4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level artists Book class difference Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Morgan Motorcycle Club Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Berzerker (Twirled World Ink #1) by J.M. Dabney

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Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

The hum of a tattoo machine was Brian “Berzerker” Anderson’s favorite sound in the world. He’d won a coveted spot at Twirled World Ink with a legend in the business, Gib Phelps. Creating beauty with his large, scarred hands was his happy place—the place where he fit in the world. Although, nothing could remain perfect forever, his boyfriend of over a year decided to move on and up without him in tow. He had two choices, return to living with his friends and co-workers or take an offer too tempting to pass up.

Landon Phelps grew up in an unconventional home as the only child to Legendary Tattoo Artist Gib Phelps and mother, Peaches. He always felt a bit out of place when he became a boring accountant instead of following in his parents’ footsteps. Boundaries were in place early on; he didn’t date the employees of Twirled World Ink. Sometimes rules were meant to be broken. Bezerker was his idea of perfection, large, husky and tattooed; the thick, grab-worthy beard was a bonus. So when the boyfriend became the ex, Landon decided it was time to get his man.

With the help of the matchmaking Twirled Crew, can Landon finally get Berzerker to see him as more than a friend and the employer’s son?

Author’s Note: Although this is the first book in a series each book is a standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.

The first thing I had to do, while reading this, was turn off any need to correct (or notice) the bad grammar and editing found in this. I can only hope that in time, as the author gains experience, these will be things that get remedied, because there were a lot of mistakes and it did get distracting at times.

The second thing I noticed, however, was how much fun this was! The characters felt very fleshed out and had both a gritty, real feel to them, with a bit of fictional “fairy tale” quality that allowed them to do things they probably wouldn’t do had them been actual people.

There’s very little angst in this – a few run ins with a douchey ex and some internal struggles – but most of this is a slow burn romance of two people who’ve been eyeing one another finally giving in to their desires.

The smexy times are pretty hot and the vague “D/s” quality to their relationship was light enough that it didn’t bother me too much.

I thought Landon and his parents were a trip and I look forward to Landon’s matchmaking in the future. Zerk and his adorable dog were sweet as well, and he was a great counterpart to Landon’s “goody two shoeness”.

While I had low expectations for this, I found I was very pleasantly surprised and I look forward to reading more in this series!

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars



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