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"Tattoos fade with time. Emotions never lose their edge."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 lo"Tattoos fade with time. Emotions never lose their edge."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?Warning: Contains two exes who shouldn t want each other like this, steamy ex-sex they shouldn t be having, and a whole lot of ink."...

Title : A.J.'s Angel
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ISBN : 9781609284640
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Number of Pages : 82 Pages
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A.J.'s Angel Reviews

  • Elspeth
    2019-02-26 14:56

    The main character takes his cheating ex back.Fuck that!Luke go play in traffic.

  • Ami
    2019-03-08 17:03

    2.5 starsThree things that makes this novella don't really work for me1) Luke (the cheater) doesn't really feel like making a redemption or penance this time around. I'm also not happy when part of his "confession" is that he doesn't feel sorry for the repeat cheating, NOT until the last time ... which makes Seb taking him back sort of2) ... proofing Seb is just a doormat to Luke. I'm not perfectly convinced for their love, not even until the very end, when the story gives the readers a promise/hopeful HEA. Because somehow, Luke feels like a bad addiction that Seb just cannot quit (like his cigarettes), and what addiction is good??3) The importance of A.J. and the tattoo. It doesn't feel significant enough. Actually, I probably feel a stronger reason if A.J. was Luke's boyfriend before he came back to Seb, that he made a promise to A.J. to make things right.I do admit the sex is pretty hot though (thus me giving it 2.5 stars instead of 2)

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-02-24 16:56

    A Hearts On Fire ReviewTHREE & A HALF STARS--"A.J.'s Angel" is an angsty, little emotional nugget of ex-lovers reconciling through actions and words.Sebastian is a tattoo artist, currently single and has never really got over the love of his life, Luke. Luke cheated on him numerous times during their past relationship and Sebastian always was sweet talked into taking Luke back. Until the last time, where Luke walked out into the arms of another man.Fours years have passed and who miraculously walks through Sebastian's tattoo shop, none other than Luke. Luke, with no explanations of the past, he just wants to get a memorial tattoo for a mysterious 'A.J.' and wants Sebastian to do it.Can you smell the drama?Surprisingly, there were no punches thrown. But instead the author gives us Sebastian's flashbacks and POV (story's in 1st POV) to let us know what Sebastian felt and understand where he was in his head at that point. These two had a lot of sex but they managed to fit some talking in there, so it is not just a smut story. (though may I say the sex scenes were HOT)I did not hate Luke nor did I think Sebastian was TSTL. The author thoroughly explained their reasoning. And more importantly who the hell 'A.J.' was. Trust me, it's not who you might think it is. My favorite part was when Luke explained to Sebastian why he cheated in the past, it was so straightforward and had a sense of realism to it. I've read a few other M/M Romances with this same theme (cheaters rekindling romance with their one true love), can I say this story is definitely one of the better ones.After reading "A.J.'s Angel", the question is: can a leopard change its spots? No. But Luke...did. He cheated in the past, matured some to restart a brighter future with his man.I did appreciate the sense of reality the author gave these two on rebuilding their broken relationship. The author gave them time and not smooth sailing into Happily Ever After-ville. So I believed the couple of Luke and Sebastian and enjoyed their ride.

  • Gigi
    2019-03-13 18:52

    This was my second read and I honestly don't remember reading it the first time back in 2012. It was super angsty and, as it says in the blurb, contains cheating, so I surprised myself even WANTING to read it again.But I dearly love Seb and Luke didn't bother me as much as he should have. And there is a HEA. So, read with caution and save up your angst defense skills before tackling this one.I dropped this from 4 stars to 3.

