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I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. And then I finally had her for one night. A night I don’t remember. I figured I’d blown my shot. But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?


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I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. And then I finally had her for one night. A night I don’t remember. I figured I’d blown my shot. But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?

30 review for Beneath This Ink

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless Readmore

    5 STARS .. AND I'll eat a plate of LASAGNA with you CONSTANTINE Constantine and Vanessa .. ♥ I don't wanna brag, but I'll be the best you ever had .. ►♫ What if it's not worth it? What if I'm not worth it? I think we both know that ain't the case .." Baby, tonight you need that, tonight believe that tonight I'll be the best you ever had .. ►♫ YES. This had the WOW-ING, EXTRAMILE, MIND-BEING-BLOWN, and the whole SHA-BANG. I can honestly say it had me captivated with every page. It was short but 5 STARS .. AND I'll eat a plate of LASAGNA with you CONSTANTINE Constantine and Vanessa .. ♥ I don't wanna brag, but I'll be the best you ever had .. ►♫ What if it's not worth it? What if I'm not worth it? I think we both know that ain't the case .." Baby, tonight you need that, tonight believe that tonight I'll be the best you ever had .. ►♫ YES. This had the WOW-ING, EXTRAMILE, MIND-BEING-BLOWN, and the whole SHA-BANG. I can honestly say it had me captivated with every page. It was short but like the first book it worked! Meghan March does a really good job with the structure of her stories without it being "too slow" or "too fast". QUALITY over QUANTITY (#ForTheWin). Now back to the actual story .. BRILLIANT, GENIUS, and I could go on. I loved Van's whole "I'm a f*cking lady" attitude and rather than going the easy (in essence) way she makes "a deal with a devil". I admire her for going after what she wants and good for her for not letting pride get in the way. As for the leading man.. Con .. Constantine .. Mr. Leahy .. BE MY LEADING MAN! This guy MAN is one of my top BOOKHUSBANDS! I LOVE THIS GUY. He's all alpha male however it balances out because he RESPECTS his Princess. I loved their banter, their chemistry, and their story. Beneath This Ink Meghan March - Sleepless, Readmore. Twitter &&& Meghan March .. I love Lord already and Lucas kind of just barged his way into my heart without me realizing .. SO on that note .. LUCAS'S STORY NEXT PLEASE?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Catarina

    4 Second Chance Stars. In a sexy and sweet “rich girl trying to prove himself” meets “bad boy with some ghosts and a nice heart”, this second chance romance brings us the re-encounter of Con and Vanessa, two years after of a failed connection. This book was a nice surprise. For full disclosure I didn’t like it as much as much as the first in the series, but it was still a very enjoyable reading. A little slow in the beginning, but with an engaging pace after, quite well written and steamy, thi 4 Second Chance Stars. In a sexy and sweet “rich girl trying to prove himself” meets “bad boy with some ghosts and a nice heart”, this second chance romance brings us the re-encounter of Con and Vanessa, two years after of a failed connection. This book was a nice surprise. For full disclosure I didn’t like it as much as much as the first in the series, but it was still a very enjoyable reading. A little slow in the beginning, but with an engaging pace after, quite well written and steamy, this was a refreshing romance in a pleasantly surprising series. Very realistic characters, a nice background story with just enough drama and angst to keep us on our toes, and with an intriguing mystery that actually surprised me at the end. Definitely, books to keep on reading! Rating: 4 Stars. Steam: Hot. Sensible Subjects: (view spoiler)[ No. (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[ No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    Book – Beneath This Ink (Beneath #2) Author – Meghan March Publication Date – February 12, 2015 Genre –Romance w/a mystery Type – Companion Series Cliffhanger – No Rating – 3.5 to 3.75 out of 5 Stars Complimentary copy generously provided by author/tour host in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts - Story There were so many things about this book, I enjoyed. I loved how the author incorporated a mystery within a romance.  I also was so surprised I didn’t guess who the “bad guy” ended up to be Book – Beneath This Ink (Beneath #2) Author – Meghan March Publication Date – February 12, 2015 Genre –Romance w/a mystery Type – Companion Series Cliffhanger – No Rating – 3.5 to 3.75 out of 5 Stars Complimentary copy generously provided by author/tour host in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts - Story There were so many things about this book, I enjoyed. I loved how the author incorporated a mystery within a romance.  I also was so surprised I didn’t guess who the “bad guy” ended up to be. Now that more than anything else through me for a loop. I enjoyed the characters when we got further into the story. At first, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like the characters, especially Vanessa. She annoyed me at first with her “so-called” problems but she redeemed herself in no time and was easy to connect with. Re-Cap Vanessa needs a piece of land – Con has this land. Vanessa is a rich socialite – Con is a tattooed bad boy. They had one night in a drunken stupor and Vanessa ran away. Con doesn’t do relationships and Vanessa needs to marry the right man to take over the family business. What happens when Con makes a deal for Vanessa to get this land? Reason for Reading – Blog Tour Story – 3.75 out of 5 Stars Steam –  4 out of 5 Stars Angst – 3.5 out of 5 Stars Writing – 4 out of 5 Stars Content Flow – 3.5 out of 5 Stars Told In – Dual POV Heroine/Personality – Vanessa/Van – annoying at first but redeemed herself Hero/Personality – Constatine/Con – panty melting sexy caveman HEA (Spoiler) - Yes Would Read More from Author? Yes Recommend To – readers who love a good romance between a bad boy and a good girl with a bit of a mystery entwined around it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    “I never hated you. Just didn’t want to want you so bad. And now I don’t care—because you’re mine.” Con and Vanessa shared one night together, two years ago. But all Con can remember is the morning after when Vanessa tried sneak out of his bed. After exchanging some not so pleasant words they both went their separate ways, but Con never forgot Vanessa or the fact that she was way too good for someone like him. Now, Vanessa is back on his doorstep but this time asking for a favor. Con “I never hated you. Just didn’t want to want you so bad. And now I don’t care—because you’re mine.” Con and Vanessa shared one night together, two years ago. But all Con can remember is the morning after when Vanessa tried sneak out of his bed. After exchanging some not so pleasant words they both went their separate ways, but Con never forgot Vanessa or the fact that she was way too good for someone like him. Now, Vanessa is back on his doorstep but this time asking for a favor. Con decides that he's finally going to see where the chemistry between them goes and tells Vanessa that the only way he'll help is if se gives him a shot. Going on under the radar dates, so that no one will see the princess with the tattooed bad boy, they start a complicated relationship that has an expiration date. But when Vanessa gets caught up in a twisted game of blackmail, will that expiration date be sooner than either of them thought? This book was an amazing follow up from the first book in the series. Though it is part of a series, the book can be read as a standalone. I loved Con and his rough around the edges way of solving his issues. The story was actually completely different than what I was expecting but I loved it more than I thought I would. I was nervous to start a book about a rich princess and a bad boy because that's not my favorite thing but this blew my mind. Con interested me since I met him in the first book, which is why I had to read his story right away. I loved his character and how tough he was but sweet at the same time. He was adopted into a rich family but never quite fit in with that society so he left and joined the military. When he got back his adoptive parents were killed, which he blames himself for so he will do anything to track down the person responsible even after years of no leads. Con had money left to him but he never let it change him, and instead uses his money to help keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. It was great the way his character was kind of in two worlds at one time and the mix of privileged and not made this an even more interesting book. Vanessa wasn't the rich bitch I thought she would be and she actually cared about giving back to the community. I liked that she wanted to help better the community and that we got to see the not so perfect side to her world. Her and Con made the perfect couple of soft vs. hard and complimented each other really well. Van had a complicated relationship with her father and I actually wanted to see that play out differently in the end. I didn't understand the back and forth of her father being overly critical to him wanting her safe and cared for. Bottom line, this was a great addition to this series. We were introduced to more characters and I am dying to get their story. Still enjoying this series, so on to the next one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria...

