Saturday, 21 June 2014

Review, Excerpt + Soundtrack: Marks on My Skin by J. A. Howell #LoveInk

Title- Marks on my Skin
Series- Love Ink # 1
By- J.A. Howell

Genre- Erotica
Publication Date- March 15th, 2014
Published By- SideStreet Cookie Publishing

**Not for readers under the age of 18+. Contains language, explicit sex, and adult situations.**

Kieran Donovan has always been a doormat to the women in his life. Begging his wife not to leave after finding her in bed with not one—but five men—only provides further proof of that.

In need of an escape from an empty house and a broken heart, Kieran heads to Midtown to see his estranged brother, Liam. There he meets Shayne Wickham, Liam’s best friend. Shayne’s dark and sexy with a wild streak a mile long and a sexual appetite for things Kieran’s never even dreamed of doing. But after an intense, and all too brief encounter, he’s more than willing to learn. Despite the usual safeguards Shayne keeps around herself and her own wounded heart, she finds herself more than willing to show him the ropes…and the floggers…and the paddles.

Kieran’s never seen himself as dominant in any aspect of his life. But when Shayne submits herself to him, it ignites an inner strength and hunger he never knew he had—and feelings Shayne didn’t know she could have. So used to keeping others at an arm’s length, the ease with which she finds herself trusting Kieran is both exciting and unsettling. Could Kieran be someone she could finally trust her heart to—or will he leave her scarred like everyone else?

Just another mark on her skin.

Excerpt from the chapter 
“There’s a Paddle in my Trunk”

Lunch with Kieran had become a daily ritual over the last couple weeks he’d been in Midtown, and I was finding I rather enjoyed his company—minus the occasional snarky comment regarding my choice in extra-curricular activities. Liam had relaxed some, seeing that our interactions had turned quite platonic for the most part.
“Gino’s again?” I asked as we walked out to my car.
“Sounds good to me.”
I nodded and tossed him my keys. “You can drive Betty today. My wrists are killing me.”
A playful smirk tugged at the corners of his mouth and I rolled my eyes. “From tattooing, perv.”
He made himself the picture of innocence, drawing his lips into a pout and batting his long dark lashes.
“I didn’t say anything.”
I pulled the passenger door open and slid inside so he didn’t see my smile. “You didn’t have to.”
Kieran let out an indignant grunt, but mischief played behind those eyes of his and a grin spread across his lips. He pulled out of the alley and fifteen minutes later we were at Gino’s. We went inside and Kieran slid into the booth we’d sat at the first time we came here. I slid in across from him and sat down a little too hard. With a wince, I eased down against the seat. Kieran took notice, a wide toothy grin crossing his lips.
“Ya alright over there?”
“Yep, just fine.” I answered and flipped open one of the menus. I refused to give him anymore fuel.
The waitress came, placed our drinks in front of us, and took our orders. Calzones this time. Kieran gnawed at his bottom lip, gears turning behind his eyes. Here we go again. I shifted against the padded bench, winced, and his eyes lit up.
“Arse a little sore?”
“Maybe.” My eyes darted up to him. Two could play this game. Admittedly, I found his attempts to pry more than entertaining. He grinned at this little morsel and stabbed his straw in his drink, waggling an eyebrow at me. “Was somebody a naughty girl last night?”
I took a long sip from my soda, narrowing my eyes at him speculatively. The minute I answered him, he’d blush and change the subject, I just knew it. So I answered him. Honestly.
“Yeah, I was. Darren bent me over his kitchen table and spanked me with a wooden paddle.”
Kieran blinked and his eyes widened a little, but to my surprise he quickly returned to his former, teasing expression. “Ya really like getting spanked, don’t ya?”
A trickle of warmth moved through me and I sat up, amused and somewhat turned on by this bolder side of Kieran. I wondered just how far he would take it.
“Yeah, I do. I’ve got a paddle in my trunk if you want to go outside and give it a couple swings.”
Kieran’s eyes went round again and he sucked in a breath—and soda, which he promptly sputtered across the tabletop. Lucky for him, the waitress came back with our food, though she frowned at the spray of soda. She wiped down the table then placed our dishes in front of us and Kieran gave her an apologetic look. His cheeks flushed and I turned my attention to the hot calzone on my plate, giving him a chance to recuperate.
“So ya said ya had ta pick up a few things fer the shop?” He asked, finally looking up from his plate.
I smiled. Of course he changed the subject.


There is a ton of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s on here becuase for some reason they seemed to resonate a lot with both Shayne and Kieran in this story. This tends to happen a lot with my characters which is why sometimes have a lot of just one artist on the book soundtrack. Other songs just fit really well with what was going on in the story at that point. Like, Lips Of An Angel and Paint It Black are for points in the story that aren’t so happy. Hope you enjoy my playlist and Marks On My Skin

1- Mr. Brightside- The Killers (appropriate given the beginning of the story).
2- Lover I Don’t Have To Love- Bright Eyes
3- Hello Fascination- Breathe Carolina
4- Everybody Talks- Neon Trees
5- Animals -Neon Trees
6- You Wouldn’t Like Me- Tegan and Sara
7- Gold Lion- Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The song they first hook up to)
8- S&M- Rihanna (Yep…)
9-  Glory Box - Portishead
10- Only You- Portishead
11-Sexodus- MIA
12- Goodbye, Goodbye- Tegan and Sara
13- Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz
14- Paint It Black- The Rolling Stones
15- Lips Of An Angel- Hinder
16- Warrior- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
17- Turn Into- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
18- Sweets- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
19- Ho Hey- The Lumineers


This has to be the best erotic romance read I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Emotionally charged from the first page, this book was filled with passion, anguish and heartache. And, if that isn’t enough, there’s a drop dead, sexy Irishman who gives great spankings…need I say more??

I loved that Kieran was such a newbie to the Dom/Sub lifestyle, and after what had happened to him I wasn’t sure if he’d be down for some play time, but the chemistry between he and Shanye was explosive and so freaking hot, I thought my Kindle would melt.

Shayne had so many demons chasing her, and they kept her from opening up, but I was elated when she poured her heart out to Kieran, because no matter how much she ignored it, she liked him more than she cared to admit and they were perfect for each other. My heart shattered when the truth about Paul came out. She’d always alluded to a sordid past but I never expected that particular revelation and it made me hate her mother even more than I already did. Another person I loved to hate was Kendall. That woman had some nerve and I wanted to reach into the pages of this book and throttle her. She was a conniving, super b*tch who didn’t deserve the love of such a good man. I was more than happy when he finally saw the full extent of her dark soul.

This book was truly amazing in every way. I laughed, I cried, and I even plotted the demise of particular characters. It flipped me inside out and back again, leaving me raw and emotional. Another stellar read by this superbly talented author.


J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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