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Ink & Flowers

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  45 reviews
About to lose his apartment, and desperate to avoid having to move in with his horrendous relatives, shy art student Luke impulsively agrees to a deal from hell: sex with a man he doesn't know in exchange for a couch to sleep on.

His new "roommate" Cooper is everything that Luke hates: crude, uncouth and covered in tattoos, not to mention openly gay. Luke has all but resig
Published June 4th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC (first published June 3rd 2014)
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Time of death? When the cringe factor went from 0 to Ford GT.

The plot is just so-so.

The chemistry is non -existent.

The dialogue is offensive.

MC: 1 - I am not gay.

MC: 2- You are gay, i can tell.

Me: Is it written on his forehead or something?

And many more.

Onto the next.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very nice, engaging and rather quiet story. Not at all what I expected from the blurb, which was a positive surprise. It was low on the sex, more a story about Luke's journey to finding himself. He lost his apartment, had no money but overbearing relatives. To escape moving back in with them he jumped on Cooper's offer, although fearful about the stipulations coming with said offer. Both men had problems to work through and while doing that, they found each other. Yes, I really enjoye ...more
First of all it isn't as angsty as it seems, actually it turns out to be more sweet with coming out issues. If you are worried about dub-con or non-con, there's absolutely no need to avoid this book.
Cooper is a great example that the first opinion can be really deceiving. Their story is more about overcoming their fears - coming out for Luke and guilt for Cooper.
Warning: Luke is very prone to crying.
Jennifer Lavoie
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty awesome for so many reasons. Both Cooper and Luke are great characters with interesting pasts. Cooper is pretty damaged from a secret in his past, but Luke is damaged from his family.

This book is also interesting because Luke is a virgin, and normally books with m/m relationships have the partner work through that issue with the boyfriend. Yes, this book does do that, but only after Luke has some exploration of his own. I liked that a lot, because it just made the character
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Sweet story, but the ending was left way to open for me. What happens next?
Nov 04, 2014 added it
I only skimmed through the book because the plot was/is ridiculous. And don't get me started on the writing or the characters ... ...more
I read this last year. Not sure why I never rated it.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story.  A much more complicated and complete story than the blurb or the length had me expecting.

Luke is painfully, almost debilitatingly, shy.  He has near panic attack level shyness that eats at his self esteem and makes him afraid to assert himself.  He comes from a very controlling family who are against his dreams of becoming an artist and have made sure that he knows that he cannot be gay.  Which made him standing up to them and going to art school amazing.

Cooper is c
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
Luke needs a place to live. He's practically broke and determined not to have to move in with his overbearing family. Cooper makes him a hideous bargain - have sex with me and you can sleep on my couch. Luke has spent a lot of time telling himself he's not gay, but he agrees to the bargain anyway.

This is a fairly straight forward set up for a novella, and you certainly get the story promised, but there's a LOT packed into this novella! You've got a controlling and repressing family, severe depre
Joyfully Jay
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

This is a tough one for me to review because I came away having very mixed feelings about it. It took me a long while to settle into the story. There were parts that really worked, but there were other scenes and situations that felt too contrived to be believable.

Admittedly, Luke confused me at first. He was so staunchly sure that he wasn’t gay, and in fact disgusted by the thought, that I just didn’t understand why he would agree to the arrangement Cooper propo
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I did like this story but it did have elements that didn't gel for me. Luke was so very immature and the way he let his family dictate and rule him was just off for me, he could cry at the drop of a hat like a toddler. Luke's family are just vile people.
I liked Cooper from the start but the way he got Luke to live with him seemed a bit forced and rushed. These two men are at the opposite ends of the scale Cooper is big muscular covered in tattoos knows who he is. Luke on the other hand came acro
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very nice, quiet story that I liked a lot. I'd loved to have seen some of Luke's problems resolved at the end (view spoiler) but that were minor issues and didn't take anything away from the story. ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
What a sweet story and a very good lesson in not judging a book by its cover :)
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Was good not what i expected from the blurb.
Would have liked a better ending. Things seemed to be left open.
Sep 25, 2014 added it
DNF. This book is not for me unfortunately. No rating.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-one-day, m-m
Rating: 3.5
Chemistry: 3
Storyline: 4
Ending: 3.5
Reread: 40% chance
Recommend: It's worth giving a try
Writing: It was so bad. These characters deserved better. Don't even get me started.

We could have continued the story way past where it was left off.

It was very... hurried. I felt it could have been a much longer book that dived deeper into Cooper and Luke's relationship, fears, etc, etc.

