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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.
First, I must say that I love that we got a little glimpse of Tricky in this book. Secondly, I LOVE Joel! He’s all alpha yet has a sweet side and I just couldn’t get enough of him. I love how Annika was willing to do so much to support her family. I loved her relationship with Roxy. They were absolutely hilarious. Annika is driven and independent, yet stubborn. Putting her and Joel together in the same room ignited this undeniable flame. Their chemistry is electric and the cat and mouse game they played in the beginning was intense but humorous. Both characters grew in their own way throughout the book, whether it was coming to terms with their past or opening themselves up to the possibility of something different and new. I thought the story flowed well from start to finish and was written very well. I loved the idea and setting of it. Staci Hart never fails to write a book that keeps you engaged from the beginning. I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next.