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Also by this author: Deer in Headlights, Snake in the Grass
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 didn’t think I could love anyone more than I loved Tricky… That is until Joel came into the picture. I absolutely adore him. We always knew he was a stand up guy, but this story shows just how awesome he is. He loves fiercely, and will protect those he cares about tooth and nail. And that doesn’t change when he meets the ice queen.
Annika is a force to be reckoned with. She’s smart, hot as hell, and able to compartmentalize everything. She knows she has a show to do, and doesn’t let anything stand in the way until she meets Hairy.
I loved the banter between Joel and Annika. They give what they get, and I loved that they didn’t back down from each other. There were many times where they found a compromise. I loved reading all the starry-eyed looks, and goofy grins when they thought nobody noticed.
They are intense, and learn so much about each other during the course of the show. I kind of wish Joel was real, so that he could tattoo me. And of course, his crew at Tonic is amazing. I love their friendship and how they are willing to risk everything to protect their own.
And don’t get me start on the sexy scenes… Anyone have a fan???
I love this book so hard, and I hope we get more stories about the team at Tonic.