Friday, September 7, 2012

Tattoos & Teacups

Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-590-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Scotsman Robert McKinnon is thirty-two years old and has lived in the United States for half his life. As a college English professor, he lives quietly giving lectures, reading and visiting with a few friends. One night he agrees to go out to a pub and everything changes. Chris walks into his life, with his outgoing personality, bright tattoos and drum playing. It doesn’t matter that he’s nearly a decade younger or that on the surface, they seem so different. It works for them. Robert wasn’t looking for love when he met Chris but being together is fun and it’s bringing him out of his boring shell.  But can two men with such different backgrounds find a path to permanence? And what about Chris’ band? What happens when he has to go back on the road? Can they make a life together work long-term or are they doomed to fail?

Tattoos & Teacups is the newest release by author Anna Martin. It’s a sweet and entertaining look at the lives of two men vastly dissimilar on the outside but a perfect fit of the heart. There’s nothing fast about this romance, instead it’s gentle, not slow really but moving at a believable pace that allows Rob and Chris to build a true relationship and grow into a couple. Their personalities are fully developed, the descriptions are vivid, the secondary characters add great depth and a sense of family, she wrote kids that weren’t obnoxious brats—thank you Ms. Martin—and some of the dialogue is downright funny.

And no I didn’t forget about the emotional aspects of the story. There are plenty of intense feelings on both Chris and Robert’s part throughout—and yes some are filled with pain and angst. But I understood why the author wrote them that way. It made sense and didn’t go on for ages, which I appreciated. I did spot a couple of plot niggles too, but neither stopped me from enjoying this heartwarming tale. Plus I love the tattoos Chris had. I just wish I could have seen them. 

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