4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Book class difference coming of age Contemporary DA Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan Motorcycle Club Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Single Parent Virgin

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

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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.


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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