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Peek Inside Passion and Ink

I spent one night with a sinfully hot man, and now I’m facing blackmail. My father will pay for my mom's medical bills, if I never again touch my lover.

Because the man?

He’s my stepbrother.

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Blackballed from my job.

Moved back to my hometown with my tail between my legs and family issues crushing my back.

Slinging drinks in a dive bar.

Yes, the past year has been hell. So when a man who’s temptation wrapped in golden skin and sin offers me one night of no-holds barred, dirty sex, I’m all in. I deserve it.

But now those few unforgettable hours have me facing blackmail from my own father: He'll pay for my mom's medical bills, but only if I never again touch the man who has quickly become my obsession.

Because the man? My obsession?

He’s my stepbrother.

Each book in the Sweetest Taboo series is STANDALONE:
* Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
* Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
* The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid


“Holy Mother of Hotness! This book! Forget the cold shower and just jump into a tub of ice, this kindle scorching book was off the hook. Passion my arse, this was outright down and dirty. Jude and Cypress are probably one of the hottest couples out there today.” -Lori Z., Goodreads

“I absolutely loved book one in this series, and book two keeps the awesomeness coming. I was hooked right from the start and completely devoured this story.” -Belinda S., Goodreads

“After reading Sin and Ink and now Passion and Ink, I am fully convinced of two things: Naima Simone can write smoking hot, angtsy, super charged sexual showdowns and the Gordon men come from one really messed up family. The best part is the seriously hot and intense sex scenes. Naima Simone writes moments with such incendiary tension.” -Christine L., Goodreads

“This was a quick, intense and super sexy romance!” -Nadine S., Goodreads

“Naima, please woman, don't do me like this. Up, down, left, up, right, back, forward.  My emotions can't handle it. My heart is in my throat. My body is on fire. Parts of me that should only tingle for one man is practically its own entity right now. I'm forever hooked!!!” -Nicole M., NetGalley

Passion and Ink had everything I need to be utterly engrossed and entranced in a story.” -Sweet Reader Blog

“This book is amazing! Yes, it has the whole “step-sibling” thing going on, but it’s done so well, it’s not icky or taboo. The sexual chemistry between these two is beyond hot, but it’s honestly the story, the drama and the love that kept me turning the pages. I might have even fist pumped like the Breakfasts Club at the end. There’s one more brother...please let Simon get his book too!!!” -Christina G., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636996
Series: Sweetest Taboo Series, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 18, 2019
Page Count: 260
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic romance
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ February 17, 2019


I want to be consumed by him until there’s nothing left but ash and the fragrance of sex, of us, left.

It's no secret that I love a good forbidden/taboo romance but the stepbrother trope has never really been my thing. But after loving every other book by Naima Simone, I couldn't h ...more

By Bookgasms February 14, 2019

I have read a lot of stepbrother stories but honestly I think Naima Simone's story is one of the best I've read!! Passion & Ink was STEAMY as all hell but also so emotional with many different facets. I loved Jude and Cypress and their connection. I was consumed and read this story in one sitting! I ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 18, 2019

I'm a fan of the author and like her writing style. She's able to put difficult and real situations into her stories drawing the reader into a different world for a bit. Passion and Ink is no exception.

The story is a bit on the taboo side but I didn't think it was that offputting. Jude and Cypress ...more

By Rebekah October 10, 2020

Naima just gets me, man. Angsty books are hard for me because some people aren’t actually great at dealing with hard issues and big feelings, but Naima really nailed it with this INK duology. Jude was in touch with his feelings and both characters had very difficult parents that felt realistic. The ...more

By Ryan - Sweet Red Reader February 07, 2019

How Naima Simone managed to completely captured me on the first page is amazing to me. I think I snapped at my hubby (just a little) because he tried to talk to me at one (of the SEVERAL) part when it got particularly (and deliciously) intense. From the instant and intense attraction Jude and Cypres ...more

By Ivy February 18, 2019

3.5 stars
This is the second book in the Sweetest Taboo series, and features the taboo of the stepbrother romance. Now, I’m usually not into the stepbrother romance thing, but I gotta say this is most definitely working the chemistry between the characters and giving it that slightly dirty edge. It’s ...more

By Christina February 10, 2019

*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is the second installment of this series and although it could be read as a stand-alone, don’t. You’ll get a better feel for the characters if this is read in sequence.

After reading this author for the first time with the ...more

By Timitra January 22, 2019

Rated 4.5 Stars

I loved Passion and Ink. It's the perfect blend of taboo, filthy and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed Jude and Cypress' journey and highly recommend it.

Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley ...more

By Maria Rose April 28, 2019

If you do a social media survey of which current romance authors write the hottest sex scenes, there’s a more than reasonable likelihood that Naima Simone will be on that list. Her tales run the gamut from suspenseful, to emotional, to fun and flirty but never fail to entertain. With her entries in ...more

By Reading In Pajamas March 07, 2019

Review: PASSION AND INK (Sweetest Taboo Book 2) by Naima Simone
Publication Date: February 18, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

This is a smoking hot erotic romance that still manages to portray feelings and barriers. I do wish ...more

By Smart Women Read Romance January 28, 2019

**4 stars**

Passion and Ink continues the Sweetest Taboo series with Jude, the brother of Knox (I love him so much <3) and fellow tattoo artist.

Jude is dealing with living under the shadow of his brother's reputation as an MMA fighter and tattoo artist. He wants to make a name for himself, but that' ...more

By Kahea February 11, 2019

*5 ‘You’re You’ Stars***

After finishing Sin & Ink I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book, so when Passion & Ink surfaced I immediately said “Gimme” and I wasn’t disappointed in any way. This book had it all for me. Sweet, swoon worthy moments that made my heart melt, smexy ones that ha ...more

By Maida February 19, 2019

Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow! Passion and Ink is my favorite of the series so far.

Hot but tender. Angsty but not dreary. Deep and nuanced. Dirty and oh. so. sweet. All elements of the story are balanced. Jude and Cypress are both immensely likable and relatable. Two people with lots of baggage between them ...more

By Amy March 31, 2019

This is my first Naima Simone novel but it will NOT be my last. I adored this book - the characters, the heat, the story ... all of it. This is a VERY sexy book so if that's not something you want in a book, avoid this one! Because Naima Simone can write some sexy scenes ... for real! The story is c ...more

By Alecia February 14, 2019

***4.5 Stars***

Passion and Ink is the second book in the Sweet Taboo series by Naima Simone. It is also the second book I have read by this author.

I read Sin and Ink before it released and I was blown the freak away, so when I saw Passion and Ink was available to request, there wasn't a single doubt ...more

By Love N. Books May 13, 2019

Pet’s $0.02
4.5 stars

Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with these two hooking up. Jude and Cypress were never really raised together, they haven’t seen each other for over ten years, and they aren’t related. I don’t see a problem here.

As for Dan and Katherine, Cypress and Jude’s parents. Those two ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 18, 2019

Passion and Ink by Naima Simone is book Two in the Sweetest Taboo Series. This is the story of Cypress and Jude. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Cypress and Jude are both having family and career issues along with other bad baggage. T ...more

By Jeannine February 06, 2019

I am really liking this series. I liked Jude from the first book so I was glad that he was gettting his turn. And of course this is another super hot and sexy one. There is some mental health issues going on with this one, one top of all the family drama. But there’s a nice balance between the heavy ...more

By Taylor February 23, 2019

Something Sweetly Unexpected

There’s things you expect going into a novel when you’ve read a certain author before... but this book... this book caught me so off guard in the least expected way. It took about half a day to figure out what this stirred up inside of me... and then I burst into tears. ...more

By Karen's Bookshelf February 19, 2019

Passion and Ink is book 2 in the Sweetest Taboo series and since I loved the first book, I was really looking forward to the second book. Jude and Cypress are supposed to have just one night together and then go their separate ways. That's not easy for either of them to do when they can't get that n ...more

By Megan February 17, 2019

This book was very emotional and poignant. It's about rising above the lessons you were taught in childhood, and embracing your own life, flaws, hurts, happiness, and all. It's about forgiveness, and loyalty, loss, and going after what you want, regardless of the consequences. It was so good.

Jude G ...more

By Michelle February 18, 2019

I'm going to do my best to do justice to this story. We'll start with the fact that I think the author has written her best book to date. For this reader, this book perfectly showcased how love and acceptance can break through walls that keep us from living our best lives.

I'll start with my feeling ...more

By Sandy S February 18, 2019

3.75 stars-

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 18, 2019

Blackballed from my job.

Moved back to my hometown with my tail between my legs and family issues crushing my back.

Slinging drinks in a dive bar.

Yes, the past year has been hell. So when a man who’s temptation wrapped in golden skin and sin o ...more

By Lubnaa (Romance Library) February 16, 2019

4.25 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"You don't complete me. I do that for myself. But add to me."

I almost broke my finger requesting this ARC from NetGalley because it was Sin and Ink that had led me to Naima Simone last year. I'll be honest with everyone: I ...more

By Michaelene February 19, 2019

I absolutely love Naima Simone's books! I've been a fan for a long time, and each new release has me gobbling it straight through. Passion and Ink was no different.

I actually forgot who Cypress was going to be to Jude in this taboo romance, and when it came about, I did a happy dance because heck, y ...more

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Naima Simone

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Naima Simone

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love. She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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