  • Kassa
    2019-03-06 19:03

    2.5 stars AJ’s Angel handles the tricky and often misused cheating theme. Some people hate this entirely and if so you should avoid this novella. If you don’t mind cheating or on the fence, this one is still somewhat iffy but could appeal. The story relies on Seb’s questionable forgiveness, which is really him wanting hot sex which translates into memory loss about prior cheating. This isn’t always successful and the tone of the story is morose since the majority of emotions revolve around cheating. It’s not a bad story to read but it’s not really an uplifting one with a strong romantic theme. The story is told entirely from Seb’s first person perspective as he copes with seeing his ex-boyfriend after four years. When they broke up, Lucas has been cheating repeatedly on Seb without guilt or care and only really started to realize his actions when Seb left him. Now Seb is overwhelmed with his attraction to Lucas and decides to give in while telling himself it’s just sex and no emotions. Of course it’s never as easy as that and Seb’s confused heart has to decide what to do.Unfortunately the novella is simply too short to really develop the characters or the situation fully. Seb comes across somewhat weak with his constant justifications and rationalizations. He knows that Lucas is likely to cheat on him again but he ignores evidence and his own intellect because he can’t seem to help it. Lucas is pretty shallow and nonexistent since he’s simply the other man in the relationship. We never get his side of the story, never get into his head or heart, and Seb’s view is obviously very skewed. Lucas comes across very plastic and tough to warm to, especially given his cheating past and likely future. Seb is supposed to be a tough tattoo artist with a troubled childhood that finally straightened himself out. Yet he doesn’t seem to have learned from his past because he is willing to ignore the cheating past in favor of hot sex. It’s not that the cheating was the only issue but it’s the predominant issue and the main tone of the story. Seb constantly tells the reader how hurt he was when Lucas cheated yet jumps into sex again with the man almost immediately. Later on when Lucas apologizes (rather too fast and weak for my tastes) Seb doesn’t even take time to consider, he merely gives in. This is where Seb lost me as a reader and sympathizer. The writing is pretty good and Witt does a decent job in trying to portray the act as heinous but still forgivable. The story doesn’t make light of the actions nor give any explanation or cop out yet this is also why the forgiveness feels forced. The epilogue then jumps to a year later and the reader is told there were bumps but everything is fine. It feels too forced and manufactured. Just like the conversation between Seb and his father feels manufactured to give Lucas a positive voice. The tone of the story is rather sad and dark. Since Seb is constantly in his head and talking about how it’s just sex or he doesn’t want to get hurt or how he loves Lucas anyway, this isn’t a lighthearted book. It feels dark and surrounded by pain because that’s the aura of the main character. It never really lets up, even despite numerous sex scenes. This, perhaps even more than the weak forgiveness, is what killed my enjoyment of the story. It’s not bad a story by any means and decently written but will require the right audience to really appreciate it.

  • Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
    2019-03-13 13:08

    Loved this one. Sebastian and Luke we're super sexy. As was there sex. I loved that the whole story of these 2 was told and not skipped around. I love a HEA. What I pictured the tattoo to look like was amazing and I'd go to Seb for one anyday. And I'm pretty picky lol

