Title: Solitude, Artistic Pricks, #3
By: Cat Mason
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Tour Host: DRC Promotions
“The most powerful spark is the one that can reignite the fire that has long gone out.”
After losing his fiancé, Mitchell Taylor abandoned everything that reminded him of her and retreated home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Now his life consists of three things: drowning his pain in the bottom of a vodka bottle, tattooing bodies in the shop he co-owns with his best friend and pissing off their office manager, Shelby. Not only does she infuriate him by challenging everything he does, but fighting with her pushes back the ghosts that haunt him.
Taking control of her future at a young age, Shelby Winston never let anyone or anything get to her. Until now. Mitch is unpredictable. One minute he is drunk and making her want to pull her hair out, the next he is doing something crazy like saving her life.
While every argument between the two has everyone around them waiting for bloodshed, something else is bubbling beneath the surface. There’s no going back once you cross that line, and once the tension erupts into something else, it could change everything forever.
“I have no memories, or even a photograph, of the woman I not so lovingly refer to as my incubator.”
“Chicks before the Pricks and all that. Besides, you’re not a secretary, Shel, you’re a badass office Pricktator.”
“I clench the fork in my hand like a fucking shank. Visions of stabbing him like a prison inmate who stole my pie enter my head.”
“A monthly punctuation survival kit… The word period just isn’t enough to describe the horrific things that happen to a woman’s body during that time. It’s all too clear that a man coined that term. Sure, it ends your good time for a few days a month, so it can’t be a comma or anything like that… I like to view our monthly curse as more of an exclamation point. Because the first sentences out of a woman’s mouth when she gets hers ends in one.”
“I faked it. Clenching and moaning at all the right times, I stroked his ego like he was going off to war while secretly shaking my head in disbelief at the absolute waste of snake.”
“I decide to shower since I look like a circus clown who drove a convertible through a car wash. I can’t help laughing at myself when I look in the mirror. My makeup has streaked down my face so badly that I wouldn’t be shocked if my nipples weren’t rocking my eyeliner and lip gloss.”
“I know exactly what this is. It’s a bitchervention.”
“I realize now why there were pieces of Mitch’s puzzle that were missing. It’s because it is where I fit, where the parts of us belong in his life that we will put together as a couple.”
Solitude had me either barking, snorting, or whimpering as I read. Ms. Mason uses her craft to elicit every type of emotion. While poor Mitch is a miserable husk of his former self through much of the story, the dialog, snark, and clever banter created a near permanent smirk on my face. I adored Shelby, she is a feisty spitfire and full of spunk and clever wit. She challenged and sparred with Mitch who had all but shut down in his downward spiral of grief. Their story and path was not an easy one as they are both stubborn and passionate people who basically cannot speak without profanity and invectives, even with their endearments. The writing was absorbing and well-paced, the story was entertaining, heartbreaking, and humorous – does that sound contradicting? Well, it was, and it worked, and I loved it and wanted more. Cat Mason has a new fan-girl.
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Other Books In The Series
Significance, Book Two
Mitchell Taylor has spent most of the last five years overseas serving his country. Finally home after months of being separated from his longtime girlfriend, Becky, has him ready for change.
Between celebrating and adjusting to him being home, the couple soon learn they aren’t on the same page with their relationship. Pain, loss, maddening friends, and fear of the unknown will test them both as they come to terms with what is really important. Love.
Will Becky let fear and doubt rob her of the happily ever after with her sailor? Laughter, tears, triumph, and tragedy are all significant parts of life that we all face whether we like it or not. It’s all how we deal with them that make us who we are.
This is their story.
Contains adult content and subject matter. Significance is prequel to Gravity, book one in the Artistic Pricks Ink series and a companion novella to Solitude, book two.
Gravity, Book One
"There has to be something on this Earth that holds you here, other than Gravity."
Luke Hanlon was focused on anything but his own life.The happiness of everyone else came before his own. He worked hard to build Artistic Pricks Ink into the profitable business that it is today and yet, it isn't enough anymore. Something is missing. Someone.
With no one to focus on, but himself, Luke is forced to take a long hard look in the mirror and doesn't like what he sees. Then he meets his mom's neighbor and something clicks into place. But can he handle what comes along with her? Can he let go of the hurt in his past and see what is in front of him?
Kionna Slade is a good girl. She helps her neighbor, she doesn't go wild and crazy. She's independent and doesn't need anyone. After losing her mother and an accident stole her dream of being a Vegas Showgirl, her life took a turn in a direction she never dreamed it would. Now 'Sabrina' runs the show at night, allowing Ki to dance again. Keeping Kionna and Sabrina separate is her main goal, until Luke. Luke Hanlon will throw a wrench in everything she ever thought.
Lives are changed and things explode all around them as they are pulled together. Luke can't stay away, even if his heart and possibly both their lives could be threatened. Can Kionna and Luke find a way to hold onto each other or will they forever be grasping at what they can't have?