RELEASE DATE: 11st March 2016
BLURB: Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.
Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.
When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.
I fell in love with the cover of this book and just knew I had to read it! The Taste of Ink is a very promising title and with the blurb I was intrigued. It turns out ink here doesn’t refer to tattoos but the liquid our MC uses to create his comic panels, and the menage angle wasn’t really what I expected.
This is a modern day cowboy story set in Calgary during Stampede, where Trevor, our reclusive, nerdy comic book writer/artist, meets Charlie, an older, financial analyst/cowboy. Their ten-day relationship gives the core of the story with Trevor’s flashback to his past, remembering his first love, Mathieu, who Charlie and Trevor bump into several times during the festivities. The writing is solid, and the plot is well built, eventful and entertaining. However, I didn’t feel any kind of connection with Trevor or Charlie. The events just happened and Trevor was just going with the flow, the same as he seems to live his life. He is cute, very talented, and totally unsure of his future. He is fully enjoying his time with Charlie, whomI liked at the beginning, but when he started his macho sugar daddy act, he lost me. I like dommy tops, but he should have kept it in the bedroom. Their strange D/s dynamics seemed a bit one sided and I didn’t care for it much. Their chemistry is good but I felt no real emotion in the mix. Having Mathieu added to their pair sounded like a great idea, but I would have liked to read more details about them. It seemed a bit out of the blue without any real emotional basis. I really like the flashback, where we get to know more about Trevor and Mathieu. Their connection and emotions are believable and real. My favorite part of the story is the epilogue, which is well-written and very emotional. Great job on that one!
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****