Series: Clairmont #1
Published by AB Edge
Publication Date: 31st March 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy Online: Amazon
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
How far will seduction take you? The answers unfold in Ruby Ink, the first Clairmont series novel.
Aaron Clairmont has been granted an early parole. He returns home to Nickel Springs and finds employment at Abstract Enchantment, a trendy new inn. But Aaron’s mind can’t let go of its predecessor, the vintage Rose Arch Inn, the setting for his passionate love affair with Ruby Vasquez. Ruby—the girl he lost after his secret underworld life unraveled, shocking everyone who thought they knew him.
Freedom comes fast at Aaron—a family desperate to reconnect, an employer cast as his savior, and the steamy memories he can’t escape. Just as Aaron surrenders to starting anew, he realizes the diabolical trap he’s been lured into—a fresh hell that makes prison look like a country club. Lives are at stake, his family and Ruby’s. Ruby Vasquez—the woman Aaron never thought he’d see again. The one destined to collide with his future.
So if you are like me, when you pick up a romance, you think you already have the formula down – man meets woman and they fall for each other but fight their feelings until they finally give in, the end. Well, with some great and mind-blowing sex and huge misunderstandings thrown in, right? Usually, but that is not the case with Ruby Ink! It’s all that but it’s also amazing writing, an intricate plot with twists and turns where every scene, every word, every action, every detail is important and nothing is what it seems.
Ms. Wilson has written a story of love, passion, sacrifice, vengeance and intrigue, with complex but well-developed characters; a story with a very deliberate and steady pace that leads to a predictable but satisfying end, one you can’t just rush through and trust me, the end is worth the wait.
Honestly, my mind is so blown that I don’t know that I can coherently express how I feel about this book, but I’ll try. Ruby Vasquez and Aaron Clairmont had a relationship that was the stuff of fairy-tales, until Aaron was arrested and convicted of drug charges and the attempted murder of her father and the fairy-tale came to a painful end. It’s been seven years into a twenty-five year term and Aaron is out on parole and back in Nickel Springs trying to put his life back together.
This is where the games begin because Aaron’s return is one more move in a twisted plot of vengeance that has Ruby and his family playing the role of pawns. It seems that Aaron and Ruby can’t catch a break and would never get their happy ending. The thing is, no-one, not even the reader can see the sick and tangled web being woven around them and how they are being manipulated by the scheming villain. But, – and here is the good part – the events that led to Aaron’s arrest and subsequent incarceration may not have been as simple as they appeared. His arrest was his sacrifice to ensure the safety of Ruby and her father.
The writing style is very different from the usual and may not be for readers who want a fast race to the end. However, if you enjoy the build-up to the climax (pun intended) then this is the book for you!