    "4 Princess & Badass Tattoo stars" I really enjoyed this book!It has a bit of everything two great characters,funny,kind of mystery,dual pov and of course some hot and dirty sex!I loved Con and Vanessa because they were so different but that didn't stop them from falling in love and trying to make their relationship work... They both had their issues and insecurities that kept them from being happy...They were attracted to each other for a long time and now was their shot to have what they really "4 Princess & Badass Tattoo stars" I really enjoyed this book!It has a bit of everything two great characters,funny,kind of mystery,dual pov and of course some hot and dirty sex!I loved Con and Vanessa because they were so different but that didn't stop them from falling in love and trying to make their relationship work... They both had their issues and insecurities that kept them from being happy...They were attracted to each other for a long time and now was their shot to have what they really wanted... "In this shop, the only way a woman gets my time is if she's getting a tattoo,or is o her knees or her back" I liked their interactions and the way they tried to keep their attraction under control BUT failing miserable....because let me tell you they were all over each other...with some hot,dirty sex... But they had some sweet moments because they fell hard for each other... and couldn't live without each other... "You need to stop carrying me everywhere.I'm too heavy." "Shut up.You're fucking perfect." "Hold on to me princess.I need to know you're with me." "Baby you scared the hell out of me tonight.I could've lost you. Right now is not a good time to ask me to let you out of my sight. I can't do it.I need you next to me so I know you're safe." "So if you're waiting for my answer:I ain't done with you.I'll never be done with you.If you'd hated me for what I'd done, I would've found a way to change your mind.Because you're mine, and I'm yours-and I'm never letting you go." "It's a good thing you're not done with me, because it would've been really awkward when I handcuffed myself to your bed and told you I wasn't going anywhere." Enjoy!xxx

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I didn't come up for air ! This is the first book I've read of this author but it won't be my last ! I really enjoyed this ! It had passion, mystery and the right amount of heart melting moments !! Not to mention a gorgeous cover !!! I'm looking forward to the next book and my interest is really peaked for Lord ! I hope he gets a book !!! I didn't come up for air ! This is the first book I've read of this author but it won't be my last ! I really enjoyed this ! It had passion, mystery and the right amount of heart melting moments !! Not to mention a gorgeous cover !!! I'm looking forward to the next book and my interest is really peaked for Lord ! I hope he gets a book !!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5 Stars.. I am loving this series very much. This was the second book and it was about Con and Vanessa. Review to Come..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    Listened to the audio of this book. Ah the deliciousness that is the voice of Sebastian York. Not my favorite in the series, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it! Find me on: Listened to the audio of this book. Ah the deliciousness that is the voice of Sebastian York. Not my favorite in the series, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it! Find me on:

