Book Reviews

A.J.'s Angel (Wilde's 3) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-January-2018

Book Blurb

Luke Emerson is the last person Sebastian Wakefield expects to see strolling into his tattoo shop. But Luke’s not back after four years to take up where they left off. Not even to apologize for the cheating that broke them up.

Luke wants a custom tattoo, a memorial for someone known only as “A.J.” Much as Seb would love to tell Luke to take this ink and shove it, he’s a professional. Plus, he’s reluctant to admit, he wouldn’t mind getting his hands on Luke again. Even if it’s just business.

Once Luke’s in the tattoo chair, though, Seb finds himself struggling with all the anger and resentment he thought he’d left behind—and those aren’t the only feelings reignited. Their relationship may have been turbulent, but it was also passionate. Four years clearly hasn’t been long enough for the embers of that fire to go cold. 

A few subtle hints from Luke is all it takes to make Seb consider indulging in some of that physical passion. It shouldn’t be that tough to keep his emotions from getting tangled up in sweaty sheets.

After all, it’s not like he’s in love with Luke anymore. Right?

First edition published by Samhain Publishing in 2011.

Book Review

“Four years. I hadn’t seen his face in four goddamned years, and out of the blue, he marches into my shop like he has every right to be here.”

I love tattoo shops. The smell of the ink, the whir of the machines, the artistic genius - all of it draws me in and makes me want more. I have a ton of respect for tattooist’s and the work they do turning skin into body art. With all that said, I was sure I was going to enjoy this third volume in L.A. Witt’s ‘Wilde’s’ series. Plus, I was curious to find out the story behind Luke’s angel tattoo and who A.J. is.

Sebastian and Luke have a past that ended four years ago when Luke cheated on Sebastian and then walked away. A day hasn’t gone by that Sebastian hasn’t thought of Luke, and not in a good way. So he’s shocked when Luke comes to him for a tattoo - a memorial tattoo for someone named A.J. Shocked but still attracted no matter how much he tries to deny it to himself. Sebastian figures two ninety-minute sessions, two weeks apart, will be all he can handle, until he meets Luke at Wilde’s and their attraction flares out of control. Of course, the whole night with Luke, Seb’s inner voice is telling him what a really bad idea this is.

There’s a small part of me that can’t say I don’t blame Sebastian for his feelings - in the past or now. I am familiar with being with someone who cheats and you keep taking them back because you love them. Nothing in my life was ever more freeing than the day I said “enough” and walked out. Unfortunately, Sebastian never gets to that point and it is Luke who leaves, and Sebastian picking up all of the pieces. I couldn’t see how this could ever be fixed no matter how sorry Luke is.

I enjoyed this novella but I honestly wish more time had been spent on their reconciliation. Meaning, in my opinion, I think Luke needed to work harder and Sebastian shouldn’t have been so quick to let the past go. Maybe I’m being a harda**, but cheating on someone you love is the worst thing you can do, and I think reconciling after the history these two have, should have required more work. However, if this is something you can handle, then ‘A.J.’s Angel’ is super hot and definitely entertaining.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 129 pages/35000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-March-2017
Price $2.99 ebook, $7.99 paperback
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