Secrets and Ink (Secrets #1) by Lou Harper ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Secrets and Ink Title: Secrets and Ink (Secrets #1)

Author: Lou Harper

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


When Karma writes you a ticket, pay up or else…

If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.

When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.

During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.

As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.


This was a fun read. Full of mishaps and a mystery that kept me chuckling while clinging to the edge of my seat. The overall tone was light and sarcastic. It showcased Jem’s personality without being in your face or overly snarky. I loved the interactions between Nick and Jem. I could feel Nick’s frustration and couldn’t help but be sympathetic towards Jem’s unnatural tendency to invite mischief. The author did a great job presenting a well written and interesting story. I really enjoyed this one.

However, the romance left me a little confused. There was not enough time spent on the relationship for me to understand why these men moved passed anything other than attraction and lust. The end focuses on them potentially moving in together, and I guess they did spend some time together during all of the murder mystery mayhem, but I felt like too much happened behind the scenes and I was left confused as to why these men were ready for that step.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this start to the Secrets series. It was a fun read and I am looking forward to Olly’s story.

Buy Links

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Amazon UK
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Kobo UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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