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Peek Inside Sin and Ink

Lusting after my dead brother’s wife Eden is a go-straight-to-hell kind of sin. I promised my family—and him—I’d stay away. But surrendering to the forbidden might be worth losing everything.

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There’s sin, and then there’s literally-going-straight-to-hell sin...

Being in lust with my dead brother’s wife pretty much guarantees that one day I’ll be the devil’s bitch. But Eden Gordon works with me, so it’s getting harder and harder to stay away. I promised my family—and him—I would, though.

My days as an MMA champion are behind me. But whenever I see her, with those wicked curves and soft mouth created for dirty deeds, it’s a knock-down fight to maintain my distance. “Hard Knox” becomes more than just the name of my tattoo shop. However, surrendering to the forbidden might be worth losing everything...

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


“This was a sexy, gritty, and well-written story. It was a bit of a slow burn at first, and then went white-hot.” -Kelli W., Goodreads

“I have to say this book was so flipping erotic and dripping with sensuality. It is lustful and oozing anticipation, page after page. It is so flipping intense and screaming hot.  This writer killed it in terms of highly descriptive build up and every emotion that she could possibly conceive. It was a roller coaster of heat, lust, and ultimately love.” -Chris C., Goodreads

“Holy smokes this is one steamy read that I couldn't put down.  Fabulous read from page one to the end.  Sin and Ink is a beautifully written story with lots of emotional drama.” -Melinda B., Goodreads

“WOW!  This book is hot and full of emotion. The story is well-written, the characters full and interesting and the hard-won happily ever after is satisfying.  And hot? Oh My!” -Jem S., Goodreads

“OMFG!  So much to love about this book!  The story is as hot as the cover!” -Rebecca W., Goodreads

“Oh my! I said that a lot while reading this book. I said DAMN! a whole lot too while fanning myself! Knox and Eden were so hot! I really loved reading this book and feeling all the emotions. It was raw but honest. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Remember it is HOT HOT HOT!” -Larissa P., Goodreads

“Holy Smokes Batman, this book is off the charts HOT! From beginning to the end, the chemistry between the two main characters, Knox and Eden were giving me all the feels!” -PNR Book Lover Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636958
Series: Sweetest Taboo Series, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 15, 2018
Page Count: 260
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic romance, sports romance
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, unrequited love

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By Mindy Lou's Book Review October 07, 2018

3.5 Stars!

This was one hot read that was a bit difficult for me to rate. The guilt that Knox displayed over and over in this book kept interrupting all that taboo hotness the author delivered to us.

Knox is an incredibly appealing hero. He's former MMA, big, tatted and gorgeous. He's got that dirty, ...more

By Chris September 29, 2018

Loved this one! Sooo good.
I have to say this book was so flipping erotic and dripping with sensuality. I don’t mean that in terms of action, but actually in terms of feeling and emotion. Even with that I am not sure if that’s the best description of what this book is.

It is lustf ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews October 15, 2018

4.5 stars

I thought the author handled the taboo subject of falling for your brother/sister in law perfectly. The struggles and emotions between Know and Eden were real, raw and at times overwhelming.

Knox is a retired MMA fighter who now owns a successful business. To Knox, Eden was the one who got ...more

By Talia February 05, 2019

Sooo... because I'm always woefully behind on my TBR, I've been meaning to read this forever, but only just got down to business. And let me tell you, I am gravely displeased with Past Me. Because if I'd read this book immediately, I could've reread it like ten times by now, and I definitely do want ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) February 04, 2019

Oh Knox! I loved your broody, sexy self! And quite honestly, I loved Eden as well! The scene where she realized she was in love with Knox will forever be a favorite of mine. It was perfect and had me smiling like a loon :)

I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! ...more

By Jessica November 01, 2018

4.5 STARS... I loved this one so hard!!!

I love a good fighter romance but so often I feel like the character development of the fighter leaves me unsatisfied. Knox, however, is PERFECTION. He's broken and brooding and his quiet masculinity says far more than any flowery dialogue ever could. He's de ...more

By Jazmen February 20, 2019

I'm trying to loosen the hold the top of my shirt seems to have on my throat or the haze of lust that seemed to cover this book like a looming rain cloud ready to burst. If emotional was enough of a word to describe this book; I would stop there. This book was intense. As much as the angst threatene ...more

By ❤Sana❤ March 26, 2019

4 sinner stars!

“Fascination with Knox. Crazy. Inappropriate. Forbidden.”

I've been dying to read a Naima Simone's book for so long and here comes Sin and Ink to finally pop my Naima cherry.

