Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “She owned his heart. She was the other half of his soul.”
Mason Kincaid and Katrina (Kat) Sands have been best friends for years since the day Mason stepped in to save Katrina from a trio of bullies. From that day on, they watched out for one another and shared their deepest secrets. Now older, Kat is the manager of Mason’s tattoo shop and they remain as close as ever. Perhaps too close. Katrina has secretly been in love with Mason for years but watching him sleep his way through crowds of women tells her that he doesn’t feel the same way about her. When they head to Las Vegas for Mason’s brother’s wedding. Kat decides it’s time to give up on her dream of her and Mason and get on with her life.
Mason adores Kat and would anything for her. Mason’s broken childhood taught him that emotional commitment will only lead to pain and heartbreak. He keeps his relationships purely sexual and allows no one into his heart. Except for Kat. She is his lodestone. His safe place. She owns him heart and soul. For the past few months, he has been confused and hurt by her change in attitude. She acts irritated and cold towards him. He can feel her drifting away but he’s unsure why. While in Las Vegas, Mason sees Katrina let go of all her inhibitions and dance coyote ugly style on a bar, drawing the attention of every red-blooded male in the room. Unable to comprehend the strange feelings of jealousy and possessiveness running through him, Mason decides to find out once and for all why his Kitty-Kat is showing him her claws.
Houston, we have lift off.
Dirty Sexy Inked in the second book in Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde’s fast and dirty erotic romance series that revolves around three brothers-the Kincades. This sweet and outrageously sexy friends to lovers story surprised me with how well it was developed and portrayed. I had expected it to be more gratuitous and framed towards sex without the plot or emotions to back it up. Happily, I was wrong. Titillating and humorous dialogue, along with some explosive chemistry and honest emotional narrative, helps to flesh out our protagonists as they discover the passion and desire that has been slowly brewing between them since they first met. Sexually explicit love scenes blend well with the mild angst and personal growth our lovers experience as they struggle with the new path their relationship has taken.
“They were two damaged people who’d managed to heal each other with something as simple as unconditional love. The fact that they were best friends who had phenomenal sex was a bonus.”
The chemistry between Mason and Kat practically melts your kindle. The sexual tension cuts like a knife as Kat tries to keep her feelings reigned in while Mason flirts, struts, and makes innuendos to every female in the vicinity but her. When Kat changes the parameters of their relationship, twelve years of foreplay finally erupts into one night of mind blowing, hot, heavy, sweat dripping, wall banging, heart pounding, moment that changes this pair’s dynamics. Watching them try to handle the ramifications of that night is both humorous and sad. Phillips and Wilde show sensitivity with some serious subject matters. The introduction of this doesn’t feel like a plot device but more an intimate view into Kat and Mason’s past and present issues for better understanding.
Kat and Mason are a perfect fit for one another. Both are intelligent, fearless, strong people with an endless passion for life. They just have to let go of the fears holding them back. Kat fears Mason will reject her love and Mason fears he will eventually hurt her and lose his best friend. Jealousy and pain offer the much-needed push when an old friend comes back into town but honest communication proves to be the valuable tool that allows them to give voice to their objections and to overcome them.
Dirty Sexy Inked is a fast and dirty read that hits all your buttons for a sexy and sensitive friends to lovers romance. I am looking forward to reading Levi’s story as he seems the darkest horse of the brothers.