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Tattoos & Teacups

(Tattoos #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,803 ratings  ·  370 reviews
As a teenager, Robert McKinnon left his native Scotland and moved to America. That was sixteen years ago, and Professor McKinnon has never quite settled in his new home or found his place this side of the pond. He might be prematurely old, but he has his cat, and his books, and that's all he needs.

Then Chris Ford explodes into Robert's life with a crash of cymbals. The you
Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 5th 2012)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
What a lovely, lovely read! This book was like comfort food for me- it gave me that warm, ooey-gooey feeling inside. It was completely enjoyable.

"Tattoos and Teacups" was not exactly what I expected, for some reason. I thought this would be a opposites attract story where the two men are at odds all the time due to their differences and there is a lot of drama happening. This book is not like that at all. It is really a story about the complete romantic progression of the relationship between t
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

This was the perfect Sunday feel-good read!

A hidden gem I found buried on my Kindle.

Another review I read said it best. I felt like a fly on the wall of Rob and Chris' relationship.

I felt everything right along with them.

Watching them fall in love...

...I had a smile on my face the whole time reading this one!

Low angst. Great steam.

*dreamy sigh*

Highly recommend!!!
4 Stars

Tattoos & Teacups is a simple yet deeply satisfying M/M story, providing a “slice of life” look at the blossoming romance between Robert, a serious-minded, Scottish born professor, and Chris, a slightly younger, fairly vivacious, tattoo-covered percussionist.

The story of Robert and Chris’s love is sweet, sexy and romantic, with very little in the way of external drama and angst. (Some readers have been bored by this, according to some of the reviews, while others, like myself, delighted
Kaje Harper
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, comfort-reread
This is a lovely, sweet, opposites-attract story about Robert, a college professor with a fondness for Kipling's poetry, and Chris, a tattooed drummer almost a decade younger. For most of the book, the relationship progresses fairly smoothly, with just enough events and issues to give it some ups and downs, but no big dramatic moments of angst. The biggest stumbling block to happiness happens slowly and not unexpectedly, like the inexorable approach of a freight train. You can see damage coming ...more
3.5 stars
The best way to describe this book is a gentle slow tender romance with a wonderful relationship where you get to know and feel how Robert and Chris change, the differences which could be a complication are turned into an interesting dynamic, they click and the age gap is perfect for both of them. Robert keeps Chris grounded and Chris provides excitement to Robert's otherwise dull existence. A lovely romance where you want to see them have it all a home and family because they are commi
I was completely charmed by this lovely book with its witty humor, loveable characters, sloooooowww burn and guyliner.

We have Robert, a college professor, who just goes through the daily motions of life. He feels as though he’s kinda dull and well, he kinda was at first. One drunken night he meets a young, energetic, tattooed, drummer, Chris. They exchange some flirting and phone numbers, then The Romance ensues.

I fell so utterly in love with these characters and I loved reading their love story
23-year-old tattooed percussionist and 32-year-old Literature teacher.

I enjoyed the book pretty much. At the end.

To be honest, I thought I would DNF this book. The first half is very inconstant and I couldn’t feel that pull to go on with the characters and their lives. It was nice but not mesmerizing.

And the sense of time is very wrong. It gives the impression of isolated episodes with several months in between, so I had a feeling I was reading a long-term relationship instead of a causal one t
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
A warm and sexy story about two very different guys falling in love. Buttoned-up college professor Robert McKinnon meets extroverted percussionist Chris at a bar and the rest is history. The whole focus of the story is Robert and Chris's journey to love. There is not a lot of angst along the way (although one very poignant period) and the secondary characters are just gentle accessories to the men's relationship. For a tender story the sex is surprisingly hot. The book is divided into three part ...more
4 Stars
Tattoos and Teacups is a very sweet story about the power of opposites attracting and choosing not to settle for the life you have, but deciding take some risks and hopefully living life you want.

Robert is a 32yr old English literature professor, (not to be confused with Gerard Butler his much older doppelgänger, even if they are both Scottish heartthrobs) who has settled into the life of a much older man and is completely comfortable in his regimented days. He has accepted the fact that
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Vio
3.5 stars

What works for me:
+ The professor and the percussionist -- I do enjoy their being an opposite attract. The age gap works, although when I read the blurb, I somehow think that the gap will be wider, or that Robert will be in the late 30's or early 40's.

+ The story is pretty 'clean' -- no cheating ex, no heavy angst, no overabudant drama, no bitchy ex-wife. Which is nice. Plus, there are actually things that happen OUTSIDE the bedroom. Including the men connecting with Robert's daughter
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SheReadsALot by: Valerie ~Varuca~
I do love a cup of good tea. It usually puts me in that warm happy place. In fact I went to go make a cup before finishing this review. (LOL) And "Tattoos and Teacups" it's just like a cup of great tea - comforting, plus leaves you all warm and yummy inside.

Robert is a 32 year old, Scottish, English professor who has a lead a very staid life. He is a father of a 14 year old survived testicular cancer and just never got it right in the love department.

Enter - Chris - 23, tattooed with a dirty and
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m

What an absolutely charming romance. I loved it. Such a gorgeous cover as well.

This is definitely a case of opposites attracting and a slow burn romance. It's a story about a 32 year old professor and a 23 year old musician and the journey they make together to find out what they are to each other. It's wonderful and I couldn't put it down. It's funny and touching and sexy.

I laughed so many times reading this book but there were also a few places that choked me up a bit. This is a simple st
3.5 Stars, Because I'm turning over a new leaf and I've been inspired to be more forgiving. See how nice I can be GR friends :)

I do love an opposites attract story. Just like the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean, Robert and Chris are very clearly defined by their differences, and yet they blend so well with just a few white ruffles in the wake. < -- No eye rolls please, I’m feeling sentimental okay.

