Author: JM Dabney
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/27/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.
The hum of a tattoo machine was Brian “Berzerker” Anderson’s favorite sound in the world. He’d won a coveted spot at Twirled World Ink with a legend in the business, Gib Phelps. Creating beauty with his large, scarred hands was his happy place—the place where he fit in the world. Although, nothing could remain perfect forever, his boyfriend of over a year decided to move on and up without him in tow. He had two choices, return to living with his friends and co-workers or take an offer too tempting to pass up.
Landon Phelps grew up in an unconventional home as the only child to Legendary Tattoo Artist Gib Phelps and mother, Peaches. He always felt a bit out of place when he became a boring accountant instead of following in his parents’ footsteps. Boundaries were in place early on; he didn’t date the employees of Twirled World Ink. Sometimes rules were meant to be broken. Bezerker was his idea of perfection, large, husky and tattooed; the thick, grab-worthy beard was a bonus. So when the boyfriend became the ex, Landon decided it was time to get his man.
With the help of the matchmaking Twirled Crew, can Landon finally get Berzerker to see him as more than a friend and the employer’s son?
Author’s Note: Although this is the first book in a series each book is a standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.
Berzerker is the first book in the Twirled World Ink series by new to me author JM Dabney. Before writing this review I actually read all four books in succession and then mulled over just how I was going to review them.
Let me explain – I LOVED the time and the place these books are set in. Each book offers another couple who are imperfectly perfect for each other. The secondary characters in each story are great and each book ends with a tease of what is to follow. The characters are real. There are big hairy men with lovely round bellies AND they talk to each other! It was refreshing, realistic and I fell in love with this boisterous and unusual family. There is one let down to all four books and for someone with a brain like mine that seems to spot every mistake it made it difficult to carry on at times. The editing was horrible and didn’t improve right the way through the series. If the stories had been less engaging I would have thrown the towel in pretty early on. That being said I am rating these books on the story and characters and not their presentation.
Berzerker is the nickname given to Brian Anderson when he joins the staff, which is actually more like a family, at Twirled Ink. Berzerker doesn’t have a great deal of self-confidence and when his current boyfriend moves out and moves on without him that confidence slips even more. For nerdy Landon Phelps, the son of Twirled Ink’s owners, it’s finally time to make his move. Landon has been in love with Berzerker for years and is determined the skittish man wont slip through his fingers this time.
This first book introduces a lot of the men and Landon’s parents, who are really parents to everyone, and are very funny characters. The story is low on angst and high on communication. The only stumbling block is getting Berzerker to follow his heart and admit that it’s always been Landon – a fact that everyone else has been sure of since the day they met.
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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