Blog Tour | Review: Inked by Sarah Darlington

Title: INKED
Author: Sarah Darlington
Release Date: July 13th
Secret Pregnancy
All the feels


Men like Nick should come with a warning label... don’t touch. He walked into the shop, smelling like heaven, wanting his first tattoo, and I should have refused his business. Because I knew the moment I set eyes on him, I didn’t stand a chance. Still, I fell down the rabbit-hole with him.

Now, he’s gone, moved on, and the result of our one-night stand is left growing inside me. I’ll probably never see this man again.


It was only supposed to be a little ink. A parting gift to myself from myself. Because when your girlfriend dumps you for a famous rockstar, you leave. You move on. You get the hell out of town and forget all about her. But I never counted on meeting Amanda before I left. Or the night we shared. Or the mark she left when she put her ink on my skin.

I have to go back. For her.

*INKED is a full-length standalone with a HEA.


Once upon a time, I read a book called Kill Devil Hills that made a big impression on me. I fell hard for the two main characters and their story has stayed with me over the years. So I was excited to return to North Carolina’s Outer Banks with Sarah Darlington’s latest release, Inked.

Nick and Amanda had an unforgettable encounter when he came to her for a tattoo. When their one night together resulted in a pregnancy, Amanda panicked, certain that Nick was out of her league and would leave her high and dry, and told him the baby wasn’t his. What came next was the story of two people slowly opening up, learning to trust, and figuring out they are better together than apart.

What was endearing to me about Nick and Amanda is that they both felt that the other was out of their league. Amanda viewed Nick as wealthy and privileged and Nick thought Amanda was carefree and creative and wouldn’t be interested in him (especially after his ex told him he was boring). Nick had been diagnosed with Panic Disorder and it was heartbreaking to see the toll the panic attacks took on him. His outward persona was one of charming confidence but in reality he was self-conscious about the panic attacks and very much an introvert.

Nick was very all-in and committed from early on which seemed rather unlikely, but I rolled with it. It was easy to do because he was just such a sweetheart. They both leaned on one another and needed each other for comfort and support even before they could recognize or admit that to each other. Their path wasn’t conventional, but I enjoyed watching them figure out their way together. Inked was a sexy-sweet story of two gentle souls who accepted each just as they were.

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Sarah Darlington
Sarah Darlington was born in Colorado and grew up all over the United States. These days, she calls Virginia home, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and large dog. The best word to describe Sarah is 'creative.' She's passionate about designing, crafting, and photography. But most of all... she loves creating stories through her writing. Her romance books are sexy and heart-gripping at their core, guaranteed to make you swoon. Any of them can be read as a stand-alone, but all are connected within the same world.
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  1. I agree it seems a little weird for the guy to be completely committed from the beginning, but it's nice!

    1. Maybe not totally believable but still totally sweet. :)

  2. Aww, it sounds like such a sweet read! I haven't read this author but I'll have to now after seeing your thoughts. Great review!

  3. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I need to read it!

  4. Dealing with panic attacks on a regular basis would be tough! My heart would go out to Nick. Sounds like a nice romance. I'll have to check the author out.

    1. Exactly. I really felt for Nick and what he was dealing with.

  5. Aww...this is a book I so need in my life. I especially love that these two didn't think they were good enough for the other. Panic Attacks are horrible so I really relate to the hero in that way.

    Great review.

    1. Sarah did a great job at showing how much the panic attacks affected Nick's life.

  6. i do enjoy beachy stories of any kind
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. Oh wow, I can already tell this is a relationship I'd be rooting for. The characters sound wonderful and I do love that Outer Banks setting.

    1. I think most (if not all) of Sarah's books are set on the Outer Banks and that's always a draw for me, too. :)

  8. This sounds like such a feel-good story! Adding it to my TBR!