New Release & Review: Tonic by Staci Hart




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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I believe Tonic is my second book I’ve read by Staci Hart. The premise behind it is so unique and one that I haven’t read before. A tattoo shop and a reality show? Sign me up! Especially when the tattoo artist is as hot as Joel Anderson is. Just look at that gorgeous cover! I got hooked on the cover and the blurb but the book seemed to drag a little for me in the beginning and it was hard to get into for me not to say that this book wasn’t really good because it is.

Joel and Annika couldn’t be more different but like they say opposites attract. Joel is a easy going guy who never takes anything seriously. Not his relationships nor the drama of the tattoo parlor he owns. He is always cracking jokes and laughing but if you cross him you will regret it. On the other hand, Annika takes everything seriously. She is the reality show producer and she doesn’t think twice about going in for the kill and manipulating people as she sees fit until Joel gets under her skin. He gets under her skin and she sees that he is so much more than the hairy tattooed laid back guy that she first labeled him as. She is soon second guessing everything about the job and her heart. What happens when she has to choose between the job she has worked so hard to get and her heart that she has unknowingly given to the one man who gets her yet is her complete opposite?

I really enjoyed this book and I loved Joel and Annika! They were so perfect for one another and their differences just made they that much more of a perfect match. They fit together like a puzzle. They had an amazing undeniable connection and the banter between them had me laughing throughout the whole book. They were smoking hot together, but it wasn’t just the sex between these two. They had real feelings for one another. I loved how protective and kind Joel was and Annika was just as great. She was fierce and independent and under her cold exterior she had a big heart. When she loves, she loves hard and you could tell with her relationships with her parents, cousin Roxy, niece Kira, and then finally Joel. She was a fresh of breath air and unlike any heroine I’ve had the pleasure of reading about in the past.

I enjoyed this book! And now that I’ve read this one, I want to go back and binge read all of Staci’s previous books, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Reviewed by Ashley
LLEP Review Team
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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