Lucky (Twirled World Ink #4)

Title: Lucky (Twirled World Ink #4)
Author: J.M. Dabney
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 146 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

When someone was asked to describe crazy, if they knew Lee “Lucky” Trenton they’d point at him. Accident prone and without a filter of any kind to tell him to shut up before he says something inappropriate he’s no one’s idea of a perfect partner. Growing up with parents who subscribed to a philosophy of Radical Honesty Lucky and his siblings were doomed from the womb. Lucky found a home away from home at Twirled World Ink, but he didn’t just find a place to belong. He’d found Priest.

Matthew “Priest” Beall ran away from his judgmental family the second he’d earned the money. He’d come in search of Gib Phelps a legend in the tattoo industry. If you wanted to learn the craft, then Gib was the man to beg an apprenticeship with, and he’d begged. Priest might have left the violence of his past behind, but when he closed his eyes it came back to torture him. The only place he felt safe was when his best friend Lucky let him sleep in his arms. He wanted more, but he didn’t think he deserved it.

Priest left his family behind without regret only to find a new one with the crew of Twirled World and the super weird Trenton family. Could he grab onto his new life or would the memories of the past ruin the happiness he’d gained?

Author’s Note: Although this is the fourth book in a series each book is a standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.

I have largely enjoyed the series overall, especially that at least one of the characters in each story isn’t beach body “perfect”.

I like the characters and their interaction with each other in the series usually, but Lucky just seemed far less cohesive than the others have been.

That may have more to do with the horrible editing/proofreading, which is really impacting my enjoyment of the stories. When I have to re-read a sentence two or three times to figure out what the author is trying to convey…you’ve lost me.

Also, I am especially disappointed that we don’t get to see, or even find out about, the comeuppance for the “bad” guy here.

One of the things this story had going for it, in my opinion, was how gentle and patient Lucky was with Priest. Even though they don’t really talk out their desire for each other and require a lot of meddling by friends and family members to see the light, their relationship was heart-melting at times.

All in all, while I can’t say this installment in the series was a favorite, or even that it ranks up there, it was okay.

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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.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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