Berzerker (Twirled World Ink #1)

Title: Berzerker (Twirled World Ink #1)
Author: J.M. Dabney
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: November 27th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 137 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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.

I both loved and hated this story fiercely.

Let me start with what I loved about this cute, friends to lovers romance.

I loved how Landon and Zerk interacted with one another. I loved that once they finally get together there is no b.s. or jealousy games – they trust each other implicitly and are there for one another. I loved the fun, passionate sex scenes. The two definitely know what turns their cranks and they are all about giving each other what they need.

I loved the secondary characters. I can definitely see how this series could be awesome. I especially loved that even with the psycho ex – this was still a low angst romance read. I appreciated that more than I can say.

But with all I loved about this story I was still hard-pressed not to throw it out and DNF. Why? The editing and proofreading for this story is horrible. Between the grammar, punctuation, and editing mistakes I was nearly pulling my hair out. I seriously, more than once, contemplated just not finishing it.

Which would have been a shame, because it is a fun, light, sexy story, and just the sort of thing I usually highly enjoy.

Bottom Line? The bones of the story itself was good enough that I’ll try the next in the series out and see if the editing and proofreading has improved.

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Review Copy

Galley copy of Berzerker (Twirled World Ink #1) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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