Tonic by Staci Hart
Publication 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.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Talk about a book hangover!, October 14, 2016
I can not effectively describe all of the feelings this book forced me to experience simultaneously. It was intense & intoxicating meets euphoric peaceful bliss, & then my soul was literally ripped out as my heart shattered in every direction. I felt every single joy & pain they experienced. I giggled, fumed, oohed, & cried right along with them. The drama & pain was so vivid I could barely stand it. I had fallen in love & begged for their redemption as I quickly turned the next pages. And just when I thought it was irreparably over I realized the best was yet to come. Boy did this ever give me a book hangover!!! So much emotion! So much Awesome!! So very worth it!!!
*Not for the faint of heart or anyone who is not ready to accept what could be*'
Anything is possible if we want it bad enough!
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.