Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Review & Tour: Tattoo Thief

Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief, #1)
Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway
October 8, 2013
300 pages
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
(contains: sexual scenes, a rock star, and a basenji)
Source: eARC for Honest review
Book Blurb:
22-year-old Beryl doesn't know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.
My Review:

Tattoo Thief was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more books in this series following the rockers of this band. I was enchanted with the premise of the book in particular and the different twist on the typical bad boy rocker book. One thing I loved was the fact that the "bad boy," Gavin, was already in touch with his issues before the heroine entered his life. I also liked that the heroine, Beryl, had her own issues, but they were not from an extreme or overly traumatic situation. It was a nice break from some of the books in this genre, and I appreciate the author taking things in this direction.

One great treat in this read was the "pen pal" aspect of the story. I loved this! I loved watching how they bonded over the human aspects of their lives as opposed to the materialistic things that could have easily swayed them, or the physical presence of each other distracting from the depths of what and who they were trying to grow into. I liked that Beryl was a hard-working, straight-shooter and that she wasn't easily intimidated outside of just not being sure where she wanted to go in life. I also like that Gavin owned up to his problems, he was sensitive but realistic, and that he could be caring and gentle one moment and then send Beryl into a steamy mess the next. And the growing relationship between them was super sweet, though I would have liked to have seen more dialogue between them. It felt like there was more behind the scenes, but I personally like reading it for myself. But there was great character growth between the both of them - Beryl breaking out of her comfort zone and Gavin treasuring his second chance - and that was refreshing.

Besides wanting more dialogue, I also thought some of their issues were a little too easily solved, forgiven, gotten over (though not all) and the pacing slowed a bit mid-book. Some of the issues I saw early on and knew would come into play later, I thought they would have had a more significant role, and then they ended up being minor bumps without a whole lot of heat or drama. And it's not that I'm looking for ridiculous amounts of drama or angst in my reads. I think some books go way over the top. I just thought with all the clues and build-up there would have been a little more oomph, but as soon as I felt some conflict was kicking in, it was over sooner than I thought it would be.

But on the other hand, I liked that this was a couple who could communicate and work things out and grow from their experiences and own up to their responsibilities. Another refreshing aspect of Gavin and Beryl.

Bottomline: This was a very enjoyable read, easy to get into, with characters I genuinely wanted to follow along with in their story. I loved the message of new discoveries, of forgiveness, of taking ownership, of redemption, of second chances, and of finding love in the unexpected. I look forward to reading more books about these characters and the players of Tattoo Thief.

3-1/2 STARS
(maybe 3-3/4 Stars)

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About the Author:

Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.

Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.

You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.

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