The Sweetest Tattoo

The Sweetest Tattoo

Her twin was a dead man.Tattoo artist Kelsie Cole cannot believe her brother would give his best friend use of his cabin the same week he promised it to her. She had been butting heads with straight-laced John McBride since they were kids.John McBride only takes one week of vacation a year, and there isn’t any way he’s driving down a mountain back to Raleigh just because K...

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Title:The Sweetest Tattoo
Author:Cameron Dane
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Edition Language:English

The Sweetest Tattoo Reviews

  • Stephanie

    I try not to give out 5 stars unless a book really is amazing. Well in my opinion this book really is amazing! I love, love, loved John and Kelsie.

    At first I wasn't sure when I first started reading that this wouldn't just be some book filled with sex and nothing else. See the author doesn't spend a lot of time building up to the relationship. At first the writing felt a little lose, almost as if we were missing some of the story if that makes any sense. However, that is quickly replaced once t

    I try not to give out 5 stars unless a book really is amazing. Well in my opinion this book really is amazing! I love, love, loved John and Kelsie.

    At first I wasn't sure when I first started reading that this wouldn't just be some book filled with sex and nothing else. See the author doesn't spend a lot of time building up to the relationship. At first the writing felt a little lose, almost as if we were missing some of the story if that makes any sense. However, that is quickly replaced once these two decide to get together. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to read a book with some serious steam and a very touching love story to go with it!

  • I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)

    A fantastically sweet and hot erotic story of unrequited love. Though it was a short read, I didn't feel that the story suffered at all. This is my first read by author C. Dane...I will be looking for more of her work to read.

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  • Robin *loves sexy books*

    i really liked this book. this was the first cameron dane book that i've read and i immediately bought the sequel 'grey's awakening'.

    loved kelsie the tattoo artist. it makes me happy when opposites attract in books like this. the pink haired, piercings, tattoo artist and the buttoned up business man.

    and any man willing to take a butt plug because he says it's only fair to feel what kelsie will feel when he gets his turn, is way OK in my book!

    i'm on to grey's book.

  • Ridley

    I picked this up from Liquid Silver after getting sucked in by the excerpt despite it being twice as much as a novella should cost, and I'm glad I did.

    Kelsie Cole is a pink-haired, well-inked tattoo parlor owner who hasn't worn a single-digit clothing size since she was a pre-teen. She's off for a week vacationing at her twin brother's lakeside cabin in North Carolina and she's not too keen to see the car pulling into the driveway. She decides her brother's a dead man for telling his best friend

    I picked this up from Liquid Silver after getting sucked in by the excerpt despite it being twice as much as a novella should cost, and I'm glad I did.

    Kelsie Cole is a pink-haired, well-inked tattoo parlor owner who hasn't worn a single-digit clothing size since she was a pre-teen. She's off for a week vacationing at her twin brother's lakeside cabin in North Carolina and she's not too keen to see the car pulling into the driveway. She decides her brother's a dead man for telling his best friend and business partner that he could have the cabin this week. She's known buttoned-up, suit and tie wearing John McBride since they were nine years old, and he's gotten under her skin since day one.

    John doesn't know why everything he says or does causes Kelsie to snap at him. She interprets his glances and questions as judgments on her weight, tattoos and piercings. He's fascinated with her, in reality, and just wants her to see him as a man so he can treat her like a woman. He's determined to use the week to change things between them.

    The Sweetest Tattoo isn't very long at just shy of 30k words, but it packs a lot into the space. John and Kelsie have known each other for 20+ years, which helps establish their connection. Dane uses dialogue and memories to share their bits of backstory to show how they became the people they are. It's an opposites attract story on its face, but then you also realize they have a lot of common experience, making them sort of two sides of the same coin. Both faced adversity when they were young, but they both chose different ways to deal with it.

    It wasn't the best sex writing I've ever read, but it was certainly above average. While there was a lot of it, it was full of emotion and character development, so it never felt gratuitous. Major props for the hero volunteering to use a butt plug before he was to do the same to her so he'd be in the know. It was a surprisingly hot scene with a lot of feeling to it, but I was totally surprised to see that. Nice gamble, imo.

    So I'd suggest this for anyone who likes a quick and naughty novella without any particularly kinky elements to it.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This was such a sexy, romantic, well written read! I hope to find some full length novels by this author, but will definitely be reading more of her short stories.

    I just loved John McBride and Kelsie Cole. Growing up, John was Kelsie’s brother, Gray’s, best friend but her relationship with John was tenuous at best. He’d gone on to become a very successful business owner – the suit wearing briefcase toting, big money making kind – while Kelsie had become the owner of The Sweetest Tattoo tattoo sh

    This was such a sexy, romantic, well written read! I hope to find some full length novels by this author, but will definitely be reading more of her short stories.

    I just loved John McBride and Kelsie Cole. Growing up, John was Kelsie’s brother, Gray’s, best friend but her relationship with John was tenuous at best. He’d gone on to become a very successful business owner – the suit wearing briefcase toting, big money making kind – while Kelsie had become the owner of The Sweetest Tattoo tattoo shop and just didn’t feel that she could compare to his success. Sadly, she’d never even considered that they could be anything more than friends, and barely that, because they had so little in common. John, on the other hand, had other ideas. He’d known since the first time he’d seen Kelsie that she was the one for him, and everything he had gained in life was done to impress her, so he could give her the kind of life she deserved. Well, he’s tired of being put off, and besides, you know what they say about opposites attracting… well, these two are total opposites and wow, did they ever attract!

