Monday, May 15, 2017

Back Piece by L.A. Witt

Back Piece by L.A. Witt

Review by Lauren
source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons.
Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting.
As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful?
Review: I've read other books by Witt in the past, and they are definitely an author I love. Back Piece was just another book full of great characters and if you like men in uniform, Daniel is in the Navy! 
In simple terms, this book is about Colin Spencer who is a tattoo artist with a lot of difficulties in his past that will always affect him. As for Daniel, he joined the Navy to get away from his family - who he loves, but they don't know he's gay. Because of his upbringing, Colin has never really been with a guy, so when he meets Colin, he's definitely nervous to know that Colin has a lot more experience than he does.
What I loved about these two guys is that neither of them made each other feel bad about their past or shortcomings. Colin was patient with Daniel when it came to the physical nature of their relationship and he didn't want Daniel to come out to his parents until he was truly ready. At the same time, Daniel listens to Colin's confessions and revelations about his past without judging him or making him feel bad. They definitely work together well.
Back Piece is an enjoyable read. I felt like you really got to know Colin and Daniel -and the secondary characters in their lives - and it was a nice balance between the overall story line and the romance between the two.


Verushka said...

I believe I NEED to comment on that gorgeousness of the cover! And YAY for the author getting the balance of plot and romance right!

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

I feel like there are a lot of romance books about tattoo artists, which I find really interesting! Is it because tattoos are badass so it immediately makes the character a badboy? Who then defies stereotypes and is a soft boy? I'm not sure, but I do find it quite weird, haha.

I am really glad that there's no pressure from Colin for Daniel to come out to his family. i really don't like it when one partner is pushing the other to come out. Coming out is so personal, and it needs to happen on the person's own terms, not because they've been pushed into it.

Lovely review, Lauren!

Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight said...

Aww that does sound great how they didn't make each other feel bad about their pasts or anything. I love reading about relationships like that!

Lisa Mandina said...

This sounds like a really good book. Of course I could just be taken in by that gorgeous cover!!! :-) Great review, it does actually sound like a good story!

JezzebellJC said...

That's incredibly important to feel secure in sharing your past - good, bad, and in between and not be rejected because of past choices. Great review :D