Passionate Ink by Jan Springer

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

My Copy: Sent

Tattoo artist Catalina Brown falls head-over-orgasms for the stranger who asks for a tentacle tattoo on his cock. Normally mixing business with pleasure isn’t her thing, but he’s a sexual desire she can’t resist, especially when she becomes immersed in wicked-hot artistic highs as she tattooes every succulent inch. So why does he seem too good to be true?

Octoposeidon shape shifter Calder Croft catches the female’s succulent scent when she passes his California marina, and he can’t ignore the ravishing way she fires his blood. Only after meeting her, he’s stunned to discover she has no idea she’s a shifter about to come into her Change. It takes all his self-control to keep from taking the sexy female he craves right on the spot.

He has to tell her the truth about her heritage. Will she accept her birthright as a shifter or will she succumb to madness and deny their forever?


I got just a bit excited at the thought of a octopus shifter book. All those lovely tentacles to use in all kinds of dirty mcdirty ways. I’ve read nearly every kind of shifter book and I love reading about new things. The only type I’ve refused to read is snake shifters. Just the thought gives me the willies. When I got a request for Passionate Ink I knew I needed to read it. After finishing it, I felt slightly let down. This book/novella just wasn’t what I had envisioned. First off the shifters are called Octoposeidon because they are only half octopus and the other half descended from Poseidon. This means that when they shift the arms and legs become tentacles but the upper body essentially stays the same. WHAT? That’s just weird and creepy. They only shift at night and then during the day are fully human. So when do they sleep? Even shifters need to sleep. Calder makes it a point to think several times throughout the book that while in weird half shifter half man form they eat, swim and have kinky tentacle sex. No sleepy time.

Tattoo artist Catalina has no idea she’s a Octoposeidon shifter. World famous for her tattoo skills, she travels all over in her mobile tattoo studio. I was never sold on that aspect. A mobile tattoo studio? I think if she’s that good a tattoo artist people would travel to her. I wouldn’t get a tattoo out of the back of someones mobile unit. Nope. Nada. Just no. Catalina sets up an appointment with a man who wants a huge octopus tattoo that includes a tentacle on his penis. Since she happens to have a huge tentacle fetish she jumps on the chance to take the job. There is a lot of fondling and thinking how big he is before anything actually happens between them.

Calder knows Cat his is mate and he is aware she has no clue what she is. His plan of telling her slowly is cut short when she starts shifting in what she thinks are dreams but are actually reality. Cat is understandably concerned that she is losing blocks of time but not concerned enough to actually go to the doctor or even talk to someone in any way qualified to help her. Calder seems more concerned with her sanity since some shifters go crazy when they learn their true nature and then who would he have constant sex under the sea with? Maybe they go crazy from the lack of asleep instead. I just didn’t like Cat. I didn’t find her sexy. I didn’t find her to be a strong character. I didn’t find her likable at all. Calder and Cat together was just “meh”. I wasn’t invested in them in any way.

I wanted to like this one. It’s a incredibly unique concept that could have been spectacular. The execution left a lot to be desired and I just didn’t like it.

I give Passionate Ink by Jan Springer 2.50 stars! 

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