Scarred Soldier, Inked Angel (Broken Soldiers, Bk 1) by Angelique Voisen ~ Book Review by Queue

Scarred-SoldierTitle: Scarred Soldier, Inked Angel (Broken Soldiers, Bk 1)

Author: Angelique Voisen

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/07/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, M/M Romance


Max Rider thought putting on the uniform would make him a hero, but he only returned home a broken man. Rider’s entire back is covered in scars. He’s determined to cover them up with ink, and the only man he’d trust with a needle is tattoo artist, Mike Ferrara.

Five hours on his chair and Mike’s already fallen in love with his human canvas, Rider. Those who need work done on their skin always want something. A dose of courage. A lucky charm. Rider wants protection from his demons, but Mike isn’t satisfied with inking wings on Rider’s skin. He wants to claim Rider as his own, cast off his chains, and teach him how to fly.

My View:

Scarred Soldier, Inked Angel is a short that feels more like the beginning of a story than the entire thing.
Rider is dealing with coming back from the war all scarred up. He’s hiding from the word and unwilling to try. The one thing he does want is a tattoo on his back to cover the wounds. Mike is the tattoo artist who Rider feels an immediate bond with and the attraction is mutual.
With such a short story, it was hard to get much of a feel for either Rider or Mike. Basically it’s them meeting, Mike pushing through Rider’s barriers and the two falling into bed. What I did read I enjoyed and hope to read more of this couple. Right now it’s basically a case of insta-love with not much more than a strong chemistry to go on. I want to see if these can make it for the long haul.
There were a few punctuation errors that bothered me, like missing quotation marks that are common in books from this publisher. Another issue I had is the author’s habit of having one character speak, the second character react and the first character speak again in the same paragraph. It’s so much easier to figure out who’s speaking when the words and reactions of different characters are put in different paragraphs.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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