Tonic by Staci Hart – 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

I have been trying to write this review for 2 days. 2 days of not finding the right words for this amazing book. I was drawn to Joel from the start the tall, bearded, tattooed man who doesn’t take life too seriously. And Annika, well she was a bit frosty to start, but you could instantly tell there was some serious fire buried under all of that. The back and forth and the chemistry between these two was off the charts and made this a seriously entertaining read.

The push and pull and insta love of Joel and Annika was interesting to see. She mentioned several times that he could see through her mask, and through her, but the connection read as much deeper and instant that it sounds. You could cut the tension with a knife, but when she finally gave in to Joel it was when the story really hooked me. These two were off the charts steamy.

The television show premise had potential for some serious drama to happen, but I love the way it was handled. There was of course some drama and some baggage, but it was handled with care and not just drama for drama’s sake. I recommend this book for those that like their men a little rugged and don’t take life seriously. and anyone that has a little ice protecting their hearts. Be prepared for Joel to thaw it all. And I must mention the sexy, tattooed, bearded man playing with a kitten will make your ovaries explode it they hadn’t already.

A review copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

That guy. That hairy fucking guy. That hairy fucking guy with those stupid fucking eyes that looked at me like he could see me naked.

She looked like a doll, a cold, beautiful doll that belonged on a shelf where no man should touch her.

Everything about him felt good. The way he looked at me. The way he touched me. The words that passed his lips and hit me in all the right places.

Truth be told, I saw a bit of myself in him, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing. But he was somehow a kindred spirit, and I recognized that. And that recognition was mystifying and terrifying and almost unfathomable, mostly because it had occurred so naturally.

Reading Order and Buy Links

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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, 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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