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✿kawehi.reviews

    ☆ I received an ARC via Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆ “We all see what we want to see…” Beneath this Ink was another great story from the wonderful Meghan March!! “I never hated you. Just didn’t want to want you so bad. And now I don’t care—because you’re mine.” Growing up as a Foster kid, Constantine “Con” Leahy has always felt that perfect “it” girl, Vanessa Frost, was totally out of his league. Always watching her from the shadows, one night magical night ☆ I received an ARC via Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆ “We all see what we want to see…” Beneath this Ink was another great story from the wonderful Meghan March!! “I never hated you. Just didn’t want to want you so bad. And now I don’t care—because you’re mine.” Growing up as a Foster kid, Constantine “Con” Leahy has always felt that perfect “it” girl, Vanessa Frost, was totally out of his league. Always watching her from the shadows, one night magical night from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ changes everything. And yet, he does not remember a single second of it. But she does! “We were like oil and water. Although that night, to be cliché, we’d been like fire and water.” Fast forward two years, and when Vanessa pops into his tattoo shop and propositions a business deal that could be his only opportunity-- Con sees it as his last chance to claim what has always been his. From there on, it’s tough and go and one hell of a mixture of fiery chemistry with both characters learning something new about one another and peeling back the façade, preconceived notions both have always kept about each other and from the world. But, as social castes come into the mix, dark vengeful motives and secrets surface... as well as Con’s and Vanessa’s gnawing insecurities paving the way…what will become of this unlikely couple? Can they succumb the tumultuous tests that are about to come their way? Can Vanessa prove herself and gather the courage to take the plunge despite the opposition of what society thinks? Can Con rise above the darkness that plagues his heart? And most importantly, can Con and Vanessa see beneath the scars and hurts and give into something that is real? Read and you will find out! #A great follow up to this dynamic series! Was nice to see an appearance from Charlie and Simon again! *does a happy dance* I hope Lord, Trey, and maybe Elle will get their own stories!! Maybe Lord and Elle together?! I think they’d be really cute together! Thank you Meghan for sending me the shout-out about this book’s blog tour and review opportunity!! I really appreciate you and am in love with your engaging stories and intriguing characters!♥ Hugs and kisses,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews As soon as I finished this book I wanted to go back and re-read the first book and then this one again because it is so easy to get wrapped up in these stories. Beneath This Ink runs somewhat simultaneous with the first book in this series, Beneath This Mask; some scenes overlap but they are not redundant in the least; they only give the reader a little bit more insight into the situation at hand. Having said that, you do not need to read BTM Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews As soon as I finished this book I wanted to go back and re-read the first book and then this one again because it is so easy to get wrapped up in these stories. Beneath This Ink runs somewhat simultaneous with the first book in this series, Beneath This Mask; some scenes overlap but they are not redundant in the least; they only give the reader a little bit more insight into the situation at hand. Having said that, you do not need to read BTM in order to read this book but I think that once you read this one you will probably feel the need to go back and read the first one. Complex, emotional, and sensual with a side of down and gritty sex, Beneath This Ink was impossible to put down and another fantastic offering from up and coming author Meghan March. I knew there was more to Constantine (Con) Leahy when he was introduced in book one but honestly, I had no idea how many layers there were to him and all of those layers make up one amazing individual. From a childhood no one should be forced to endure, to an adolescence he never was sure he deserved, to the time he spent serving our country, to the incident that changed his life forever Con is on a mission to see justice served and will do anything to make sure it happens. I can't even begin to express everything I felt for the things that happened in Con's life nor can I understand why he believes he isn't good enough for the woman he spent one night with 2 years ago; a night he doesn't remember with the woman he's wanted since his teens. There wasn't one thing I didn't love about this hero other than the fact that he felt inferior to some people which considering everything he had accomplished and everything he does for others is just crazy. We caught small glimpses of Vanessa (Van/Princess) Frost in the first book and to be honest at the start of this one I really wasn't sure how well I was going to like her, but as time went on it became apparent that he was kind of trapped in her life and was scared of going after what she wanted for fear of losing everything. On the outside it seems like she has everything; money, status in the community, prestige but in reality she has been living with a shame for most of her life and it has affected her greatly. On the cusp of finally being able to run the foundation that meant so much to her late mother, Vanessa needs one thing and she needs it from the one man she desperately wants even though she knows she can't have him. These two have a very complicated relationship from the start and I hate to even call it that given that Con basically blackmailed Vanessa into seeing him and while she claimed to be disgusted by it her actions quickly proved she was anything but. I loved the intensity between them; it was obvious how much they wanted one another even when they were trying to stay apart. I was completely entranced by the way these two fell for one another and by the fact that they both had wanted each other from a far for so long and the sex...omg the sex, whew...pass me a cigarette please! Con is this dirty talking, bike riding, smoking hot ex-Army Ranger, from the wrong side of the tracks and Vanessa is this buttoned up society princess but when they are together those lines are blurred and the more they are together we begin to see the real Con and the real Van and together they are flippin' spectacular. There's a little bit of mystery and some suspense in this story which only serves to further the plot line and make the book that much more engaging. We are introduced to some new characters both of whom intrigue me greatly and we get a chance to see a little of Charlie and Simon from the first book was well. Author Meghan March was one of my great finds last year as a new author and she only gets better with each book; she continues to impress me with the way she crafts her stories weaving all the pieces together into one extraordinary tale. Beneath This Ink is another fantastic offering from this author and I'll say it again...if you haven't discovered Meghan March for yourself now is the time to start! Review copy provided for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    5 Princess stars While I was reading Beneath this Mask, the first book of this series, I found myself really drawn to Constantine. And maybe a little bit rooting for him, which is probably not cool in terms of female solidarity since during the book he was a slut and a half. Yes I know, but I am a sucker for a bad boy with a dirty mouth and tattoos! Case in point Con Leahy: The quintessential bad boy with a chip on his shoulder and a craving for untouchable Vanessa Frost. Two years ago he finally h 5 Princess stars While I was reading Beneath this Mask, the first book of this series, I found myself really drawn to Constantine. And maybe a little bit rooting for him, which is probably not cool in terms of female solidarity since during the book he was a slut and a half. Yes I know, but I am a sucker for a bad boy with a dirty mouth and tattoos! Case in point Con Leahy: The quintessential bad boy with a chip on his shoulder and a craving for untouchable Vanessa Frost. Two years ago he finally had her in his bed but he was so drunk he can't remember much and that is eating him up inside. She shows up unexpectedly at his shop needing a favour from him. You begin this book with false impressions for both of them. The manwhore and the frosty socialite. I was glad to read more of them as more dimensional characters rather than the stereotype they initially portrayed. Con is full of anger and resentment that fuels and colours all his interactions with her. As they get to know each other under the surface so do you. I was already rooting for Con so it was no surprise that I kept at it throughout the book. He was bossy with a potty mouth and a penchant for pushing Vanessas buttons until he pushed too far. "Her knee shot up and caught me unaware. I stumbled back a step, grunting, and bent over as the sick feeling in my gut twisted. “Fuck, woman. Did you have to crush my balls?” She must have lowered her head because I could feel her breath on my ear when she spoke. “One, don’t ever talk to me like that again. I’m a fucking lady.[..]." "Men. Assholes. Every last one of them." “It’s not you—” “You’ve said that. It’s not me. Well, I’m the only other person up here, so if it’s not me, then who the hell is it you’re running from?” “Me! Don’t you get it? It’s not always about you! This is all too much.” Initially I thought Vanessa was a stuck up socialite with her fake smile screwed on tight taking care not to ruin her reputation. I dislike people that put so much stock on reputation and what people think or say. I didn't like her much until I got her POV and saw what made her tick. After the second chapter with her POV I really liked her. And by the end of the book I forgave her for initial "snobbishness". I loved reading their story. It had a few surprises regarding their pasts that I enjoyed and a major twist at the end that I didn't guess(the reason for the 5stars). As for the sexy times? Next one please!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Talltree

