Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tonic by Staci Hart



Goodreads Review



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.




My thoughts on this book are solely my own which in the grand scheme of things means jack shit. I know that I am in the minority so nuff said really.

At 52 % I just stopped reading. I had lost interest before then but there it was just real. I couldn’t continue. I love the older man/younger woman trope and this book could have been a real hit my problem? And maybe this is stupid but the whole reality TV show isn’t my thing. I know that everything is overdramatised but it still didn’t make it any better. These are real people with lives and all the problems that they have. Yes they signed up for it but it still didn’t sit right with me. I also knew that this book was going to take a direction I wouldn’t have been happy with.

Based solely on what I’ve read so far I’ll write a review.

Joel has owned a tattoo parlour since he has been 19 years old. His parents died and he then took in and looked after his younger brother. He had a destructive relationship and then marriage and since then he hasn’t had a relationship yes he’s had women here and there but nothing more than that. That is until he meets Annika who is one of the producers of the show.  Up until now he hasn’t really taken anything seriously but then again why should he.

I like Joel. He is everything you want in a Hero. Funny, sexy, and a hot hairy bastard.

Annika is the ice queen of the business. But starting the new show and meeting Joel she starts to thaw. She has become a mini version of her boss Laney and let’s face it Laney is a grade A bitch by treating people as meat puppets didn’t endear her to me. I actually wanted to throat punch her. Annika has a plan and a specific type of man she wants that isn’t Joel but they have chemistry and in the end that can’t be denied.

I’m indifferent about Annika to be honest. I couldn’t care less and I actually couldn’t see what Joel found so appealing about her. They get down and dirty and those scenes are hot.

I think as my recommendation you should give the book a try.