Say It With Ink

Author: CC Dado

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


Blurb: The Seattle Chronicles

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.


Review:  I’m going to admit right from the start YA isn’t my thing. I guess this could be NA but either way the characters felt young to me. This was a super angsty sweet little story about two best friends. One knows he’s in love with the other but thinks his best friend is straight. So he pines away. He’s terrified to tell him because it’ll ruin their friendship. Levi can keep it under control until they become roomies at college. Then he starts to unravel.

I just couldn’t get into this story. Levi is mopey or angry most of the time and that’s all I really get from his character beyond that he loves Jamie and doesn’t think much of himself. Jamie needs to raise money for school. So what does he do? He decides to be a stripper for guys because it pays better. I didn’t really get the feeling this benefited the story at all. It seemed like it was just thrown in there. Jamie never had any revelations about his attraction to guys from it. It didn’t open his eyes to his feelings for Jamie. The only thing it did was make Levi jealous and help pay for his dorm.

The saving grace of this story was Sy. He was pretty much the only part of this book that I liked. His character was fun and witty. I liked the idea behind Levi’s tattoos being a silent profession of his love for Jamie but I also couldn’t help but wonder how an 18 year old had that many tattoos.

I know some people love angst so I can see how they would like this book but for me it was too much. I never really cared about or got to know much about the characters. I will admit the idea of a college freshmen saving himself for his straight besty is kind of sweet but mixed with all the angst even that didn’t work for me. Also Jamie pretty much had no inkling he had feelings or any attraction to Levi. Then suddenly he does. It was a short story and it felt like. Then everything is tied up quickly and easily at the end. Sorry but this one was a miss for me.

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