H. O. T

That's the first word that would come to your mind after reading this book.
The chemistry between Knox an ...more

By Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews October 05, 2018

Holy Smokes Batman, this book is of the charts HOT!

From beginning to the end, the chemistry between the two main characters, Knox and Eden were giving me all the feels. I knew I was all in when I read the blurb, but man oh man that first chapter I was covered in Goosebumps and I was slightly squirm ...more

By Jess *lovetolovebooks* July 05, 2020

"Kiss me," I rasp, fully aware the last time the words were spoken between us, it was me who turned tail and ran. Now could be the time when she decides to issue a little payback, and she would be in the right. But since only seconds ago she was tonguing my dick, I'm hoping she won't. "Give me what ...more

By Steph's Romance Book Talk August 27, 2019

4 Stars / 5 Steam Fans

You have to finish this book to understand it fully! There were so many moments that I became annoyed with both Knox and Eden throughout this story. Eden is the widow of Knox's brother and they both feel guilt for their feelings after the unexpected death of the brother. Here ...more

By Booknerdingout August 10, 2019

I devoured the fck outta this book. ...more

By Christine September 27, 2018

Holy steamy lusty crazy craving yearning obsession. Knox is so full of years-long pent up desire for his brother's widow that there were times it seemed he might go insane with it. The craving only ratchets when Eden admits she's starting to feel it, too. Forget insta-love, or even insta-lust. This ...more

By Juliette September 13, 2018

Freaking AMAZING! All the stars...

RTC. ...more

By Karen's Bookshelf September 28, 2018

Knox and Eden know they should resist the pull that they feel towards each other but as time passes and hours spent together, it gets harder and harder to stay away from each other. Theirs is a love that should be forbidden but the heart wants what the heart wants, and now it's only a matter of time ...more

By Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle February 23, 2019

I'll just say it, I'm a total sucker for 99-cent book deals, which is how this book caught my eyes. #sorrynotsorry. Authors in general, it works, I tell ya... Then, hello, that cover, I thought how did this not caught my eyes even before?! teehee...

Knox has one filthy delicious mind and mouth. I can ...more

By Lubnaa (Romance Library) September 22, 2018

4.25 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've heard so many fantastic things about Naima Simone's books and I can totally understand why everyone loves her so much! Sin and Ink was amazing! My first Naima Simone book and I cannot wait to read her backlist!

Sin and ...more

By Anne November 07, 2018

Holly Mother of Smut!
This book was hot hot hot
I mean... a lot of the romance books I read have sex and smut and all that. But Sin and Ink was off the charts hot. This is definitely erotica so make sure you comfortable with that before diving in.

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By A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog September 25, 2018

4.5 Stars
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this cover spoke to me. I was eager to read the story contained, even though angsty novels are generally not my thing. Sin and Ink is definitely an angst-filled, emotional tale with the slightest forbidden twist. I enjoyed reading the b ...more

By Maria Rose October 14, 2018

Emotional angst (the guilt!) and steamy sex are about equal in this intense, forbidden love story.

Knox, an MMA fighter turned tattoo artist lost his brother Connor, also a fighter two years ago. It devastated his family, and his brother's wife Eden who works with him at his tattoo parlor. But Knox ...more

By Julie (Jewlsbookblog) September 20, 2020

One rough-edged, dirty talkin’, tattooed bad boy with a hidden depths. One forbidden to him, fiercely protective, sassy woman who didn’t know she tamed the beast. One complicated relationship neither saw coming...

Naima Simone writes smashing characters and some of the hottest **fans self** love scen ...more

By Ryan - Sweet Red Reader October 17, 2018

Finished this beauty early this morning and Knox and Eden are still on my mind. Naima Simone delivered a SEXY, angsty, heartfelt read with Sin & Ink and with each book I read from her, my fangirl feelings grow. If you’re in to HOT, muscled, tattooed, dirty talking alpha males with heart, slightly ta ...more

By ♥️Fantasy Land August 13, 2019

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Knox oh Knox how I love you. Sin and Ink is such a love affair that you have to read. Moreover, Knox is such a wonderful man that takes everyone's pain into himself that it breaks your heart.

Knox was an MMA fighter that has given it all up due to a horrible accident in his family. Eden is his si ...more

By Rebekah January 07, 2019

Dark, sweet and sexy with a bearded hero that’s a tattoo artist. All the things I like.
Also the emotional resolution at the end was very satisfying. I love when a heroine finds her voice. 4.5 stars. ...more

By Amanda September 08, 2019

So. Much. Angst. ...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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