Inked Souls by T.T. Kove

Inked Souls by T.T. Kove
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (166 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Kian didn’t anticipate being dragged along while his friend got a tattoo as anything but a waste of time. Then he meets Silver, a handsome tattoo artist who provokes all sort of x-rated thoughts and ambitions. More intriguing, Silver’s been waiting for a chance to get to know Kian.

A relationship wasn’t what Kian was expecting when they fall into bed, but he’s not opposed. But the beginning of a relationship is the easy part, it’s everything after that’s a challenge—especially when the danger of disease and infection enter the picture.

Kian lets himself get talked into going with his best friend for moral support while she gets her first tattoo. Silver, the tattoo artist, is drop dead sexy and Kian can hardly keep his hands off the other man. When Kian discovers Silver feels the same way, sparks fly and neither man will ever be the same again.

This is a lovely, spicy M/M romance that I greatly enjoyed. The sex between the two men was deliciously hot and prolific. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Silver and Kian – who are relatively young at nineteen and eighteen respectively – find each other and come together to have their first serious relationship. Readers should be aware there are a few “hot button” issues touched on within the plot – self-harming and HIV – but I found overall the book was written tastefully and these issues added to the story and weren’t just thrown casually in. I also enjoyed the very strong secondary characters, and indeed found myself drawn into their stories as much as Kian and Silver’s.

This is a very emotional, character driven story. The plot itself pretty much revolves around Kian and Silver’s relationship – and that of their close friends. This was plenty, however, to keep me interested and quickly turning the pages. I’d happily read more stories – especially if one were to be written about Silver’s flatmates, Damian and Josh.

A strong, intense story that I can highly recommend.

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