Title: Black Hawk Tattoo
Author: Aundrea Singer
Genre: m/m romance
Print length: 318 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2013
Rating: Four Stars
Blurb: Toronto artist Gabriel Navarro splits his time between slinging ink and working on his master’s degree. He’s sure of his beliefs and his artistic integrity and naïve enough to think he’ll never compromise—until Iraq war veteran Jake MacLean shows up in his tattoo parlor.
Overcome with anger and survivor’s guilt, Jake is locked in a struggle to atone for sins he’s sure will never be forgiven. Desperate to get his life back on track and with nowhere else to go, he moves in with his sister in Toronto. He doesn’t expect to fall for Gabe.
Though Jake’s refusal to talk about what happened in Iraq frustrates Gabe, accepting Jake’s claims that he’s “fine” is easier than dealing with the truth. But pretty soon it’s clear Jake can’t control his panic attacks, and his condition is worsening. If Gabe can’t help him face his demons, Jake is headed for a crash—and there’s every chance he’ll take Gabriel down with him.
The supporting characters need a mention too. There’s nothing worse than a cast of supporting characters that are little better than two-dimensional. You will find no cardboard cut-outs in this novel. The supporting characters are wonderfully human, leaping off the pages.
Now, I have to say that I wasn’t crazy about the sex scenes. I though they could have used just a touch more finesse. Also, people blush way too much, to the point where you’re counting their blushes (or maybe just I was, ’cause I’m an annoying perfectionist).
4.5 stars without a doubt. If you can stomach it, you’re gonna LOVE it.