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
Let me start by explaining that I had a really hard time rating this book. I wanted to love it, I really did. But the truth is, I have mixed feelings about it. After I read the blurb, I was stoked to read this because it sounded amazing and different from a lot of other Rocker books I’ve read. In fact, that is one of the things I enjoyed about this book. It was completely original to me. However, as good of a story and original as it was, it just seemed too far-fetched and sappy for me to fall head over hills with. Ms. Tretheway is an amazing writer and this book flowed extremely eloquently, so I’m not discouraging anyone to read it, I just felt it was lacking for me. And here’s why….
I would have liked to see more depth to Gavin’s character. I mean, geez…Beryl doesn’t even meet him in real life until about 79% into the book! All other form of communication is via email and online chat. I completely understand that people fall in love over the internet every day, but it just seemed a little too unrealistic for it to happen between a filthy rich rock star and his house-sitter. They only talk on the phone maybe once? So, seeing that everything between Beryl and Gavin mainly happens through technology, I felt that I was getting tons of information, emotions and life from Beryl and very little of Gavin. It was hard for me to get emotionally attached to him. It seemed this story was mainly about Beryl’s growth and making a life for herself rather than it being a love story. There also wasn’t much to go on as to how they connected with each other on a romantic level. I was expecting a little more spice, but in reality it fell flat in that department.
After a few online chats, Beryl starts to crush on Gavin and it affects her current life so much that she feels guilty for dating and making out with another guy? Really?! When this celebrity Rock God has given her no real indication that he sees her for anything other than a friend? Eh, just a little over-the-top. When things do escalate from friendly to romantic, I just felt it was a little forced. It was hard to feel chemistry between the characters. Maybe because their relationship blossomed online? I don’t know. I personally have no experience with online relationships, so it was hard for me to relate.
Another thing that I didn’t care for was the fact that Gavin (let me AGAIN point out he is a huge celebrity), freely gives Beryl information about his personal life without knowing anything about her. I get that sometimes it is easier to talk to strangers about your problems… but for a celebrity?
Also, I usually enjoy most secondary characters, but I had a hard time really liking Beryl’s friend, Stella. Beryl leaves Oregon, a place she has never left I might add, to start a new job opportunity in New York. Stella lives in New York and offers her a place to stay. However, the day Beryl shows up at her door, Stella isn’t there and Beryl can’t get a hold of her. Instead, Beryl gets the “joy” of meeting Stella’s ex-boyfriend and the door slammed in her face with no place to go but a crappy hotel. I will say that Stella does redeem herself, but towards the end she betrays Beryl for her own personal gain. Stella was just too flaky for my liking and, although she was fun, pissed me off. Seeing that the next book in the Tattoo Thief series is about Stella, I’m really hoping to understand more about her and why she did some of the things she did.
“Tell me how you really feel, Beryl, but don’t tell me some half-truth. Don’t tell me you like me a lot when I feel so much more for you. Don’t tell me you’re just crazy about me when I love you like my life depends on it.”
Will I recommend this book? Yes, but I just want the reader to know what they are going to get. It’s not exactly like the blurb. You don’t get much romance until toward the end of the book, and you definitely don’t get a lot about the rock star or his band. I wanted more out of this story. I wanted it to blow my mind, and instead I was left hanging.
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