Romancing the Tattoo

Original publish date: 16 May 2014

Stop the presses, this is a romance review and is far outside the norm for what I write about.

I unashamedly will read this genre, despite my disdain for their formulaic nature, simply as a way to briefly escape from the sad reality of my love life (or lack thereof).

So, that being said, I took a chance on Tall, Tatted, and Tempting  by Tammy Falkner because, well tattoos. I may or may not have a fascination with them. Let’s begin.

Tatted tattoo artist meets a well-to-do runaway as she masks her identity to pursue her love for music. Shenanigans ensue as well as the inevitable sexual encounters while both grapple with the issue of trust.

I was drawn into the story, which is a testament to Falkner’s characterization skills. The family drama of the Reed brothers was full of emotion and felt quite real as they grapple with getting by and the cancer that plagues them. Kit/Emily’s mystery was sewn throughout the story well, and I must admit, the sacrificial turning point was well done, but not surprising due to the romance genre’s conventions.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and when we learned almost immediately that Logan is deaf, I was quite happy to have a male protagonist with an impairment to depict a lesser covered portion of the population. My little bubble of happiness was punctured when we learned that Logan can talk but chooses not to, except for with Kit/Emily. It wasn’t that I wanted him to be completely deaf and mute, I understand that deaf people can speak; it just felt like a cop-out to me–as if we can acknowledge that there are differences, but not too many. 

After finishing the story and taking a look at the cover again, I was a bit disheartened that the wrong hair color for Kit/Emily was used. Considering that throughout the majority of the story she has black hair with a blue streak, it doesn’t quite make sense for her to have her “natural” dark blonde hair for the cover. Misleading. I don’t like that. But I’m picky with that because as appearances are vital to credibility, this publisher is now less credible for me.

Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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