. It would go slow at times then about 50 % into the book is when I was able to get into it and from them on out, everything clicked. My rating: 3.5 stars ***
DorisB More than 1 year ago
This book was a crusher. I don’t know how many times I felt that tug on my heart and was close to tears…ok, so yes, I actually did have tears! This was my first time reading this author so you go into it blind not sure what type of feelings you will have for a book but I have to say that Ms. Gibsen knows how to write a badass love story. You always have to give props to an author that knows how to incorporate a hot looking tattoo guy who has a tough side to him but still you are able to see the tender side as well. Well Ms. Gibsen did just that and in doing so I think I fell in love with Lane too. Ashlyn was a very broken girl who had been through some of the worse verbal/emotional abuse any child should have to endure. It not only came from her stepdad but her mother as well seeing that she was the person who allowed her daughter to be treated in this way. Whenever there is this type of abuse it doesn’t just go away when you walk out the door of the abuser this shapes your psyche and dictates how you feel about yourself for the rest of your life. It’s up to you if you learn how to handle this and are willing to open your life up to someone who actually might care and love you. Then there is Lane who had taken on so much responsibility at a young age and was always trying to do right by his family. He, too, had been broken in ways when it came to trusting and letting a woman into his life. Lane had others to think of who he always put first in his life; that is until Ashlyn stepped foot into his tattoo shop. The author tells a great story of how two people can overcome who they think they are or who they have to be to others in order to fall for each other. Lane and Ashlyn’s story is not a mushy love story but it has some grit to it. So if you can handle a little tugging on the ole heart strings along with a little bit of steamy sex, you will want to get your hands on this book. It’s well worth your time but be prepared because it is a book that you read straight through because it’s hard to put down. This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Ashlyn Daniels has dealt with more pain and loss in her young life than most deal with in a entire lifetime. She didn't have the luxury of a normal home life, and suffered years of verbal abuse from the one person who was supposed to give her a stable and loving environment to grow up in, instead she was left heartbroken and abandoned. After being kicked out by her parents she moves in with her boyfriend, who turns out to be just as controlling and abusive as her step-father. After finally having enough she decides its time to find her inner strength and gain some independence, so she packs up her belongings and decides to leave the abuse behind. In doing so, she puts on a invisible shield and builds a wall around her heart for protection and for fear of letting anyone getting to close. As part of her new found independence she decides to have a tattoo removed from her wrist, since it's a constant and painful reminder of her abusive past. Little does she know that walking into Lane Garrett's tattoo shop not only rids her of her painful reminder, but it also changes the the course of her life.The question is can she truly let go of her past and discover the happiness she so truly deserves... From the moment I started this story I knew I had discovered a story that was going to take me on a emotional roller-coaster ride. I went from moments of having my heart in my throat and blinking back tears, to blushing and smiling from ear to ear. I connected to this story almost immediately and at times it was really hard for me to read, not because of the writing, but because it brought up memories that I tucked away along time ago. I can honestly say that I have never read something that has effected me so deeply, and in the same token been so inspiring! This is a beautiful written story that has forever left a imprint on my heart, and taken me on a truly life changing literary journey! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
Marie002 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, I liked the characters, I liked how the story progressed. I really liked how Ash and Lane's relationship progressed. It wasn't insta-love it wasn't perfect, it seemed real. Ashlyn's life was far from easy growing up, and even though she's not past what happened to her completely she fights everyday to be her own person. She's surviving. Lane, I was really unsure about him at first. I thought what I assume Ash did when she first heard about Harper, that it was his girlfriend, or fiancee, and she wasn't wrong to not want to do anything with him when they started kissing for not wanting to be "the other woman" in a man's life. He kind of got pissy when she said that but he hadn't told her that, Harper was his 10 year old daughter. I really liked how this book ended, for the most part. I really would have liked legal action to be taken against the people who wronged her, but it wasn't and I thought that part was a little dumb. This book appears to be a stand-alone, but I would like more with these characters, I think there is more of their story to be told.
Ryna More than 1 year ago
* Advanced Readers Copy received from NetGally in exchange for an honest review* I loved this book! It was sweet, emotional, sexy, hot and I had a roller coaster of emotions. I normally don’t read books with abuse but I really enjoyed this book so much so that I read it in just a few hours! This book was so down to earth but something Ashlyn the heroine said will always stay with me, I loved this quote! “It doesn’t matter if you have a mom and dad, it just matters if you have love.” This is the first time I have read a book from Ms.Cole and like is said before I totally loved it! This is about two people who had opposite lives. Lane has a loving family and he was raised with an amazing farther who was a cop as a role model and Ashlyn feared her life because of her stepfathers temper. The poor girl was really close to breaking, she would flinch and go into these panic attacks when there’s a mess! She feels like she would clean it immediately or else her stepfather would come and hurt her and call her stupid and break her self esteem some more! My heart broke when she was in Lanes tatto shop and she accidentally messed some soda and she started apologizing but somehow got worse when a glass jar broke. She had no idea there was glass on the floor when she was on her knees cleaning. Her situation pulled at my heart the entire time I read this book! Ashlyn was thrown out her home without any belongings, her stepfather had a bonfire with all her things now she is renting an apartment with a stripper and works at a coffeeshop. She had dreams and she was working real hard to make it all happen but then the unexpected happened, she got evicted from her home and she has take care of herself and a new puppy. Lane is a huge family man and when his dad died, he became the man of the house. He took that seriously, he made sure his sister is protected and didn’t get into trouble and now he has someone else he needs to take care of! When he was a teenager with raging hormones and that had consequences. Lane being a wonderful man did everything to take care of his family and he has a very popular tattoo shop but he works a lot to take care of his family. Ashlyn made a friend at the coffee shop and she met Lane one day when she went to get a tatto fixed for free thanks to her being a friend to his sister. I am happy that she got that name tattooed away because Chris the ex-boyfriend was such an asshat and I am really glad she stood up to him. When Lane found out she had nowhere to stay he decided she should stay at the apartment above his tattoo shop. Ashlyn and Lanes were getting closer and the chemistry between them where off the charts and I know it was only a matter of time before they would get together. Lane was holding a secret from her and that secret nearly pusses her away but thankfully he fought for her and made her see sense! Ms.Cole did a wonderful job in writing this book! It flowed so smoothly and I felt all the emotions they felt. I could not help but fall in love with Lane, he is just the perfect guy! Lane protected Ashlyn when it counted because she become his family. I would so recommend this book to everyone because this an amazing read!