Series: Montgomery Ink #4
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: October 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
A Brand New Full Length Novel in the Bestselling Montgomery Ink Series where the quiet, inked Montgomery finds his match in the woman with a fiery passion and a past full of secrets.
There’s nothing worse for a writer than missing a deadline. For Griffin Montgomery, his failure to do what he loves comes at a blow. He didn’t understand how it was affecting his life until his well-meaning family intercedes. His sisters have hired him a new personal assistant and he’s outraged—that is, until he sees who it is.
Autumn Minor is light on her feet and a bare memory for most people she meets. She does her best to blend in everywhere she lives, even if it’s only for a short period of time. Making sure no one truly notices her is the only way she’s survived this long. Only when she meets Griffin and the rest of the Montgomerys, she’s afraid she won’t be able to let go when its time to run.
Though the two begin a tentative but explosive relationship, they know it can’t last forever. Neither of them are made for the long haul when it comes to love and romance. When the demons from Autumn’s past find her and put both their lives at risk, Griffin will stop at nothing to protect her. In the end, though, he’ll be the one who needs a second chance.
My favorite thing about this series is the big, loving and crazy Montgomery family and how they interact with each other and pull other people into their big family unit.
Griffin is kind of the anomaly in his family because he’s no good with either a saw or a tattoo gun. He finds release for his creativity in the books he writes and true to the stereotype, he’s a bit reclusive and very private, but lately he can’t even enjoy that. He’s been unable to write a page and the untidy and cluttered state of his home as well as the pressure of his looming deadlines are messing with his creative juices. Enter Autumn. Autumn is friends with one of Griffin’s sisters and with her organizational skills, she’s the perfect person to bring order to Griffin’s chaotic world so she’s been hired by his family to be his personal assistant and pretty much manage his life.
From the first time Griffin set eyes on Autumn he was interested in her but now that she’s working for him, he plans to keep his hands to himself, especially as he can see that she’s hiding something and he has no plans to get involved with any of that. What he does not expect is that having her in his space would be the very thing he needs to start writing again. As the story unfolds, it’s clear that Griffin’s inability to write has something to do with his concern for his family – his ill father as well as his siblings’ issues which remind him of losses from his past, but as thing get better with his family, things get better with him too.
I liked Autumn because she did not take any nonsense from him and pushed him hard when it came to his writing. I like that she threw herself wholeheartedly into bringing order to his life and even though she had no plans to stay, it’s easy to see how she couldn’t give up the Montgomerys and the family they provided her, especially because she hadn’t had anyone to depend on for so long. For two people who weren’t interested in long term commitment, Griffin and Autumn could not resist each other for long.
Honestly, this story is very predictable and has a familiar story line, but Ms. Ryan has written characters that are easy to relate to, characters that readers can find common ground with and their large, warm and inclusive family that anyone would want to belong to and that is what makes this story and the series as a whole stand out.