Pricked
All I wanted was a tattoo.What I got was a broody, enigmatic demigod with an electrifying touch and a mysterious past.We were night and day in every way possible, not an ounce of anything in common, and yet, I wanted him in the worst way.It didn't matter that he was emotionally unavailable or that he was exactly the kind of man who would give my father a coronary should I dare to bring him home. It didn't matter that his heart was wrapped in barbed wire or that he made me promise never to fall for him.None of it mattered because he was the most perfectly imperfect, beautifully tortured soul I'd ever known, and I was besotted, addicted to all the thrilling and wondrous ways he made me feel when we were together.They say a single moment can change the entire trajectory of your life. But looking back, I never could have imagined all the ways my world would change the moment it collided with his.I learned too late that he kept his past a secret for a reason.

Pricked Details

TitlePricked
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Pricked Review

  • Bindi Boo
    January 1, 1970
    *SPOILER ALERT*Recipe for disaster: smart, rich girl finds a hot, not-so-rich, mysterious man who tells you at the get-go he is not one for commitment- tell him you're 'adventurous', weasel your way into his life, 'fall in love' despite him telling you not to, find out he has 'issues'- get devastated then leave. With a secret in your belly. *EYE ROLL*
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  • chandler ainsley ♕
    January 1, 1970
    dnf @ 30%nothing particularly wrong with this book i'm just not in the mood for a spoiled sweet princess meets wrong side of the tracks stud sort of story. the writing was a little lackluster and i didn't feel any attachment to either of the characters. and when they kissed i felt zero so i knew it probably wouldn't improve.like i said, really not awful or anything just don't want to waste my time.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Omg!!! You guys!!! Pricked was absolutely amazing!!! I devoured it in one sitting and could not get enough of Madden Ransom, the cocky, surly tattoo artist and Brighton Taylor Karrington, the pampered Park Terrace princess who brought him down to his knees. I truly loved this story and all the banter and sexual tension. It was such an outstanding opposites attract novel I could not get enough of!!When Brighton realizes she has lived a sheltered and shackled life with no real life experience who Omg!!! You guys!!! Pricked was absolutely amazing!!! I devoured it in one sitting and could not get enough of Madden Ransom, the cocky, surly tattoo artist and Brighton Taylor Karrington, the pampered Park Terrace princess who brought him down to his knees. I truly loved this story and all the banter and sexual tension. It was such an outstanding opposites attract novel I could not get enough of!!When Brighton realizes she has lived a sheltered and shackled life with no real life experience who would have thought walking into Madden Ransom's tattoo shop would be the change that her life needed. GAH! What follows is a brilliantly written novel where these two opposites discover things about not only one another but themselves. Madden and Brighton couldn't be any more different on paper: the good girl and the bad boy. But what follows is a breathtakingly sexy novel showcasing the idea of jumping in headfirst and dealing with the consequences later. They both had no idea that they would shake up each other's lives in the most unexpected ways. And the twists and turns in the story were absolutely fabulous!! This was brilliant! 4.5 stars! ~Ratula
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  • HeatherP
    January 1, 1970
    "Rock, Paper, Scissors. I was always the rock. She was always the paper. It took me years to realize it was never about winning, that all she was doing was covering my dark with her light. My hard with her soft." I had just discovered Winter Renshaw a couple years ago when I signed up for the "Country Nights" blog tour. I was hooked on her writing after that book, and I planned to go back and read every one of her backlist books. Things got away from me, so when I did the "P.S. I Miss You" tour "Rock, Paper, Scissors. I was always the rock. She was always the paper. It took me years to realize it was never about winning, that all she was doing was covering my dark with her light. My hard with her soft." I had just discovered Winter Renshaw a couple years ago when I signed up for the "Country Nights" blog tour. I was hooked on her writing after that book, and I planned to go back and read every one of her backlist books. Things got away from me, so when I did the "P.S. I Miss You" tour I dropped everything and did it. I spent the greater part of the next 3 weeks binge reading every book - I loved every one of them. "The way a heart breaks depends on the way it was dropped. Some breaks are clean. And some shatter, sending millions of shards everywhere, shards so small you can't see them. But you always feel them. My God, do you feel them. " When Pricked hit my kindle, I was so ready. I've been in a bit of a reading funk the past few weeks. I knew when this one hit my kindle that the funk would be over. I spent my day reading this, and it was perfect. We had negative temps yesterday, so I got to do my favorite thing. I was curled up on the couch, wrapped in my favorite blanket, hot cup of coffee, and this fantastic book. That is my idea of a great day.Madden was rough around the edges, but when he was with Brighton, you could tell he wanted so much more than he admitted to wanting. Brighton was so determined and sure of herself. She knew what she wanted, and she went after it no matter what - I loved that. These two together were so perfect for each other. He was rough and bitter, she was quiet but hopeful, and together they made each other better.There is something so perfect and unique about her stories. Winter's writing immediately draws me in, consumes my thoughts, and draws every emotion out of me with every turn of the page. Her stories are witty, heart-stopping, and phenomenal. I am forever grateful that the email I got for "Country Nights" caught my eye and I got to find her books. If you haven't read her work yet, then I implore you to dive in and fall in love as I did. "She was the only girl I'd ever known who could make a smile look sad - and it killed me to know I was the reason." ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Myla
    January 1, 1970
    “You’re something, Madden. You know that? You’re really something. "Madden is the kind of guy with an attitude of "what you see is what you get." He doesn't do things to please anyone.“You’re the beautiful butterfly. I caught you in my net. I’ve taken you home. And I can’t promise you’re going to be the same if you spend the night with me.”Brighton is a rich, privileged pre-med graduate who has been sheltered all her life. She wants to experience life and an act of "rebellion" leads her to meet “You’re something, Madden. You know that? You’re really something. "Madden is the kind of guy with an attitude of "what you see is what you get." He doesn't do things to please anyone.“You’re the beautiful butterfly. I caught you in my net. I’ve taken you home. And I can’t promise you’re going to be the same if you spend the night with me.”Brighton is a rich, privileged pre-med graduate who has been sheltered all her life. She wants to experience life and an act of "rebellion" leads her to meet the man that will turn her life around and for the first time, she felt the kind of freedom she only dreamed of.“I told you that if this started to feel real, I’d walk away. "Can they really walk away from each other? Pricked is a story of two people from different backgrounds and upbringing. Will their relationship stand the test of time and circumstances?An eloquent writer that she is, Ms. Renshaw once again floored me with this book. It was flawlessly written. The main characters are well thought of and vividly developed. The twist that I didn't see coming, it was very well executed! It just wowed me when I reach that part of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. The story of Madden and Brighton just blew me away. By far, this is my favorite book by this author. I highly recommend this book! I loved it so much!**ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    This review is enough for me to stay away:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
  • ❤Sana❤
    January 1, 1970
    5 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋Brighton“I'd love a good break. Something to snap me in two. Something that floods my veins with so much emotion, I become physically ill. I'd love to step out of this protective bubble where I never have to worry about a thing, never have to want. Never have to need or worry or fear or miss out on any of life's grand opportunities. That's not real life. I want heartbreak.Madden“Someone told me once that the way a heart breaks depends on how hard it was dropped. Some breaks are clean—and 5 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋Brighton“I'd love a good break. Something to snap me in two. Something that floods my veins with so much emotion, I become physically ill. I'd love to step out of this protective bubble where I never have to worry about a thing, never have to want. Never have to need or worry or fear or miss out on any of life's grand opportunities. That's not real life. I want heartbreak.Madden“Someone told me once that the way a heart breaks depends on how hard it was dropped. Some breaks are clean—and some shatter, sending millions of shards everywhere, shards so small you can’t see them ……but you always feel them. My god, do you feel them.”A pampered very sheltered princess and the brooding tattoo artist should never come in the same sentence, add some demons and sins from the past and everything is doomed, yet Madden and Brighton with a chemistery to light a block succeeded to kindle the flame and defy the norms but on one condition... “Don’t fall in love with me.”...“I’m not kidding, Brighton. I need you to promise that if you start feeling something toward me, we’ll end this. Immediately. No questions asked.” “I promise,” I say. “And for the record, I’ve kept every promise I’ve ever made.” From the moment I read Absinthe ,which by the way was my very first book to Winter Rainshaw, I fell in love with her books and here I am witnessing another strong male falling to his knees a d breaking his own rule.. “You so like me, Ransom,” she says as I carry her back to my GTO. “It’s okay if you can’t admit it yet.” Yet. Even if I did like her, I’d never admit it to anyone. Not her. Not even myself.”
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  • Lorie
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 - 4.5 STARSLoved it! I read this in one sitting - for some reason that happens A LOT when I read a Winter Renshaw book. I was hooked from the beginning. It sort of had a Mad Tatter vibe going on, and I looooooved The Mad Tatter. Madden and Brighton were fabulous characters, but Brighton really stood out in this one. She's nothing like I expected and surprised me at every turn. A great heroine!