  • L-D
    2019-03-17 14:58

    2.5 stars - almost 3 stars. The theme of cheating is one that I detest. I think that the only reason this book was palatable is that L.A. Witt starts with the cheating well in the past. Granted, the MCs are far from over the event (as it should be), but since we did not have to experience the awful event with the MCs it was a little easier to hold it to the side. So that was a good idea from the author.Seb is a tattoo artist. His serial-cheating ex boyfriend, Luke, comes into his shop with a tattoo idea and wants the initials A.J. added. Practically choking with bitterness and anger, Seb fights to maintains his professional demeanor and agrees to design the tattoo and ink Luke. This book was a little too short. I felt that there wasn't quite enough development of the characters for us to want to root for their relationship, which is usually the goal of a romance book. I thought the cheating and issues were addressed pretty well up to a point, then it all seemed to fast forward and end abruptly. I think the book could've been strengthened a lot if it was not in the first person from Seb's POV. I really wanted to know exactly what made Luke change his tune over the last 4 years. It was touched upon, but I don't think it was developed enough for the reader to identify with Luke and form any basis for forgiveness. (view spoiler)[Luke didn't just cheat once all those years ago and it was a horrible mistake, Luke cheated often, and admittedly didn't care if he hurt Seb.(hide spoiler)]I was completely unable to relate to Luke and root for him. I thought that there was a point in the book where the author could've taken me there if she had tried to develop Luke's past a little more, his struggle to become a better person, and what made him finally feel regret. Was there a turning point? An epiphany? I just needed a little bit more besides "four years later..."The other aspect of the book that could have been strengthened was rebuilding the trust between Seb and Luke. (view spoiler)[Basically all Seb did was take a flying leap of Faith into a giant black chasm filled with nothing but past lies and misery. But how was this different than all the times Seb took Luke back in the past? The fact that Seb forgave Luke and took him back time and again, all those years ago, also did not endear me to him. And when I found out that it was Luke that finally left Seb for another man, I was like you have got to be kidding me. Didn't Seb have any self-respect? I'm sorry - Seb is TSTL. It is never clear why Seb thinks Luke is a changed person except he does mention that if he doesn't have Luke, no man will ever be as good as him in bed. Okay, Seb. Great reason to take back a cheater. You set the "victim of cheaters" movement back about 10 years. I don't think that Seb grew at all. He's the same old victim that he was before, just bursting with hope that Luke is a different person. (hide spoiler)]I think if this were a longer book that clearly explains or demonstrates the emotional growth between these characters, then this could've finally been the cheating book that I could read without hating the cheating character. Nope. Not quite there.

  • Kris
    2019-03-03 20:53

    My first inclination was to give this a 2 stars; however, I realised that this was mainly because of my distaste for the theme. Cheating makes for tough reading and, although I'm not sure I would have been anywhere near as forgiving as Seb, this author handled the subject matter very well.

  • Anita
    2019-03-20 19:00

    More of a 3.5 but bumped it up. Liked the angst and raw emotion of this one. Forgiveness is hard.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-03-07 19:56

    An interesting story, one that would not have been top of my list if it wasn't a part of one of my favorite series because of the cheating theme. For some reason, I didn't even realize this was a part of that series and I found it somewhat detached from it, except for the trip to Wilde's and a quick peek at Kiernan (and who wouldn't want to peek at Kiernan?). Both characters were believable and the story realistic. The cheating happened in the past and was the reason Seb and Luke finally broke up. Luke was the "serial cheater" and didn't "get it" until after the final breakup when he felt he'd never get Seb back. There is a HEA, though, because Luke talks Seb into doing the relationship "one day at a time" and my optimistic side wanted it to work. But my realistic side knows how very difficult it is to build trust once broken. And the characters didn't get under my skin so I'm not fully invested in them -- something I'd need to rate the story higher. On a bright note, LA Witt writes some of the hottest sex scenes ever-- and especially in this series, so don't hesitate to pick it up if you're considering it. And if you haven't started the series, now's the time.

  • Wendy Ann
    2019-03-16 16:59

    This is going to be a controversial book for some readers because it deals with the issue of cheating. Granted, the cheating doesn’t literally occur in real time in this book (it happened in the past), but still, it already sets one of the characters at a disadvantage in terms of likeability points. The book is told from Sebastian’s point of view – he’s the nice guy. Luke is the cheating prior ex-boyfriend. Since we never get inside of Luke’s head during the book, he remains more distant and doesn’t totally redeem himself (even though he does apologize) because it’s hard to get a read on his emotions. Despite this, Luke and Sebastian together – um, wow, totally hot! Looking past my feelings on the subject matter of cheating, I love this author’s style of writing. She has a way of describing things that really make them come to life in my mind and evoke various emotions. There were definitely times that I was frustrated by the interaction between the guys, what was or wasn’t said, and I definitely got misty-eyed in a couple of places. My ability to get really engaged in a story and feel it is important to me, and this author was able to do that despite the subject matter. I was very engaged while reading this book – didn’t want to put it down and couldn’t wait to see what happened next, so that’s the reason for my slightly higher rating than many readers. I’m not sure I would call this one a HEA ending, but definitely HFN. I really enjoyed it and hope there are others who might take a chance and have the same reaction.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-03-15 13:54

