Monday, July 17, 2017

Mascara & Bandages by Brandon Witt


Ariel Merman is a new drag queen who’s already finding a family at Hamburger Mary’s. After a performance as Ariel, Zachary Cooper walks home in his makeup and is assaulted by homophobes. Zachary’s worry that the attack has thrown a wrench in his good fortune is eased when he looks into the eyes of his doctor.

Dr. Teegan Chau is a little lost after divorcing his wife and coming out of the closet, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward the young man he patches up. Luckily, Zachary takes the initiative and asks Teegan out. But attraction is the easy part of their blossoming relationship—as they deal with an ex-wife and child, being a drag queen in a heteronormative culture, Zachary’s lingering trauma from his attack, and Teegan acclimating to life as part of an out-and-proud gay couple.

The challenges seem daunting at the start of a romance. Can Zachary and Teegan make it through the rough patches and take a chance on the love that’s been missing from both their lives?

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I love this series and this is my favourite story so far. I’ve been intrigued by Zachary/Ariel from the start and Zachary’s story doesn’t disappoint. This story starts in a dark place – Zachary is badly injured in a homophobic attack and Teegan is the doctor who patches him up. Instead of feeling pity for his patient, the sense of belonging and love provided by Zachary’s Hamburger Mary’s family draws Teegan’s attention to his own loneliness and isolation.

Teegan and Zachary complement each other perfectly. I loved their first awkward attempts at dating – Teegan’s first ever date with a man. Zachary struggles for confidence after his attack while Teegan struggles to balance his own needs against his parents’ expectations. I love the way these two make each other stronger even as they endure an incredibly uncomfortable first date.

I love Zachary’s experiences as Ariel Merman. The confidence he feels as his drag persona is wonderful and I enjoyed the rehearsals and Ariel’s complicated make-up and elaborate costume routines. Ariel’s relationship with her drag mother is special and I always love Mandonna!

Teegan’s relationship with his ex-wife is really sweet and his interactions with his daughter were lovely (though I’m glad the child stayed at the edge of the story).

By this third book, we know the Hamburger Mary’s family well and I enjoy the characters more with each story. Watching all the characters pull together and care for Zachary while he recovers was really lovely. These books always feel like a warm hug and I really needed this book today.


Also Available in the Mary's Boys Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Nachos & Hash post.


Book 2
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Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press

For reviews & more info, check out our Vodka & Handcuffs post.



BRANDON WITT’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about…

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Mascara & Bandages (Mary's Boys #3) by Brandon Witt to read and review.

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