Scratches Down My Back - Book Two by J.A. Howell

Scratches Down My Back - Book Two

By J.A. Howell

  • Release Date: 2017-12-19
  • Genre: Contemporary
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Liam Donovan can’t connect with women. The only woman he thought he had something with was his best friend Shayne, but she chose his younger brother over him. Single, bitter, and with a non-existent sex life, he’s accepted the only good things he’s got going in his life are his tattoo shop and fighting in the cage.

When Lucy Stevens walks into his shop for a tattoo, he dismisses her like so many of the beautiful but vapid girls he’s met over and over. Unfortunately for him, this five foot blonde bombshell is more than capable of going a few rounds, easily putting Liam in his place. He finds her ability to keep him on his toes both intriguing and annoying. But he isn’t just afraid of being able to keep up with her verbal jests. Despite nothing being medically wrong with him, Liam hasn’t been able to “perform” on that front in years…

But Lucy isn’t one to back down from a challenge. When she gets this man in a compromising position and it seems once again his body won’t cooperate, Lucy takes control of the situation. A little tough love never hurt anybody, and it seems with Liam, that’s just what he needed. 

For someone that’s spent the last decade having to be in charge, Liam finds complete release in handing it over to her. But Lucy is keeping a few secrets from Liam. Secrets that have previously destroyed her life and her past relationships. As she falls for Liam, she knows she needs to tell him. But will he still want to submit to her once he finds out the truth? Or will this be the one fight he walks away from?

This is the second book in the Love & Ink Series by J.A. Howell.


  • Perfection.

    By PelicanFreak
    "...but I couldn't get her out of my mind. She'd changed me." That header is a quote from this book that made me think a bit; the protagonists in this book were, at times their own worst enemies and I just loved to root for them and also become disappointed in them all at once. Their trials and tribulations do show the ways a couple can change one another - for the better in some ways. Each of them gains some more self awareness as they are sort of forced to stop and take a look at themselves and it was fascinating to accompany them on their respective journeys. Upon initiating this review, Amazon asked me which word I would use to describe this book: Thoughtful. While this book keeps me on the edge of my seat, unable to put it down, sleep, or go about my daily life until I've absorbed it all, it certainly makes me think as well. Some very serious issues come to mind, such as this country's rape culture. One of the protagonists sort of leads a double life, meaning that she works as a dominatrix model and is sort of a poster child / famous pin up for this lifestyle - a good portion of her life was actually dictated by people's snap judgements of her career choice and whenever issues surrounding this came up, I couldn't help but be infuriated for her because it is very true to life, unfortunately. She of course also suffers some abuse as a result of these stupid snap judgements that people can make and as I read I cannot help but become painfully aware of some of the issues that need a serious attitude in real life. Of course as always with Howell, the characters are very well developed and some of them I was already familiar with from her Possess Saga series. The writing is pretty flawless, as is the editing and the cover and formatting are gorgeous.