Jem Mitchell believes himself to be cursed. Bad things have
been happening to him nonstop. However, while at work at a
gourmet grocery, he catches the eye of a LA Detective named
Nick Davies. It's only when Detective Davies asks him out
that he believes that his luck may be changing.
Sparks fly like the Fourth of July between Jem and Nick. But
it isn't until Nick recognizes Jem's signature tattoo that
he realizes that they have crossed paths before. As the
secrets of Jem's pasts are revealed and come to haunt him
once again, Jem's friend is murdered, creating a suspense
plot that carries this story right to the very end!
As my first novel by Lou Harper, there were two things I
noticed first. One being that the author's writing style is
highly engaging, upbeat and a blast to read. I found myself
laughing out loud at some of Jem's antics while also
swooning with Harper's ability to create a charming romance
for Jem and Nick. Since this book is short at 130 pages, I
really felt that the romance would have been much stronger
if there wasn't such a tight word count. Towards the end,
when the suspense slows down its pace and the loose ties are
cleaned up, I wanted to see more emphasis on their romance,
especially since their first encounter was so quick and
Harper toys with Shibari, the sensual Japanese art of
bondage. This came as a surprise to me. I wasn't expecting
it at all, though it was still a little dash of something
SECRETS AND INK is a quick, suspenseful read filled with
hilarious antics, fun sexy times and a heady dose of
If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such
a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an
unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so
deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he
knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since,
his love life has sucked.
When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store,
Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have
known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird
fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be
During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo
on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he
arrested nine years past.
As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick,
but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And
when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the
stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama
with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.
Warning: Stars a mild-mannered store clerk with a shady
past, a hunky cop whose passion in the bedroom is as big as
his passion for justice, and celebrity sightings you won’t
see on TMZ.