About FALLEN INK
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.
Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.
Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.
The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.
He cleared his throat, trying to get the memory of her touch out of his mind. She’d barely grazed his shoulder to wipe jam off it, yet his body had heated from just the thought of her so near. They had to fix this, and soon.
“Uh, can you grab a cup of coffee with me?” The unsaid “we need to talk” lingered between them.
She tilted her head, studying his face before nodding slowly. “Okay. Let me get my bag.”
She left him, and he went to get coffee orders from the others, pointedly trying not to look Shep in the eyes as he did. Might as well make this excuse to talk to Adrienne a real thing.
“We each have clients in thirty minutes, so we should get a move on. Colorado Icing, or the deli?” Colorado Icing was Thea’s bakery and had way better coffee. When he said as much, Addi smiled, but it didn’t reach her eyes. He had to fix this.
They didn’t have to go far before they went back inside, so he gripped her arm, stopping them both before they did. “We need to talk.”
She stuck her hands into the pockets of her jacket and rocked on her feet. “I figured.”
He had no idea what he should say to make it better, so he rambled, hoping to hell that somewhere in his random words were the right things.
“It was a one-time thing, right? Because we’re best friends, Addi. If we mess this up, I don’t know what I’ll do. It was a mistake to do what we did without talking about it first. It was stupid. I don’t want to risk you, Addi. We’re not only starting off a new company together, but you’re also my boss, and now I’m a full-time dad, and hell, I’m not saying anything right, but we can’t risk what we have. What we have is special, and I don’t want to risk it. Because if we mess everything up, it’s going to suck beyond anything. You’re my best friend, Adrienne. The one person, outside of my family, in my life that’s a constant. I don’t want what happened with us to end up being such a mistake that we lose what we have.”
Her eyes narrowed, and her jaw clenched before she finally spoke. “First, you call what we did a mistake again, and I’m going to have to punch you. We cannot do this again, and we will never talk about it, but never, ever call me— or any woman for that matter—matter— a mistake to her face. Are we clear, Knight?”
He ran a hand over his face. “Jesus Christ, I’m not saying anything right.” He took a deep breath before cupping her face and looking into her eyes. “I loved every single moment I was with you, Addi. Every single damn second. But we should have talked beforehand and, apparently, right now, I’m not making much sense to talk afterward. I don’t know what’s coming next, nor do I know if we should even take this to… well, anything, but what I do know is that I want you in my life no matter what. I’ll do anything to keep from losing you. Anything.”
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