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    Yikes. This was really just...dull. There was no chemistry here at all. There were threads started that seemed important and then the story meandered along without them. Other things just didn't make a whole lot of sense. But the blurb hinted at an emotional tale and that wasn't what this was. The story is pretty lukewarm and rather seemed as though the writer lost interest. It didn't deliver for me. Might for others, though.
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  • Amanda Adams Steward
    January 1, 1970
    5 🌟’s This is I do believe my first book I’ve read by this author I do owe other books of hers. I loved this book. Might be my favorite read so far this year. Loved the characters and the story. It had twists and turns I never saw coming (which I love) most I know what’s coming. This one blew me away because it was so unexpected. Can’t wait to read more books by Winter!!
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  • BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Madden is a tough, stoic tattoo artist with no ink of his own. Brighton lives in her parents' mansion on the country club side of town and every step of her life has been planned out. As an act of rebellion, Brighton gets a tattoo for her twenty-second birthday, entrusting Madden with choosing the tattoo design. No matter how much she tries, she can’t seem to engage him in conversation, and it’s obvious to both of them that their backgrounds are polar opposites and they have nothing in common. W Madden is a tough, stoic tattoo artist with no ink of his own. Brighton lives in her parents' mansion on the country club side of town and every step of her life has been planned out. As an act of rebellion, Brighton gets a tattoo for her twenty-second birthday, entrusting Madden with choosing the tattoo design. No matter how much she tries, she can’t seem to engage him in conversation, and it’s obvious to both of them that their backgrounds are polar opposites and they have nothing in common. When Brighton becomes a volunteer mentor to Madden's sister and their paths keep crossing, their attraction grows and they discover their lives are intertwined in ways they never could have imagined.When I pick up a Renshaw book I expect to be hit in the heart, but Pricked is surprisingly unexpected, and filled with so much more! Renshaw has really kicked up her character development, and I found Madden and Brighton to be wonderfully complex, beautifully wounded and deeply compelling. I delighted in traveling this journey with them, eagerly watching as their feelings grew, their paths intersected and their pasts overshadowed their present to shake the foundation of every presupposition and create an amazing, never-imagined future. These characters burrow deep, and I willingly relinquished my heart to them. If you like complex, loveable characters with tantalizing chemistry and an evocative story full of heart with surprising twists and beautiful symbolism, you’ll definitely love this one! *I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
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  • Coco.V
    January 1, 1970
    💞Pricked by Winter Renshaw is on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99 on Amazon today!💞Blurb:All I wanted was a tattoo.What I got was a broody, enigmatic demigod with an electrifying touch and a mysterious past.We were night and day in every way possible, not an ounce of anything in common, and yet, I wanted him in the worst way.It didn't matter that he was emotionally unavailable or that he was exactly the kind of man who would give my father a coronary should I dare to bring him home. It didn't mat 💞Pricked by Winter Renshaw is on sale for $0.99 instead of $3.99 on Amazon today!💞Blurb:All I wanted was a tattoo.What I got was a broody, enigmatic demigod with an electrifying touch and a mysterious past.We were night and day in every way possible, not an ounce of anything in common, and yet, I wanted him in the worst way.It didn't matter that he was emotionally unavailable or that he was exactly the kind of man who would give my father a coronary should I dare to bring him home. It didn't matter that his heart was wrapped in barbed wire or that he made me promise never to fall for him.None of it mattered because he was the most perfectly imperfect, beautifully tortured soul I'd ever known, and I was besotted, addicted to all the thrilling and wondrous ways he made me feel when we were together.They say a single moment can change the entire trajectory of your life. But looking back, I never could have imagined all the ways my world would change the moment it collided with his.I learned too late that he kept his past a secret for a reason.
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  • Lisa Mcintire
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 I really enjoyed this one and it was a 5 until the end. It felt rushed. I was ok with the fact it was his dad and brother there but then when it came out that her dad paid him, I just thought that was too much but I think the fact it wasn't a bigger issue was more of the problem. She really just took his word and then lightly told her mom about it. I thought her losing the baby was glossed over too. So overall I really enjoyed the book and the look into their future but thought the ending ne 4.5 I really enjoyed this one and it was a 5 until the end. It felt rushed. I was ok with the fact it was his dad and brother there but then when it came out that her dad paid him, I just thought that was too much but I think the fact it wasn't a bigger issue was more of the problem. She really just took his word and then lightly told her mom about it. I thought her losing the baby was glossed over too. So overall I really enjoyed the book and the look into their future but thought the ending needed more with all the drama.