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. H had already met/wanted/slept with his h after which he slept with h of bk1, her best friend and any number of women before and after - apparently he gets bored easily...so I'm supposed to believe he was pining for his h all along, when he couldn't even remember the sex he had with h the next day and was whoring around like anything ??!! No way I'm believing in this HEA. H had already met/wanted/slept with his h after which he slept with h of bk1, her best friend and any number of women before and after - apparently he gets bored easily...so I'm supposed to believe he was pining for his h all along, when he couldn't even remember the sex he had with h the next day and was whoring around like anything ??!! No way I'm believing in this HEA.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Fun sexy, tattooed guy with a harley meets upper crust society woman. he judges her wrong she judges him wrong, sparks fly, tempers flare, and there are plenty of disapproving glares. He is a two hander with extra bits and knows how to swing it. He has what is called a magic penis Fun sexy, tattooed guy with a harley meets upper crust society woman. he judges her wrong she judges him wrong, sparks fly, tempers flare, and there are plenty of disapproving glares. He is a two hander with extra bits and knows how to swing it. He has what is called a magic penis

  14. 5 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    Bad Boy ⭐️ How in the world have I not found this Beneath series until now? Funny thing is I rated the first one 5⭐️, but this one is even better! If Beneath This Mask was sort of good guy-falls in love-with-the-bad-girl, Beneath This Ink is your classic bad boy-falls-for-the-good-girl-so-totally-out-of-his-league. I can’t resist that! “I wasn’t vain, but even I knew that being six-four, covered in tats, and built like a brawler had an effect on the ladies.” I’m starting to get used Bad Boy ⭐️ How in the world have I not found this Beneath series until now? Funny thing is I rated the first one 5⭐️, but this one is even better! If Beneath This Mask was sort of good guy-falls in love-with-the-bad-girl, Beneath This Ink is your classic bad boy-falls-for-the-good-girl-so-totally-out-of-his-league. I can’t resist that! “I wasn’t vain, but even I knew that being six-four, covered in tats, and built like a brawler had an effect on the ladies.” I’m starting to get used to the characters in this series having quick wit banter, or as the author says, “throwing words like grenades”. Alpha men, smart and funny heroines, what more could I wish for? Intriguing plot? Check. Smut? Check, check, check! “Sweetheart, if I can’t get you in my bed in three weeks, I don’t deserve to call myself a man. And when i get you there, it won’t have jack shit to do with that deed.” Right now, I definitely love Constantine “Con” Leahy way more than Simon. I’ve also started reading the third book, about Con’s brother, Lord. Let me just tell you, this high dose of testosterone might be fatal. If these books keep getting better and better, how am I going to survive 7!!! of them?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    My first read by this author and I REALLY enjoyed it! Sounds like I'm hooked on a new series!! :) My first read by this author and I REALLY enjoyed it! Sounds like I'm hooked on a new series!! :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    3.5 stars I’m really enjoying Meghan March’s Beneath series. So far the books have been low angst, high steam, and quick reads. Beneath This Ink is the second book in the New Orleans-based series and can be read as a standalone. Con Leahy is introduced in Beneath This Mask. He’s the owner of Voodoo, a local tattoo parlor. Con seems to be just another built tattooed bad boy. He certainly doesn’t have any business getting tangled up in the sheets with stuck-up socialite Vanessa Frost. The two have 3.5 stars I’m really enjoying Meghan March’s Beneath series. So far the books have been low angst, high steam, and quick reads. Beneath This Ink is the second book in the New Orleans-based series and can be read as a standalone. Con Leahy is introduced in Beneath This Mask. He’s the owner of Voodoo, a local tattoo parlor. Con seems to be just another built tattooed bad boy. He certainly doesn’t have any business getting tangled up in the sheets with stuck-up socialite Vanessa Frost. The two have a messy history, but Con wants Vanessa to give him a chance at a relationship. Vanessa needs Con’s help to secure the spot as her foundation’s head. If only outside forces would stop interfering, they just might discover there’s more beneath the surface of their appearances than either first thought. Con is sweet, despite his quick temper, and I love Vanessa’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude. The story dabbles in the area of body image issues, but I think the author missed an opportunity to make an even more impactful statement about today’s image-focused society. I enjoyed Beneath This Mask more because there was more plot in that book , but this was still an entertaining story and a nice palate cleaner after a heavy read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    Constantine Leahy!! BAM!!! That's all I'm gonna say!!! (Insert girly giggle) Constantine Leahy!! BAM!!! That's all I'm gonna say!!! (Insert girly giggle)

