Time to get scared: My Dark Knight by KA Merikan

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34536195-my-dark-knight?from_search=true

Blurb
Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying

 

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

Review
This is one terrific ghost story that pulls in murder, lies and obsession but not I would say a love story as such. It’s a very dark story that made me feel uncomfortable at times. Elliott is an unsettling character. From early on I had the impression he had mental health issues with the level of obsession and his desperation to be wanted. Maybe this is unfair I will leave you to make up your own mind. What he desperately wants is some to love and focus on him. When Elliott feels hurt or insecure he makes questionable choices, which leads Knight to rescue him. At the heart of the story is a triangle between Knight, Elliott and the ghost of William Fane. Knight saves Elliott who’s obsessed with the ghost of William Fane, a serial killer from early 19 Century.
Elliott has a kink for humiliation, he wants his partner to use and control him in the bedroom but equally to take care and protect him. Knight got his nickname by being the White Knight out to save the damsel in distress. Only problem is Elliott gets jealous and reckless when he sees philandering Knight with someone else. Cue one manipulative ghost who entices Elliott to do his bidding. Fane is cruel and Elliott suffers once he lets him get a hold. This is where the pace picks up. Beast and Laurent, the main characters from book 1, come more into the story from this point. You are given a synopsis of book 1 so this can be read stand-alone. Personally I think to get the most out of it read book 1. Stick with the slower ground setting first part it’s worth it to get to the dark twisted second half with ghosts and demon. KA Merikan are terrific descriptive writers a this works so well for both the sex scenes and the dark scenes.

4 of stars out of 5

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Time to get scared: Laurent and the Beast – Kings of Hell MC’s #1 – K.A. Merikan

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Blurb
Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself.

1805. Laurent: Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
2017. Beast: Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse.

Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

Review
Holy cow! There are so many different tropes involved in this book yet it all fits together seamlessly with the fantastic K.A. Merikan’s writing. They’ve created yet another book and series that draws you in right from the start with strong characters, a gripping story line and fantastic interactions.

Laurent is living in 1805 and working as a servant in a bookstore. A late night delivery leads him out to a house of what he thought was an admirer but turns out to be so much more. In order to escape, he makes a deal with a demon.
Beast exists in 2017, living in a crumbling Asylum with his father’s motorcycle club, the Kings of Hell. His own story keeps him pretty quiet and apart from the world after he was left with body and facial scarring which he covered in tattoos to protect himself from other’s pity. When he stumbles across Laurent late one night, he has no idea what he’s in for.

This story has so much and yet our focus remains on Laurent and Beast, and yes we do eventually discover his actual name. Laurent is looking to survive and save himself from certain death back in his time as well as trying to adapt and learn about where he suddenly finds himself as well as carrying out his deal with the demon. Of course, he never counted on Beast. Though scarred and tattooed, he is caring, gentle and endearing to Laurent. All Beast wants is somewhere better for the club than the health hazard that they currently reside in yet his father refuses to move for unknown reasons.

The two men together are frustrating, adorable, tense yet hot. It’s Beast’s acceptance of Laurent and the way he is that makes you like him even more. There are a few different sides we see to all of the characters but when you can imagine a 6ft 5″ man covered in tattoos taking a man like Laurent shopping, it’s completely adorable! These balance out the intense scenes that are the bread and butter of motorcycle club books. There’s not as much violence as you would think with a name such as Kings of Hell but there is a lot of debauchery and partying that goes on.

The story line about the demon and deals that have been made causes underlying tensions to run but with no one knowing the full truth until later on in the book, it’s interesting to read what the characters are doing to ensure their part is played.
There are many secondary characters with the series being set in a club, several we like with a couple we don’t. All make the book much more interesting offering support or trying to pull them apart.

I loved this book, pretty much everything about it drew me in and made me want to know more. I’m interested to see what other stories come with the other men in the club and what supernatural forces they get involved with. It’s great having these different elements come together in one book and these authors are fantastic in bringing the story and characters to life.

I received an ARC from the author and am happily giving a review.

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5

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Hunter (Brawlers #4) by J.M. Dabney

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Blurb
Welcome to Brawlers Bar…

If there was a way to completely destroy his life, Hunter Black would do it. He was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Survival was his only priority and having to leave his old life behind that meant a job of the legal variety. He’d found one as a bartender at Brawlers Bar and a safe place in a huge house with the rest of the bar crew who quickly became the family he’d never had. The one thing Hunter didn’t need was his old life tracking him down.

Deputy Wren Gramble hated his job and his weekend assignment of staking out a bar in the middle of nowhere waiting for drunks. Although he’d heard the homophobic and racist jokes going around about the crew and customers, he kept his head down and stuck to his job and nothing else. He despised being driven back into the closet, but he’d reached the end of the line and what he’d do if he earned another transfer he didn’t know.

