Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Secrets and Ink
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Secrets #1
Heroes: Jem Mitchell and Nick Davies
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 128 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When Karma writes you a ticket, pay up or else…
If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.
When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.
During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.
As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.
Warning: Stars a mild-mannered store clerk with a shady past, a hunky cop whose passion in the bedroom is as big as his passion for justice, and celebrity sightings you won’t see on TMZ.
Lou Harper is great at making MCs who stand out of the crowd, even in their seeming plainness. I really enjoy her style of writing and really enjoy her storytelling. (As an aside, I LOVED the cover!) I thought the drama overshadowed the love story, and that was a disappointment for me, as I am a total sap. I thought the May/December romance and the mystery in this book was good but just not to my taste. I just didn’t resonate with the couple as I have in the past with her other MCs (Dead in LA Spirit Sanguine, etc.)
Still, for a short story, there is a whole lot there, and it is well done.
I am still eager to read book two and look forward to more from this author, as she never disappoints even if I’m not totally wowed.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*