Review: Ruby Ink by L.J. Wilson

January 03, 2017

Ruby Ink by LJ Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - Clairmont #1
Release: March 31, 2015
Length: 343 pages

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.

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My Review

I like when I choose a book, start reading it, notice that the writing is completely different from what I'm used to, and I still enjoy the heck out of the read. This book did that. The author's voice is brand new to me and after some adjustment, I realized I wanted to hear more!

This was a second chance love story buried beneath secrets, lies and betrayals. There was so much going on but at the heart of it was the epic love of Aaron and Ruby. Seven years ago, Aaron did the unspeakable. He ultimately betrayed their love. Or did he? See, no one believed he was capable of the charges he got convicted for. Seven years into his prison sentence, Aaron is released and all he wants to do is pick up the measly pieces of his life and try to move on. Except he can't. He can't let go of Ruby. However, he knows that she's gone... until fate steps in and gives them another chance.

Conspiracies and coverups are revealed. Aaron and Ruby get to love and heal. And the ending seems to be a great lead-in to book 2, The Mission.

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