Inked in the Steel City Series

Ink is forever. So is love. The staff of the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio find love in the Steel City.

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Hot Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #1)

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Mina never meant to fall for her sexy tattoo artist, Eric, or to become a model. But when she’s asked to pose in a photo shoot for the Hot Ink tattoo studio, she can’t say no. She finally gets a look at Eric’s tattoos when they’re cajoled into posing together, and in a few breathtaking moments, an on-camera kiss turns the passion they’re asked to fake into something very real, leaving them both wanting more.

The only problem is that Mina’s not the glamour girl she looks like on the Hot Ink posters, or even in a tattoo magazine. She’s only twenty-four, but being the sole guardian of her disabled younger sister has left her feeling much older. Will Eric still be interested when he gets to know the girl behind the ink and the make-up and finds out that she and her little sister are a package deal?

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Innocent Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #2)

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Photographing exceptional tattoos for the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio turns into much more than just a job when Karen meets Jed, the sexy-as-sin owner. With attraction sizzling between them, each photo shoot is a labor of love … and a chance to get closer to the man of her increasingly naughty dreams.

Curvy, vivacious Karen is everything Jed would want in a woman, if he wanted one at all. But a relationship seems like too dangerous a gamble for someone who’s loved before and suffered the ultimate loss. So why can’t he resist when he discovers the attraction is mutual? Even if he were willing to risk everything again, Karen’s too young, too full of life to be burdened with someone whose heart bears scars as permanent as the ink in his skin.

When the two finally face what lies between them, the passion is undeniably real, but will the unexpected extinguish the spark of their love, or fan the flames?

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Dedicated Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #3)

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A one night stand has never gone so wrong … or so right. Two months after one scorchingly hot July night, tattoo artist Abby is pregnant and the man who showed her everything she’d been missing is nowhere in sight. When he walks into the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio looking for much more than some new ink, she risks their rekindled connection by confessing that she’s pregnant … with his twins.

Sworn to serve and protect, Pittsburgh police officer Sam isn’t one to back down from responsibility, and he’s definitely not going to let the woman who’s been haunting his dreams all summer get away again. But two babies on the way means a reunion that’s anything but what he imagined. Can unforgettable chemistry evolve into real love before her due date arrives?

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Abiding Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #4)

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Tyler DeHaven may look like a bad boy, but there’s got to be more to the tattoo artist who volunteers at the hospital during the holiday season. Inviting him to a work Christmas party seems innocent enough … at first. Problem is, he’s just as irresistible as he looks and falling fast is more than Mallory bargained for. After all, she’s reminded every day what a gamble love can be, and there’s no question that with him, the stakes are high.

It may be cold outside but Mallory Stephens is the hottest nurse Tyler has ever laid eyes on. To top it off, she also likes ink and wants him to be her holiday party date. He’s not going to say no, and when things get rocky, he’s not going to let their passion frost over, either.

Can a brand-new romance survive the chill as snow falls in the Steel City?

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Serious Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #5)

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Hard times mean hard choices, but falling for Noah Wilder is easy. Beneath his suit and tie, he’s seriously inked and seriously irresistible. When he walks into the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio, the attraction between him and studio receptionist Zoe is mutual – and fierce. And after the opportunity to ditch her demeaning second job to work for him instead arises, suddenly he’s her boss … and much more. With lines blurred in every way imaginable, can she balance passion and professionalism with doing what’s best for her struggling family?

Attraction is a powerful thing. So is former fighter Noah’s drive to make his growing mixed martial arts promotion company succeed, and if business happens to coincide with pleasure, so much the better. Tattooed beauty Zoe Ramsey is all his when she’s not working at Hot Ink – for twenty hours a week, anyway. When circumstances bring them close faster than they ever imagined, can he make her see that he’s just as serious about her as he is about the business he’s poured his heart and soul into?

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Irresistible Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #6)

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Unbelievable… After months of admiring Arianna during their tattoo sessions, James is half in love and completely in lust. When he finally asks her out, things move at lightning speed, until he gets her home… Where someone has abandoned a baby on his doorstep. Arianna should be running in the opposite direction, so why is she the one who comes to his rescue when he has nowhere else to turn?

Unlovable… Arianna’s past holds a secret sure to crush James’ attraction to her, which is too bad because he’s exactly the kind of guy she’d choose for herself, if things had been different. She knows she should abandon their failed attempt at a fling, but she can’t turn her back on him and his newborn niece – they need all the help they can get. Being a part of his life while fighting her feelings for him is hard, and resisting his feelings for her is even harder.

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Alluring Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #7)

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Love is risk. Love is heartbreak. Love is an addiction a single mom like Crystal can’t afford. And accomplished tattoo artist Dylan is a temptation she can’t resist. He’s only in town for a few weeks as a guest artist, but the attraction is instant. With her past shadowing everything she does, it feels good to have someone who doesn’t judge … and doesn’t know.

Love is just the spark before the crash and burn, especially when your demons are something more than standard-issue. Dylan craves Crystal with everything he has, but their days together are supposed to be numbered.

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Beloved Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #8)

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Everyone has their cross to bear.

Ben Blair knows that better than most people can even begin to imagine. He also knows he wants tattoo artist Hannah Nakamura. Beautiful, irresistible Hannah who’d probably do the smart thing and keep her distance if she had any idea what kind of demons he has to live with.

So he’ll just have to keep them tightly leashed. He can’t change his past, but he can’t see his future without her in it.

