May 29, 2014

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Thrifty Thursday Review – Ink: Fine Lines by Bella Roccaforte

Hey Guys! It’s Julie.
Thrifty Thursday is a new feature Anne is introducing to Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks.  It will feature a book that is available for free or was once available for free.  I LOVE this idea and look forward to seeing what Anne picks. This week’s eBook is still $0.00 over at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

inkfinelines1 star

Urban Fantasy
August 8 2013
292 pages

Kick Ass Chick – Shay Banes

From Goodreads –
Shay Baynes is a wanted woman: by the police for a double murder, by two rival suitors, and by the evil specter that haunts her dreams.

It’s her twenty-first birthday and she finally feels like she’s in charge, out on her own and about to hit it big with a new comic series. The ink’s not even dry on her breakout first issue but even Shay’s twisted imagination can’t predict what will happen when the fine line between reality and nightmare is crossed…

She walked away once from the men who want to control her and now they’re back. But can she break away from them and the specter who walks right off the pages of her comic committing gruesome murders.

I will be doing posts about once a month of a book I got free on Kindle. I get at least five emails a day with free books as options. I look them over on Goodreads and download ones that sound interesting. I try to only take ones which have a rating above 3.5 stars since there are so many.

Ink: Fine Lines by Bella Roccaforte sounded interesting. It has a woman, Shay, who is a comic book artist. She has two guys, Aiden and Eli, who love her. There is a murder mystery. It’s classified as paranormal suspense. It has a Goodreads rating of 4.16.

So.. I hope I find some better books for you. The premise sounded good but I didn’t like the book. I didn’t like any of the characters or their dialogue. They were boring. I didn’t admire them. They didn’t seem very real to me, and I didn’t understand the paranormal aspect until the last third of the book. The chapters kept shifting to being told from different points of view, which reminds me of fanfiction, so I didn’t mind it. At least, I had an idea, of main characters’ thoughts.

There wasn’t much romance. The love triangle seemed too weird since why would anyone fall in love with Shay? I didn’t feel anything special about her. The two guys did not attract me. There were some make out scenes in the book, but no real sex. I didn’t find it arousing. I disliked how Shay would be hot for one and then the other. She got mad at Eli because she made a false assumption and wouldn’t even speak to him briefly. The book ended and she still didn’t know she had the wrong information.

The plots in the book are pretty much all left hanging. The murders aren’t really resolved. The love triangle doesn’t get to one couple. We don’t really know much about Shay’s mother or father or twin sister. We don’t learn about the paranormal investigator, McNab and what his deal is. His security guy, Carl, disappears and we never find out what happened to him. There is a guy in Shay’s nightmares, Gabriel, and we don’t learn more about him. It would have been nice if something had been settled.

I understand this is the first in a series so some things will be ongoing. I just couldn’t get interested enough in the characters or any story line enough to want to read another book. It was hard to finish this one.

1 star

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this idea and whether you prefer contemporary romance, paranormal romance or urban fantasy selections? Or maybe, a rotation of those types of books? I’ve picked a paranormal romance for next month.

Books in the Ink series –
Ink: Fine Lines
Ink: Vanishing Point

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  1. Drat. I’m sorry this one was a big ol’ unsettled mess it sounds like. But thanks for sharing 😉 I will make sure to not fall in this same trap, and I really hope you have better luck with your next freebie.

  2. Northwoman says:

    yes I have read good freebies so I’m hoping to find better ones. I realize that I expected more of Shay, more depth or more trust with these guys or rather knowing them better, since she has known them so long. At least with Eli since he is the one who stayed around.

  3. I totally appreciate your honest review. I’m always tempted by these free books, but feel like they’re very often not well written.
    I really like that you’re doing this and I’d like a rotation in the types of books you review for us. 🙂

  4. I do love this new feature, I have so many Kindle freebies I need to start reading. Sorry this one was a bad one.


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