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book that completely swept me away. Once I started this one there was no putting it down. Ashlyn's struggles to overcome a horrific childhood and make it on her own made me want to weep for her. The best thing about her character was even after all she endured, she still has the kindest heart and hope. She never gives up! Lane was a little gruff at first but the way he looks after his family, loves his daughter with his whole being, and the kindness he showed Ashlyn when she needed it had me loving him so hard! This is a wonderfully written story that I highly recommend!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Written on my Heart was an emotional and heartfelt read. I really enjoyed reading Written on my Heart, it was one of those books that you didn't want to put down. I enjoyed seeing Ashlyn and Lane get together, they both had walls up and it was heartwarming seeing them open up to each other and let themselves be loved. Overall this was a good read and I highly recommend it.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Entangled Publishing in return for a fair and honest review. This story is about two individuals who have both had to deal with an amazing amount in their pasts that most people wouldn't cope with, without curling up into a ball and hoping for everyone and everything to go away. Ashlyn is struggling to cope with her new flatmate and her job, especially when her past comes a-knocking. Lane is working all hours to try to provide for his family. Their paths cross when Ashlyn's co-worker, Emily, sends her to him to get a tattoo covered over. Their relationship is bumpy which makes a nice change, no insta-love here. This is well-written and has a smooth plot line. Although you are told some of what happened to Ashlyn, it doesn't go into too much detail. An enjoyable contemporary romance, recommended. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
"Written on my Heart" by Cole Gibsen definetly touches your heart! Not only the story but even more the characters whic are so special! I always had a thing for boys with tattoos so Lane got me right from the very beginning.In combination with Ash who has to fight for her living every second, it was awesome to see how the two main, but also minor characters developed during the cause of action. At thisa point I also want to explain why I "only" rated this book with 4 instead of 5 Stars. For me it felt so natural to actually connect with the story. The only thing I missed from time to time is a more detailled description of their outward appearance. Of course I had this picture of this tattooed hottie in my head or the imagination of this skinny girl. But sometimes I wished to get just some more details to stretch out this image. " 'Move?' He laughs out loud. 'Sweetheart, you were racing Michael Phelps for the gold.' " This is only one of all these lines I marked while reading. I love the way how Lane sees Ash rigt from the beginning. It's so special and doensn't just feel like she is just one girl. The way he uses his humor to pusgh exactly the right buttons was awesome to experience. And then there is this enormous change of action which left me starring at my E-reader. That's definetly nothing I expected. So well done....(and no, you won't find this in the spoiler section of this review:D ). So what can I say-this book definetly was surprising and definetly has things in store for the readers which I neither expected.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Ashlyn is on her own. She still jumps at shadows. She escaped an abusive home situation and a controlling boyfriend and is getting by the best she can. She writes her poetry when she can. She is working as a barista and renting a room from a stripper. While working at the coffee shop she is barreled over by co-worker Emily who is determined to be friends. When Em notices Ashlyn’s tattoo of her ex’s name she insists that Ashlyn visit this fantastic tattoo artist she knows who will cover it with something else so Ashlyn can start anew. Emily’s brother Lane is a gifted tattoo artist who has made his share of mistakes. When his father, a cop, died he took over the responsibility for his mother and Em. He has no room in his life for a women especially not one as fragile as Ashlyn. Life laughs at plans. At first I thought this was going to be the white knight and princess type of story but while our hero does have white knight tendencies our princess is plenty strong on her own despite outward appearances but everyone can use a bit of help from a friend now and then. Break out the tissues and ice cream and enjoy this heart lifting story.
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
There are many books that I typically want to refer to a friend but this is the exception…I’ll be referring it to ALL of my friends. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. WOW! This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m happy to say that I now have a new author to add to my list of favorites. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a book hangover…this one sure did it. This was a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, read and I don’t know that I’ve read anything quite so realistic as this (other than a biography) . The writing was spot-on and not full of additional “fluff” to clutter up the true story. There is no insta-love and the characters aren’t perfect either and to me, that just makes this story even better. While the blurb sounds a bit typical for a romance, I assure you it’s not. Even though they are attracted to each other at first sight, Ashlyn and Lane can hardly stand to be in the same room as each other. They met through Emily, Lane’s sister, who works with Ashlyn at a coffee shop. Ashlyn had an abusive childhood and although she is a very caring, honest, up-front, strong, independent person, she feels like she’s just not good enough because her stepfather drilled that into her throughout her childhood. Lane is moody and as Ashlyn says, “he’s a little gruff on the outside but soft as a kitten on the inside”. He comes across as a total jerk in the beginning but once you realize where his standoffishness comes from, you’ll completely understand; He has his own responsibilities and past baggage to handle. As they cross paths a few more times, they are at odds with themselves because both of them are fighting the attraction they feel but eventually, they get over that. It’s not quick and painless like ripping off a band-aid but that just makes the story even more realistic. You’ll experience their struggles as well as their happiness because this is a book that you will feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Lane .