Title: Tattoo Thief
Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway
Publication date: 10/8/13
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.
Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.
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"'So what'll take to settle you down?"
"Chemistry and physics."
"Yeah" Gavin hunches forward, his elbows on his knees. It's confession time, and I really listen.
"Physics. Newton's third law says, 'For every action there is equal and opposite reaction.' And that's what I'm looking for. My opposite and my equal.'"
Beryl is stuck. Stuck in her small Oregon town, stuck in her food service jobs after failing to successfully put her journalism degree to work, and stuck to her mom even years after her fathers' death. But her Uncle Dan offers her a way to be un-stuck, take a job with his company in New York City. Beryl's need for adventure, and her misfortune of her original housing plan falling through, she found herself as a proporty manager (aka house sitter) for the UPPER upper class. Her first client is rock star Gavin Slater. Entering the complete mess and destruction of the apartment he abandoned, plus finding out he left his dog to be kenneled for weeks, did not start the two off on a very good start. But Beryl learns things aren't always how they appear (or Google says) to be and after email coorosponding with Gavin, learns he is in a deep state of grief, depression, and self-destruction. Somehow both Gavin and Beryl are able to very easily open up to each other, and Beryl wants to help Gavin beyond cleaning his apartment. But when she feels as if she could be developing deeper feelings for him, Beryl starts to backpedal. How much truth is there to Gavin's play boy reputation? Will he be able to move on from the loss of his muse? And Gavin isn't the only hot New York man interested in Beryl, but where will her heart lead her?
This was a well written and well developed story, full of the perfect amount of angst and swoon. Both main characters are very likable and real development of their relationship. I wish we would have had more time with Gavin and Beryl being physically together because the build up of their relationship through their online connection was hot hot hot. I think the author did a great job creating secondary characters that will hold plenty of substance for the expansion of the series. Each one if Gavin's band mates had their own charisma, plus Beryl's friend Stella, a music journalist, and one of her clients, heiress, Greta. I can't say I was a huge fan of the ending (basically the last few sentences). The character wrap up was fine but her transition to the next book in the series is far from subtle.
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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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