Two damaged men + Finding strength in each other = A sweet, sweet love story!
Author: J.K. Pendragon
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
About to lose his apartment, and desperate to avoid having to move in with his horrendous relatives, shy art student Luke impulsively agrees to a deal from hell: sex with a man he doesn’t know in exchange for a couch to sleep on.
His new “roommate” Cooper is everything that Luke hates: crude, uncouth and covered in tattoos, not to mention openly gay. Luke has all but resigned himself to a miserable fate when it turns out Cooper might want something a little different than he expected.
My favorite part of reviewing books is when I find what I term, “a hidden gem.” Ink & Flowers is one of these gems! Asian American Luke is a struggling art student who was orphaned as a young child and now his college fund is in the hands of the two most vile and controlling aunts in the Western Hemisphere. They constantly put Luke down and wave his popular and successful first cousin in his face. He takes Cooper, a huge tattooed man who shows up at the florist shop where Luke works weekly to buy a bouquet of flowers, up on his offer to live with Cooper in exchange for sex.
On it’s face, this would be a great little story, but it’s the amazing characterizations of Cooper and Luke that makes this story so awesome. Luke has no self esteem to speak of (and who would with the awful family he has?!), and he’s in serious self denial about being gay. He feels crushing guilt every time he has any desire for other men, and denies he’s gay to Cooper. Cooper initially comes across as an opportunist, but soon reveals that he’s a tender, brokenhearted man who lives in self imposed hell from the guilt he feels because he feels responsible for the death of a young woman. Cooper is so sweet to Luke, and quickly tells a panicking Luke that he won’t force him to have sex. Their support for each other is remarkable. Cooper refuses to allow Luke’s hostile aunts to bully him, and Luke is there with the strength Cooper needs when crushing guilt caves his world in around him.
The chemistry between Cooper and Luke is unexpected and delicious. They truly bring out the best in each other, and bolster each other up when outside forces threaten their happiness. Their sexual relationship is innocent, hot, and just simply perfect. They find their happily ever after in each other, and know that their future is filled with hope and promise.
I highly recommend this delightful book. This lovely story is one that you should not miss!
I would like to thank Less Than Three Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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