(This book was provided in return for an honest review – and we’re never not honest at The Naughty Corner…)
Logan Walters is 22, a confident to the point of arrogant pretty boy whose life revolves around partying, drinking and getting off with as many cute men as he can. Nothing in his life has any real substance, and that includes his various conquests, most of whom he forgets as soon as the afterglow of sex has worn off. Deciding that what he needs is some meaningful ink, he books an appointment with friend of a friend, tattoo artist Connor. Connor sees through Logan’s false air of sophistication to the insecure boy within and the two men make an instant connection. But Logan, falling in love for the first time in his life, doesn’t know how to react. What follows is pretty much a textbook example of how to screw up a budding relationship, as Logan succumbs to needless jealousy and a desire to keep on sleeping with the shallow guys on the club scene despite his need for Connor. Has he just screwed up the best thing that ever happened to him, or can he and Connor overcome their differences in age and outlook to create a love that will last as long as Logan’s unique tattoo?
Unfading is a trio of short novellas that follow the ups and downs of Logan and Connor’s love life. Together, they form a light, breezy read that tackles Logan’s need to mature and learn the difference between lust and love. Some readers may initially be put off by Logan’s stupid behaviour throughout the course of Books One and Two, but in many respects he’s just a typical guy in his early twenties (albeit much hotter than average) who needs to stop thinking with his dick and grow up. By the time the action reaches Book Three and Logan is starting to see the real consequences of his thoughtless actions, you’ll be rooting for him and Connor to work things out and find their happy ever after.
Devyn Morgan has a nice ear for dialogue and a knack for creating characters who need a hug as often as they need a good slap. There are several laugh-out-loud moments as the story progresses, especially when Logan is in the company of his outrageously outspoken friend Jerome, and, of course, lashings of sex, including a lovingly described encounter on Connor’s inking table. My one real quibble is that, like many self-published books, it could have done with a tighter edit to weed out a few mistakes. But if you like a side order of light-hearted, metrosexual bitchiness with your erotic romance, you’ll most likely have fun with Unfading.