Robert Andrew McKinnon and Chris Ford couldn’t be more different. Robert is older than Chris (but
I loved this story. It is truly just a story of two seemingly very different people meeting and falling in love. There's no twisty plot line or real big dramas. It's just a story of two men blending their lives together. It could've been boring but it wasn't. I adored both of these men and enjoyed watching the gradual changes they made in themselves for the better. These were two people that were so much better together. In the beginning I have to say that I thought Chris would be my favorite bu ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had no vampire's, werewolves or police chases. It was just a story about two regular guys getting to know each other and us getting to watch them fall in love. It was really a sweet book and I loved getting to know Robert and Chris and their families. This book took it's time with them even though I love me some insta love this wasn't one, maybe insta attraction but they took their time so this is a book for the people who don't care for the insta:-) I really enjoyed it!
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

This was so damn cute! As has been said in lots of reviews, this story truly feels like you're a fly on the wall watching Robert and Chris fall in love.

"To dashingly handsome Scotsmen and their sublime taste in men."

"And to rather beautiful young percussionists who know how to flatter."

There was such a natural evolution in Chris and Robert's relationship. You get the initial meeting and all the nerves and hesitancy in those first few interactions afterwards...and the bu
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m

This book and I didn't start out on the greatest terms. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood or what but everything annoyed me. I made myself stop reading shortly after I started and picked it up the next day...what a difference a night makes. After I picked this back up I didn't wanna put it down!!
I've decided to edit my rating from 4 stars to 5 because had I not been annoyed before I started this book it would have totally made my 5 star list!

These guys were a pleasure to get to know. R
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
DNF 32%

Not even for bingo. Maybe if it were shorter, but this is clumsy writing and Rob spends way too much time thinking about things that have nothing to do with what he's doing. And trust me, while having sex for the first time in years I don't think he's going to be reminiscing about past indiscretions.
MsMiz (Tina)
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, kindle-mobi
I really enjoyed this book. It was a slow, lovely story of how Robert and Chris found themselves in love. I think some readers might find this boring as it is not filled with high angst or douchy characters. Rest assured I found it worth the read.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jo by: Rochella
Love like hot chocolate on a winter day, just sitting in bed drinking and reading that is what this book is for me..

More review to come,.... can't think much more... still lost in the hazy fog that I just read a book about these two.

Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, muscian, own
So we've got a professor and a musician...yup completely works for me, then you have a slowly developing love story...yup still works for me, then you have amazingly endearing characters (including secondary)...yup still working for me, then you have a HEA...yup completely worked for me! Oh and did I mention a Scottish accent that sneaks out sometimes :D
Tia Fielding
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-favorites
What can I say... I really do love this book. It's very intimate and warm, in some ways, and the main character, Robert, is just... I want to hug him. A lot.

I love the way Robert clings to his "britishness" and how he is so old before his time, yet he manages to be brave enough to open himself to Chris.

I like the fact that not everything is explained to pieces and while Robert can be emotional and romantic, he's still a man who doesn't analyze everything to bits. There's something very... Europe
Heather C
Loved loved loved this!!!

While I wouldn't exactly call this extraordinary or anything, I really loved everything about it.  I started reading it around midnight and didn't put it down until I was finished and the sun was coming up.  I loved the characters and it was just so perfectly adorable with very little angst. 
4.5 Stars because of bit of repetitiveness and a few timeline mishaps.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, on-my-kindle, dnf
Looking back over my comments I'm not sure why I ever thought I'd get back to reading this.


Life is too short to finish a book that is just going to piss me off.

*** 3.75 Stars ***

I found the normalcy of their relationship kinda beautiful without all the added drama that sometimes gets thrown into romance novels, I wasn't always engaged. I also feel as if the last 20% of the book (certainly the last 10% of it) was unnecessary.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq
That. Was. Beautiful. I loved every single page of that book. Well, I didn't love feeling sad but it was very short lived and it had to happen and it was done brilliantly because I felt wrecked! Oh and this I didn't love...Robert, just so you know, 32 is not OLD! Anyway. That was just a fantastic romantic read and I am shocked at how much I truly loved it. I claim to be bored without a bit of angst or drama or whatever but with this book, well, I loved every single page and never once was wonder ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Loved Rob but mostly Chris. He’s such a sweet contradiction.
This is the story of two people who are perfect for each other even if they cannot be any more different.
Jess Candela
Review Summary: Sweet, slow-building love story between two seemingly opposites who turn out to be very alike and complementary.

Review: At first blush this story is about opposites attracting, but appearance can be deceptive. Robert and Chris are far more similar in the ways that matter than is immediately obvious. As Robert explains to Chris on one of their first dates, talking about the rhythms of speech and poetry:
“But here’s where our worlds collide. I spend hours poring over poetry, finding
3.5 stars This was good. In a way it was surprising and refreshing to read a book where they just meet normally and start dating like any two regular people instead of all the normal book drama. I liked these guys, although their communication could have been better. I was unsure at times what exactly their plan was and where they each thought the relationship was going (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance

First of all... I love the cover. It's a wonderful designed eye catcher.

Robert, a college professor, just goes through his daily motions of life. He is a careful, serious guy, who doesn't believe he would find his true love. Ever!

Then Chris explodes into his life. The younger man is the polar opposite of Robert's calm civility. Bright tattoos cover his skin, and he wears his hair in a Mohawk and plays drums for a rock band.

First I was wondering what these two men have in common and what can eve
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Frin

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