Inky & Cole, by J.B. Hartnett, was one of the most touching stories I’ve read in a while. I don’t know how I came across Inky but I am so glad I did.
Inky is a 25-year-old painter who bartends to make ends meet. She has a fiance`, two roommates and is doing just fine after leaving her troubled home life 9 yrs ago, until Cole Carlyle has a seat at her bar.
Cole is a 35-year-old divorcee`. His trifling ass ex-wife just got her 2 million dollar pay-day and he is just having a bad day. He wanders into Rusty’s Bar to drown his sorrows and looks into the eyes of a beautiful brunette and knows everything will be alright.
This love story has so many ups and downs and DRAMA with a capital D. Both Inky and Cole have pasts that they would rather forget that involve their parents and presents that don’t seem to be getting better either. The first book is told entirely from Inky’s POV. I love her and her best friend’s, Amelia, relationship. The back and forth between them is hilarious and touching as Aimes (Amelia’s nickname) helps her bestie battle some serious demons. Her fiance` Evan is an ASSHOLE. I wanted to love this guy, actually I did love this guys but as soon as I figured out what he was doing I wanted to slap his face. Hard. Twice. This poor girl needed a break and quickly. The story really got good as her and Cole’s relationship grew from friends to lovers. The way he loves her is beautiful and much-needed. Cole, book 2, is told from both of their POVs which is lovely because a few times toward the end of Inky I wanted to know how he was feeling or what he was thinking in certain situations. Book 2 didn’t go backward to re-tell the story it just picked up from where Inky left off. Some of the drama in this books seemed a little manufactured. I mean come on at least make the issues a little less far-fetched because the triangle that they draw here is so unlikely it made for a little rough patch as I had issues getting through this particular 10% of the book. Not because it wasn’t good but because it wasn’t believable. Overall the book ended well and I will give this series a 4 out of 5 stars. There is a 3rd book named Nico, however, this is considered a standalone as he had a minor part in both Inky and Cole.