Title: Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles)
Author Name & Publisher: C.C. Dado (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2015 – 61 pgs
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.
I really thought this book was short and sweet. You have unrequited love, someone searching for their place in life, new friendships and a family that is, despite being adopted, supportive.
This was a great book in that Jamie is clueless, but lovable and Levi is not clueless, but doesn’t want to lose a friend. The two of them have stumbled through life together despite their friendship being a little strange – wrong side kid is befriended by kid from the right side of town.
Through all of the miscommunications, hidden looks, new friendships and drama – you get a couple of guys who create a great chemistry. Their friendship has lasted all through high school and even though they get some things wrong, their friendship isn’t one of them.
Overall, this was mostly a story about finding and being true to yourself.
This is full of the kind of angst people only ever feel at 18. Closeted Levi has always secretly loved his best friend. When all of his pent up emotion finally bursts free, he runs.
This very short story is full of all sorts of cliche plot devices: gay for you, separated by misunderstandings, poor communication – it’s all here. This is raw, testosterone-fueled teen angst.
The story is saved because Levi and Jamie are both such nice guys. But then again, nice is such a damning word. Jamie is nice. His family is nice. Levi – he’s a little too wild to be nice. These are characters that we come to care about, which is rare for me in a short story.
The chemistry between Jamie and Levi is explosive, though there is an awful lot of angst to wade through before we get to see them connect.
Ultimately, this is a new adult romance full of all the emotion and excitement that everyone who was ever a college freshman will remember.
I write about painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing NEVER happens to me.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave. I’m like a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a big cherry of anxiety on top, so I don’t travel much. I read to relax my mind, so I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.