A Taste of Honey by Ari McKay (Natalie’s Review)

A Taste of Honey by Ari McKay (Natalie’s Review)

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Title: A Taste of Honey (2nd Edition)
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Genre(s): Bisexual Romance
Page Count: 100 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.

I’d been wanting to read A Taste of Honey for a long while. I meant to purchase it when it was first released in 2016 but I let it fall by the wayside, and when I wanted to finally buy the book, it was no longer available on Amazon. Trust me when I saw the review request pop up, I was all over this!


Boone is a southern transplant living in San Francisco. He works for a software company like his best friend, Rob. Rob and Boone get along great. Rob also has a side gig as a drag queen named Honey. Boone is about to return to his southern roots thanks to a grand scale family reunion. Unfortunately, he knows once he returns, he will be the focus of meddling family members wanting to know about his love life. Especially his mama. Why is he still single? When is he going to bring someone home for them to meet? Rather than endure any of that, he comes up with this ingenious plan which includes bringing home a fake girlfriend. Sounds great but who can Boone subject to his family’s ridicule? Every female friend that comes to mind, he shoots down because he doesn’t want to involve them in his mess of a love life. Rob gets along great with Boone’s family so why not have his alter ego Honey pose as Rob’s sister who Boone has been dating? And so the madness begins.

Perfect plot, right? Sounds like a Hallmark Channel movie with a bisexual spin come to life.


This story had the beginnings of a trunk full of tropey goodness with the addition of drag. I was ready to be thoroughly entertained, but unfortunately, this story was lukewarm for me. The conflict was there, the sexual tension was there (sorta), but I felt it was a little more one-sided. Rob/Honey was doing some serious pining for Boone. I would have liked more insight into Boone’s train of thought. The bit that was present wasn’t convincing enough for me which is why I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two MC’s when they finally ended up together.

The writing was good, however, this story was merely okay for me. A Taste of Honey was my first Ari McKay read, but I’d definitely give the author’s future work a chance.

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