    This is so much more than a short erotic read with incredibly hot sex. It’s a wonderful “barely friends to lovers” love story with a truly beautiful

  • Dina

    4 1/2 stars

    This was my 1st read by this author, but it won't be my last. John and Kelsie were very likable, with sizzling sexual chemistry and enough backstory to make them 3-dimensional, the setup was simple - hey, it's a short story - but effective, the conflict between John and Kelsie was believable and the love scenes were scorching hot! Can you tell how much I liked this story? ;)

  • Lenore

    I liked this story, even though it was kinda short and I would have liked to learn more about the MCs. But it was well delivered and it didn't seek to reap any laurels of originality, even though Kelsie, with her pink hair and multiple tattoos and piercings, was no classic romantic heroine. So, I liked her. Or maybe it's my soft spot for tattoo artists.

    And since this is erotic romance, I should add that the sex scenes were scorching hot and I particularly enjoyed the one involving a certain toy.

    I liked this story, even though it was kinda short and I would have liked to learn more about the MCs. But it was well delivered and it didn't seek to reap any laurels of originality, even though Kelsie, with her pink hair and multiple tattoos and piercings, was no classic romantic heroine. So, I liked her. Or maybe it's my soft spot for tattoo artists.

    And since this is erotic romance, I should add that the sex scenes were scorching hot and I particularly enjoyed the one involving a certain toy. Mmmhmm...

  • Juliana Philippa

    A very sweet friends/enemies-to-lovers story with some very hot love scenes. Thanks to Audrey for the rec! It's hard for me to enjoy a (romance) novella because I invariably feel that there's not enough time for the relationship and characters to properly develop. Dane did a great job despite the short length though, and I think one of the things that helped was they are the only two in the story throughout. At one point they go to a diner and run into a friend of hers, but he's there for only a

    A very sweet friends/enemies-to-lovers story with some very hot love scenes. Thanks to Audrey for the rec! It's hard for me to enjoy a (romance) novella because I invariably feel that there's not enough time for the relationship and characters to properly develop. Dane did a great job despite the short length though, and I think one of the things that helped was they are the only two in the story throughout. At one point they go to a diner and run into a friend of hers, but he's there for only about 2 pages.

    Kelsie and John were really cute together and had wonderful chemistry. Kelsie was an unusual romance heroine and I loved her; she's a rebel type on the outside, but only in the sense of her appearance; from the beginning she's sweet and funny, with some nice spitfire to her when it comes to McBride. She reminded me of Caden Grayson in Laura Kaye's novella

    , but the female version. And in some ways, John is like Makenna (that book's heroine) in that they're both the staid suit-types, contrasting with their tattooed counterparts.

    Based on plot or character similarities:

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    by Laura Kaye (4.5 stars)

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    by Claire Matthews (4.5 stars)

  • Shannel

    **REVISED: 2.5/3 Stars: I realize now I was being to harsh...

    This little smutty gem was short, sweet and straight to the smutty point.

    Which in all definitions of smut, it is exactly what it should be.

    We first meet Kelsie; a wild card for all intents and purposes. She’s got tattoos, piercings and neon pink hair. She owns and runs her own tattoo shop and is every bit “sticking-it-to-the-man” as the next rebel girl.

    Then there’s her and her twin brother’s child hood friend John. Shooting the straig

    **REVISED: 2.5/3 Stars: I realize now I was being to harsh...

    This little smutty gem was short, sweet and straight to the smutty point.

    Which in all definitions of smut, it is exactly what it should be.

    We first meet Kelsie; a wild card for all intents and purposes. She’s got tattoos, piercings and neon pink hair. She owns and runs her own tattoo shop and is every bit “sticking-it-to-the-man” as the next rebel girl.

    Then there’s her and her twin brother’s child hood friend John. Shooting the straight and narrow, John is an all-suit wearing, hard-working businessman. And they both happen to be under the assumption that the family cabin is theirs for the week…they were wrong.

    I’m a sucker for witty banter, especially banter that is borderline sucker-punch. Their chemistry is undeniable, but a childhood as frenemies can do that to you. The author wastes no time getting right to the…ahem…good stuff. While I could have used more tension between the characters, it was a satisfying, quick read regardless.

    Another winning factor with me, Kelsie is a big girl! Well, not that a size 16 is huge, but I love that she’s not the twiggy counterpart we see in a lot of these romances. We like to think that big girls get just as much romance! :)

    The ending was a little cheesy for me; I would have liked something a little more realistic. But in all things smut, the cheese-factor is sure to follow.

  • Beck

    This is the first M/F romance/erotica that I have read in about 6 months & I now remember why I started reading M/M. Why is the angst & drama in M/F books so contrived? I hate sitting there & thinking to myself 'just sit the feck down & have a conversation'. The book isn't bad but I just found the whole thing so over-dramatic. Perhaps the fact that I have read 5 books in 2 days has made me a tad jaded, but I probably won't bother to re-read this one any time soon.

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