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Wear Your Heart on Your Skin by L.A. Marlowe


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The morning after her younger sister’s funeral, Cassandra McKellan packed her bags and crossed the state line before noon. Six years and an ailing father later, she finds herself back in the small town she grew up in. Everyone calls it a homecoming, but the word home doesn’t hold much meaning for her anymore. 

There aren’t many things she missed about the place—not the way no one knows how to mind their own business, not the lack of restaurants that provide delivery, or the empty, dark house that she’s now stuck with.  It only takes a chance encounter with Ian Walker in the town’s podunk excuse for a grocery store for her to realize maybe there is a thing or two that she's been missing. 

Over the course of one night, she discovers those things are home after all.



“Is that… Is that a cupcake?”

His head falls back for just a second before he tilts it forward again, all of his features scrunching into a look that's more adorable than I'm capable of handling. Prying the bottle from my hands, he swallows the last few gulps that it holds before dropping it to the carpet.

“It is.” He grins, clutching at the fingers I still have curled against his chest with his own. “Do you have something that you want to say about it?”

“Nope. It's cute, it suits you,” I declare, my mind already jumping to another subject because I'm warm and tingly, and he's beautiful, and damn it… “Alright, if you're so good at it—at making sure the tattoo suits the person, what would you give me?”


“Yes, me. What kind of tattoo would you give me?” I say, jumping off the couch to run toward the desk on the opposite side of the room. I turn back to look at him with a crooked grin on my face. “Don't tell me that I have you stumped, Walker.”

He sits up taller, places his feet on the floor, and faces me.

“I might have an idea.”

“Show me.”

He lifts a brow, unsure of exactly where I'm going with this. I'm thankful my level of inebriation has been downgraded to a simple buzz, and I make my way back to the couch. Pulling a black, felt tip marker out from behind my back, I thrust the object into his hands.

“Draw it.”

He pushes himself off the couch, and the inches between us are exactly that—mere inches. I note his lack of shirt once again and think how if this was a cheesy romantic comedy (or more likely a skin-a-max flick), I would say something to the effect of feeling a bit overdressed right now. The thought makes the corners of my mouth tug upward.

I shiver a little as his hands come down on my shoulders, gently spinning my body and pressing me down to the couch. Within seconds, he's kneeling on the floor alongside where I sit.

“Well, lay back then.”

I don't question him.

“And lift your shirt.”

Again, I comply. I pull the hem up, letting my hip bones come into view.


My stomach is uncovered.


I roll the cotton tank top until it grazes the edge of my bra, and look at him questioningly. He nods and uncaps the marker, not even hesitating as he draws the first long, thick line up over my side.

“Oh, shit!” I flinch, letting out an unseemly noise.

He laughs and positions his left arm across my hips to hold me down. I've got to give it to him, the steady hand that he draws with barely twitches.

“Quit squirming.” He grins.

“It tickles.”

He continues to lay out his design, but I'm too focused on the intensity on his face to pay it much mind.

“Well, I can promise you that an actual tattoo is going to be a little more painful than ticklish.”

“Pain I'm used to. I can deal with the pain.”

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  1. Night Owl Reviews 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2017

    I just finished reading a quick read named, “Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve” written by LA Marlowe. I chose this book for the sweet title and fascinating cover. I am not sure if I would have chose it if I realized it was such a short, short story!!! I felt like it was beginning to a good romance story and was totally shocked when the story just ended. I think even for novella there should have been some meat to the story! Ian and Cassandra were a good pair and it was nice that they found peace with each other in a world that is sometimes dark and frustrating to say the least. It’s definitely true for these two characters who go through some hard times by themselves only to realize there is a rainbow out there somewhere beyond the horizon.

    Since the story was so simple and short there were only two characters. I liked both of them. The first being Cassandra who comes back to her father who lost his soul many years before and a dark house that is too quiet for words from what I was reading. The other character that seemed to spice things up in this story was Ian. Who could not love Ian?! He seemed to be a wonderful listener who seemed to have his own dark tails to tell. Loved the scene where was drawing a tattoo on to Cassandra! Very sensual, playful, and sexy.

    All in all, I think this would be a good beginning to another story that goes into more depth about what chased Cassandra away from the small town or more details between the two characters to create some sort of climax. I enjoyed this book for what it was and I’m giving it 3.5 stars. I will be checking out L A Marlowe in the future for another story!!!!

  2. 5 Stars 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2016

    This story somehow manages to be sweet, sexy, angsty, heartbreaking, and touching all at once. As Cassandra and Ian found their way back to each other and the percentage left on my kindle started dwindling I almost had a panic attack because I just needed so much more-- but I couldn't even be upset when it ended, because it's just so lovely all the way through.

  3. 5 STARS 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Feb 2016

    Great story with meaningful backstory packed into sweet, short package. Loved it!

  4. 4 Stars 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2016

    I liked Ian and Cassandra's book! These two had a lot of catching up to and a heart to heart. I would love to read more from these two!

  5. 4 Stars 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2016

    A sweet and sexy short that showed that sometimes returning home can bring you the unexpected - even if the unexpected is something more inevitable than anything else.

    Marlowe managed to pack quite a bit into so few words - a back story for both lead characters, a history between them and a clear longing on both sides. And provided a very appealing love interest to boot!

    The first in what I expect will be many more published works from this author.

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