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He’s way too young and he works for me...so why can’t I stay away?

Regan

I had no trouble saying no to Channing when he left for college two years ago. I’m two-and-a-half decades older than him, and he was just a kid.

But he’s all man now, and it’s hard to stay away. Especially when he takes a job at my tattoo shop for the summer. He’s got his whole life ahead of him. I can’t let him waste it on me.

Channing

I’m not letting Regan go this time.

I’m about to turn 21, but the only thing I want a drink of is Regan, the hot tattoo shop owner who’s my boss for the summer.

I can see desire in his eyes when I catch him looking at me. And I know my place is right beside him. Nothing has ever felt more right than sleeping in his arms.

But how can we make it work when I’m heading back to school once summer is over?

Old Ink is a M/M romance that gives you a scorching May/December romance between a young man figuring out his place in the world and a seasoned tattoo artist who knows a thing or two about love and heartbreak.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 27-10-2020

An opposites attract, age gap romance!

A sweet age gap romance between a silver fox tattoo artist and a college student. This was highly enjoyable with all the feels. I loved reading this but listening to this was even more spectacular. Connor Brown did an exceptional audio delivery! I definitely recommend this if you like an adorable age gap, opposites attract romance.

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  • Diane
  • 09-11-2020

Age Don't Matter

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. This story is about Reagan and Channing. Channing has been in love with Reagan for over 3 years while Reagan keeps thinking of reasons, they shouldn’t be together the main reason being the age gap. Can they each overcome the issues that are keeping them apart? I’m glad that finally got their HEA. I thought Connor Brown did a great job narrating this storyline.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 06-11-2020

Age-Gap Romance for Reagan and Channing

'Old Ink', the third book of Ali Lyda's 'Get Ink'd' romance series sees tattoo shop owner Reagan finally accept, and act on, his feelings toward much younger college student Channing. I requested and listened to a free review copy of this audiobook, but didn't listen to Book 2 beforehand. While these books are definitely connected and Reagan and Channing's story started in the previous book, I never felt like I was missing crucial details. The book stands alone well, in my opinion. In this book, the reader is treated to a slow-burn, age-gap romance. At the start of the story, the older character, Reagan, is spending a lot of time with internal thoughts of how it's a terrible idea to start a relationship with someone so young. Channing has been in love with Reagan for over 3 years and feels it's time to show Reagan that he is now a mature and experienced adult capable of a grown-up relationship. Most of the first half of the book deals with Reagan's internal, cyclical thoughts about his skewed reasoning why a relationship with Channing can't happen. It seems a bit repetitive at times. This type of slow-burn is not my favorite way an author creates tension in a romance, and once the characters start to communicate their feelings, I began to enjoy it more. Overall, It's a solid, believable romantic story. This is my first listen with Connor Brown as narrator. He does a nice job with exposition. His delivery of dialogue, however, at times seems stiff and rushed. Maybe this was a deliberate choice on his part, but it didn't always convey a natural flow of speech. These minor quibbles won't prevent me from listening to other performances of his. The previous comments are a representation of my honest and voluntary opinion of 'Old Ink: Get Ink'd, Book 3'. Recommended.

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  • kp
  • 05-11-2020

Enjoyed!

Old Ink is a great addition to the Get Ink'd series. I love a good age gap story and this fits the bill. Channing and Reagan are the main characters in this May/December romance. Channing has pined over Reagan for years. Reagan has resisted, as he thinks he thought Channing was to young. Three years later the chemistry is still there. Can they each overcome the issues that are keeping them apart? I enjoyed watching the journey these two took to get their HEA! I really enjoyed Connor Brown's narration.

