Title: Ruby Ink
Author: L.J. Wilson
Ruby Ink is the first book in this sensual romance series — journeys of intrigue, seduction, and satisfying storytelling. The Clairmont siblings, known as the “Tribe of Five” — Alec, Aaron, Honor, Jake and Troy — are complex characters whose individual stories and intricate love lives drive these dynamic new novels.
In Ruby Ink, Aaron Clairmont has been granted an early parole. He returns home to Nickel Springs and finds employment at Abstract Enchantment, a trendy new inn. But Aaron’s mind can’t let go of its predecessor, the vintage Rose Arch Inn, the setting for his passionate love affair with Ruby Vasquez. Ruby — the girl Aaron lost after his secret underworld life unraveled, shocking everyone who thought they knew him.
Freedom comes fast at Aaron — a family desperate to reconnect, an employer cast as his savior, and the steamy memories he can’t escape. Just as Aaron surrenders to starting anew, he realizes the diabolical trap he’s been lured into — a fresh hell that makes prison look like a country club. Lives are at stake, his family and Ruby’s. Ruby Vasquez — the woman Aaron never thought he’d see again. The one destined to collide with his future.
Ruby Ink is a classic love story between a bad boy and the girl who he is destined to be with. Even though this type of story line has been told many times over, L.J. Wilson wove it in with her own vision and characters so that the story seemed brand new. I found myself falling in love with Aaron with each page, and I adored being able to see snippets from his past, as well as his present. Wilson built his character perfectly by not glamorizing that he was a felon and had spent time in jail, but instead chose to represent how the experience had changed his entire life. As someone who has worked with inmates as part of my social working career, I found his experience to be very practical and realistic. What I look for in good Erotica novels is a substantial story that is about more than just sex, and Wilson more than delivered.
In terms of the sensual scenes in Ruby Ink, they weren’t too overdone or drawn out in a way that is almost too much; instead, they were poetic and represented sex as more than just an animalistic act. Too many times Erotica novels portray sex in this way, but Wilson incorporated love with sex and wound the two together in such a way that was drool worthy. She really amplified the connection that sex comes with, and used it to intensify her characters and their relationships. Nothing in her novel was unrealistic, and that is why it deserves a well earned 5/5 start rating. Her characters were unbelievably complex, and I missed them when I wasn’t reading the book. They popped right off of the page, and made me forget that I wasn’t remembering a movie I had seen, but a book instead. Her imagery and plot was perfect, and I can’t talk up this book enough.
If you are looking for an Erotica novel that has substance, complex characters, and a page turning plot, then look no further than Ruby Ink. It meets all of my expectations for a quality Erotica novel.
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