Linus Trenton was considered the normal one in his family and according to the weird ones that meant he should be punished on a daily basis. He never came out one way or another, if he found someone attractive he was attracted. His life was complicated enough having a crush on the sweet and awkward Hunter but now he had to throw Wren into the mix. Linus didn’t have time for dating or romance, most of the time he didn’t even think about having a sex life, although, Wren and Hunter were ruining his calm.

Hunter was in lust with the handsome deputy the minute the man pulled him over, but a man like that wouldn’t give him the time of day. His friend, Linus, was another matter all together. Hunter wanted both. His bosses made it work with their man, why couldn’t he? Could Hunter prove he wasn’t as much of a screw up as he appeared or would he have to call in backup to claim his men?

Review

Man! Hunter is a mess! He’s the world’s biggest clutz and his self esteem is super low. He wants Wren but thinks he’s not good enough and he’s worried about bringing bad things into Wren’s life.

I thought it was hysterical when the relatively straight-laced Wren gets forced into the madness that is the Brawler’s house and the non-stop nearly always visible/audible sex-o-rama!

Just as with the others in the series, we have a somewhat broken MC who meets someone with his own baggage and together they manage to “fit” and make it work.

This is not as memorable as some of the others, but just as fun to read.

Highly recommended for fans of the series, but I don’t think it’d be as good as a standalone as some of the others.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: The Biker’s Omega (Alpha and Omega #1) by Lisa Oliver Narrated by Derrick McClain


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https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/The-Bikers-Omega-Audiobook/B06XHT35BW?qid=1495598181&sr=1-1

Blurb

Marly Miles has been happy in his life as a lone Omega wolf, living and working among the humans of Orlando, Florida. When an attack on him and his friend brings Marly to the notice of the Sergeant of Arms of the Epitaph’s Motorcycle Club, he realizes immediately that the man carries the same scent as his attackers. Not a very good start when the same man is also his mate.

Alpha wolf, Trent Beaumont has spent a lot of years living as a human when he walked away from his home pack. Forced to live as a straight man, because of the Epitaph’s club culture, he walks away from Marly after checking the man is safe. But no wolf, not even an Alpha, can refuse the mating call from the Fates. But with his club President looking over his shoulder, and a woman panting after him to share his bed, Trent isn’t sure it will ever be the right time to claim his own Omega.

Fights, misunderstandings and a lack of communication aren’t the only problems Trent and Marly face. Trent has a history that has clouded his judgment and when Marly gets attacked again, Trent realizes he could lose his mate permanently, if he doesn’t get his head out of the sand.

Warning: Contains one hot biker, a beautiful twink with a sassy mouth, and a ton of misunderstandings. Graphic m/m sex, violence and strong language.

Review

If you’re a fan of Lisa Oliver you know that she’s amazing at creating really well-developed characters full of flaws and strengths who fall in love with passion and some humor. Her Alpha/Omega series is definitely no different.

It starts with a closeted Motorcycle gang member who finds his omega after other gang members have beaten him. Right from the start Trent has to pick his loyalties and change his life. Marly, understandably, is less willing to trust.

While this is not my favorite of Lisa’s series, I’ve really enjoyed it. None of these characters stand out for me as strongly as those in Cloverleah, but they are all unique and have their own appeal. This series is more loosely connected and each book is more standalone than in Cloverleah.

Derrick McClain does a great job narrating the audiobook and absolutely adds to the overall sense of “being there” and I think listening is a great way to experience this story.

3.5 of 5 stars for the audiobook

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A Touch of Spring (Alpha and Omega #5) by Lisa Oliver

Blurb

Lone alpha wolf, Bronson Cunningham, dreams of finding a mate and starts to think it’s possible when his best friend Zander falls head over heels with Terry; a sweet dancing omega. His curiosity is piqued when a strange letter lands on his desk, simply addressed “You smell like mine”. That must be a shifter reference, right? But it seems the guy likes to stay in the shadows, because Bronson doesn’t scent him anywhere.

Harley thinks he has every reason to hide. A savage scar on his face means his trysts are best kept to dark alleys. Watching his mate, he quickly realizes Bronson is one of the world’s beautiful people. He wasn’t going to be interested in a scarred tattooist from the wrong side of town.

A letter, a meeting, secrets are revealed. But is Bronson strong enough to stand by Harley’s side when he faces his nemesis from the past…and will Harley let him?

Note: This book is a spin-off from Harder in Heels (Alpha and Omega #4). It can be read as standalone, but you will know more about the secondary characters if you have read the other one first.

M/M, contains intimacy between two men, coarse language and off page reference to prior abuse.

