Kit is 19 and homeless after running away from her privileged but prison-like home life. She busks for a living and one day goes into a tattoo parlor to spend some of her hard earned money on a tattoo (priorities, right? But then story) and is directed to Logan.
Logan sees this dark-haired beauty and assumes she’s after one thing – he’s deaf and women come to him for no string sex. Mainly cos he’s great in bed, very good looking and they don’t have to talk to him after. Poor guy, must be awful for him.
Anyway, he makes a move and she pops him on the nose, breaking it. Then with his brother laughing his ass off, she stalks off leaving Logan bleeding and bemused. She also leaves her tattoo design behind, and something in the design resonates with him.
Logan likes this girl. A lot. And he only does one night stands, so he has no idea what he’s feeling. When he finds her again, he somehow persuades her to go for food, despite the fact that communication between them is not easy. Kit/Emily can’t speak sign language, but she also can’t read what he writes down for her – she’s dyslexic.
They still manage to have a good time, but when it comes to going home, she won’t let him walk her to the door. No way is she letting this insanely cute guy know she’s staying in a hostel. Emily doesn’t let anyone close in case her true identity is revealed, and she won’t even tell Logan her real name. Logan, being he gent he is, follows her to make sure she’s safe. When the hostel closes its door on the queue, he makes her go home with him to the apartment he shares with his four (also hot) brothers. And from here, a slow romance starts.
“I want you to be my girlfriend.”
“What does that mean?”
… He looks confused. “I’m not sure. But I think it’s the same as being my friend, but I get to make you come.”
Phew. This is such a cute book and a one session read for me (sofa day, yay). I liked it well enough at the start, though it was a tiny bit bleak, but it’s one of those books that gets better as you read it. Logan is adorable, dedicated and sexy as anything and his brothers are such fun. The family unit Emily finds herself in is just so appealing, and the story made me smile lots. Nice bit of sexual tension too, as they don’t get it on till waaaay late in the book. Not to say stuff doesn’t happen, just not the main event.
It’s not perfect, but then few books are. I found Emily’s motivations a little off, but I liked her, so I went with it and didn’t let it bug me. Also, the author did on occasion leave out a bit of detail which could’ve enriched the story but again, the core of it was there and I got over it.
In a few ways it reminded me of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful series (Beautiful Disaster etc) – contemporary NA, similar settings – tattoo parlor & nightclub, lots of handsome brothers and self-preserving women – and a similar happy-obsessed feel to the love.
This isn’t a HEA, as there’s a book 2 (and several more) to bring our couple together, but it isn’t a very big cliff hanger, and I’d lay money down that everything’s going to be fine. I’m going to read the next in the series and I want to know more about the other brothers. I think I’m going to like this comfort-food series.
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Tall, Tatted and Tempting
by Tammy Falkner
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing