I loved the simplicity of this story. Both MC’s characterizations are utterly realistic and the story from the get-go just flowed easily with an endearing conclusion.
Robert McKinnon left his native Scotland to move to America when he was a teenager. Sixteen years later, Robert who is now a college professor still hasn’t settled physically and emotionally. His routine went berserk when Chris Ford came into his life. Covered with tattoos and full of exuberance, the young musician put some colors into Robert’s rather bleak existence. Even though he’s not expecting to find an emotional connection with someone a decade younger than him, Robert find himself easily drawn to Chris. This connection may very well be what he’s been looking for so long – a burst of life and love.
When I read this the first time, I didn’t really get Robert’s drift. I thought his narration was rather painfully dragging the story down. But then I read the second half of it and fell in love with both characters. It was an easy relationship for them and both are truly charming. I decided to reread it from the start and I decided that the tone of the book was intentionally slow. It gave the book a stronger emotional impact and I really do appreciate how each character [the couple along with the secondary characters] took a spotlight of their own in the process. I don’t what’s with this book that made me reread it right away and fell for Robert and Chris. They have this magnetic chemistry in them and they’re just so easy to like! I think that’s what’s so good about a romance book – you get to appreciate both couple even through their imperfections. There’s an emotional connection between them and the readers and I liked that in my books. It made me feel that somewhere, somehow – someone like them actually exists. Tattoos & Teacups is one book I’d always keep rereading to feel good about myself whenever I feel melancholic about life.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.