  18. 5 out of 5

    London

    Title: Beneath This Ink (Beneath #2) Author: Meghan March Rating: 3 stars POV: Dual HEA: (view spoiler)[ .Yes. (hide spoiler)] Heat/Steam 3/5 Cliffhanger: . No. Intolerable Heroine .No. Über Douchebagery .No. Taboo Subject Matter .No. Cheating: (view spoiler)[ .No. But there is sex in between the first time they hook up and 2 years later when they get together again. They weren't dating it was just a one night stand (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle (view spoiler)[ .No. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br" Title: Beneath This Ink (Beneath #2) Author: Meghan March Rating: 3 stars POV: Dual HEA: (view spoiler)[ .Yes. (hide spoiler)] Heat/Steam 3/5 Cliffhanger: . No. Intolerable Heroine .No. Über Douchebagery .No. Taboo Subject Matter .No. Cheating: (view spoiler)[ .No. But there is sex in between the first time they hook up and 2 years later when they get together again. They weren't dating it was just a one night stand (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle (view spoiler)[ .No. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    Con's story. The tatted bad boy and the society darling. They had one night together years ago, but Con was drunk and can't remember. As the story wears on, each of their lives are revealed a bit more, and they come to realize how similar they are despite their difference in upbringing. I listened to the audio and the narration was great. Con's story. The tatted bad boy and the society darling. They had one night together years ago, but Con was drunk and can't remember. As the story wears on, each of their lives are revealed a bit more, and they come to realize how similar they are despite their difference in upbringing. I listened to the audio and the narration was great.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. This is one of those books that I think really is more enjoyable in audio format largely because of the wonderful pair of narrators. This is the second book in the Beneath series but it can easily be read as a stand alone since it focuses on one pair of characters. This was a really quick and entertaining story that had a lot going for it. This book focused on Vanessa and Con. Vanessa is a rich girl worki This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. This is one of those books that I think really is more enjoyable in audio format largely because of the wonderful pair of narrators. This is the second book in the Beneath series but it can easily be read as a stand alone since it focuses on one pair of characters. This was a really quick and entertaining story that had a lot going for it. This book focused on Vanessa and Con. Vanessa is a rich girl working at a not for profit who needs something from Con. Con is a tattooed bad boy who is all alpha male. They have known each other since they were in school and even spent one night together a couple of years ago that Con can't remember and Vanessa can't forget. They strike a deal to spend a bit of time together before Con's land changes hands. I liked Con and Vanessa together. It was evident early on that there was more to each of these characters than the obvious and they seemed to see that in each other. There was a lot of chemistry between the pair from the start that only intensified over the course of the story. There were some pretty hot scenes and some that were more tender. There were a few things that I found problematic in the story. Vanessa's issue with eating in front of other people vanished really quickly with just a word from Con. If she had as big of an issue as it was made to be, I don't think that she would overcome it as fast as she did. I also wanted to see Vanessa speak up for herself more because she seemed to let everyone push her around. I was able to just go along with these things and enjoy the story despite these minor issues. I absolutely loved the narration of this audiobook. I have listed to two other books in this series with the same pair of narrators and that is what made me decide to purchase this audiobook. Sebastian York does such a good job at narrating a bad boy with a softer side and Andi Arndt captured Vanessa's personality perfectly. I think that the alternating points of view paired with different narrators really made the book come alive. I plan to listen to both of these narrators again soon. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I would definitely recommend picking up the audio in this book if at all possible because I think it adds to the overall experience. I hope to read more from this author soon. Initial Thoughts I love this pair of narrators. I know that I liked this book a lot more because I chose to listen to it rather than read the book myself. The story wasn't perfect but I enjoyed it anyway.