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  • Amelia
  • 05-11-2020

Age is just a number in this sweet romance

Reagan and Channing have a pretty big age gap, but Ali really sold me on their attraction to each other. I didn't read the previous book in this series, but I could tell how much growing up Channing did in the three years he was away at college. That added maturity, and the way Channing so clearly communicated his wants and needs, gave me a lot of respect for him as a character. Though Reagan had some qualms about Channing's age, it was obvious to me that he was ready to pursue a real relationship. I appreciate that though these men were cautious and taking it slow in the early stages, they didn't continually bring up the age difference as a reason why they couldn't be together. Once they were together, their power play dynamic was really hot--their encounters were so deliciously steamy and I loved every second. I wish I could have seen even more of their explosive chemistry, but the pace of their physical relationship felt right for how new they were as a couple.  While the majority of Reagan and Channing's story was pretty low angst, there's a huge burst of drama near the end that was a little overwhelming for me. As soon as Ian came into the picture I just knew things were going to go sideways, and sure enough that's when Reagan and Channing started second guessing everything. I was disappointed by how easily Reagan fell back into bad habits and treated Channing like a child, and I have to say that I was pretty mad at him for several chapters. I think Channing was a little too forgiving, but Reagan did make quite a convincing case for himself.  In terms of the narration, I thought it was just okay. This narrator is new to me, and he has a different pacing and style than I'm used to. I can't point out anything that was bad, but I also wasn't blown away by his interpretation of Channing and Reagan.  **I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

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  • Larissa
  • 05-11-2020

Great story; only ok narration

If you haven’t read this series, go and grab Book 1 and start reading because it’s great. No, you don’t need to read the books in order; they’re interconnected standalones, but the events are sequential, not concurrent so reading them in order makes sense and you’ll have a more complete reading experience. But whether you read this alone or in order, it doesn't matter - just read it. This story follows Reagan and Channing’s relationship, which is engaging and a little bit unexpected. It’s an age gap romance (and a pretty big one at that with Channing just turning 21 at the beginning of the story and Reagan in his mid-40s), but turned on its head. It starts from the typical premise - Reagan holds back because he thinks he’s too old for Channing - but as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that age and maturity are not the same thing, and while Reagan is the “old ink” in this scenario, it’s young Channing who’s showing maturity well beyond his years. That twist is simultaneously intriguing and annoying, and maybe that’s the point. The story is well written and the characters are given dimension so, particularly for Reagan, we’re eager to see his actions and reactions and we can identify and empathize while still wanting to knock some sense into him. Channing is the star in this book; he is indefatigable in his determination to go after what he wants no matter the challenge and notwithstanding his fears, and more importantly, in maintaining his self-respect and his self-worth. His relationship with Reagan is skillfully crafted and we see exactly how they physically and emotionally fit together. An added bonus in this book is the frequent appearances and interactions with Dane, from Book #2; not only is the relationship between Channing and his brother Christian heartwarming, but Channing’s bond with Dane is obvious and fulfilling. (It’s also fun to see our Book #2 couple post-HEA). In terms of narration, Connor Brown does a good job. His diction is excellent and there’s appropriate pacing, although at times it may seem a little slow to some listeners. That’s not a big deal to me because you can adjust the speed in the playback. Where I think the narration was a bit lacking was in the emotional delivery and the lack of distinction between voices. On the former, his voice seemed too light and almost cheerful at times, which is a mismatch for what was happening in the book and the emotions the characters are feeling. On the latter, there was little distinction between the various characters’ voices. If I hadn’t been reading at the same time as listening, there were times where I would not have readily known who was speaking. The narration is fine but it’s more someone reading lines than bringing the characters to life. Overall, I recommend the book and the series, although for this book, I don’t think the audio is necessary.