    2.5 starsIt was a little better than okay for me. This read did not fulfill my expectations. For those who don't like cheating, albeit not in the book, but it happened, then you will not like this read or Luke who was the culprit who had no other reason for his infidelities other than his stupidity. I don't think there was enough about the good things of their previous relationship to even constitute a reason for the readers to get over it and move on with Seb. It just never clicked and often had me thinking 'hell to the no.'

  • Amy Lane
    2019-02-18 13:01

    It's hard to like Luke, Sebastian's uber-hot, super-cocky ex. We know what he did, we see that it left it's mark on Sebastian, and we want him to pay. But eventually, when someone has been genuinely penitent, it's time to forgive--that's the moment we live for in this book, and when it comes it's hard-earned. Of course Witt's sparky, engaging prose is fun to read, and the sex is VERY hot, but it's the struggle of her characters to accept their own human behavior that keeps ups riveted, and this book was no exception.

  • Chris
    2019-03-16 14:56

    4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance about a tattoo artist trying to understand why his cheating ex has shown up in his shop four years later to get a tattoo commemorating a mysterious "A.J." If the ending of the story had had been longer, this would've been five stars for me. Forgiveness happened too fast, then the ensuing struggles were merely alluded to in the epilogue.

  • Raj
    2019-02-21 20:17

    This has got to be one of the worst if not worst cheater books written in the recent years.Lover takes serial cheater back after he leaves him for another man.There is no remorse,no redemption.When asked why he did it he replies because he was stupid & felt no guilt.There is a single POV that make's this novelette even more unpalatable.

  • Lily
    2019-03-14 18:58

    Well-written story about a cheating ex trying to reconnect with his lover. Lots of emotion and angst in this story which might have worked better for me if it had been longer. I had a hard time accepting the "I was stupid" excuse and felt he was too quickly forgiven.

  • Deeze
    2019-03-09 17:56

    This really didn't satisfy me. Not enough back ground story, and characters that really never made much impression.

  • Kristie
    2019-03-13 13:20

    This was so good. A story about making mistakes and seeking forgiveness, as much as being hurt and wronged, and then able to forgive. It is short and sweet, but tells a story that I'll not forget. The fact that it is based in Seattle doesn't hurt either. :)People make mistakes in their lives. Luke did that by cheating on Sebastian. The question is, after so many years apart, can Sebastian forgive? Forgive and forget? Move on? Trust again? The thought of cheating sickens me. I know that I may be able to forgive, after some time, but I'd never be able to trust again. Trust is the biggest issue, right? I don't know... I've never had this problem. Even if I had, none of the relationships I've had in the past come close to what I have now with my husband. In my mind, I know and tell myself that there is no way I could trust again. That would be it. One time and never again... but is that really true? I hope I never find out. Sebastian is put into this situation and is given the opportunity to figure it out for himself. It isn't perfect. It isn't easy. It isn't completely revealed. What we do see is two people trying to figure it out. Talking about it. Sebastian trying to see if he has it in him to understand, ask the questions he's always wanted to ask, and possibly move on. And when he finally has that opportunity and gives into it, are Luke's answers enough for him... read this and find out. Oh yeah... the sex was totally hot too. I had chills people. Chills!

