September 13, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Love Restored (The Gallagher Brothers #1)

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Love Restored (The Gallagher Brothers #1), by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publish Date:
September 13, 2016
Publisher: Pink Ink Books
Format: ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS

(Synopsis) In the first of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, a broken man uncovers the truth of what it means to take a second chance with the most unexpected woman… 

Graham Gallagher has seen it all. And when tragedy struck, lost it all. He’s been the backbone of his brothers, the one they all rely on in their lives and business. And when it comes to falling in love and creating a life, he knows what it’s like to have it all and watch it crumble. He’s done with looking for another person to warm his bed, but apparently he didn’t learn his lesson because the new piercer at Montgomery Ink tempts him like no other.

Blake Brennen may have been born a trust fund baby, but she’s created a whole new life for herself in the world of ink, piercings, and freedom. Only the ties she’d thought she’d cut long ago aren’t as severed as she’d believed. When she finds Graham constantly in her path, she knows from first glance that he’s the wrong kind of guy for her. Except that Blake excels at making the wrong choice and Graham might be the ultimate temptation for the bad girl she’d thought long buried.

Love Restored is the first in a new series that is a spin-off from Carrie Ann Ryan's Montgomery Ink series. It follows the three remaining unattached Gallagher brothers, Graham, Owen and Murphy (fourth brother Jake already found love times two in the Montgomery Ink series book Ink Enduring). 

Oldest brother Graham is the most complicated of the three, but given his past, it's understandable that he would be. It's also understandable that he would have trouble getting involved with Blake Brennen, Montgomery Ink's new piercer, but the attraction he feels to her keeps overriding his caution. 

Graham isn't the only one exercising caution due to a complicated past. Blake's reticence to forming a relationship with Graham and tying herself permanently to the town that she's currently working and living in has to do with a clawing necessity to keep herself hidden from people who are out to hurt her, and Blake isn't willing to drag anyone else into her own personal drama - especially someone who seems to have enough of his own already. 

Love Restored does a great job setting up the rest of the series. While Graham and Blake were most definitely the stars of this book, we also had lots of chances to get to know Owen and Murphy, who will have their own stories soon. We see that, although there are many similarities between the brothers - mostly that they're all bearded, tatted, pierced and ridiculously hot and talented - it's also clear that they are all very different and have very different roles in their construction business because of their strengths. 

Graham is the biggest brother and the least sociable. So, he's perfect for the hands-on projects on their restoration gigs. Owen is the public face of the company. He's professional, buttoned-up and organized. So, he talks to vendors and peers and does the paperwork. Murphy is the lead architect and seems to be the bridge that is needed sometimes between Owen and Graham, who handle problems and jobs very differently. Murphy is the peacemaker, and together with Jake, they are the creative force behind Gallagher Brothers Construction. 

One thing that I can always count on Carrie Ann Ryan for is a crazy amount of heat. Graham and Blake dance around one another for awhile while they each deal with their own hang-ups about relationships. So, what that means for us is some wonderful sexual tension that just explodes when they finally decide to quit messing around. 

There's a lot more going on with both of these two than what appears on the surface. I loved all the time and attention devoted to seeing these things through to a satisfying conclusion. However in the wake of that, some of the peripheral details (like, the status of Blake's family house and what will happen to it when it's done being restored) were dropped. Having all those loose ends closed up would've made the book perfect. 

I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series, and hopefully catching up on Graham and Blake. Mostly, I'm just excited to see put-together Owen lose it over a woman. It's going to be a fun series.

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


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