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  • Jenn Keller
    January 1, 1970
    5 "Going to catch myself a butterfly" StarsThis was yet another new to me author so going in I had no expectations. I simply picked this book for a challenge read involving an artist; in this case a tattoo artist. I just finished this book and I am in awe at this authors story telling. This was amazing and I will say I had the wind knocked out of me a few times with twists that I NEVER saw coming. They were definitely OMG moments! The start of my reading year for 2019 has been awesome and it m 5 "Going to catch myself a butterfly" StarsThis was yet another new to me author so going in I had no expectations. I simply picked this book for a challenge read involving an artist; in this case a tattoo artist. I just finished this book and I am in awe at this authors story telling. This was amazing and I will say I had the wind knocked out of me a few times with twists that I NEVER saw coming. They were definitely OMG moments! The start of my reading year for 2019 has been awesome and it maybe too early to say but I am saying it anyway I think this book will be in my top books of the year come December-really for the shock value alone. This was such a beautiful story of opposites attract and I for one will not forget Brighton and Madden! Rock. Paper.ScissorsI was always the rock.She was always the paper.And it was never about winning.All she was doing.... was covering my dark with her light.My hard with her soft!
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  • nikkigracereads
    January 1, 1970
    I stumbled across this one on Amazon, and loved the blurb so decided to give it a try! I am so glad I did because I really enjoyed it. Winter Renshaws writing flows beautifully and I loved Brighton and Madden. There was the perfect amount of heat and drama, and it all came together brilliantly.
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  • Lúthien Númenessë
    January 1, 1970
    Spanish:Este libro (a diferencia de casi todos los libros de Winter Renshaw) NO me atrapó desde la primera frase, pero para el final del segundo capitulo sin duda estaba TOTALMENTE enamorada de los personajes e inmersa en el trama sin poder parar de leer.Es que no solo se trata de una historia de amor (fresca y tierna) sino que es una hermosa historia sobre pelear por los sueños y la libertad, proteger lo que más se ama, ir por tus sueños y mantener la esperanza.Tiene todo lo que una buena histo Spanish:Este libro (a diferencia de casi todos los libros de Winter Renshaw) NO me atrapó desde la primera frase, pero para el final del segundo capitulo sin duda estaba TOTALMENTE enamorada de los personajes e inmersa en el trama sin poder parar de leer.Es que no solo se trata de una historia de amor (fresca y tierna) sino que es una hermosa historia sobre pelear por los sueños y la libertad, proteger lo que más se ama, ir por tus sueños y mantener la esperanza.Tiene todo lo que una buena historia necesita para convertirse pronto en un libro que no podrás dejar hasta terminarlo e incluso después de el final los personajes se quedan en tu cabeza, tiene amor, comedia, suspense y un gran mensaje. Añadiendo un f*** tatuador sin tatuajes y una revoltosa chica inocente.Es un gran libro lleno de giros emocionantes. Si tuviera que definirla diría que es una historia formada de pequeñas historias con diferentes elementos que te mantienen atento.AMÉ lo que el tatuaje significaba y la visión de Madden sobre las mariposas (esto sin duda fue lo que terminó haciéndome rendirme)Es que en verdad me encantó el personaje de Madden, ya que travez de la historia vas pensando que Brighton es quien será la frágil y necesitada de cariño, amor y todo eso, pero a final de cuentas quien cae primero flechado es él, haciendo que todo sea diferente a como lo esperas.Reseña completa en el blog “Romance & Pasión” HERE a partir de Enero 25~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~English:This book (unlike almost all Winter Renshaw's books) did NOT catch me from the first sentence, but without a doubt by the end of the second chapter I was TOTALLY in love with the characters and immersed on the plot.It isn't just a love story (fresh and tender) but it's a beautiful story about fighting for dreams and freedom, protecting what you love the most, going for your dreams and keeping hope.It has everything a good story needs to be that kind of book that you can't leave until finished and that even after the words "THE END" the characters are still in your mind, it has love, comedy, suspense and a great message. Adding a f *** tattooer without tattoos and an innocent exasperating girl.It is a great book full of twists. If I had to define it I would say that it is a story made up of small stories with a lot of different elements that keep you into it.I loved what the tattoo meant and Madden's vision of the butterflies (this completely caught me)I really liked the character of Madden, because throughout the book you think that who is going to need attention and love is Brighton, but you realize that is him who falls faster, who was first arrowed, and that's what makes the story feel different.Full review on “Romance & Pasión” blog HERE at January 25
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  • Tricia
