Review: New Ink on Life by Jennie Davids [46/100 * 2019]

New Ink on Life (Thorn & Thistle, #1)New Ink on Life by Jennie Davids
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was making progress, minuscule progress, but it gave me hope. Hope that I could build on this and get to the point where it wasnโ€™t someone elseโ€™s opinion of me that was the most important, but mine.

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Much thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin-Carina Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.

๐Ÿ“– About the Author : Jennie Davids ๐Ÿ“–

Jennie Davids fell in love with romance when she was twelve and snuck her motherโ€™s books. For her it wasnโ€™t the handsome, dashing heroes that captivated her but the heroines. She is thrilled to be writing what she longed to see then: two heroines falling in love. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with rescue animals that somehow never end up as well-behaved as their bios promise.ย 

๐Ÿ“š Series: Yes. First of the Thorn & Thistle series.
๐Ÿ“š Genre: LQBTQ+ New Adult Romance
๐Ÿ“š POV: Dual Alternating First Person.
๐Ÿ“š Cliffhanger: No.

โš  Content Warnings: Betrayal. Cancer. Dealing with Death. Work Romances.
โš  Read if: you are looking for a slow burn lesfic.


New Ink on Life is the debut novel of author, Jennie Davids. It is set on Thorn & Thistle tattoo shop with fiercr girlboss owner MJ and her shy apprentice Cassie.

Cassie left her career as an executive assistant to pursue her art, and be a tattoo artist. It was a life change after her survival of breast cancer, which was very brave.

I would really want to like this book, but something about how rude and mean and basically unlikeable MJ is. Seeing her POVs does not help. It’s hard to push through reading a promising book because of an unappealing character.

We’re all for strong women in books, but strong is different from mean and rude.

I have to admit, I only read this for Cassie and her story. I am opting out of continuing this series. May be a great read for some, but not for me.

โ˜ THE CRITERIA โ˜

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๐ŸŒป Heroine 1:โญโญโญโญ Cassie
๐ŸŒป Heroine 2:โญโญโญ MJ
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๐ŸŒป Writing Style:โญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Character Development:โญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Romance:โญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Pacing:โญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Ending:โญโญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Page Turner:โญโญโญ
๐ŸŒป Book Cover:โญโญโญ

โ˜FINAL VERDICT: 3.27/5ย 

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