Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Genre: M/M Paranormal/Fantasy
Length: 219 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Available at: Loose Id & Amazon
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Blurb: No one can tattoo better than Inigo, a two hundred year old vampire, who works on human and supernatural skins. But he’s never tattooed a faerie and when a bunch of them insist he comes with them to tattoo one of their kind, saying no proves not to be an option. His skin is Oberon, the faerie king, and Inigo fears this will be the last tattoo he’ll ever do.
The moment Micah lands in the faerie king’s bed chamber, he knows the guy is trouble. But if he’s to save his sister and his family, let alone the job he’s paid to do, he has to stay in Faerieland and endure Oberon’s sadism. When he’s thrown into a vampire’s cell, covered in blood, he fears this day will be his last.
This book follows on from Jumping in Puddles – though there is no need to read that one first.
I’ve been a fan of Ms. Elsborg for a while now, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. The blurb sounded so interesting, but, honestly, I really didn’t pay much attention to it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. What a pleasant surprise this was. I fell into this story from the get go and could not put it down until the end.
This wastes no time getting into the thick of things when Micah and his sister find themselves in the Faerie King’s bedroom hoping to strike a deal. Unfortunately, they did not count on just how much of a bastard the King really is, though Micah finds out soon enough. The King basically imprisons him, uses and abuses him. I felt so bad for Micah and his situation at this point.
Then we meet Inigo, not to be confused with Inigo, you have killed my father, prepare to die, Montoya from The Princess Bride. No, Inigo is a talented tattooing vampire. What a fabulous character he is! He is charming, funny and sexy all rolled into one. Inigo is brought to Faerie to tattoo the King (there is much more behind this part of the story). Things do not go according to plan, and tables get turned. When he and Micah are thrown in together, they just clicked, even though they meet under such dire circumstances. These guys were so funny, especially Inigo, who had me laughing out loud more than once. Their dialog was such a joy to read. They basically decide to trust each other, team up and end up falling in love.
This leans a bit more toward fantasy with much of it taking place in Faerie with portals to the real world. I found this to be refreshing and entertaining, even with the harder to read scenes when the King is being a sadistic bastard. I had not read the prequel to this, Jumping in Puddles, though I understand this is a standalone. I certainly hope this isn’t the last we will see of these guys because I really didn’t want it to end.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*