Title: Tonic
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release 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.

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Author Bio

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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4 stars
I LOVED this book!! I had no clue going in what I was getting into, and I was so pleasantly surprised but such a great story! This is my favorite Staci Hart book so far!

Annika is working on getting a reality show about a tattoo studio. The owner is resistant to the whole reality show thing. Can you blame him? He knows it is not something that he is into or really wants to deal with. But, Joel is doing it anyway, to make his brother happy. His is the only family he has left, and would do anything for him.

Right off the bat, him and Annika have some crazy chemistry that draws them together, but at the same time, keeps them apart. Annika knows her job is worth too much to risk but getting involved with Joel. At the same time, she can't help but feel a pull towards him. He is nothing like the men she is used to dating. He is the complete opposite. He is hairy and tattooed all over, huge and hot as all heck. Maybe it is time for Annika to reevaluate her "type".

I loved the story about how Annika and Joel met and fell in love. It was an amazing tale of friendship and love mixed in with a little reality tv and all the drama that comes with it!