Enzo by Shyla Colt was a smoking hot book. It was the first in a new series, Jinx Tattoo.
The way Enzo and Aibhlinn cared about each and fought for one another was my favorite part of this book, by far. They loved each other from the beginning with a fierceness that was enviable.
Things were a bit disjointed for me, though. I never fully engaged with the characters or the story. I know I was supposed to sympathize for Enzo and Ave’s childhoods but I felt too detached to truly invest in their struggles.
There were also a lot of editing and formatting issues. At one point it said that Enzo put his fingers into Ave’s head, though I’m sure Colt meant hair. Coming across errors like that jolt me out of the story.
And I didn’t get the ending. It didn’t make sense to me to have all that action at the end. Plus, it was practically over before I knew what was happening. Mostly though, I just didn’t believe the reasoning or feel that it was necessary for the story.
I did adore Noah, the man who taught Enzo how to tattoo. He put up with zero bullshit and was there for Enzo when he needed someone.
While not perfect, Enzo was pleasantly entertaining. I’m interested in seeing what happens with Enzo’s brothers–who also own/work for Jinx Tattoo–so I will probably come back to this series to check in later.
Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Neglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best friend, Aibhlinn is impossible to hide. When the attraction between them reaches a boiling point, he’s forced to choose between facing his fears and walking away.
Aibhlinn Leahy has been in love with her best friend for years. The Irish-born comic book artist has poured time, energy, and love into the wounded man. His choice to walk away breaks her heart but frees her to explore a new future.
Life is a cruel and amazing thing. An abandoned baby brings the two back together, and they’re forced to examine the love that has long existed between them. This is a story of pain, scars, and fear. We all have demons to battle. The real decision is who’s in control…us or them?
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Release Date: January 27, 2016
Length: 177 pages