  21. 5 out of 5

    CeCe

    Could not connect. Maybe I just need to come back to this one. I just may need a break from stories with rich girl who needs to prove she is more. It is a "did not work for me, but may work for you" kind of book. Could not connect. Maybe I just need to come back to this one. I just may need a break from stories with rich girl who needs to prove she is more. It is a "did not work for me, but may work for you" kind of book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Beneath This Ink is the second book in the Beneath Series. I definitely have missed this series and eager to get back to it. In this book we see a story that features such a great couple but boy do they have some sexual tension. Meghan March just never ceases to disappoint even her older stories. I am always impressed with how engaging her writing is and she just always seems to pull me into a story. I didn't even need to read t This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Beneath This Ink is the second book in the Beneath Series. I definitely have missed this series and eager to get back to it. In this book we see a story that features such a great couple but boy do they have some sexual tension. Meghan March just never ceases to disappoint even her older stories. I am always impressed with how engaging her writing is and she just always seems to pull me into a story. I didn't even need to read the blurb to know that I would get a fun kick out of this book. And I definitely had a blast with Beneath This Ink. Con and Vanessa have known each other for each and they once had a one night stand and there has always been a level of sexual tension that vibrates between them. But Vanessa has a dream and her dream is keeping the business in the family. But she is a woman, and the investors aren't very optimistic in letting her run the show. She just needs support, the kind of support she could get from Con. But they come to an agreement, and their agreement soon turns into Con and Vanessa agreeing to a relationship together. But Vanessa is being blackmailed and she needs to find her way out of the situation while protecting Con. But not everything is as it seems and she and Con will need to come together to get to the truth of it all... Beneath This Ink was a fantastic book and I really fell in love. The first book I remember these characters and the levels of sexual tension that were hinted at. So it was so fun to see these two finally come together and get the background to their story. I really enjoyed so many aspects to this book. But most especially in seeing these characters come together in all the beautiful ways I like to see. They definitely have secrets and their own hurdles to get through but seeing them learn to overcome their challenges was packed with shining moments. This turned into a story that is a magnifier of fighting for those you love and never giving up on that HEA.....a lovely romance that won my heart!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I loved Beneath the Mask and I was very surprised by the book and well I try to go into things with an open mind doesn’t always work. Beneath the Mask got 4 stars. This book though got a whopping 5 it’s going to get a little rowdy in here. Oh Ms. March, now why would you do that? I wanted to hate Connor in the first book he was a bit of a douche. And even some of the first lines in the book being ‘I don’t go there twice unless there’s something worth going back for’ mentality a I loved Beneath the Mask and I was very surprised by the book and well I try to go into things with an open mind doesn’t always work. Beneath the Mask got 4 stars. This book though got a whopping 5 it’s going to get a little rowdy in here. Oh Ms. March, now why would you do that? I wanted to hate Connor in the first book he was a bit of a douche. And even some of the first lines in the book being ‘I don’t go there twice unless there’s something worth going back for’ mentality and why give a girl false hope when I’d all but forgotten her as soon as I’d slid the condom off my dick? I was still up for Constantine ‘Con’ Leahy. I actually love his character in the book. Con Leahy was adopted by the rich and the wealthy at the age of 11 years old and always felt as if he never belonged because he did come from the wrong side of the tracks. If the chip on his shoulder hadn’t been big then it certainly would have grown after the death of his adopted parents. After being released from Special Ops he opens a tattoo studio, a pawn shop, and a strip club to find out information about his parents. He spent one hot night with Vanessa and for him it is kind of vague. He remembers snippets but he isn’t sure. Not very nice. Every rich Southern girl has expectations to live up to with Vanessa Frost it is no different. She has worked for her forefather’s foundation and has always dreamt of running it. She is not the perfect princess everyone thinks she is and she doesn’t have a block of ice for a heart. That is why she wants to do anything possible even if that means going to the one man who you want but can’t have. Vanessa isn’t much better as she does a runna for no real reason as it doesn’t fit in her life plans. She didn’t have anything to prove per se but in the end she gave up her dreams so that the wrongs could be righted. She wants the deed to a bit of land that Con owns for the foundation. They strike a deal she gives him a shot at something real and she gets the deed. They keep it a secret for the time being. At a fundraiser Lucas Fucking Titan sees them and thinks that Vanessa is slumming. He wanted to use her to his advantage and get in her pants. He blackmails her into public appearances but has to keep it on the down low. On a personally level I don’t have the best relationship with food and I really understood her. It wasn’t a topic that continues throughout the book and a big issue wasn’t made out of it. Vanessa gets it under control in the book though. The truth comes out, choices are made and the chips fall where they do. I really enjoyed the plot of the story and am really surprised by this author. For all those ladies out there who need to know if it is safe, he is kind of a man whore there is nothing descriptive or anything with o/w. There is no drama of cheating or being with an o/w. Which for me personally is very refreshing. It is a dual POV which I loved and each character really comes out in each chapter. They had great sexual tension and were both so stubborn at the beginning to admit that they had feelings in fear of getting hurt.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Markéta