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  • JulyP
  • 04-11-2020

Good listening

Channing and Reagan was quite the two... I enjoyed the narration, it brought the story to life

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 04-11-2020

Overall: 4.5 Stars: good story w/great narration

This is the second audiobook I’ve listened to by this narrator. Both audiobooks are in this series. I really enjoy the way he can manipulate his voice to give each character their own sound. His voice is pleasant to the ears, and he did a great job bringing this book to life... it is because of this that I’m giving the audiobook a better ratings than the ebook, which I gave 4 stars. ***Original review: I’m typically a big fan of the age gap storyline, but this one had a twist to it. Channing was the younger man in this dynamic, but he wasn’t the one with the biggest amount of immaturity. That would be Reagan. Due to poor choices, on his part, he had some major redemption to earn in this book, and I’m not entirely sure he did. That said, this was a good addition to the series, but it’s not my favorite. It is worth the read because it had a lot of redeemable moments in the story, and the heat level did not disappoint. Plus, we got to catch up with our favorite tattooed men. It was good to see how far Channing has come since he was first introduced. I was impressed with his character. I’m looking forward yo the next book in the series!

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 04-11-2020

Slow burn!

Finally! Reagan and Channing danced around each other in a previous book and it was understandable. Channing needed a chance to mature. Omg! Now he is back and Reagan doesn't stand a chance. Iove this series so much. All these guys are amazing!

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  • Kathryn M
  • 03-11-2020

love it! ❤

Old Ink by Ali Lyda is a contemporary m/m romance and third book in the Get Ink'd series.  This is a steamy age gap love connection and a group of men forming a "family", looking for purpose in their lives and finding love. Channing and Regan are fun characters who are fun when flirty and hot when they get steamy. I really enjoyed the lovestory and the journey these two have with misunderstanding, makeups and sweetness. Connor Brown narrates this steamy and sweet story.  Fantastic voice work performance and clear recording.  The voice is deep and sexy, perfect for the story.   Well done!

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 14-11-2020

Great series

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series. This one was great, though. I love the reluctant older man and determined younger one trope. I feel like they were made for each other. Narrator is great, too!

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 05-11-2020

Age gap, redemption romance

This is a four star, age gap romance set in the tattoo parlor and I had been waiting for Channing and Regan to finally get together. I enjoyed this quite a lot and the only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that Regan's behavior while fighting his attraction to Channing was quite off putting for much of the story. I wasn't sure he deserved his HEA for some of the things he did and I almost wanted Channing to walk away and find a healthier relationship. However, Regan finally saw the light and redeemed himself enough to make me rather cautiously optimistic that it will be a HEA. It does say a lot that I think of these characters as real people and can imagine them having lives beyond the pages of this book. Angsty and hot. Connor Brown's performance was excellent. He brought the characters fully to life and did not pull any punches in making Regan as unlikeable as written in the early parts of the story. That made his redemption/reformation even more convincing that when simply read on the page.

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  • Magnus
  • 05-11-2020

Fabulous addition

Another great story from Ali Lyda, making Get Ink'd another great series. It is such a pleasure to get Channing and Regan's story. Although it can stand on its own, it is best enjoyed in order. Connor Brown did an amazing job with the narration. Hope the wait for the next story is not too long. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • XG
  • 05-11-2020

Another wonderful "ink"

Every book on this series featured wonderful characters finding each other in an usually captivating plot, some action and danger in between sweet heartwarming moments and hot scenes. However, if I recalled properly this is the first age gap story and I simply loved It! Channing and Reagan story with their bumps and quirks, and how they overcame obstacles, mistakes and misunderstandings between them made everything more authentic and human. Of course, Mr Brown's narration and performance was the cherry on top. Wonderful!

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  • Headinabook
  • 04-11-2020

Just 4*

I have always enjoyed these books and this one was shaping up to be a favourite, as I like age gap stories. Things were ticking over as I was expecting with Reagan having hangups about the age difference between him and Channing, then drama and angst hit and Reagan becomes whiny for a couple of chapters, which I found changed the whole feel of the book, although the drama was necessary, Reagan could have as an adult handled it better than he did. The writing as always is very good, as was the character development, Listening to Connor bring them to life was great. I am really looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • alias11
  • 04-11-2020

