Trouble by JM Dabney ~ Book Review by Caroline

Title: Trouble
Series: Twirled World Ink Book 2

Author: JM Dabney

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/13/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

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.

My View:

Trouble is book 2 in the Twirled World Ink series and introduces Brody and his precocious daughter to one of my favourite set of guys.

Jimmy Carver or Trouble as he goes by at Twirled Ink has gotten a long way with his looks in the past and relies on them to get him everything he wants. It usually works well for him but the cute server at the local grocery store has been turning him down for almost a year and Trouble doesn’t really know what to do with that. For someone who seems to breeze through life his reality is very different.

Brody has had it tough. Left to bring his young daughter Mina up almost by himself whilst forgetting his college dreams and working every available hour just to survive has been hard and the walls he has put up around his heart are there to stay. The pretty guy that keeps flirting with him makes him secretly smile but he has no intention of changing his mind and giving him a chance. Mina is the only one that matters.

I’m not usually one for a storyline revolving around a child but let me tell you Mina will win your heart from the start. When she meets the rest of the Twirled Ink gang she wins their hearts too and it goes a long way to making Brody feel comfortable about finally saying yes and offering just a small part of himself to Trouble. Again not too much angst in this one although Trouble’s family were pretty awful – his mother in particular. This proved to me another hit with me and once again these guys left me with a smile on my face. As with the first book there are a myriad of editing problems but I have not let them reflect in my overall rating.

Links

Trouble on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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