    3.5 stars!*** Second book in the series was a bit weaker than the first one. I don't know why, but it took me a lot of time to finally get into the plot. It wasn't boring or anything, it's just that the whole "I-say-I-don't-want-you-but-I-do" is getting bit old. And the "she's-rich-she's-so-much-better-than-me-she-would-never-want-me" is even older. If it's girl saying that I don't mind that much, but if a guy whines all the time about it than it's repulsive and annoying. Vanessa is a trust fond b 3.5 stars!*** Second book in the series was a bit weaker than the first one. I don't know why, but it took me a lot of time to finally get into the plot. It wasn't boring or anything, it's just that the whole "I-say-I-don't-want-you-but-I-do" is getting bit old. And the "she's-rich-she's-so-much-better-than-me-she-would-never-want-me" is even older. If it's girl saying that I don't mind that much, but if a guy whines all the time about it than it's repulsive and annoying. Vanessa is a trust fond baby, she's got a lot of money but she's still got some heart and conscience - more than most, actually. She works in a charity and wants to lead it one day. There only one thing left to do until she can achieve her dream. But there are sacrifices to be made. Con always used to be the guy you don't want to introduce to your parents. Doesn't matter that he was adopted by rich parents, that he was part of the army. When his parent were killed he changed. He's man with a single purpose on his mind - to get back at the one, who did it. They has spend one night couple of years ago. One that Con doesn't remember, but desperately wants to. So when she comes to ask him for a property she needs for her task, he wants something right back. He wants to be given a chance. A real shot at something with her. But he's not the only one who wants her. There's another player in the game. There were parts where I could barely stand Vanessa and parts where I wanted to hug her and say "me too, girl". I understand her fears about eating in public. I hate it too and if I had to eat a burger with someone I'm not entirely comfortable I'd rather starve. But I envy Van something. She got thin while I'm in constant fight with my body, gaining weight only by looking at food. I liked seeing more Con's sides. He's one charming motherfucker. I'd probably swoon too if I was him. Tattooes, motorcycle, muscles.. What's there not to love. Except for the fact that he's (or more acurately used to be) a total manwhore. He got through girls faster than I do with socks. The chemistry between those two seemed okay, although it was nothing extraordinary. But I have to admit that those two seemed perfect for each other. Opposites attract, right? The ending was surprising - not the ending ending, but who the culprit was. I certainly did not expect that. And the actual ending ending was sweet, not rushed, forced or overly romantic with hearts pouring out of the page to attack you. Although I enjoyed this one less than Beneath This Mask I'm looking forward to reading the rest of series. For more reviews visit: do-notdiewondering.blogspot.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendall Ryan

    I got to read this one early and absolutely LOVED it! Con and Vanessa sizzle!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    We have met Constantine (Con) and Vanessa in Book 1. They are the friends of the hero & heroine in the previous book. Book 2 -“Beneath This Ink” is their story. It is the story of a rich socialite and a tattooed bad boy. Con – being an adopted kid – has always thought Vanessa, who was born into a rich world, is too good for him, although it’s never stopped him from wanting her. Vanessa has always secretly admired him, as well. However, they have always known that their worlds are so very differen We have met Constantine (Con) and Vanessa in Book 1. They are the friends of the hero & heroine in the previous book. Book 2 -“Beneath This Ink” is their story. It is the story of a rich socialite and a tattooed bad boy. Con – being an adopted kid – has always thought Vanessa, who was born into a rich world, is too good for him, although it’s never stopped him from wanting her. Vanessa has always secretly admired him, as well. However, they have always known that their worlds are so very different and apart! One night, Vanessa is on the wrong side of the tracks and being a bit drunk and a great deal upset with her father, she jumps! without thinking. She hooks up with Con! He is pretty drunk, too. That night becomes an experience Vanessa can never forget but it destroys Con as he DOESN’T REMEMBER a thing about it! He has always wanted this woman and he gets his one-time chance, but he has no memory of it! After Vanessa runs away from his bed in the morning, saying it was a mistake and no one should know about it, Con is heart-broken, seeing he won’t ever get a real chance with her. Vanessa belongs to a sophisticated and classy world, where Con is always the outsider, the adopted kid, the tattooed-wild man - ergo, no good match for a perfection like Vanessa. Con has casual hook-ups but he never stays with a woman long enough to call her “a girlfriend”. Nobody sees how heart-broken he is behind his cocky façade. To everyone around him, he is the womanizer who likes variety every night. *********************************************** Two years later, Vanessa comes back into his life, asking for a favor related to the Foundation which is her family’s legacy and Con thinks that might be his second chance with her. And they make a deal which involves her giving him a second chance - albeit secretly. Then, there is Lucas Titan – who blackmails Vanessa for another deal. He was an interesting character - the anti-hero that you would hate at first. Knowing he is also going to be the hero of Book 4, I memorized everything he did and said :) *********************************************** Murders, attacks and other plots are woven into the story and things get more and more heated and complicated until secrets are revealed and justice is brought. When truth comes into the surface, many lives are shattered, though. Is what Con and Vanessa feel for each other strong enough to overcome all these obstacles? Well, it sure was and I loved them together. Their chemistry and interaction was awesome and I believed in what they felt for each other. She wasn’t the stuck-up princess he thought she was and he wasn’t the arrogant asshole she thought he was. Once they gave each other a real chance, they saw how good they were together! I also loved the straightforwardness of the characters and their blunt honesty. That was a solid 4-star read for me. Writing: The writing is good and it flows. It is emotional, hot and fun as well as being captivating. It is written in dual point of view. Safety: - No celibacy after the first hook-up. - No cheating after they give each other a second chance.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I liked what was beneath his ink :-) Great plot Con was adopted into high society Vanessa was born into it Vanessa was a girl who he thought was out of his league Con was a man Vanessa desired secretly One drunken night brought them together and vanessa did the walk of shame. Con didn't feel part of Vanessa's world being adopted into money and when his parents were killed, Con was out for revenge and wouldn't rest until he found their killer. Con knew his routes and helped young boys on the streets r I liked what was beneath his ink :-) Great plot Con was adopted into high society Vanessa was born into it Vanessa was a girl who he thought was out of his league Con was a man Vanessa desired secretly One drunken night brought them together and vanessa did the walk of shame. Con didn't feel part of Vanessa's world being adopted into money and when his parents were killed, Con was out for revenge and wouldn't rest until he found their killer. Con knew his routes and helped young boys on the streets ran a gym and fed and cared for those boys like they were his own at the same time still investigating his parents deaths. A meeting brought Vanessa and Con back together & this is their story in which deals are made,blackmail,mystery and lies uncovered and a revelation that love doesn't have a society.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl C. Nash

