Book Review: Mad Love (Guns and Ink #1) by Shana Vanterpool 

Goodreads Synopsis: 

She was a disruption he never wanted.

He was everything she distrusted.

Klayton Caldwell owns a tattoo shop in Denver, Colorado, and has seen just about everything and met just about every kind of person. And they all have one thing in common. Ink.

He isn’t complicated. What you see is what you get. Sex? Always. Relationships? Never. Pleasantries? He doesn’t do that either. Those who can’t handle his mouth get inked elsewhere. Klayton holds everyone at a distance, even his friends. He doesn’t do “close.”

Until Madison ends up in his tattoo parlor, broken, afraid and alone. There’s something about her, and almost immediately, Klayton’s guard drops. Now, everything he knows about himself changes as his life begins to unravel.

Twenty-year-old Madison Hart’s future was taken from her the moment she was abducted from her college campus and held captive by a sicko. After escaping, she flees, running into a stranger. A stranger who shares a similar past. Someone who might be able to help her heal. If she’ll let him.

Madi comes into Klayton’s life like a storm. She’s beautiful. Pitiful. Dangerous. Her pain runs deep enough that she may never be able to talk about what she’s experienced. Her refusal to talk takes a level of patience Klayton’s not sure he has.

He must navigate her broken pieces by changing everything he is. Who he’s been all these years won’t work anymore. But Madi fights him, she fights herself. She fights the madness.

She refuses to talk. He can’t control his mouth. She doesn’t want to be touched. He can’t help himself. They don’t want love. Inside this storm, is a love so mad it might destroy them both.

MAD LOVE is book 1 in the Guns & Ink series from Shana Vanterpool. Look for the rest of the Guns & Ink series coming soon from Swoon Romance.

Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5 

Shana Vanterpool is one of the most amazing writers of our time! She has the ability to write stories that not only are enjoyable to read but touch us to the very core of our being. Mad love is the an amazing story of survival. Mad and Klayton are the optiome of a couple that survives. They not only need each other to become more than what they are but they are also each other’s reason for survival.

Mad’s story will break your heart as you read but her strength with inspire you to become better than what you are. From start to finish, although we are focusing on her story we get glimpses of the pain and heartbreak that the other characters have suffered similar to her as well. Mad is so terrified of her past that she is unable to move forward, however she finds her safe place with Klayton.

Klayton begins as so bitter uncaring man. He seems to not need anyone or anything in his life. However once Mad walks into his life, she is the only person he wants or needs to be near him. He learns that it is alright to love someone, even if you are not perfect in every way.

Mad love is an amazing story. Everyone that has suffered terribly and needs some inspiration to move forward or the courage to carry on should read this book. I for one am inspired to be a better person myself after reading this and can’t wait for the next installment! Bravo Shana!

*** I have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review ***


Until next time,



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