Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles) by C.C. Dado #mm #review @C_C_Dado @dreamspinners

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Levi can remember the exact moment the projection of his life changed entirely, from homeless dropout to college graduate. It was the day he found Jamie Donovan standing on his front porch—the boy Levi had secretly drooled over from afar would become the best friend he secretly drooled over up close.

When Levi gets a full ride scholarship but Jamie doesn’t, Jamie becomes an exotic dancer to help pay his tuition. Watching Jamie perform is pure torture for Levi, and hiding how he really feels starts to take its toll. And when the hot new guy from his Econ class hits on him, Levi has to decide just how long he’s going to stay devoted to his straight best friend. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16  Kim Talks TomesTAG

So much angst and turmoil! I forgot how tough it is to be so young and in love. For such a short story, there is plenty of both within the pages. Jamie has a full sleeve of tattoos in honor of his best friend, Jamie. But, Jamie is straight and doesn’t even know how Levi feels. They are both so different, but their friendship is the one constant in each other’s lives, no matter where circumstances take them.

Levi gets a full ride to college, while Jamie has to become an exotic dancer to pay for his tuition. This makes Levi jealous, but someone else comes into his life to make him question whether Jamie is worth waiting for (or pining over). Levi is so afraid to share his feelings with Jamie, but he eventually does and all of a sudden the straight Jamie returns those feelings to Levi?

I found this story to be difficult to get into. Jamie is straight, then he isn’t. Levi loves Jamie, but then Sy enters the picture. Yes, they are young men just learning who they are and what they want. But, it just seemed very inconsistent. I do think the writing is well done, but the overall story just wasn’t something I could get into. If you love a lot of angst and NA, then you’ll probably love this short story. As for me, it was just ok.


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