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure at first whether I was going to fully connect with this story, it started out fairly slow, a first meet between our couple, then it drifted into describing the characters’ daily routines, scene setting really. But as I read on, I found that I was becoming increasingly invested in the lives of these characters and liking them very much. Soon, I couldn’t put it down.I absolutely loved Brighton. She’s multi layered and a bit of a contradiction. A very strong willed, take no nonsense f I wasn’t sure at first whether I was going to fully connect with this story, it started out fairly slow, a first meet between our couple, then it drifted into describing the characters’ daily routines, scene setting really. But as I read on, I found that I was becoming increasingly invested in the lives of these characters and liking them very much. Soon, I couldn’t put it down.I absolutely loved Brighton. She’s multi layered and a bit of a contradiction. A very strong willed, take no nonsense from anyone type of young woman, except when it comes to her over protective, overbearing parents. This controlling behaviour on their part is explained as the result of a tragedy some ten years ago, but they are infuriating and I wanted to slap them. However, even when Brighton gives in to their will, there’s a part of her that is fighting back and I was cheering her on. She’s caught between a rock and a hard place really, until an opportunity presents itself and she grabs it with both hands.Madden is definitely up there with the best book boyfriends. Yes he’s brooding and a little rough around the edges but although he’s a straight talker, I didn’t feel he was deliberately mean for the sake of it. Carrying his own scars from his past, the only commitment he wants to make is to remaining single. That is, of course, until he meets the lovely Brighton. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no insta love here, although there’s plenty of chemistry and initial attraction. If he’s guilty of anything, it’s judging a book by its cover when it comes to Brighton. The feelings develop between them in a really sweet way and it’s clear from the way Madden acts around Brighton that he’s kidding himself when he says he doesn’t want more. Although they come from completely different backgrounds, these two are perfect for each other.Now, in the midst of their burgeoning love story, there’s some clever twists and turns, deceit and lies revealed, and some secrets are brought to light. One secret I did guess, but the outcome was a complete shock and not what I was expecting at all. All in all I really enjoyed this book. There were parts I would’ve liked to have seen expanded on a little more, including the ending, which I felt after all the drama was slightly rushed. Nevertheless, an engaging storyline, appealing lead characters, together with humorous moments and a sweet happy ending, made Pricked a delightful read.
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  • Linda Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    "Ding,ding,ding we have a best seller 😍"Wow what an emotional journey of a book that was.It will definitely stay with me for a long time and it gave me a plethora of emotions that had me hooked throughout. I'm going to say Pricked is my new favourite book by Winter Renshaw.This is raw,gritty and interwoven and kept me guessing right up to the last revelation.I love this book so much and totally fell for Madden and Brighton's story.These two came from totally different backgrounds yet slotted tog "Ding,ding,ding we have a best seller 😍"Wow what an emotional journey of a book that was.It will definitely stay with me for a long time and it gave me a plethora of emotions that had me hooked throughout. I'm going to say Pricked is my new favourite book by Winter Renshaw.This is raw,gritty and interwoven and kept me guessing right up to the last revelation.I love this book so much and totally fell for Madden and Brighton's story.These two came from totally different backgrounds yet slotted together well.It's mysterious, it's gripping and it's totally raw.It's exactly what I expect from a 5 star book.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Pricked by Winter Renshaw a five-star read you would want to adore. Madden Ransom just makes me so desperate to go run to my local tattoo shop and get some more ink, he is an enigma wrapped in a day dream. This was such a compelling read, you will be reading each page and going back and forth as you worry you will miss something. There is a compelling story and each time a new detail is revealed you will just get more drawn into the story. Brighton is a great character and she really has her own Pricked by Winter Renshaw a five-star read you would want to adore. Madden Ransom just makes me so desperate to go run to my local tattoo shop and get some more ink, he is an enigma wrapped in a day dream. This was such a compelling read, you will be reading each page and going back and forth as you worry you will miss something. There is a compelling story and each time a new detail is revealed you will just get more drawn into the story. Brighton is a great character and she really has her own story to tell, much like sleeping beauty her story is interesting when sleeping, but more fun when she is awake.