Thursday, October 13, 2016

✯Release Review✯Tonic by Staci Hart

Title: Tonic
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 13, 2016


Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic. 

✯4 Hairy Stars!!!

This is not my first book by Staci. And, its not my last either. Granted out of all her books I've read I hate to admit this was my least favorite from her. 

Joel Anderson and his brother Shep own their tattoo shop Tonic. They're the #1 shop in the area. The 2nd shop belonging to Joel's ex-wife and arch nemesis. When Shep came to Joel about doing a reality show about the shop, he was 110% against it. The only one on his side was Patrick AKA Tricky from Staci's previous book Last Call. But, Joel gave into his brother and was getting ready to have his very personal life plastered all over the TV. He was hating every minute of it. Until the executive producer walked into his shop. Annika Belousov. She's gorgeous and as cold as ice. Joel wants her. He hasn't wanted a woman like this in years. Joel plans on making Annika his and he doesn't plan on stopping until he does.

Annika has worked hard to get to where she is. And, she'll do whatever she to to make good TV. No thats a lie. Anything for excellent entertaining TV. No matter the cost. That was until the big, tattoo covered, pain in the ass hairy Joel walked into her life. He's turned everything upside down. She wants him so bad its unreal. Even if it's wrong and could cost Annika her job.Annika lies to not only herself but to Joel and it might cost them both in the end. 

I love Joel. There's nothing about him I didn't like. He's the perfect boss, brother, friend an all around great guy. Joel wore his heart on his sleeve and wasn't ashamed of it.

Annika though was by far my least favorite leading lady I've read all year. She was just to emotionless for me. I couldn't stand how she put her job before what was right. 

Other than that this book was good. It did take me awhile to get into and for most of the book I would skim most the pages BC it dragged on for me.  

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Author Bio

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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