  • Nic
    2019-02-28 18:53

    Well written story exploring the concept of forgiveness and trust. After being betrayed by Luke 4 years ago, Sebastian needs to deal with his feelings when Luke makes an appointment with him to get a tattoo. Perhaps forgiveness comes a little too easy in this story and Luke's motivations are not fully understood but it is difficult not to feel some level of sympathy and hope things work out for these men. They obviously shared something special (at least sexually) before Luke's cheating. "We burned the midnight oil making love, even if it was just kissing and touching, for hours. It could be a single candle, Fourth of July fireworks, or anything in between." However this begs the question, why did Luke cheat particularly as he said the cheating was just about sex?I particularly liked the style of writing with Sebastian's inner voice commenting and how Sebastian's thoughts are used to provide flashbacks into the men's history.

  • Kristen *Addicted to M/M Romance*
    2019-03-02 14:05

    Why doesn't this have better reviews and a higher rating? 5 I love LA Witt stars. Wonderful, sexy, sad story about forgiveness, love, and unexpected happy endings.I understand why people are bothered with the "quick" forgiveness, but this is a novella and the epilogue clearly explains that they are still working through things and that it hasn't been perfect or easy. Just my two cents.

  • Simsala
    2019-02-23 17:02

    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.It was a nice read,but the story seriously lacked character development.

  • Enny
    2019-02-17 16:18

    I would've given this 5 stars if the reasons why Luke changed his ways had been clearer and if we could've read about them trying to rebuild their trust in each other.

  • Christy
    2019-02-23 12:53

    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. Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  • Cole Riann
    2019-03-06 16:20

    3.5 starsThere may be a couple spoilers...I have a mixed review to offer here. Though the book is written as well as all of LA Witt's offerings, I simply didn't enjoy it as much as her usual work, which I think is simply because the story is mired in thick hurt, disappointment, and anger. It never really lets up throughout the story, and though it is a relatively short book, it simply wasn't very enjoyable to read.Cheating is a tricky subject for readers. I appreciate that it is written about, but that doesn't make it any easier to digest. No matter where you are on the scale (from refusing to read a story with cheating, or not minding it at all), it is still a difficult subject to explore. The whole story then hinges on whether the reader feels like the cheater offers enough contrition, or has a reason for their wandering prick in the first place. Do I sound bitter? Well, that's the point isn't it? No matter if the reader has ever gone though something like that in the past, and I haven't, I still feel like I'm being cheated on as I read the POV of the betrayed person. On top of that, where Seb has four years to come to terms with that betrayal (though, admittedly, he isn't doing too well), we only have the few hours or day that it takes to read the story. It is obviously not the same to read about cheating and to empathize as it is to feel that betrayal first hand, but it can still be difficult. All of this comes down to the point that while I did feel in the end that Luke was repentant for his actions as a reckless and selfish youth, I never did feel like I understood why he did what he did. Maybe even he doesn't know, but it still made me reluctant to forgive him. Also, there aren't many answers at all, even information about what happened in their past from Seb, until around the 3/4 mark, which made all the sex before it not very enjoyable for me.So, what it really comes down to is what your preferences are for reading about cheating, and how much tolerance you have. Reviews for this book will probably be widely varied for that reason. Everything else about this book is done quite well. There is little interaction with the other people in these two men's lives, only a few walk on performances. The tattoo details were well done. I really got a feel of the tattoo parlor -- the hum of the needles, the different types of clients. In the end, this is a good book, it just depends on whether you find it very difficult to read.