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. I wanted to like this because the characters were fun to read but that’s about all that’s good here. It’s filled with a lot of melodrama, cliches, and characters made out of cardboard. What irritates me most is Brighton’s lack of appreciation for her life. Okay yes I get it her parents are controlling helicopters but just once I’d like a spoiled rich girl to see how good she has it. As someone who grew up worrying about bills being paid and where my next meal was coming from I can’t relate Ugh. I wanted to like this because the characters were fun to read but that’s about all that’s good here. It’s filled with a lot of melodrama, cliches, and characters made out of cardboard. What irritates me most is Brighton’s lack of appreciation for her life. Okay yes I get it her parents are controlling helicopters but just once I’d like a spoiled rich girl to see how good she has it. As someone who grew up worrying about bills being paid and where my next meal was coming from I can’t relate or feel for characters that don’t see how charmed their life is. Granted at least she does strike out on her own but it’s also painted as an easy feat when it really isn’t. Even with a collage education finding a good paying job you can support yourself with is rough. It also doesn't make sense how "sheltered" she is given that she's been to multiple countries alone with her brother and even spent time at collage with little shadow from her parents. Either she's a princess in a tower with no real freedom or she has some leeway.The whole reason they’re so overprotective doesn’t click either. Although a tragic thing and would definitely instill some fear in their case the man responsible was doing life in prison. So she wasn’t at risk of being hurt. Besides the every day life of bad things could happen to anyone y’know.I really didn’t enjoy the names in this book at all. They were every bit the pretentious base line for characters who were cardboard cutouts of perfect, wealthy, and empty people. Everyone was a doctor -_- all while maddens family mainly his mother is just an absent drunk. While his younger sister is still in her care and personally he could have done so much more for her in that situation. Given that he had his own business, no criminal issues, and was overall stable I think a judge would have zero issues giving him custody. But he doesn’t even try. And honestly I find it selfish. Because he runs around with Brighton y’know and at work but only managed to see his sister every other day maybe and feed her McDonald’s? Buy some groceries buddy. File for custody. Do something besides let her basically raise herself.The “twist” wasn’t much of a twist (her father is a prick but she also could have been more diligent about fact checking things herself), and I wish authors would stop killing off babies. I don’t know if it’s a bastard child thing or what or just for more dramatics. But can we just let them live their best illegitimate lives. Pleaseeeee. Realistically I don’t think these characters would be together after everything just because it’s too much. To try loving someone who is part of why something shitty happened to you doesn’t seem like it would work given how awkward that is. They can’t possibly see each other without thinking about what happened and what it meant for each of them and their families.I liked reading this for the most part but these issues over all overshadow how much I enjoyed it. Maybe if it was less cheesy or cliche filled it would be better. But as of late I feel like this author puts out a lot of new stuff but the quality isn’t as good as it once was. I still like her stuff and the writing style yet it’s lacking something for me that I loved in the first few books I read of hers.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the premise of Pricked, the intrigue, the secrets, the rich girl/poor boy aesthetic. Pricked was different than I expected. I was sure it was going to be a bad boy alpha romance, but it was so much more than that. Madden was better than I could have anticipated. He was fascinating – and not because he was a reformed bad boy – in a way that tugged at my heart and made me feel a kinship with him. Once I learned his secrets, I understood a good portion of the reason why.When I read the blur I loved the premise of Pricked, the intrigue, the secrets, the rich girl/poor boy aesthetic. Pricked was different than I expected. I was sure it was going to be a bad boy alpha romance, but it was so much more than that. Madden was better than I could have anticipated. He was fascinating – and not because he was a reformed bad boy – in a way that tugged at my heart and made me feel a kinship with him. Once I learned his secrets, I understood a good portion of the reason why.When I read the blurb and started this book, I was sure Pricked was going to be an opposites-attract novel. And it was, on the surface. Once we got to know Brighton and Madden more fully it was obvious, they were both very hurt – in different ways – and only showed the world the façade they’d built to protect themselves. They were both also looking for someone to love them, to give them a soft spot to land, and to show them their worth. Their hearts and souls were so similar; it was no wonder they found each other and fell into such an easy relationship.The only thing I wish about Pricked was that the ending not be so rushed. I felt like we were going full-steam ahead and were going to get some real answers and closure, then BOOM, flash forward epilogue. Sure, everything was tied up in a neat little bow in the epilogue, but I would have loved to have seen how it all played out, rather than recapped. I know tons of readers are just in it for the love story, and that felt (mostly) complete to me, but there were a few other storylines that deserved better treatment than they got.
