Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MARK ME by Shawn Bailey

Publisher: Siren Publishing
Date published: March 21st, 2012
Contemporary M/M
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Publisher

Eli didn’t know what was worse, being hit on in the bathroom, finding out you have two tattoos and having no idea how they got there or having not enough sleep. Eli thinks all three are in the running for a night he has vague recollections of. Now he wants to find out where he got these tattoos before his family finds out and get them off his body permanently. Yet when he meets Dimitri again, he finds a man that will knock Eli’s world off kilter because Dimitri is a man who has tattoos and is sure to be the one person his parents will not approve of. But something calls to Eli whenever he is in this guy’s presence. Can Eli find a way to get the courage to see the man Dimitri is behind all the tattoos before he loses the one man destined to be his?

I haven’t read much of this author’s work before but loved the sound of MARK ME when I stumbled upon it on the web somewhere. I dived into a story on my nook with eager delight to see that the book blurb was spot on and the author delivers an action packed, roller coaster of a ride in. The writing is tight, story moves quickly and the characters...well there are a few that you will fall for in a heartbeat and a few you want to beat upside the head with a stick.

Meet Eli, a recent graduate from high school, on a night on the town with his friends when he meets Dimitri. Too bad it was in the bathroom stall and that Eli was exhausted. But when the next day, Eli finds two tattoos, one with the name of Dimitri on his butt, well, let’s just say sparks fly between these two. I loved the dynamics between Eli and Dimitri. Eli is portrayed as a na├»ve young man with the whole world open to him and Dimitri is more world weary and has a few scars to prove it. This author does a great job in keeping the balance between these two and it was fun to see the tug of war they had whenever they had issues-from clothes to living arrangements to careers. Sean Bailey definitely delivers on the sex scenes. They were smoking hot yet you can taste the underlying tenderness between Eli and Dimitri as well as their growing feeling for one another.

MARK ME is a fun, delightful read that you can easily spend a lazy afternoon reading. It has some wonderful characters, a great locale in New Orleans (I could just about smell the scents of gumbo and chicory coffee in the air) and two people who must fight for their relationship in order to be together. I am eager to see what else is on this author’s backlist of titles and can’t wait for another story from Shawn Bailey.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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