4 stars artists Book coming of age Contemporary Cop/Crime Friends to lovers Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Little to no angst m/m Morgan NetGalley New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Samhain Publishing Scorching/high heat

High Contrast (Evolution Ink Book 1) by Tess Bowery

release day review



The deepest scars aren’t the ones that show.

Jacob Shain is your average member of Generation Screwed. He has a boring internship, no cash flow, and a tiny NYC apartment he has to share with Ethan, his much-cooler, tattoo-artist twin brother. Not to mention his love life is DOA. At least, until his brother’s shop hires on a new piercer, and Jacob’s humdrum life takes a turn for the weird.

Cody Turner is gorgeous, funny and kind—everything Jacob wants in a boyfriend. Except for the way he refuses to talk about his past, or where he lives, or anything about his personal life.

When Ethan is arrested while on a mission of mercy, the reason Cody is so tight lipped comes to light. And while Jacob and Cody fight to understand the depth of their feelings for one another, the police dogs catch their scent. So does the local mob.

Now Jacob has to make the hardest choice of his life: stay safe like a good boy, or dive headfirst into a world he barely understands…and hope Cody is there to break his fall.

Warning: Contains a good boy who wants to be bad, a bad boy who longs to be good, bodies that are canvases for living art and high-speed chases with police dogs.



Jacob is the nerdy twin who falls for his cool twin Ethan’s new co-worker. Ethan has every inch inked and the new co-worker, Cody, has every bit pierced. Jacob is untouched.

When Jacob realizes Cody has a comic-loving side and a sad story to tell, he falls instantly in lust with the guy and quietly pants after him. After a very long few months, the couple begins to explore the feelings between them and it’s up to Jacob and his friends to help Cody with his troubles with the ex.


So – I admit – the cover sold this book for me – but I was by no means disappointed by the storyline!  (All those piercings – YUM!)

This was a very slow burn romance full of fun dialog and a little bit of OTT drama. (The Russian mob are involved!) Most of the story is Jacob’s insecure inner dialog – which is pretty funny and then some very sweet and heart melty smexy times mixed in with a little rescue mission.

I did wish for Cody’s POV – this was all from Jacob’s – but I do feel like we got to know how he felt through his actions.

I also didn’t love the ending – it was a pretty solid HFN/HEA and I totally trusted that they would end up together – I just wanted to see it!  (Yes, I’m whining here…)

I recommend this as a light-hearted, fun read for when you don’t want too much angst to get in the way of your tattooed romance.  🙂  I’ll definitely be looking for more from this new-to-me author!

4 of 5 stars


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