Book Review: Tonic by Staci Hart

Tonic Book Cover Tonic
Staci Hart
Romantic Comedy
October 13, 2016
Staci Hart
Perrywinkle Photography

goodreadsJoel 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 Review

My review on Goodreads + quote pic

This book has such a cool vibrations. The very blurb promises a lot of fun, I was excited to start it, and wasn’t disappointed. To that, the cover just screams: read me!

About the plot: Joel Anderson and his brother are owners of the biggest parlor on the West Side. He agrees to film TV show about their shop, Tonic, by a big network, but he isn’t enthusiastic about it. His mood improved when he meets executive producer ant the show runner Annika Belousov.

“She was all eyes and lips and a story I wanted to know. I needed to know.”

There is insta attraction between them, although she doesn’t admit it. Annika wears a mask of cold bi*ch and feels comfortable with it. Her work requires to be respected. She tries to convince herself that her job is more important and that she is not interested in the Hairy man but, he quickly see through her and crash her cold side. Joel has a baggage himself and is afraid of the replay, but he falls anyway. Something that at the beginning is a fascination and the challenge quickly becomes more, even though it looks to be a disaster at the end.

“Three steps and I was in his arms.
Two heartbeats and I looked into his eyes.
One breath and I kissed him.”

Final thoughts: There are several cool things in this story. The plot is refreshing and pulls immediately. It’s opposites attract each other kind of story and it’s always a good fun.

The characters have amazing chemistry with each other. The pulse racing and steamy scenes are from the first meeting. The tension between them can be cut with a knife. It’s absolutely great I love when sexy tension is high even before they go to bed. And when they do is even better. Annika isn’t bashful woman and it’s a pretty good ride. They have between themselves a age difference, twelve years, and it adds a flavor and spice to the story.

“He didn’t shy away from my glare — which would level most men — instead, he met it with heat that burned through me like molten lava. Or indigestion.”

I very enjoyed the parlor and tv show theme. I really like someone tattooed and bearded men and Joel was a great hero. What I’d want more, it’s a little bit more to happen between supporting cast and maybe a bit faster action. When they come to the point where must have been made important decisions plot thickens and adds much-anticipated angst. Sometimes even gut-wrecking, but it do good for the plot.

It was my first book of the author, I like it and I look forward to what I get from her further.

Three things to know about it:

1. It’s standalone contemporary romance, the characters have difference of age (he ‘s thirty-eight, she’s twenty-six) and life experience.
2. It’s a sexy opposites attract each other kind of story. He is cocky, tattooed and wants her. She is determined, confident and never saw herself with a man like him.
3. In the story is the moment when there is some uncertainty, but mostly it’s more addictive than disturbing.

If I’d recommend? Yes. Especially if you like gorgeous hairy man and sassy heroine who can not do anything just fall for each other.

About The Author

staci-hart-authorStaci 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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