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Summary

He’s raising a baby, not looking for love.… 

I don’t want a serious relationship, and certainly not with the single dad next door. But one look at Gordo? I’m smitten. Even though I might be a tough looking tattoo artist, I know that the ink does a lot to hide my own insecurities. It doesn’t matter how much Gordo seems to like me - I can’t bring myself to make a move. 

Talking has never come easy to me - and I mean that literally. But Gordo doesn’t seem fazed by my speech problems or the mess in my head, and soon we’re forming a deep connection. But I learned a long time ago that nothing lasts forever…and when a blast from Gordo’s past shows up, it proves that everything was too good to be true. 

At least, that’s what the old me would say. This time, I know that Gordo and his little baby are worth fighting for. I’m willing to walk through fire to get what I want. But can a tattoo artist with a checkered past really be any guy’s happily ever after? 

Daddy Ink is the first of the Get Ink’d m/m romance series. The Get Ink’d crew are misfits from all walks of life who come together to create amazing art. They’re a family born of love, loss, and ink. In this first in series, ambitious single dad Gordo has met his match in heavily inked Javi, and sparks are ready to fly. 

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Excellent

I absolutely love when stories bring in the elements that are in this story. They were handled so well and beautifully. The characters have so much depth and raw emotion. They were strong and fierce as well as soft and squishy. The plot was interesting and the twists kept me guessing. I loved all the mountains and ant hills the characters weathered together. It was a really touching story. The narration was done well. I liked how Mcguire portrayed Javie

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This was a very entertaining audiobook. I really enjoyed this story. It was a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to listen to more.

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Sweet, sexy slow-burn

Great story that took me on an emotional journey. Gordo and Javi have both been wounded and carry those insecurities and scars skin deep. It's terrifying for them to be vulnerable and try again. My heart broke for their struggles and it was beautiful to see them both grow. The narrator did a great job of bringing these characters to life.

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Good performance

I had high hope for this story, but in the end was a little disappointed. The story was good (flowed well and had natural progression), but I had a hard time really enjoying the main characters. The side characters were much more enjoyable and I look forward to reading their stories, but this is not one that I will be re-reading. The narration is the one thing that kept this story from being a complete flop in my opinion. Maguire did a great job with the characters and the varying voices.

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I loved Daddy Ink

I loved Daddy Ink. Ali Lyda is a new author to me and this is the second book I’ve read. I loved it and really can’t wait to read more. I don’t have any tattoos, but I seem to love reading books that include tattoos and this one did not disappoint. I loved Gordo and Javi and that both had issues and that their story took work and time and struggles. It was great to read and I really liked all the secondary characters and can’t wait to read their stories too. I definitely recommend it. I really liked the narrator’s voice and the slight differences between characters. I enjoyed the pace and inflection. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by Jack J. Maguire.

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A struggle

I’ve struggled with this review even though I finished the book a week ago. When I read the synopsis I was super excited. Single dad? Check. Hero with a disability? Check. Tattoos? I’d never get one but I have great admiration for those who both give and receive. So the set up was everything I was looking for. And the book did deliver, in part. I’ll start with what I loved – the damaged heroes. Gordo is a single dad and not by choice. He’s struggling to raise Guiliana facing all the angst a new parent does. Am I good enough? Will I make mistakes? What if I damage her for life? When will I ever get a good night’s rest? It’s not surprising he’s livid when the people at the house next door jack up the music. He takes his restless daughter over and raises a ruckus of his own. He encounters a beautiful inked man who is silent. But soon after the music dies down and Gordo is able to return to his house and put his daughter back to sleep. Thus begins a series of chance encounters between Gordo and Javi. At times this was a slower burn. Javi has some serious issues in his life – not the least of which is his stutter. It keeps him shut off from people because he fears ridicule – and rightly so. I love that with Gordo’s support, Javi begins to come out of his shell. Is willing to take more risks. Tries harder to engage with the people around him and not just his inner circle. I also loved that there wasn’t a ‘fix’ for Javi’s stuttering. People live with issues like that and there’s nothing wrong with it. He doesn’t need to be miraculously ‘cured’ to live a happy and fulfilling life. Here’s where I struggled – there were so many misunderstandings between Gordo and Javi that it felt they spent more time apart nursing hurt feelings than actually together building a strong relationship. A few times a simple conversation might have cleared everything up. I get being so hurt as to not trust, but a bit more faith would have been nice. Finally I need to mention the narrator. At first I thought his delivery was different because of Javi’s stutter (something he did do well) but I realized it was an all-around thing. It felt lazy because he’d say area-er and media-er. There were many words where an ‘r’ was added to the last syllable. Then there were words that were just wrong – envelope-ing. Finally, there were no pauses between scene breaks and it disoriented me. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I’ve already secured the next one because I want Dane and Christian’s story. And I’m relieved to see there’s a new narrator. I don’t want to discourage people from buying this audio because there was plenty I enjoyed. Perhaps try a sample before you decide.

