I said I would tell you more about the other “type” that catches my eye in m/m and here I am. Following my exposé on some favourite food books I decided to move on to my other love, guys with tattoos/piercings and/or eyeliner. Nothing like a Goth boy with a few tattoos or piercings. (Few, let’s not get mutant here.)
Why? Ummm, maybe it’s the bad boy thing. I do have a couple of tattoos so there is there is the personal connection and while I enjoy looking at some piercings I am way too freaked to get anything beyond my ears. Call me a chicken, I’m okay with that.
So in no particular order, some of the books in my library which include this archetype are:
Catching a Buzz by Ally Blue – This is one of my all-time favourite short reads. Straight laced college student Adam and Goth boy Buzz meet at the waterpark where they are working for the summer. No tattoos but lots of guyliner.
Hot Ticket by K.A. Mitchell – Okay, another fave, reread many times. Straight laced young travel agent Elliott meets older waiter Cade who has 15 facial piercings and an amazing back tattoo.
Under My Skin 1 and 2 by M.L. Rhodes – Travel book store owner Sebastian and Dylan the owner of a tattoo parlor next door in the strip mall. I really liked these books a lot, well, this author in general.
Favor by Alex Draven – This is a Torquere Halloween Sip set in a university dorm in the UK. Athlete Rhys asks Goth boy Mickey if he can hang out with his friends on Halloween rather than go to the local club. How many Goth points do you get for being blown by a vampire in a graveyard on Halloween?
Win or Lose by TC Blue – Winston (Win) a tattoo artist literally drags rock musician Luz out of the freezing cold when his bus breaks down and they are stranded by the storm.
Affair in Paradise by Matthew Haldemann-Time – Vacationing with his friend Adam meets Brett. When they finally hook up on the almost the last night Adam finds some VERY interesting penile piercings and a perfect submissive. (When I say piercings freak me out, penile ones more than any other. Ouch.)
In the Strangest Places by Willa Okati – Brit tattoo artist Rack meets Daniel, the carpenter hired to fix up his new shop. When I am talking penile piercings these guys take it to the extreme and to be honest I’m not sure you could even have anal sex with that much metal without doing serious damage. Well you probably can, I just don’t want to experience it myself. (Double ouch.) There is also a series of three shorts that follow Rack and Daniel as they go on a tattoo tour.
‘Nevermore’ by Addision Albright – Raven is a Goth boy who regularly hooks up with Caeser but won’t tell him his real name. Guess who he runs into on the beach when he’s there with his kids. Oops. This is part of the A Day at the Beach anthology.
Facets by Rob McKnight – This is a trio of shorts about recent college grad Paul who meets tattoo artist Six and Six’s live-in musician love Jules. Threesome fun ensues.
Passion and Satisfaction by M.L. Rhodes – Businessman Robert and tattooed bartender Jesse finally hook-up. Satisfaction is the continuation of their story. While tattoos aren’t the main focus of the story, Robert is very attracted to all of Jesse’s ink.
So tell me, have I missed any stories in this genre that I should be checking out? Sometimes the fact that someone is a tattoo artist is not the main point of the story like in Under My Skin but other times as in In the Strangest Places the act of tattooing and piercing plays a big part in the relationship. I’m not fussy, I can go either way. J