I fell in IN LOVE with cooper and Luke but don't think the author did such incredible characters justice.

Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, romance
This was a sweet, tender story about two imperfect characters I came to care for. The narrative had some satisfying things to say about agency and authenticity. The writing style gets a bit choppy here and there, but nothing I wasn't willing to handle it see the leads get together. There is sex, though it's in the last third of the book. ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
After his hours are cut at his current job, Luke is on the verge of being evicted from his apartment and his only option is to move in with his overly controlling aunts, and that just isn’t going to work for him.

In the time he has worked at the flower shop, Luke has gotten to know most of the customers, especially the overly large, tattooed man who comes in every Friday like clockwork and buys a very feminine bouquet. The man is pretty scary looking, but he has only been out of line with Luke on
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

A short story that I easily read in one sitting, but felt it was packed with too much going on that it could have easily been turned into a much better novel.

At the beginning, I was convinced that Cooper was some hideous ogre. Luke’s disgust, just from looking him, was so convincing that I had a hard time switching over to the hottie that Cooper really was.

Luke and Cooper both have major issues to work through, and it took the two of them together to start on their path of mutual healin
Angela Goodrich
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this book. Parts of the blurb seemed to indicate that the reader is in for a bit of hedonistic M/M reading, yet at the same time pushing you to expect more than what is on the surface – which is exactly what Luke must do when he moves in with Cooper: look beyond the surface and see the man within. I found Ink & Flowers to be a story about acceptance – accepting oneself and accepting those around you.

Luke is in a bad situation. Life has beat him down and
3.5 stars I enjoyed this novella, and I thought it had a lot of good elements. I'll admit that I hated Cooper initially, and wasn't sure if I liked the story due to the set-up. It just felt a little too forced. Neither Cooper nor Luke's motives were clear. Although I'm sure this was the point, since the specifics of each were slowly revealed, it made it harder to understand where they were coming from. We only saw Cooper through Luke's eyes, and Luke was hyper-spastic with everything being "disg ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
A shy Chinese art student is propositioned by a burly tattoo artist, but the seduction that the student expects doesn't go the way he envisions.

When Luke is about to be kicked out of his apartment, Cooper, a stranger who buys flowers every Friday at the shop where Luke works, says he will give Luke room and board if the young man will have sex with him. Since Luke's Chinese aunts have been micromanaging his life and he's been trying to break away for years, he accepts the offer even though he's
Lore Graham
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, I'm a bit biased because this isn't the sort of story I would have read if I wasn't so interested in this particular author. The thing I liked least about it was that the premise wasn't my cup of tea, which is purely a matter of personal preference! I also didn't grow terribly fond of Cooper (though I appreciated a lot about him by the end, especially as a foil for Luke's development), and I felt like Luke's family was rather one-dimensional.

That said, overall I'm glad I read this
luke is desperate to not move back in with his aunties. to that end, he agrees to sleep with a customer that he knows likes him in exchange for a place to stay. luke kind of reviles anything gay, though, and even if he doesn't really, cooper isn't his type. luke learns that there is more to cooper than meets the eye, though, especially when cooper stands up for him with his aunties.

what i liked: well...

what i didn't like: everything was really quick and luke was so wishy-washy. he knew
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, lgbtq, my-e-things
This was fine, but it didn't really grab me. It's a fairly quiet opposites-attract story full of misunderstandings and questionable decisions. There are some slightly uncomfortable moments early on, but things become more clear as the story progresses. The writing was a little flat and lacked life. I liked that one of the main characters is Chinese American. I've really liked other stories by this author, but this one really didn't do it for me. ...more
I was surprised

Going into the book I had preconceived notions on how the story would play out. That Cooper would be strong and save Luke. The truth was they needed each other. Cooper was just existing not really living while Luke was scared to live and was hiding from everyone including himself. They were a great couple and I hope to see more of them My one complaint was it was a hurried ending.
Lois - Who Reads
Cooper starts out as such a creepy man, preying on poor innocent and confused Luke. He turns it around pretty quickly, he is actually a very sweet man in a great deal of pain. Luke is deeply in the closet to hid from his disapproving family (especially his two truly horrible aunts). Luke and Cooper are damaged men propping each other up, giving each other support. The ending was a little rushed, but a good story.
I wanted to like this more than I did. I liked Cooper and Luke, but I didn't understand Luke. I mean, why couldn't he stand up for himself?

I wished this was longer because these two had major issues and I felt like they were kind of glossed over and we didn't get too deep into it.

Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the storyline. The ending was a bit abrupt and wished it was a little longer and detailed!
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J.K Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing all kinds of queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer ch ...more

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