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?
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.
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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