Title: Invisible Ink
Author: Elisabeth Joye
Buy Link: Amazon
Lex has never felt more exposed. She has just allowed Jake Reed, the lead singer of rock band Inkjet, to undress her and tie her to a chair backstage after a show, only to have him leave to go sign autographs.
It is the start of a dark, obsessive relationship that will lead Lex, a 20-something public relations professional from L.A., to lose herself almost entirely as she struggles to break through her sexual boundaries without falling in love with Jake, an intimidatingly gorgeous Hollywood actor/rock star who closely guards his emotions.
What starts as a series of casual hookups ends up a powerful addiction that will push Lex past all her sexual boundaries as Jake moves repeatedly in and out of her life, making few promises along the way. Lex fights to keep a sense of herself while she succumbs to Jake’s glamorous world and his irresistible allure.
Invisible Ink is one of those books that has a great premise and has a potential to be epic but the lack of character development and coherent plot knocked it down to just an okay read for me. I really wish I enjoyed this more.
This book tells a story of Lex and Jake. Lex is an LA career girl while Jake is a rock star. They met during one of his concerts-slash-meet-and-greet which Lex’s best friend drag her to. Lex caught Jake’s eye after a somewhat embarrassing situation during the Q-and-A with Jake. This meeting led into one of the hottest hook-ups of Lex’s life, which led to more hook-ups, and then more and more and more. To put it succinctly, Invisible Ink is one giant hook-up between Lex and Jake, which to my disappointment never led to anything substantial.
By that I mean, there was no emotional hook that would have tethered me to the story and the characters. I feel very disconnected by it all. I have no idea who Lex is and I know much less about Jake except for the superficial. The only thing that I got from this book was that they’re hot for each other and that Lex allows Jake to do whatever he wants with her…physically.
Emotionally, it’s a different story. Jake is emotionally closed off and Lex is just as bad. I could get behind an emotionally closed off hero provided that he gradually changes throughout the book. Sadly, Jake never did change. In fact, some of the things he did in the book was downright horrible. He never gave up anything while she lost her career and basically became his sex slave. Even then that wasn’t enough for him. Lex did all the emotional work for both of them, but because I barely know her character and what makes her tick, etc., I couldn’t connect to her as well. I just feel disconnected to their story from the beginning until the end.
One could say that Invisible Ink isn’t really romance, more like erotica but unfortunately, it has none of the depth that I want in my erotica either. Some parts of the book were quite clever as was the writing. If not for the choppy plot or the lack thereof, I would’ve learned to like the story. I get that the author is trying to show how easily a person could lose herself in a man as charismatic or as irresistible as Jake. But there was no pay-off to all of it, IMO. I didn’t think or I wasn’t convinced that Lex learned her lesson. Jake never groveled and again, in my opinion, he still hasn’t given Lex his loyalty or his love.
Had this been a lot longer and the characters more developed, maybe I would’ve liked it more. Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets for me.