A Taste of Honey (Ariel’s Review)

Title: A Taste of Honey
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 88
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

2nd Edition

Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend—now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.

Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016

Best Friends Forever

The plot intrigued me, but I was concerned about the drag queen element. I thought that was going to overshadow the plot line and story, but this author is brilliant. It played a small but significant part in the story and she wrote it so beautifully it was an enjoyable read.

Rob and Boone are the perfect best friends. They really would do anything for each other, and Rob does by posing as his girlfriend. She does such a great job your captivated by her performance.

Rob’s family is great. From his kind, loving and accepting mother to his moonshining uncle.

Stories typically have one homophobic family member who dishes out his anger and disgust. I was expecting that with this story, but it didn’t happen. This story is very sweet and loving and just a great feel-good story.

When Rob leaves after the earth shattering kiss with Boone and goes to the airport, I thought Rob was going to go home and eventually Boone was going to follow him and try and win him back, but surprisingly, Boone catches him in time at the airport and takes him home. I was happy about that because I was expecting they’re happily ever after to be at the end and the rest of the story to be full of angst. I love a good angst story, but the author did what I hoped for and I so appreciated that. It made me very happy.

The ending was wonderful and what you hoped would happen will happen. It’s a beautiful happy ending. I won’t share it cuz I don’t want to ruin it.

I do highly recommend this story. If you want a happy, enjoyable, short read, then this is the book for you. It’s not full of s e x, so if you want that this is not the book for you.

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Galley copy of A Taste of Honey provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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