Author: JM Dabney
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/17/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Menage/Poly
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?
Author’s Note: Although this is the first book in a series each book is standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.
Scary is book 3 in the Twirled World Ink series and is a ménage. This is an odd one – Loved the characters but the story didn’t really feel right to me until almost the end. Until you get to the last 20% it’s actually 2 couples sharing the same space and sometimes a bed and that imbalance felt wrong. Then there was THAT kiss and holy hell the world righted itself.
As the name Scary implies Gene ‘Scary’ Sheridan has a darkness around him that not many see past. Scary is another one in the group that has been turned away from love after a previous disastrous relationship left him closing off his feelings. I just loved his interactions with Mina though that proved there was more to see if only you looked more closely. Scary’s best friend and business partner is Tank but when they both fall for the same man they find themselves closer than ever before. Tank has a rough past that saw him nearly dead when he tried to escape his old neighbourhood – the repercussions of that still play a huge part in his life as he hasn’t spoken a word since it happened.
We met Mayor Elijah Vaughn in book 2. He is Brody’s uptight and aloof brother with a lot of jealousy towards his niece’s new uncles. Elijah is another one that survived a rough past when he was left to bring up his younger brother when he was still a child himself. With his younger years spent as a surrogate father he has little to no experience with relationships or sex and it makes him awkward – painfully so at times. It’s funny to watch this shy and unsettled man fall for not one but both of the scariest men in the group but it’s equally delightful to see him grow in those relationships and finally come out of his shell.
As with the previous two books the editing is still very poor but once again my rating hasn’t reflected hat fact.
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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