  • S.K.
    2019-02-22 16:59

    An L.A. Witt book is an auto read for me - I have loved each and every one she has written so far and pre-ordered A J's Angel so it downloaded automatically. I loved Seb - he sounded sweet, snarky, funny, sad, very human. I didn't like Luke. And that affected the whole story for me. I'm not sure if I was hoping there was a reason for him being a complete dick all those years ago or what, but I just couldn't forgive him. Seb did and I know that should mean I can too but I just didn't think he deserved forgiveness. Maybe that's a flaw within me but that's why this book (for me) was a 4 star instead of a 5. I didn't feel I was given enough reason to forgive him - he was young, he was an idiot but he's changed. Yeah obviously the loss of A J had a big impact on him but no, I just didn't like it.The games he played, the cocky attitude - all of it combined, for me, into a character I would have liked to see Seb listen to, accept his apology then walk away to someone better. I understand Seb's in love and they have history and that makes all the difference for him. But I couldn't get past the fact that he basically risked Seb's life every time he cheated and came back; he admitted that he wasn't really sorry until much later - how do you trust someone like that again??So although I read it in one sitting, right through the night, in the end I didn't like it because I wanted someone better for Seb. The writing was, as always, in turns emotional, hot, tense, sarky, funny - all the right things to drag you into the story and make you care. L.A. never lets you down there - if you're reading one of her stories, you are fully engaged the whole way through. Just this time, the HEA wasn't with who I wanted and that's more my fault than anything else. Read it, you won't regret it.

  • Tam
    2019-03-14 19:57

    3.5 starsWhen Luke walks into Sebastian's tattoo shop, he'd rather drive a tattoo needle through his eye than speak to him, but he needs the money and Luke needs a tattoo. They were first loves, but Luke cheated on him repeatedly and Sebastian finally had enough but has never gotten over it. However Luke flirts away and despite his better judgement, Sebastian ends up in bed with him, but then backs off. Okay, I get that Sebastian's Dad said people can change, and I don't prescribe to the once a cheater always a cheater theory, especially if it was when you were young and stupid, however I got a bit annoyed by Luke being offended that Sebastian would even question his sincerity. Kind of a "how dare you assume I might cheat, I said I wouldn't" attitude when, ummm, I believe that is a familiar tune. I'm of the mind, that if cheaters want you to trust again, they do whatever the hell you say to prove it, not be offended because you don't believe them. Granted, we didn't get in Luke's head, but his attitude that Sebastian should just get over it and believe him irked me. On the upside, I liked that the author did an epilogue a year later which said it wasn't all sweetness and light, and there were issues over the trust. I think if I'd been expected to believe that they just strolled off into the sunset to HEA I would have bet money they'd never make it to another anniversary. So that made up quite a bit for the attitude issues I had. Very sexy though.

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-03-09 20:07

    I don't think I have a firm stance on cheating in books - sometimes I loathe it, other times I'm okay with it. In this book, the infidelity happens prior to the book starting. We meet Seb and Luke, four years after they Luke cheated on Seb (several times). They have not had contact in all of those years, and Luke comes in for a tattoo. From here these two struggle with their intense attraction for each other and of course, deal with their messy past.It's a pretty short novella but does a good job dealing with the cheating and moving forward. I think I would have liked it a little longer and maybe have gotten to know Luke better. But I also am satisfied with Seb's acceptance of Luke's apology. The epilogue one year into the future is nice too. Very hot smex too :) Will def be reading more from LA Witt.

  • Penny
    2019-02-18 19:10

    2.5 starsSeb never got over his cheating ex. So when his ex shows up for a tattoo, hostility and sparks run amuck. I had difficult time with this story. I really wanted to love it, but I found it unbelievable how quickly they found themselves in bed. It's hard to sympathize with a cheater. His apology/reasoning seemed flat. I can't fully recommend this one by Witt. I like her other stories better.

  • ReadingAgent
    2019-02-18 19:18

    I really liked Seb, but I really don't see why he took Luke back. And for all his repetitive cheating in the past, Luke wasn't nearly apologetic enough. Seb was more apologetic toward Luke for saying something marginally unkind. And Seb's father urging Seb to give Luke another chance... I don't get it. Why would Seb's father be sympathetic toward the man who cheated on Seb and broke his heart?

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2019-03-10 15:58

    3.5Lovely story about 2 ex lovers who meet back up after 4 years. Though they broke up because of infidelity, that is not a theme in here. Rather, the cheater comes back in order to apologise for his actions. My only qualms is I would have liked a longer story and more input from one of the characters.