    Not bad at all, for a book that I picked up ON A WHIM!!!! :D And in case you wondering Meghan March, I want Lucas's story next!!!!! Not bad at all, for a book that I picked up ON A WHIM!!!! :D And in case you wondering Meghan March, I want Lucas's story next!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    It's not the book, it's me. I just wasn't feeling it at all...then: dang it if she didn't suck me in with the supporting cast. UGH! Now I'm curious. I guess I'm not marching out on Meghan yet. It's not the book, it's me. I just wasn't feeling it at all...then: dang it if she didn't suck me in with the supporting cast. UGH! Now I'm curious. I guess I'm not marching out on Meghan yet.

  30. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    4 ‘Princess and the Bad Boy’ stars Privileged rich girl who is sweet but damaged, and a tattooed bad boy who is actually a sweetheart – epic chemistry, awesome sexy time, a forbidden-ish romance, some drama and a nice amount of swoon… I loved this one! It’s the second book in the Beneath series and though both of these characters were introduced in the first book, Beneath This Mask, this one could easily be read as a standalone. Constantine Leahy was fostered into a loving family as an 11 year ol 4 ‘Princess and the Bad Boy’ stars Privileged rich girl who is sweet but damaged, and a tattooed bad boy who is actually a sweetheart – epic chemistry, awesome sexy time, a forbidden-ish romance, some drama and a nice amount of swoon… I loved this one! It’s the second book in the Beneath series and though both of these characters were introduced in the first book, Beneath This Mask, this one could easily be read as a standalone. Constantine Leahy was fostered into a loving family as an 11 year old and though they loved him and gave him all that he needed, he was never accepted into the wealthy world inhabited by his new parents. Upon their brutal deaths, he withdrew from society and started taking care of himself – he bought tattoo studio Voodoo (which he now runs), as well as some other businesses, but he still mourns the death of his adopted parents and continues his search for their killer. Vanessa’s whole life revolves around the high society world that Con has abandoned. At 30 years old she loves her job working at her family’s charity organisation, and she lives the life of a society princess – attending functions, schmoozing the wealthy who donate to her cause, and trying to live up to her family’s expectations. She is very much a product of her upbringing, but she is kind and caring, and has amazing strength and a stubborn streak that make her a fantastic character. Vanessa and Con have known each other since high school, and two years ago they had a drunken one-night-stand. Vanessa remembers it as the greatest sexual experience of her life, Con remembers absolutely nothing – and hates the fact, but figures it’s for the best because she is so far out of his league. When Vanessa approaches Con asking for a favour, he doesn’t want to miss out a second time so he agrees to help her if she’ll agree to give him a chance. “You hated me.” “I never hated you. Just didn’t want to want you so damn bad. And now I don’t care - because you’re mine.” But the charity running society princess and the tattooed bad boy being together would cause all sorts of issues in both of their worlds, so they agree to keep their agreement quiet. And so, on quiet dates and secret encounters they get to know each other properly, and the chemistry that has always been between them finally gets a chance to develop into something. I love these two together! Vanessa doesn't hold back with Con, allowing her true spirit to shine, and I loved the snark and banter. But they're both smart and sensible, and they're honest about how they’re feeling and as much as they may try to resist (figuring that there’s no way they can have a future together), their relationship develops naturally and realistically with lots of sweet, funny, flirty moments. The sexual tension is absolutely fantastic – as is the resulting sexy time (HOT!!!) and the emotion between them builds beautifully. “Hold on to me princess. I need to know you're with me.” But can two people from two different worlds have a real shot at forever? And what happens when those two worlds clash? There’s all sorts of things happening in both of their worlds, and it makes their situation a complicated one, but it makes this a really intriguing read and creates a great conflict for them to work through without any of the stupid behaviour or frustration that kills a book for me. Like the first book, the drama is handled in a way where it adds to the story and aids in the characters’ development, actually enhancing the story, and I really appreciate Meghan March’s ability to do that. Both Con and Vanessa have issues that they need to sort through personally before they can have their happy ever after, and I thought that part of the story was really well done. Vanessa, in particular, went through a lot in this book, and though it did get a bit extreme (and eye rolling) at times, I really enjoyed watching her rise above with it all, and seeing her find herself and claim the future she wanted was great to see. And Con just stole my heart. Bad boy with a heart of gold is always a winner for me, and based on the last book alone I knew that’s exactly what we were going to get with Con. But seeing him with Vanessa was a real treat, and I loved the way he protected and cared for his girl. They’re both fantastic characters, and their dynamic and the way they fought for their future together was sensational. “If you're waiting for my answer: I ain't done with you. I'll never be done with you. If you'd hated me for what I'd done, I would've found a way to change your mind. Because you're mine, and I'm yours - and I'm never letting you go.” … “It's a good thing you're not done with me, because it would've been really awkward when I handcuffed myself to your bed and told you I wasn't going anywhere.” This book takes place during the same timeline as the first book in the series, so there is a bit of Simon and Charlie, but it’s the introduction to Lord that really intrigued me, and I’m so looking forward to reading his book next. I’m loving this series, and this book was a great addition. 4 stars. Note – I listened to this one as an audiobook and Sebastian York and Andi Arndt do an amazing job bringing this story to life. They are two of my favourite narrators, and this one was a real treat to listen to.

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