Lust, passion, love… Can anything so damn good survive the darkness he’s endured?

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Secret Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #9)

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Getting tattooed is personal, but Grace takes it to another level. Aiden can hardly get her to speak during their tattoo session, but she responds to his touch in ways he can’t ignore. She’s clearly hiding something — just not how badly she wants him. And he can’t hide that the feeling is mutual.

All she wants is a tattoo…

A tattoo hidden from others’ eyes, because showing it off isn’t the point. No one else needs to know the meaning — not even the artist. Getting inked means exposing herself to a stranger, but at least she’ll never see him again.

Which is too bad, because he has a face she can’t look away from and a touch that puts her deepest desires at war. By the time she walks out of the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio, she can’t deny she wants him … almost as badly as she wants to keep her secrets.

Releasing October 3, 2016

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Inked in the Steel City Box Set #2 (Books 4-6)

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18 thoughts on “Inked in the Steel City Series

  1. Lacy

    I just finished reading all 8 of the inked in the steel city series and cannot wait for book 9 to be released. I have fallen in love with all of the characters. You are an amazing author and cannot wait to read from you.

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    1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

      Hey Lacy, Thank you so much for reading the Inked in the Steel City Series and for letting me know how much you’ve enjoyed it so far. That makes my day! :)

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  2. Laura Wiedenhoffer

    Really wondering how soon book 9 in the Inked in the City will be released. Love all the stories.
    Thanks Laura

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  3. Elaine Burton

    Hi, I have just finished reading ‘Beloved Ink’ & loved it, as I have all the ‘Hot Ink’ books! Every story is so unique with how each couple have there struggles before they get their HEA! Can’t wait for the next book! When will it be released?

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    1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

      Hi Elaine,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Beloved Ink. Thanks for reading and for stopping by. :)

      I don’t have a release date for Book 9 yet, but am looking forward to sharing as soon as I know. I’ll be sure to update this page + my ‘newest & coming soon’ page as soon as I have that info.

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  4. Angie

    Dear Ranae,
    I’m not one to write to author’s much but for you I have to make an exception, because: just love your books! I first started out with Battered not broken and Rough around the edges, and fell in love with the characters. And the way you tell a story. True to heart and life.
    And when I discovered you wrote the Inked series: I had to read them too. Because: love me some ink! On me (just got my first!) but more so on my man, who is a tattoo artist himself. Our story: I met him when I came to his tattoo parlor to get me one. He didn’t want to do it! Said I had too dark of a skin (I’m Afro-Caribbean) to truly give the very colorful tattoo I wanted the luster it deserved. I was so disappointed when he told me that (I’ve been thinking of getting that tattoo for 5 years!), that I cried a little. He (big blond biker guy covered by tattoos all over) was totally taken aback by this. And told me to come by the next weekend because he was going to do some research and make some adjustment to my original sketch and see if he could make it work. So I did. When I came in the next weekend: he had a much better design he made himself with the help of a friend who was used to scratch on dark skin. He really went out of his way to make it work. But I didn’t think much more out of it than that he was just a professional wanting to give his best. Until after a week he called me, to check on my tattoo and to ask me out. Huh what? I didn’t see that coming, he was not really my kind of guy, little bit too rough, but I went anyways. And boy did he prove me he was my type after all. He wined and dined me, was charming and all the things I thought he couldn’t be, because I thought, well biker guys don’t do that. I fell in love. And now we are a couple. Maybe a little bit strange looking because he is so big, blond and rough looking and all over the place and me I’m small, dark skinned and way more curvy than I would like to be. Couldn’t care less though because he’s a darling.
    I’m telling you all this because your stories remind me of us. The unexpected pairings, they are so real to life. You truly have a gift for storytelling! Keep them Ink stories coming. Maybe even one about a biker guy and a dark skinned lady? :-)

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    1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

      Hi Angie,

      I love the story of how you met your boyfriend and got your tattoo. Sounds like something out of a good book! Very romantic. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the Inked in the Steel City stories and will definitely keep them coming!

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    1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

      Hi Louise,

      Unfortunately, at this time, there is not a way for readers to buy signed copies of my books, other than at live book signing events (and there’s a schedule of those under the ‘Appearances’ tab on this site, for anyone who may be interested). It’s a question that comes up fairly often, and while I would love to offer a good solution, so far I haven’t been able to devise one. If this changes in the future, though, I will definitely post the info in an easy-to-find place on this site.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. cassandra

    Ms. Rose,
    Thank you so much for your books. I purchased Hot and Innocent and thought I’d wait to read them. But I didn’t wait till Dedicated was released to start and I’m glad I didn’t as they are quite stand alone, no heavy duty cliffhangers. I love how sweet the books are, how nice that people who need each other are portrayed. Well done! Look forward to #4.

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    1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

      Cassandra,

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the Inked in the Steel City Series. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! Hearing from someone who’s enjoyed my books always makes my day. :)

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      1. vicki

        i’ve loved reading all 4 books just wished hot ink 1 could have had Eric’s thoughts too loved how you did both characters thoughts on all the others, enjoyed that much bought on kindle & paperback & read twice, hope theres more fingers crossed, thank you for great reads

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        1. Ranae RoseRanae Rose Post author

          Hi Vicki,

          Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the Inked in the Steel City Series. :) In the future, I would like to write a story revisiting Mina & Eric, which will include Eric’s point of view, too.

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