Pricked by Winter Renshaw
on January 24th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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He said it would only hurt a little ... On her sixteenth birthday, Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. On my twenty-second, I pricked mine on the needle of a tattoo machine wielded by a beautifully complicated man who would go on to become my ruin.Madden Ransom was a lot of things. Unfeeling. Opinionated. Rebellious. A tattoo artist with no tattoos, the man was an enigma and then some.And while Sleeping Beauty fell into a peaceful slumber as she awaited true love's kiss, I fell into something else entirely-my heart in the hands of a man who'd never given nor received anything remotely like love.I know now that when Madden told me it would only hurt a little ... he didn't mean the tattoo. It turns out you can't un-love someone, even after you find out he's the last person you have any business loving. And that is the most painful truth of all. Or it was ... until his last confession.
“Rock, Paper, Scissors. I was always the rock. She was always the paper. It took me years to realize it was never about winning, that all she was doing was covering my dark with her light. My hard with her soft.”
I had just discovered Winter Renshaw a couple years ago when I signed up for the “Country Nights” blog tour. I was hooked on her writing after that book, and I planned to go back and read every one of her backlist books. Things got away from me, so when I did the “P.S. I Miss You” tour I dropped everything and did it. I spent the greater part of the next 3 weeks binge reading every book – I loved every one of them.
“The way a heart breaks depends on the way it was dropped. Some breaks are clean. And some shatter, sending millions of shards everywhere, shards so small you can’t see them. But you always feel them. My God, do you feel them. “
When Pricked hit my kindle, I was so ready. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk the past few weeks. I knew when this one hit my kindle that the funk would be over. I spent my day reading this, and it was perfect. We had negative temps yesterday, so I got to do my favorite thing. I was curled up on the couch, wrapped in my favorite blanket, hot cup of coffee, and this fantastic book. That is my idea of a great day.
Madden was rough around the edges, but when he was with Brighton, you could tell he wanted so much more than he admitted to wanting. Brighton was so determined and sure of herself. She knew what she wanted, and she went after it no matter what – I loved that. These two together were so perfect for each other. He was rough and bitter, she was quiet but hopeful, and together they made each other better.
There is something so perfect and unique about her stories. Winter’s writing immediately draws me in, consumes my thoughts, and draws every emotion out of me with every turn of the page. Her stories are witty, heart-stopping, and phenomenal. I am forever grateful that the email I got for “Country Nights” caught my eye and I got to find her books. If you haven’t read her work yet, then I implore you to dive in and fall in love like I did.