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Embraced in Ink

Montgomery Ink: Boulder Book 3
Narrated by: Jason Clarke
Series: Montgomery Ink: Boulder, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins

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The Montgomery Ink saga continues with an unforgettable romance where two best friends make a bet that could change their lives forever. 

Bristol Montgomery and Marcus Stearn have been best friends for so long, they sometimes forget when they weren't as close as they are now. While friends and family think there's something beneath the surface of their friendship, the two have always been steadfast in their stance on no heated looks or deeper feelings. 

The problem? Years ago, they promised each other that if neither of them was married by the time Bristol turned 30, they'd marry each other. 

Even though both have long since decided never to force the other into an arranged marriage, circumstances and sheer stubbornness force them to refuse to back out of their deal. 

Now, they're determined to get married - even as dangerous exes and feelings they deny, block their path. 

©2020 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2020 Carrie Ann Ryan
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  • Nat (🎧AudiobookObsession)
  • 23-05-2020

Embraced in Ink

Narration: I loved the audio performance by Jason Clarke, it was very well done and gave such life to the characters!

Story: Of all of the Montgomery books, I think this one hits in my top favorites. I absolutely love childhood friends to lovers, but throw in this not quite arranged marriage and I am in love. Bristol and Marcus struggle with everyone already thinking that they are a couple when they are only best friends, but as a means to not lose their friendship they decide that if they are both single on Bristol's 30th bday that they will get married, but they must remain friends over the ten years to make sure they aren't marrying a stranger. Instead of bonding them closer this bargain actually strains their friendship as they both try to avoid the possibility of losing each other. I loved the twist with Bristol I honestly didn't see it coming but I am glad in the end it brought them closer together!

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  • Karen
  • 21-05-2020

Cute friends to lovers romance!

One of the sweetest, most adorable friends to lovers romances ever. Nothing world-shocking or too surprising in how the relationship develops, but this is still a perfect heartwarming comfort-read. The strength of Bristol and Marcus’s friendship is never in doubt, which was nice, though they both have a little ways to go in terms of self-awareness… because of course there’s more to them than friendship. The potential and longing shimmers in the air, but nothing good ever comes easy, does it? Who’ll be the first to confess to deeper feelings, to reach for more but also risk everything they are? To make matters worse, an unexpected darkness creeps into their lives, one they are unprepared to deal with.

Narration: Jason Clarke did a wonderful job with the narration. He has a warm voice that is very pleasant to listen to and brought a lot of emotion to his performance. I liked his range of voices for all the characters and got completely drawn into the story.

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  • S. Kelly
  • 08-07-2020

Friend to Lovers Done Right!

Bristol Montgomery and Marcus Stearn have been best friends since they were little kids. Friends and family always wondered if there was more there, but they steadfastly stuck with the status quo of they were just best friends. On the eve of everything changing for them, they made a bet that if they were both still single at 30, they would marry each other. Neither truly thought it would happen. Now they are both 30, and neither can stop thinking about that bet. Or about what things might be between them if they changed things. And when they make the decision to go ahead and get married, what will that do their friendship?

I absolutely loved this one! Now while this book might be the 3rd in this off-shoot series, it can absolutely be read as a stand alone. I do highly recommend reading the previous books before reading this one, but that is only because you will see all those characters in this book and it introduces these characters as well. This book is not only sweet but it takes you through all the things that can happen when a friendship turns from friends to lovers. And all the pitfalls that may come with it. Bristol and Marcus are not only cute together but they are sweet. They just forget how to do something that most couples learn as they are just starting to date-communicate! This story sucked me in from the start and kept me reading and hoping it would all work out. And I am so glad it did! But now I really need a side story for Zia! Loved it!! The narration is fast paced, no weird or strange accents which always drives me nuts! Jason Clarke has this deep, sexy, sometimes almost growly voice that I loved listening to! Definitely worth a re-listen!

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  • Angiee
  • 23-06-2020

Good Book

This is a good story and I'm excited that Bristol and Marcus finally got their story and happily ever after. These two have been best friends since they were 6. This is a friends to lovers story filled with angst, drama and romance. You need to read this book.

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  • laurie
  • 22-06-2020

Friends to lovers

I love this story and that Bristol and Marcus are willing to do anything for each other. This includes a promise to marry each other if in 10 years neither one is married. Things get a little weird for them when they try to figure out how to stay friends while dating as an engaged couple.

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  • Ashley Kubasek
  • 21-06-2020

Great Read! FreindDreamGoals!

I absolutely LOVE Bristol. She is spunky and her big heart is so easy to fall in love with. You just want to be her friend. I've been waiting for their story since Liam's book.

This book had me glued to my seat. I had to know what happened with them. It had everything you want from friends falling for each other and the love scenes where sweet and steamy.

This will be in my relisten pile for sure!

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  • Lynn M.
  • 12-06-2020

Bristol and Marcus 💕💕💕💕

Best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. Carrie Ann Ryan's twist on this was wonderful. Bristol and Marcus had me laughing and crying throughout the book. Jason Clarke did an amazing job narrating. His voice carried all of the emotions in the text. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • jen315
  • 28-05-2020

love CAR!

I loved Bristol and Marcus. There is just something special about a friends to lovers story. Maybe it's the fact that they have known each other forever and know everything about each other. They have a truely strong friendship that has lasted through all of their life changes. That transition from friends to becoming lovers is never easy or seamless. It really adds to the story. CAR's audiobooks are the best. I love listening to them on my daily walks.

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  • Liz Thompson
  • 27-05-2020

Emotional and charming friends to lovers romance

The audiobook for Embraced in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan was a best friends to lovers romance with a twist! Would you take a promise you made years ago seriously? Bristol and Marcus would not think so and yet, they find themselves going down a path neither expected. Narrated by Jason Clarke, whom I love as a narrator, he truly brought this story to life for me.

When they promised each other to marry if neither was married by 30, you do not take that seriously, right? Friends since they were kids, Marcus and Bristol have always been the best of friends, but could there be more there? Though their families were excited for them, there are others who are not. Can they see what was always there before it was too late? I absolutely loved the emotional and passionate romance between these friends to lovers in Embraced in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan. Definitely a must-read/listen!

Happy listening!

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  • Gwen
  • 26-05-2020

Best friends...

Two best friends and one promise. Bristol has known Marcus from a young age. They have been best friends forever. Change makes them hang on to what they have always been. I love all character, Bristol, Marcus are awesome together but they are not sure of themselves. The story has lots of heart and contains a twist completely unexpected. I enjoyed it greatly and Mr Clarke makes it even better with his deep and sexy voice.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 15-07-2020

Love this

I just wish that I could give this one more stars. It was so good there was humour and heat and characters that you just fall in love with. Carrie Ann Ryan’s books are so much fun and they never disappoint