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Super sweet

Ali Lyda created a great start to the series. Was not sure about Jack Maguire but he did a great job with the narration. So jappy book 2 is already available. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed listening this book but it is quite emotional as we learn about how Javi grew up and about his insecurities. Also with Gordo he’s a single father with baggage as well. They have some chemistry when they meet but it’s difficult for them to connect. The narrator has done brilliant job with the characters. As this is the first in the series I look forward to the next book.

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There are several tattoo shop series around and if you have any doubts about adding this one to your list of those to read, pay no attention to those doubts. This is going to be a great series. I loved both the main characters with all the baggage from their pasts. Both can be stubborn, unreasonable and often expect the worst and act on that expectation rather than seeing what the reality is, but their backstories are well developed and you completely understand why they act the way they do. It is heartbreaking to watch at times as they get in their own way and nearly ruin a great thing but finally they recognize what they have and the family they can build. The set up reminds me a bit of the Wrecked series set in a gym written by Kelly Fox in the sense that we get to meet various guys from the tattoo shop and I assume will learn their stories as time goes on. I had a good feeling that series would only get better and better and it has. I feel the same way about this one. Jack J. Maguire does a wonderful job with all the voices. He captures these guys pain and confusion as they try to work out their relationship and each of the secondary characters have distinct voice characterization.

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Gordo and Javi

Gordo was married for 6 yrs and they were having a baby, but hubby leaves early on in the pregnancy leaving Gordo to look after his daughter as a single dad. His new next door neighbour Javi loves to party and Gordo has to ask him to turn down the music. They become friends first and it's a sweet story, great start to a wonderful series.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 03-07-20

Slow Burn to Happily Ever After

'Daddy Ink', the first installment in the 'Get Ink'd' series, is a romance between Gordo, a recently divorced father of an infant daughter and Javi, a talented tattoo artist. I was offered the opportunity to request a free review copy of this audiobook. I saw that it held one of my favorite plots: single parent, and decided to ask for it. This is my voluntary review. The first half of this book involves the very slow burn between Gordo and Javi. Each man has insecurities that prevent them from acknowledging their feelings for each other. The plot involves a lot of assumptions being made about the other man and not a lot of communicating going on. This gets a little tedious and repetitive, I suppose it's an effort to reinforce that they both have issues to work out. About halfway through the book the relationship gets started in earnest and this is where I start to like it more. The romance between Gordo and Javi is sweet and loving, and once they begin to communicate their fears to each other it only gets better. I enjoyed the scenes from Get Ink'd, the tattoo shop in which Javi works. The subplots from the shop are interesting and hopefully we'll get a lot more of those in future installments. Narrator Jack J Maguire does a pretty nice job. I liked his emotional expression. He has some oddly pronounced words that stuck out, but didn't ruin the story for me. Recommended.

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  • BookWyrm
  • 01-07-20

Long slow burn

I enjoyed the story here and both Javi and Gordo certainly had their issues to work through. This led to a very slow burn romance between them and was perhaps drawn out more than it needed to. The peeks into Chris and Dane’s relationship has me looking forward to their whole story. The narrator did an adequate job though his performance isn’t one I anticipate listening to again often.

