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.
“I’m not supposed to want you. You…you make me mad and you make me laugh and you make me crazy, and I’m not supposed to want you, but I do.”
“She was art, made of shadows and light.”
This is one of those books that just grabs your heart and takes you by surprise. I knew once I saw the cover of this book and read the synopsis, that I was about to get my hands on something truly amazing and boy was I right.
Tonic is incredibly well written and was a very entertaining read. From the moment I met Joel and Annika, I just had to know more. I loved the whole opposites attract vibe. Their chemistry between Annika and Joel was intense and instant. You could just feel the sparks between the two of them and if that wasn’t enough, they had the verbal foreplay to back them up. Seriously, their banter and the way they challenged each other was almost hotter than their sexual chemistry….almost. Annika and Joel’s story wasn’t just all sexy good times. Their story was written with a lot of heart. Their love captured my heart and sang to my soul.
Tonic totally exceeded my expectations and gave me one unforgettable love story. This story was well written, entertaining and there was never a dull moment. This story had it all, from amazing characters to sexy good times and humor moments. I’m telling you, this book had it all. Add in some sexy tattoos, a reality show, angst and a little bit of drama, and you have just the right recipe for a great romance. I loved every second of this book and look forward to getting my hands on more books from this author.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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.