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  • Vanessa (nessreads)
    January 1, 1970
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*4 StarsPricked wasn’t anything what I expected. I definitely didn’t expect it to punch me with all the feelings. It’s more than what one would think. It’s a story of two very different people from the opposite sides of town. But even with all their differences, they’re more alike than they think.Brighton is bright eyed and innocent. Wanting to pull away from the hold her parents have on her. She wants to start living her life the way she wants *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*4 StarsPricked wasn’t anything what I expected. I definitely didn’t expect it to punch me with all the feelings. It’s more than what one would think. It’s a story of two very different people from the opposite sides of town. But even with all their differences, they’re more alike than they think.Brighton is bright eyed and innocent. Wanting to pull away from the hold her parents have on her. She wants to start living her life the way she wants. And if that means stepping out of her comfort zone, then that’s what she’ll do. And in doing so, she meets a man without even knowing the impact he’ll have on her life.Madden hasn’t had the best life. And because of that he’s become hard and without having a care in the world, the only exception is his younger sister. He’s a tattoo artist, and there’s so much to him than what he lets people see. He can be cold at times, but deep down he just wants to matter. And when a stranger walks into his tattoo shop, it’ll start a whirlwind of events that none of them saw coming.From their first encounter, the attraction between Madden and Brighton was undeniable. Two very different people, but every bit the missing piece they didn’t even know they were searching for. They were both crucial to each other. Both learning from the other, and most importantly teaching each other the value and meaning of love. Pricked was definitely a surprise, a good surprise at that. It was packed with action and suspense, and a couple of revelations I did not see coming, which added the element of surprise. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know how it would all end. And I was not disappointed in the least. Overall a very enjoyable read.
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  • Faith89
    January 1, 1970
    Madden and Brighton are complete opposites. He is from the wrong side of the tracks and owns. a tattoo shop. She is a girl who lives in a mansion and is scheduled to start med school in the fall. From the outside looking in, you would think Brighton had a perfect life. In the beginning I was thinking “poor little rich girl”. Once you look beyond the surface her life is anything but ideal. Her life is micromanaged by her parents. She needs a taste is freedom and rebellion. She meets Madden at the Madden and Brighton are complete opposites. He is from the wrong side of the tracks and owns. a tattoo shop. She is a girl who lives in a mansion and is scheduled to start med school in the fall. From the outside looking in, you would think Brighton had a perfect life. In the beginning I was thinking “poor little rich girl”. Once you look beyond the surface her life is anything but ideal. Her life is micromanaged by her parents. She needs a taste is freedom and rebellion. She meets Madden at the perfect time. He promised her she will never be the same and she wasn’t. Madden is the typical brooding hero. Again wants the layers are pealed back, you get a someone who has had a lot to deal with at a young age. Her appears cold and callous but takes care of his sister and has a close knit group of friends. There lives intertwine and what is fake becomes real. Overall, I loved the story but the ending seemed rushed.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Kimberly Garner
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book! The story follows a pampered, smothered princess, and a self made tattoo artist. They shouldn't mesh, but they do. This book was great at looking at what it takes to break free of expectations, to do what you desire in your heart. There is a little twist thrown in there more towards the end, and it wasn't expected really, but added more depth to the story. Over all you will not be disappointed. Told in dual pov.
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  • Flo Grugel
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 45%
  • Danielle Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    Pricked is the first book I have read by this author and I really liked it. I loved Madden and Brighton. Even though they were complete opposites, they were perfect together! Loved loved them!
  • READ ME ROMANCE
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a whirlwind of highs and lows, truths and assumptions, and tears and joy. Wow! There was so much going on with the two leading characters, Madden and Brighton, who on the surface would normally not be a match. But once you get beneath all of the layers, you see how compatible they are, and that they are meant to be.I loved Brighton and her survival story, her courage and bright outlook on life, and how positive and refined she was. I have to really admire the heroine in a story in This book was a whirlwind of highs and lows, truths and assumptions, and tears and joy. Wow! There was so much going on with the two leading characters, Madden and Brighton, who on the surface would normally not be a match. But once you get beneath all of the layers, you see how compatible they are, and that they are meant to be.I loved Brighton and her survival story, her courage and bright outlook on life, and how positive and refined she was. I have to really admire the heroine in a story in order to rate a book highly and I just loved her! She was smart, honest, classy, kind, thoughtful, witty, goal-oriented, passionate, humble, and not afraid to take chances and go into unknown territory. Both Madden and Brighton had heartbreaking circumstances happen to them in their youth. Madden is a bit withdrawn and used to his routine, but is affected nonetheless by events in his past as he refuses to love or be loved. He was an ordinary man who also a survivor and Brighton could see right through his rough exterior. She loved him despite of his character flaws which were many such as his reluctance to open up to her and share his past with her, and his refusal to acknowledge they were in a relationship. She broke down his walls piece by piece which was very emotional to read. She knew he was a morally good man who was loyal to his sister and friends, but she wanted and needed him to admit that he loved her too. What I liked most about this book is how Madden, a tattoo artist without a college education, assumed she was just some spoiled rich girl. Oh, how wrong he was. Madden did love her unconditionally and it was wonderful how he admired all the qualities that made her so special, not just her physical beauty. She was also a great mentor to his younger sister, and I loved seeing how protective Madden was of both of them. He was the guy her parents would never approve of, yet she didn’t care. She was sheltered by her parents and raised in a controlling environment, yet she was always respectful to them all while forging ahead with her own future plans which took a lot of courage. She was always honest with each situation and her feelings, while Madden was one tough nut to crack. One of my favorite touching moments was when she told him she loved him for the first time, for the first time anyone ever told him.I don’t want to give away any spoilers because Willow Winters really surprised me in this book! There were many twists and turns as the story of their past unfolded and intertwined, and it all will make sense in the end. There was mystery, secrets, deceit, and betrayal, in addition to tons of angst, tender moments, tears, and sexy times. I loved how they got to know each other over time and how very real their attraction was towards one another.The writing in this book is amazing where you feel as if you are right there with them, feeling every emotion, along for the ride. There is a lot of character development so as the reader, you understand each character’s point of view. I especially liked the epilogue taking place in the future. I read this book for four straight hours and couldn’t put it down. It’s a steal right now being offered for FREE in Kindle Unlimited and only 99 cents! Must read. One of my WW favorites!