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  • April 🎧 Reads
  • 27-06-20

Slow & steady

This one felt longer than it should have been. The pace was slow. Understandably so, since both MCs are working through their own issues. But it just felt a tad drawn out. Definitely a slow, slow burn. Javi was a wonderful character, even if riddled with a lot of self esteem issues. He has a big heart and apparently, quite the artist. But boy does he do a lot of running. Gordo was another great character. All the insecurities and nervous energy of being a first time parent, it made him always on edge. I stressed for him. As much as it was very slow paced, I enjoyed how their relationship progressed. I was thrilled when they finally got their HEA. This is my first book that is a Jack Maguire narration. He did great in establishing voices for each characters. My only issue was his accent, I realize it’s to establish the character’s local diction.. but I struggled understanding a lot of the words he was saying, I had to scan the ebook to figure out what it was. And it made me cringe every time he says Giuriana. 😑 ** thanks to GRR for the opportunity to listen and review**

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  • Aerielle
  • 25-06-20

Good story

This story was so good. I love single dad stories and this one did not disappoint! There is a lot of walking away between Javi and Gordo and even when they FINALLY admit their feelings for each other things still aren’t easy. The narration was meh for me. Not good but not bad either, just meh.

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  • Clau
  • 25-06-20

A great first book in a series

This is a very sweet story, with characters who are facing real issues and who are easy to understand. Gordo may seem like an asshole, but if you have been exhausted, sleep-deprived and longing for just a bit of time to take a shower without having the door open you can get why he snaps as he does :P Javi is a fantastic character, caring and with a heart made of pure gold, but riddled with self-doubt rooted deep into his past. They made a fantastic couple, and mostly, they are dealing well with their issues, although I'd have preferred that they fixed his relationship without the car accident. I like the hints about the couple for the next book, and I'm very curious about what's going on between those two. Jack J. Maguire's narration wasn't one of my favourites TBH. It's not bad, just not for me.

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  • Denise
  • 16-07-20

new to me author

I love this story. I can't wait to see what happens to the other characters in The Following books. I love how it is a slow build Romance. Almost like real life. the psalter is definitely new to me but I really appreciated the storyline and how the story was told. The narration was on point as well. If you want a good story this is one to read

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  • The Book Wench
  • 11-07-20

Disappointing!

The story of the single dad and the tattoo artist should have been a winner because it had so many things going for it. Single dads, for one thing...they are the ultimate in sweet vulnerability and we're wired to admire them and root for them for taking on what single mothers do without as much fanfare. Then there's the teddy bear tattoo artist with the speech impediment, which is his vulnerable spot...that and a past which has left him with serious self-confidence issues. The bones for a touching story are all here. But Gordon "Gordo" Black and Javi (he's part Ecuadorian, so I'm assuming his first name is really Javier) meet under less than auspicious circumstances and then dance around each other until the last four chapters of a 30-chapter book! And usually, it's because Gordo, father to baby Guiliana, is immature and hurts the sweet-tempered Javi, and Javi retreats every time to protect himself. I was very annoyed for the entire book. It would have been nice if the performance had at least gone some way towards mitigating the irritation of Gordo being a jerk all the time, but the actor's performance was too often stilted, especially when it came to reading "he said" and other such dialogue markers. It threw me off every time, which was also all the way through the book!

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  • Emma Brown
  • 11-07-20

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this story when I read it and hearing it brought to life via audio was just what I needed to make my daily commute better! Now for book 2!

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  • JulyP
  • 11-07-20

Wierd

My biggest issue where the characters personalities. There is something off with them at some point, but particularly with Gordo. Javi is a tattooist with self confidence issues caused by a life of foster care and bullying due to his stuttering. He's grown into the idea that he doesn't deserve true love nor a family. Narration good, but story nope... please research all forms of handicaps

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 11-07-20

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

This is such a sweet, and sometimes heart wrenching story. I wanted to hug Javi many, many times, until he felt love and acceptance. Both men are struggling with their own demons, and Gordo is a single father to a sweet baby girl. They didn’t meet under the best of circumstances, but Javi feels an internal tug to fix it. Both men struggle with their feelings for each other, and old hurts and habits get in the way as well. This was such a good book. I got lost in it. The narrator was incredible. I chuckled a few times at some of the pronunciations, but I really enjoyed his voice. He did a great job with the characters, and an incredible job with Javi’s stutter and the another character who suffered from loss of hearing. It took me a while to figure out why he sounded so familiar, but the narrator sounds a lot like Casey Kasem!