Review

Lisa Oliver is one of my auto-buys (except the BDSM series – but that’s just me ☺ ). What I love about her series is that she always gives us compelling characters who don’t always follow the typical “stereotype” but isn’t afraid to give us some clichés now and then, too. In this case we have an Alpha and Omega who meet and yet the Omega has had a past which makes him a bit frightened to be submissive. He’s also just so strong that he’s not your typical Omega in the first place!

There is very little relationship angst in this story and a lot of really fulfilling relationship building. Our couple works as a team for the most part and helps to defeat the bad guy together.

We also get a fun “opposites attract” story in that Bronson is so buttoned up and Harley lives life on the edge of society.

This was fun and definitely a standalone – though fans of the series will see a lot of familiar faces.

Highly enjoyable!

(Look for reviews for the whole series coming soon!)

4 of 5 stars

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Believe in the Wish by Christi Snow

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Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Wish-Christi-Snow-ebook/dp/B071R6PM6Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492919868&sr=1-1&keywords=believe+in+the+wish+snow

 

Blurb
I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.

It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just…gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.

She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.

There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.

I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.

Review
I was looking forward to reading and reviewing this book. I loved the idea behind it, not so sure about the book itself.
Christi Snow is a wonderful author and I have read many of her books. This one starts out great. The connection between twins for most is strong and to lose what you consider your other half is devastating. Her descriptions of grief really brings you in with feeling empathy for Ethan. I just didn’t like how Ethan and Hawk are forced to spend time together or else…… And I really didn’t like that the author has Hawk hooking up with what I assumed was an escort in the middle of the story for no reason that I could see.
The supporting cast in this story is creative genius on the author’s part. I really think I connected more with them than the 2 MC’s. They bring such lighthearted moments to what could have been a very angst/woe is me story. I hope Ms Snow writes a book on some of the secondary characters, I for one would read them.

3 of 5 stars

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Scary (Twirled World Ink #3) by J.M. Dabney 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Link

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Blurb

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

Gene Sheridan earned the appropriate nickname when Legend Gib Phelps employed him at Twirled World Ink—Scary. No one made it out of his old neighborhood without scars both mental and physical. At one time, Scary thought he had a chance that is until his ex-boyfriend discovered slumming with someone like him wasn’t worth his trust fund. No-strings hookups became his go-to when he needed to relieve some tension. Co-owning a bar called Brawlers with his best friend, Tank, made it easy to find a body to use for the night. If not happy he was content with his life, but one man made content seem like such a terrible thing. 

Elijah Vaughn worried about everything. His life was put on hold at eighteen when his mostly-absent parents died on one of their many adventures leaving him to raise his six-year-old brother, Brody. He’d never had anything or anyone that was just his. When Brody met a tattoo artist named Trouble, Elijah hadn’t realized how much it would change his life too. He met a huge man named Scary and how the man made him feel terrified him. 

Tank Davis lost his voice the night he was attacked and had this throat slit ear-to-ear. It kept him in a world of silence. Silent and intimidating, he scared off more men than he drew to him. His best friend Scary and him made a life for themselves in small town Georgia with their bar Brawlers. Most night everyone could find him working security at the door. Scary called in a favor, and Tank met the one man he couldn’t resist, proper and upstanding Elijah Vaughn. 

Can one man accept that there’s not one perfect man for him, but two damaged souls who need him to be whole? 

Review

Yay! I love Elijah and I loved him finding his own loves!

What really worked for me: Elijah and Tank. Elijah just got Tank and Tank got Elijah. They were super adorable together and I thought their romance was the best part of this story.   Juvie. Juvie is awesome and I can’t wait to see more of her! Tank and Scary. It took most of the book for these guys to work their stuff out, but I think, in the end they’re really well suited for one another.

What didn’t work: I didn’t see the triad so much. I think there wasn’t enough book for the triad to really prove itself to me. Scary seemed to sort of glom on to Tank and Elijah’s romance, and while I can see that he absolutely adored Tank and then – later – Elijah, we didn’t get to see enough of the triad dynamic for me to feel really great about his role in their relationship. Brody. Brody seemed like a totally different person in this story. He was sort of shy and bookish and now he’s just like the other bikers. I also didn’t love how he treated Elijah in this. The danger. It felt sort of tagged on for drama and it wasn’t given enough page time for me to feel like it made a lot of sense.

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All in all, I still really liked this. I love these characters and am excited for the next book, but this wasn’t nearly as good as the first two, in my opinion.

3.5 of 5 stars

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The Reluctant Wolf (Cloverleah Pack #1) by Lisa Oliver

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Blurb

Kane Matthews, Alpha of his small wolf pack in Cloverleah has been raised to believe that mates are not possible for gay men and has lived his life accordingly. Kicked out of his home pack years before because of his sexual orientation Kane has built a solid and comfortable life for himself in the small town of Cloverleah.
Imagine his surprise when an unscheduled visit to the small town’s diner unleashes a flood of emotions in the man he didn’t think possible – not least of all, lust. But finding out it is possible for wolf shifters to have gay mates is just one of the things that Kane has to overcome if he is to have the forever future he has been hoping for.

