Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Model perfect Jimmy “Trouble” Carver had never heard the word no. Tattooed, sexy and the quintessential bad boy Trouble had men falling over themselves to get to him. What people didn’t know about him was he was self-conscious even if life was easy for him. He’d started out as an apprentice at Twirled World Ink after college and never looked back. Trouble was exactly where he wanted to be, although there was one speed bump, his crush refused to go out on a date.
Brody Vaughn worked in a dead-end job, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. He didn’t have much time for anyone other than his five-year-old daughter Mina and besides he’d never quite found a place in this world he fit. Chunky and average, that’s how he felt, except for when Trouble came into the grocery store where he worked. The flirty, gorgeous man asked him out every week with a sexy smile, but Brody had to refuse. It wasn’t as if he wanted to say no, it was just how could he date a man Brody knew he had no business trying to keep.
The Crazies of Twirled World Ink excel at one thing, matchmaking, and they are determined their resident bad boy would get his man. They just had to make sure that neither Trouble or Brody screwed up their plan.
Out of J.M. Dabney’s enormous cast of amazing characters you know there are just some that you latch onto more than others, just a tad more…and you do it immediately. For some reason, something about them just resonates with you, making you want to hold them closer, want to get to know them better, and yes, see them to their HEA. Trouble is one of those for me. Full name Jimmy “Trouble” Carver, someone who may look perfect on the outside but feels so broken inside where it counts. Even when you meet him in other stories, he drifts around in your consciousness waiting to pop up again. Now you get his story.
Trouble is a dichotomy on two feet, and just the sort of character that J.M. Dabney delivers so realistically and so well. Everything about Trouble is guaranteed to shift any judgements you may make about him. Beautiful, tattooed, he looks, if you are judging him, as though he should have everything. Looks are deceiving. One reason being because his family has delivered enough punishing, brutal judgements of their own, enough to break him. Dabney makes us feel the impact on Trouble of that familial abuse, not just his past upbringing but the continuing, constant stream of mistreatment that comes from that direction. It will not be what you expect.
And from person judged by his physical looks to another character who has a problem with his body. That would be Brody Vaughn, who can’t see how much he shines because of the way he looks at his body image. Getting them together is a wonderful journey of mind, and heart, and bravery. Plus a little girl called Princess (how she gets to be called that is part of the charm of the story).
Trouble (Twirled World Ink #2) by J.M. Dabney is a tale that has such depth as it deals with body image, emotional and familial abuse and still be such a wonderful love story, adorable child and Twirled Work Ink crew included. I love this series and all the series that come after it. See the links I’ve listed below. I absolutely recommend them all, including this one.
Cover art by Reese Dante (old cover above). Honestly, while I like both covers, the one here just speaks to me. That’s Trouble looking right at you. Be still my heart.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by J.M. Dabney
SeriesTwirled World Ink #2
Characters Jimmy “Trouble” Carver, Brody Vaughn settingPowers, Georgia (United States)
- Executioners – third series
New Cover (reedited version)