Secrets 1: Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper

Title : Secrets and  Ink               Word Count : 38,119

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.

When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.

During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.

As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.

My Review : Grocery store clerk Jem believes that his life is cursed. He has had  constant bad luck in his relationships and it is not uncommon for weird things to happen to him. For instance , he got crushed by a dilapidated house when he tried saving a cat.  Every morning he wakes up , he is on pins and needles waiting for something bad to happen. That’s why when he meets the hunky cop Nick and starts flirting with him, he knows nothing can come of it. He really likes Nick  though, so when the cop asks him out, he agrees with bated breath.

Everything goes well on their date and Jem starts to feel really comfortable with Nick. After a few more dates, Jem goes home with Nick with high expectations.  He is definitely not dissapointed.  They have a super hot make out session,  but while they are cleaning up Nick notices a familiar  spider tattoo that he had seen on a hustler that he busted years ago. It seems like Jem’s wild past is about to take a bite out of his ass. Jem is embarrassed when he recognises that Nick is indeed the cop that busted him for prostitution when he was seventeen. He runs away and tries to push Nick out of his mind. 

Someone is trying to get Jem’s attention by leaving mementos of his ill-spent youth. A half naked picture where he is giving a blowjob to a movie star  is left for him in his mailbox. Shortly after that, he ends up as a suspect after his ex is murdered. Nick tries to protect him as best as he can by moving him into his house. They slowly build up their relationship  and open up to each other. Jem asks Nick to share his deep dark secrets with him and is quite surprised that Nick is into  Japanese rope play.  Jem is very turned on and impressed with Nick’s Kinbaku and Shibari techniques. It makes him hot to know that Nick is in total control of his body.

The mystery of Jem’s past unfolds and his life is in danger when he is kidnapped by a deranged psycopath. Nick is very happy when he finds Jem unharmed and the threat to his life is eliminated. Nick suggests that they try living together as a couple and Jem accepts. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

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