Shawn Bailey never expected to find his mate. He is just too different – an “Other” who has the power to instill fear in any other shifter. After spending ten years on the run from his Alpha father he spends most days just trying to stay alive. When a
chance encounter brings him face to face with his mate Shawn has to decide if the man in front of him is worth staying for.

But with hunters, Alpha challenges, Kane’s parents and a smitten Alpha from another pack all interfering in Kane and Shawn’s budding romance, not to mention some surprising answers about Shawn’s own unique talents can these two true mates find the happily ever after they are looking for?

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a short BDSM scene, strong language and shifter/magic themes.

Review

In my quest to give good books/authors/series more “press”, I’m reviewing books that I’ve loved and missed giving a formal review.

I’ve reviewed some of the later books in this series, but this is the book that started it all and this is a series you really need to read in order.

The over-arching premise is that Cloverleah (and it’s “sister pack” in San Antonio are special shifters (and others) who end up working together against common enemies. (I think something big is coming up but I’m not sure.)

It starts with Kane separating from his pack and joining with other gay wolves to make his own tiny pack. Even though, typically, we’d have one alpha, there are several in his pack and it somehow works.

Shawn is a Shifter Guardian (explained in the book) and that means he’s got some super extra special talents that get used A LOT (which is awesome!).

In addition to the over arching theme of banding together in a unique way, we get one (or several) enemy to be vanquished in each book as well as one couple (or triad) falling in love.

Shawn and Kane are two Alphas but they are equals to the core. Their love is sweet and fierce and tender all at the same time. I have to say that I don’t remember the other books in the series having nearly so much sex as this book – but Shawn and Kane have a LOT of sex. Most of it’s pretty hot, but I did skim it the second time around reading this.

For me, I love the magic and paranormal aspects in this series. Lisa Oliver remembers that these are unique beings and so they do unique things all the time. It’s wonderful! They also really love one another and are amazingly sweet to each other.

The BDSM stuff is hardly noticeable and is mostly a vehicle for people to meet in a gay club. Occasionally there will be reference to a Dom or a sub from the past, but none of the couples really do that on page.

I highly recommend this series to Paranormal Romance fans!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Trouble (Twirled World Ink #2) by J.M. Dabney

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Blurb

Model perfect Jimmy “Trouble” Carver had never heard the word no. Tattooed, sexy and the quintessential bad boy Trouble had men falling over themselves to get to him. What people didn’t know about him was he was self-conscious even if life was easy for him. He’d started out as an apprentice at Twirled World Ink after college and never looked back. Trouble was exactly where he wanted to be, although there was one speed bump, his crush refused to go out on a date.

Brody Vaughn worked in a dead-end job, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. He didn’t have much time for anyone other than his five-year-old daughter Mina and besides he’d never quite found a place in this world he fit. Chunky and average, that’s how he felt, except for when Trouble came into the grocery store where he worked. The flirty, gorgeous man asked him out every week with a sexy smile, but Brody had to refuse. It wasn’t as if he wanted to say no, it was just how could he date a man Brody knew he had no business trying to keep.

The Crazies of Twirled World Ink excel at one thing, matchmaking, and they are determined their resident bad boy would get his man. They just had to make sure that neither Trouble or Brody screwed up their plan.

Review

In book two, we get more of the tattoo artists we met in book one. This time, Trouble aka Jimmy, who has a pretty low self-esteem despite his model looks.

He has a crush on Brody, the soft clerk at the grocery store with a daughter. Brody doesn’t believe a guy like Trouble could be interested in him AND he’s wary of any entanglements that might hurt his daughter, so he continues to say “no”.

Eventually, Trouble wears Brody down and from then on it’s fairly smooth sailing.

I love it when a “tough guy” gets together with a “nerdy guy” and that’s this couple!

We get some OTT drama with Trouble’s family (this was a little cartoonish, they’re SO horrible with no logical reason to be so) but it serves to make the couple closer, so, it works.

The grammar is still atrocious in this book. One word kept popping up for me and that is passed for past – but that’s easy to overlook if you enjoy these two sweet guys finding love with one another.

Most importantly, I believe these books need to be read in order, because this book totally sets the scene for the next book which looks DELICIOUS! (mute guy, tough guy, buttoned-up guy ménage!)

I’ve really been enjoying this series and I look forward to the next one eagerly (we have to wait til February for book 4 dammit!) and I recommend the series.

(4.25 rounded down for grammar to) 4 of 5 stars

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

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Berzerker-Twirled-World-Ink-Book-ebook/dp/B01N0KDB60/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=C56QCPC15RQVHE3YYMB5

Blurb

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.

Review
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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