Title: Ink Enduring
Series: Montgomery Ink Book 5
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.
Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him—it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else...or at least he thinks he is.
Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.
Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.
It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.
Jake Gallagher and Maya Montgomery have been friends for over ten years. Ten years of boyfriends and girlfriends coming in and out of both of their lives. And both were fine with that, after all, they were only friends. Right? Then Jake started getting serious with a girl and it opened Maya's eye's and made her realize that she feels more for Jake than just friendship. Much more. She hides her feelings because she doesn't want to screw up the close relationship they have, and if that means having her heart shatter over seeing him happy with another woman, so be it.
But then Border Gentry walks back into Jake's life and everything Jake and Maya thought was simple suddenly gets very complicated. Border was Jake's best friend when they were younger, a friend that turned to more when they became lovers. Border left all those years ago for reasons that he never told Jake, but now he's back to get the man he never forgot. And when he shows up and meets Maya, he finds that the chemistry he has with Jake, he somehow also shares with Maya. Now the three friends just have to decide if exploring this crazy chemistry is worth losing each other if it all goes wrong.
How could I not love this book? It had everything a girl could possibly want, the sexiness of two men, a bad ass heroine, an amazing family presence, oh and did I mention sexiness of two men. Just saying.
I knew from the very beginning of this series that Maya and Jake would end up together. Even when they were "just friends" in the previous books there was still that hidden chemistry that came out now and then. Or maybe it was just me and my wishful plea for a friends to lovers story, who knows. Either way, I never thought their story would turn into this hot as hell menage with with this mysterious man that comes to town for Jake. I was ridiculously happy with all of it, though.
I loved how each character had their own struggles they had to get through about the relationship and we got to see every second of it. Jake seemed to be the center of it all, since he was Maya's friend and Border's friend, yet Border and Maya weren't friends before this. But his character never took over the main focus, which actually kind of surprised me, and was something I really liked. Bottom line, they were all just amazing characters to read about.
The only issue I had with the story was Border's reasoning for coming back to Denver. I felt like the "danger" that was lurking between the pages wasn't explained enough for it to truly connect to the story. It wasn't something that was brought up a whole lot so it didn't bother me too much, but I still would have liked to know more about it.
Overall, this series is definitely worth the read if you haven't started it yet. The Montgomery family is one that will have you laughing, falling in love, falling in lust and wanting to head to the nearest tattoo shop. Jake's family is also getting a series and I already know I will love the Gallagher family just as much as the Montgomery's.