Sweet M/M age gap romance

I had not read or listened to the first two books in this series, but that did not hamper my enjoyment of this one (although it did make me want to hear more about Channing's story before he left for college.) I usually don't like age gap stories, because it often seems like the relationship is too uneven with the younger man at a disadvantage with a need to be taken care of. But here, Channing is at least as smart and capable and mature as Reagan, and I loved that he knew what he wanted. That said, I loved the way Reagan showed his cards (that he wanted Channing) when he intervened with the rich chump, Trevor (guess we'll see more of Trevor in the next book, though). The themes and relationships in this book were great, including between Channing and Reagan, Channing's brother and his husband (Dean), Channing and his brother, Channing and Dean, and all the guys at the shop. I just loved all the relationships and how they supported each other. Down to the last character, they are well-developed and easy to love. Communication is key in this story, and I hurt with Channing every time Reagan unintentionally hurt him. I was so glad when Reagan finally figured himself out and decided what he wanted. Oh, and this story is sexy, too. So seriously hot between Channing and Reagan! The narration was good. I thought the delivery and pacing were perfect. I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 03-11-2020

Throughly enjoyable!

I really enjoyed this one! it was my first from both author and narrator and they are both excellent! I did feel a little lost as to some of the backstory from not having read the previous 2 books, so I'd definitely recommend reading in order, but this one was hot, healing and sweet! I loved getting to know Channing and his crush on Reagan. He grew up so much and throughout the story was often the more mature one. communication is key and these two did it well but need to take the time and act on their discussions, dreams and wants. all in all a great connection and I was endeared to both these characters. fantastic performance by Connor! I'll definitely be looking out for more from him too!!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 02-11-2020

Something special about this May/December

I’m loving the Get Ink’d series and have been patiently waiting for Regan and Channing’s book. The previous book ended with the mother of all kisses and I wondered where the relationship might go from there. Channing was barely out of high school to Regan’s forty-something. Channing needed time to mature and over the past few years that’s happened. He’s raced through his schooling but is coming home for the summer, needing to regroup. Regan offers him a job at the tattoo shop, knowing it’s a bad idea, but unable to deny Channing’s knowledge of the business would be a big asset during this time of transition. Channing fits right in but it’s soon apparent he’s not over his crush. He wants Regan but feels he has to prove his maturity. Twenty-one to forty-seven is still a huge gap to overcome, as are Regan’s scruples. But in the end the attraction wins. The men decide to try being boyfriends and although there are some hiccups – jealous exes and psycho suitors – the men do finally find a way to make it work. I was thrilled to see Connor Brown return as narrator for this book. He’s doing a great job with the series. There are two more books and I can’t wait. The epilogue of this book nicely sets up Matteo’s story and I’m hoping it comes out on audio soon.

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  • L.D.
  • 02-11-2020

A Really Enjoyable Age Gap Romance

Old Ink is the third book in the Get Ink’d series, and although I strongly recommend reading the first two books before starting this book, Old Ink can still stand on its own. I just think the story is so much more enjoyable to know the history of the characters and to see where they’ve come from. Channing is such a remarkable character and I’m so proud of the amount of growth he’s done. Regan was a fascinating character, and the author did a great job of mixing his strength, dominance, and experience with his vulnerability, flaws, and ignorance. These two men had to work together, while also doing their own self-reflection, before they could truly commit whole-heartedly to their relationship. This character maturity made for a great story. Plus, the sex scenes were super hot and ranged from sweet and vanilla to steamy kink. The audiobook was narrated by Connor Brown who did a fantatastic job. He kept his character voices consistent and put a lot of energy into his performance without overdoing it and overperforming. I thought the audiobook production was also well done and really enjoyed listening to the book.

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  • A.K.
  • 01-11-2020

Just what I had expected!

I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between Channing and Reagan in this book. The age difference was major and the blame fell on Reagan, thinking he was waiting for Channing to grow up, when he'd sat by for 3 years, stagnant. It was a good story, totally realistic and heartwarming.

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