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  • Aurora - Whoo Gives A Hoot
    January 1, 1970
    * Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *When I discovered Winter Renshaw earlier last year I immediately fell in love with her writing style and her unique storytelling. So when she announced her next release I could not wait to get my hands on it and my goodness the second I did I could not put it down. I legit devoured every moment of this story in one sitting and my heart is still beating in overdrive hours after finishing. Seriously I have to tell you all that this story left me comp * Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *When I discovered Winter Renshaw earlier last year I immediately fell in love with her writing style and her unique storytelling. So when she announced her next release I could not wait to get my hands on it and my goodness the second I did I could not put it down. I legit devoured every moment of this story in one sitting and my heart is still beating in overdrive hours after finishing. Seriously I have to tell you all that this story left me completely breathless and it was one of those stories that you never wanted to end and yet it feels as if ends way to freaking fast. I guess that feeling is what happens when you open a book a few minutes after midnight and read every part of it by two o'clock in the morning. Hands down one of my favorite Winter Renshaw books to date!Pricked is one of those reads that will wholeheartedly captivate every inch of your heart, body, and soul. This is the kind of read that will definitely leave you with a major book hangover...even before you reach the last page. Brighton Karrington and Madden Ransom might seem like total opposites, but truthfully I do believe that these two were destined to be together, even if people are determined to keep them apart. These two are honestly one of my favorite book couples ever and I am hoping...maybe even praying a little that this will not be the last time I see them because their are many supporting characters that I believe have their own stories to tell! FINGERS CROSSED because I desperately need MORE!
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  • Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
    January 1, 1970
    What a flippin' emotional roller coaster. Madden and Brighton took my emotions on quite a journey. To me, this book was kind of suspenseful in a way .Winter Renshaw's Pricked is one, that will leave you teetering on the edge, until the very last page. This author did a good job of making the unexpected happen, because honestly I had no clue what was going to happen next, and when my mind did conjure up ideas, it was wrong. So wrong. Basically in a nut shell, this author has a phenomenal writing What a flippin' emotional roller coaster. Madden and Brighton took my emotions on quite a journey. To me, this book was kind of suspenseful in a way .Winter Renshaw's Pricked is one, that will leave you teetering on the edge, until the very last page. This author did a good job of making the unexpected happen, because honestly I had no clue what was going to happen next, and when my mind did conjure up ideas, it was wrong. So wrong. Basically in a nut shell, this author has a phenomenal writing style, that let's the characters do the talking, and boy did they talk. She allowed this story to flow at the pace, that was required without too little or too much information. Madden and Brighton, are two completely different characters that had to work for what they wanted, and it was nice to watch it play out, and their character comebacks are so strong.Madden. Man he is one complex character. The sole owner of Madd Inkk has major commitment issues, wether it be with girls, cars, or anything that requires a commitment. He is not one for small talk, he would rather sit there all surely. He doesn't have time for feelings, and lying is his biggest pet peeve.Brighton is all smiles given here circumstances in life. She is prim and propper, and has practically lived a life wrapped in bubble wrap. She yearns to to feel anything but safe. She has a kind heart, that enjoys helping others, not for the attention, but for her heart. Brighton doesn't like to hurt anyone's feelings.When Brighton decides to do something rebellious, she gets the chance to meet the one and only Madden. When fate keeps throwing them together, can commitment fobe Madden let his guard down to capture the heart of a one of a kind woman??*I recommend this book.*Reviewed for Reviews From the Heart~ Ashley
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