Tuesday, May 3, 2016

High Contrast by Tess Bowery

Title: High Contrast 
Author: Tess Bowery
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Evolution Ink #1
Main Characters: Jacob and Cody
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The deepest scars aren’t the ones that show.

Jacob Shain is your average member of Generation Screwed. He has a boring internship, no cash flow, and a tiny NYC apartment he has to share with Ethan, his much-cooler, tattoo-artist twin brother. Not to mention his love life is DOA. At least, until his brother’s shop hires on a new piercer, and Jacob’s humdrum life takes a turn for the weird.

Cody Turner is gorgeous, funny and kind—everything Jacob wants in a boyfriend. Except for the way he refuses to talk about his past, or where he lives, or anything about his personal life.

When Ethan is arrested while on a mission of mercy, the reason Cody is so tight lipped comes to light. And while Jacob and Cody fight to understand the depth of their feelings for one another, the police dogs catch their scent. So does the local mob. 

Now Jacob has to make the hardest choice of his life: stay safe like a good boy, or dive headfirst into a world he barely understands…and hope Cody is there to break his fall.

Warning: Contains a good boy who wants to be bad, a bad boy who longs to be good, bodies that are canvases for living art and high-speed chases with police dogs.

My Review:
Wow, this was a really good start to this new series. The main protagonist-Jacob- (i.e. the entire story is told from his point of view) is the one person in the story who doesn't work at the tattoo shop. No, he's the twin brother of one of the tattoo artists who works there. And his hero, Cody, is the new piercer working at the shop.

I loved Jacob. He's a little, or actually a lot, awkward. He knows he doesn't fit in with the "cool kids" at the tattoo shop, but his twin brother works there (who totally fits in...these twins are NOTHING alike besides their physical looks) so he hangs out with the gang all the time. 

Jacob's immediately enraptured with the new piercer, but doesn't think he has a chance. First of all, he has no idea if Cody is even gay. Then there's the fact that Cody is gorgeous and pierced (24 or 25 times...wow...it was fun getting the visual of exactly were all those piercings were) and Cody definitely fits in with the cool kids. 

Throw in some drug dealing, Russian mobsters, and a sex couch and things were pretty lively for this gang at the tattoo shop. 

Overall, I liked it. I enjoyed both the main characters, but really wish some of the story had been from Cody's point of view. Although inside Jacob's head is interesting...just because he truly doesn't see his worth to Cody. I loved his fascination with Cody's piercings. I also loved how the story line with the bully at work played out. Such a great use for those bruises. 

I'm hoping the series will continue. I know it was begun with that plan in mind, but with Samhain going under, I worry about series like this that I want to keep reading. I'll cross my fingers. 

I received a complimentary copy of this review in return for an honest review.

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