#ReleaseBlitz & #MBreview “Tonic” by Staci Hart


Title: Tonic

Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: October 13, 2016

tonicreview My musings…


I love this book!  The characters, the feelings Staci Hart creates, the rise and the fall of their relationship is heartfelt and beautiful.

These characters are fantastic from page one.  Annika is two versions of herself at the beginning of this book.  She is truly the care-free and lovable woman we see with her family, but she is also this cold-hearted, ball buster, which I kind of lovev.  However, love has other plans for her, and as a result she comes a better version of herself, a blending of both of her sides.  Joel is wonderful.  His emotion, his confidence, his romantic factor is off the charts.  It is impossible not to become enamored with his character or their relationship.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the intimacy between the two characters.  Every time they have sex, it is as if they are savoring each other.  It is truly some of the hottest scenes, and not because of aggression or dirty-talk, which I’m not against, but these scenes spoke of feeling and general love for each other.  Truly some of the best scenes I have read in a long time.

Although there are parts of the plot that are predictable, the story is incredibly enjoyable, which is in large part due to the characters.  Even though I knew the conflict, it didn’t lessen the blow to my heart when the bomb was dropped and decimated everything, and the falling action as a result was just as heart-wrenching.  However, for as much as Staci Hart kills your soul, she brings it back to life with the resolution and the epilogue, leaving this reader with a huge smile on her face.

I love Staci Hart’s writing.  Her words are laced with emotion and it hits me in the heart every single time.  Tonic is no different.  All I can hope for now is some more books based on all those other artist at Tonic.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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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About the Author:

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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