Messy Ink (Get Ink’d Book 2) by Ali Lyda #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MMContemporary

Erryn reviews ‘Messy Ink (Get Ink’d Book 2)’ by Ali Lyda. The ebook was published June 3, 2020 and is 243 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Connor Brown.  It was released June 27, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 7 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I enjoyed book 1 and really wanted Dane and Christian’s story.

Dane 

Chris is a great doctor, but he can’t heal me…. 

I learned to look out for myself on the streets and in juvie. I’ve cleaned up my act, but it doesn’t mean that I’m about to start trusting a guy to stick around. Especially not a clean cut-doctor like Chris. No wonder I ended things between us the first time around. 

I’m sure it’s for the best. A guy like me can’t have a guy like Chris, no matter how much I want him. I’ve done too many bad things, and now karma is coming back to bite me. But every time my path crosses with Chris, I can’t help but wonder what might have been. 

Chris 

Is Dane too broken to try again with me? 

I knew Dane was a player when we hooked up the first time, and I thought I didn’t want strings. But the smoking hot tattoo artist makes me want to break the rules and try something new. His past is full of pain, and I’ve got commitment issues of my own. It’s no wonder we didn’t last. 

Dane has hidden depths, and my heart still beats like crazy every time I get close to him. If I let him get too close he could hurt me all over again – but maybe I’m ready to take a risk. Can we overcome the odds and make things work? 

Messy Ink is an m/m romance that gives you steamy second chances, a bad boy tattoo artist learning he’s worthy of love, the doctor who’s ready to mend his heart, and tons of gorgeous ink all wrapped up and ready for reality TV. 

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My Review:

I enjoyed Daddy Ink, but struggled with narration, and I didn’t like the amount of breaking up, getting back together, hurting each other, etc. that went on in the book.  Optimist that I am, I picked up this second book with high hopes.

Let me start with narration – Connor Brown is someone I’ve listened to before and he’s a good narrator.  He certainly delivers a solid performance with this book and I enjoyed listening to him.

Now the book.  In retrospect, there was a lot of back and forth, breaking up and getting back together, and hurting each other.  Somehow this book was less painful than the last.  I think part of that was having the involvement of an important secondary character.

In this book, Dane is a tattoo artist with a bit of a problem.  He and his crew have been tapped to do a television show.  His mother requires a fulltime nurse, so this gig is a must.  He is barely squeaking by but that won’t hold.  This television show is a god send.  What is not so great is the producer who won’t take a hint.  Jason is definitely the villain of the piece.  And who hasn’t faced someone in their lives who won’t back off.  Won’t take a hint.

Plus, Dane has someone he is interested in – the surgeon Christian.  But Dane weirdly believes that if he allows something good into his life that bad things will happen.  That might sound bizarre, but I’ve had that thought myself a time or two.  Don’t enjoy this too much because the other shoe is going to drop any day now and it’ll all come crashing down.  Better to keep expectations low.  Chris doesn’t understand Dane’s sudden withdrawal when things are going well and is leery to let the man back into his life.  Then Chris’ life is turned upside down with the reappearance of his younger brother Channing into his life.  Suddenly he and Dane are drawn together, both wanting to put Channing on the straight and narrow.

This brings up memories of their childhoods – neither had it easy.  As they help Channing, things start to get back on track between the men.  Then something bad happens in Dane’s life, he turns away from Chris, and the whole cycle repeats.  It broke my heart.  But, third time’s the charm and they do finally talk to each other and figure things out.  All good.  I loved seen Javi and Gordo from the first book, but what I really like is the set up for the next book – Dane’s boss Regan and Chris’ younger brother Channing.  There is a serious age gap between the two, so I’ll be interested to see how that works out.  Hopefully the book will come to audio soon.

My Rating:

8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.55/5 Stars

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