Title: The Taste of Ink
Author: Francis Gideon
Genre: Contemporary/MMM Ménage
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (11 March 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
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.
Review: The Taste of Ink is one hot and thoroughly enjoyable ride. I’m not a stranger to Francis Gideon’s writing and this one certainly didn’t let me down. In fact, it exceeded all my expectations.
I tend to mentally groan to myself when I see that a story includes the “adorable geeky guy”, and if you’re the same there is no need to worry. There is nothing about Trevor (one of our main guys) that is your stereotypical nerd.
One thing I will say is that reading the title you may be forgiven if you think, as I did until I read the blurb, that this has got something to do with tattoos. It’s not. Instead, the ink referred to here is the ink on the pages of the comic books/graphic novels written by Trevor Dunn.
Trevor is quite happy to stay in his basement and plod along. Drawing his comics in the hopes that one day he can submit it to a publishing house for publication. But his well-meaning sister gets in the way and drags him, almost literally, kicking and screaming to the Stampede Festival (some sort of Rodeo in Calgary).
It is at the Stampede that his life changes in a whirlwind – he meets Charlie, who sweeps Trevor off his feet for some well-deserved romance. He also bumps into an old flame, Mathieu. Who is in the role of “the one that got away”, because Trevor was too scared when they were together at the age of 18.
Trevor has only got the ten days of the Stampede to get his shit together and figure out how Mathieu and Charlie fit into his life. Charlie is really the instigator when things move towards the possibility of a three-way.
Totally enjoyable if you like your guys shy and your cowboys hot, there is even a bit of a knight in shining armour moment that helps ties the ends of the plot together for a very satisfying ending.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *