Tuesday, March 18, 2014

**Review** Ink Fine Lines ~ Bella Roccaforte

Shay Baynes is a wanted woman: by the police for a double murder, by two rival suitors, and by the evil specter that haunts her dreams.

It’s her twenty-first birthday and she finally feels like she’s in charge, out on her own and about to hit it big with a new comic series. The ink's not even dry on her breakout first issue but even Shay's twisted imagination can't predict what will happen when the fine line between reality and nightmare is crossed...

She walked away once from the men who want to control her and now they’re back. But can she break away from them and the specter who walks right off the pages of her comic committing gruesome murders.

~ Katrina's Review ~ 

“INK Fine Lines is book 1 in a paranormal suspense series.” That is the first line of the blurb of this book. SUSPENSE is right! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat and yelling at my cat to “leave me alone!” Poor kitty! I felt bad afterward. But, I digress… I don’t read many paranormal books, but, on occasion I delve into that world; if the book strikes me, and this one did. I had been looking at it, on and off, for awhile, so when it was given to me, I knew it was a sign; I had to read it. So, now I’m hooked and will be reading the series. Now, onto the review.

Shay, has been through a lot in the last year and half: her fiancĂ© left her (again, for the THIRD time), her twin sister and mother have both died, and a person who worked in the building she also worked in died in a very horrific way. On, a good note, her comic book series has taken off with a bang and she is about to start a promotional tour. She’s just turned twenty-two and is trying to get her life in order when she is accused of the double murder of her neighbors.

Aiden, is the ex-fiancĂ© and best friend of Shay who grew up with Shay from childhood along with Eli. They were the three best friends that were always together growing up. Aiden, after being gone for over a year, shows up on Shay’s birthday to surprise her and be with her “no strings attached.” Yeah, right! She has wised up after the third time. She lets him sleep there, but that’s it; they are still friends after all.

Eli has always loved Shay, even in childhood. Every time Aiden ran away, Eli was there to pick up the pieces. Shay loves them both. Do you see that this book is more than just a paranormal suspense? Yeah, they might want to add romance onto that blurb too.

So, what we have is two hunky hot guys (no longer best buddies) in love with one sexy comic series writer. Where’s the paranormal? Well, that is all wrapped up in her dreams! Those dreams get put into her comics. I often wonder why gruesome comics are called comics when there is nothing funny about them. HER’S ARE NOT FUNNY! What she sees in her dreams are of the, Oh-My-Gosh-I-can’t-believe-I-am-seeing-this variety. They have you holding your stomach and running to the bathroom hoping you don’t lose your lunch. Okay, I didn’t do that, but sometimes Shay did.

Bella writes very descriptively. The reader can imagine all of the unusual, beautiful and sensual things she is depicting, depending on the scene. I was never bored. I never wanted to put the book down. I don’t want it to sound like it was all sick and twisted, it wasn’t. There were some very loving, caring scenes in the book. There were suspenseful scenes without the sick and twisted. So, really it was very well balanced to where the reader is not in one emotion too long or too deeply. It was very well rounded.

Oh, did I mention humor? Yeah, she’s got that too. With this book, the reader kind of needs it! Bella does a great job of keeping the reader from being bored. The reader will have varying emotions throughout the book. The only thing that caused me to “tweak” a little was some slight editing problems. I did have to go back and reread a line on occasion, but that is not enough to keep from buying this book. If you are a paranormal reader, you will like this one.

INK Sketches (Book 0-Part 1), a prequel, that is out now, should be read AFTER this book, INK Fine Lines (Book 1), not before. Trust me on this. Bella said that, not me, but I agree. I have already started Sketches and I agree, it needs to be read after Fine Lines to not misinterpret some things (I read some of the reviews on Sketches where the reviewer had read it first and they had some things wrong in the storyline because they hadn’t read Fine lines first.) After reading Sketches, I am on to INK Vanishing Point (Book 2), which is already out. I am itching to get to this since Fine Lines left me with a cliffhanger, but I am being good and reading in the order Bella suggested. Yeah, I’m good that way (most of the time.) Bella tells us to look for INK Abstraction (Book 3) this spring. Well, we are almost there. So let’s hope it will be here soon!

Reading Order (Per Bella)
  • INK Fine Lines (Book 1)
  • INK Sketches (Book 0-Part 1)
  • INK Vanishing Point (Book 2)
  • INK Abstraction (Book 3) Coming spring of 2014
Rating: 4.75 stars. (Only because of editing, otherwise, 5 star!)

Find more info on Bella Roccaforte Goodreads & on her Website

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