In Regina Cole’s steamy novel of hot ink and delicious angst, two tortured artists take a leap of faith—but the past threatens to tear them apart.
After her parents pull the plug on her college fund to finance their nasty divorce, Hailey Jakes is desperate to pay her own way and finish her degree in graphic design. She can hardly believe her luck when the sexiest guy she’s ever seen hires her to be the receptionist at his tattoo shop. With sea-blue eyes, jet-black hair, and full sleeves of tattoos on his muscular arms, Neill Vanderhaven looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. In fact, he’s mesmerized by her—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talented as hell.
But Hailey and Neill have more in common than instant chemistry: They’re both carrying serious baggage. Hailey’s parents split after years of blowout fights and sloppy affairs. Neill just got out of something serious with a woman who loved her bad habits more than she loved him. When they take the plunge on a new relationship, they’re both breaking their own rules.
But then a terrible misunderstanding brings Neill’s worst fears to life, and their connection threatens to come crashing down. What they have is more than skin-deep, but now Hailey and Neill need to decide whether the kind of love that lasts forever is worth such exquisite pain.
Praise for Draw Me In
“A sweet but intense New Adult story . . . Regina Cole drew me in from page 1 with great writing and believable characters. Swoon-worthy Neill makes you want to run to your nearest tattoo shop: definite book boyfriend material.”—Sidney Halston, USA Today bestselling author of Full Contact
“A true love story . . . Draw Me In is filled with sweet, steamy and sometimes heartbreaking moments that will have you rooting for Hailey and Neill from beginning to end.”—Renita Pizzitola, author of Just a Little Crush
“I loved every second of this book and I would definitely recommend it to contemporary romance readers!”—Between the Lines
“If you like some drama, angst, and complications in your romance, this book will make you very happy!”—Crazy Four Books
“Outstanding . . . filled with fun characters.”—Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs
“I loved this book and I loved how Hailey grew into her own skin. . . . It was so amazing to see her transform.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
Cole (Caught in Crimson) piles on the new adult angst in all its navel-gazing glory. After college student Hailey Jakes's mother takes the family's savings and goes on the lam, Hailey finds a job at a local tattoo parlor. Her advisor, Dr. Fields, hounds her to quit her job, but she loves it as much as she loves her 24-year-old boss and tattoo mentor, Neill Vanderhaven. Neill swore off relationships after being burned by an addict ex-girlfriend, but Hailey's beauty, talent, and sweetness lure him in. Typecasting governs the story. Hailey is essentially the plucky orphan, Neill the tortured hero, and the poor foreshadowing of Dr. Fields's growing obsession with Hailey is their menacing foil. Seismic emotions and logic that bows to plot demands leave this .