Tonic by Staci Hart
Release Date: October 13th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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About the Author:
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, 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.
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 reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oh wow! Now I understand why people who read the book quicker than me were so hyper about it. The next thing I thought was: why haven’t I discovered Staci before? How did I not read any of her books?
The story is seriously amazing. Detailed, with no loose ends and perfect in every possible way. Characters are developed so well that you feel like you know them. You are part of their life. Part of the world Staci’s has created. Which is simply AMAZING.
The heroine – I have to admit it does take time to connect with her but once you do you just simply love her. Him. God. You love HIM straight away. Handsome, tattooed, broody type. MY TYPE.
Joel and Annika are the perfect mix. He sweet, caring, alpha protective and she stubborn, strong. The sparks between them were off the charts and I loved it.
I will make sure not to miss any books by this amazing author ever again.
5 Heavenly stars.