Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
I was kicked out at sixteen for being transgender, but it turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. At twenty-one, I have a fantastic new family made up of my brother and a handful of wonderful friends, I own my own photography business, and I’m happier than I imagined possible. There’s just one thing missing… Okay, maybe two…
When I took the position volunteering as a therapist at Rainbow House, I knew I’d found my place in the world, helping teens who were rejected by their families. What I didn’t expect was the friendship I formed with Liam or how it would grow over the years into a crush I just can’t shake. I’m happy to see him finally opening himself up to dating with someone he trusts like Owen. But when he comes to me and asks if I can help his boyfriend, I feel like there’s more to the request than just a few therapy sessions. The more I get to know about Owen, the more I like him, too.
I’m not sure why I believe so much in fate when she’s dealt me nothing but crappy hands— A stint in prison and enough childhood horrors to fuel all my adult nightmares. But I still hold on to the idea that everything happens for a reason. What I can’t figure out is why fate would plop me naked into Liam’s bed under the pretext of helping him with a photo series for a gallery showing. Or why my stomach goes funny every time he smiles at me. Liam is too sweet to be exposed to my demons but I don’t know how to protect him…Maybe that’s why fate gave us Wyatt.
This is the seventh book in the Heathens Ink series. Each book in the series CAN be read as a stand alone, but characters do re-occur so it’s more fun to read them all!
I am a big fan of K.M. Neuhold Heathens Ink series so I was delighted to see another story in that series released. In Flash Me the author centers the novel around Liam, Owen, and Wyatt, people we’ve met before. It’s Liam, especially, that the light shines so brightly on. A young trans boy seeking a brother he never knew and shelter at first, here Liam is all grown up. Liam is soon to be 21, he’s had top surgery, has a successful photography business and is pondering all his next steps. That includes romance.
K.M. Neuhold’s insight into Liam’s life at this stage, the decisions he is trying to make regarding future surgery, his insecurities about dating and his sex life not only bring Liam vividly to life but make him so vulnerable and real that you just want to love him and keep cheering him on. He also knows who and what he wants. Both of them. It’s just a matter of how he’s going to make them see they all fit together.
Yes, Liam wants a polyamory relationship. It’s one he knows that’s for him and he also knows that Owen and Wyatt are the perfect fit for him and each other. If they can see it and work through the barriers keeping them all apart.
Flash Me is told from each man’s perspective so you see how each of them perceives the other two and his place in retrospect. And how that begins to change.
Both Owen and Wyatt have major issues in their past they must deal with before any relationship will work. For Owen, its his abusive father and jail. For Wyatt, it’s also family issues and a father, which I won’t discuss further here. It will take all three coming together and therapy to deal with these major trauma and issues before they can come fully together as a triad.
I found the writing strong, the characters remarkable, and the romance sexy and heartwarming. Flash Me (Heathens Ink #7) by K.M. Neuhold is another grand installment in a series I just think is getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Cover art is wonderful, that is those characters to a T.
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ebook, 303 pages
Published September 3rd 2018
SeriesHeathens Ink #7