Once Upon a Time…
Welcome to 1001 Dark Nights… a collection of novellas that are breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic. Some are paranormal, some are contemporary. Each and every one is compelling and page turning.
Inspired by the exotic tales of The Arabian Nights, 1001 Dark Nights features New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
In the original, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution.
In our versions, month after month, each of our fabulous authors puts a unique spin on the premise and creates a tale that a new Scheherazade tells long into the dark, dark night.
…Happily Ever After
(A Montgomery Ink Novella)
by Carrie Ann Ryan
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.
Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.
As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.
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~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved this story! Holly and Brody are just sublime together. How did you choose them for this novella?
I’m so glad you enjoyed Holly and Brody’s story! They were so much fun to write because it was like nothing I’ve ever done before. It was wonderful writing characters who are actually truly happy with themselves but waiting to take the next step in their lives. They of course have angst, because, hello, I’m Carrie Ann and I have an angst love, but it’s not because they hate themselves.
I chose Holly and Brody because they were two characters my readers loved but would never have put together. Holly is Jake’s ex-girlfriend from INK EXPOSED. While many romances I read have evil exes or women who just can’t seem to get over that one man that they never should have loved, I fell in love with Holly. She was sweet. Yep. Sweet. And totally didn’t fit into my Montgomery Ink world and that’s why I wanted to put her there. She might not have ended up with a Gallagher or a Montgomery, but she got her HEA. And I truly believe that most exes in romances need those HEAs. Maybe they wouldn’t be so mean if they actually found the one person they love!
Brody was a side character that was supposed to have like one line in my other 1001 Dark Nights novella, HIDDEN INK. Oh boy was I wrong about him. Readers begged for this swoony character’s story so I knew I somehow had to see who he was. I met him a bit more in INK EXPOSED and fell in love with him all over again.
So of course the swoony so-called-play boy needed to end up with the sweet-never-been-inked ex-girlfriend.
I love the whole Montgomery Ink series and love the tattoo aspect. Are you thinking of any new tattoos for yourself soon?
I LOVE ink. As Jillian knows, I have a few tattoos myself and even got two of them with her! As for more ink? Hmm…I have ideas for seven more (eek!) but I need to find the time and the artist to do them justice. *hint hint* Oh Jillian, I need you! LOL If only the Montgomery Ink crew were a real tattooing dream!