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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review: Tattoo Thief (Book #1) by Heidi Joy Trethway

Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief - Book #1)
by Heidi Joy Tretheway
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
ASIN: B00FORYAK0
Source: Ebook - Own

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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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Beryl finds herself STUCK.

STUCK with her job. STUCK with her 1st and only "predictable" boyfriend, STUCK with her overprotective Mother, STUCK in a humdrum LIFE and she hates it.

When Beryl's Uncle Dan offer's her a job in New York working as an assistant with his Property Management Company with a much larger salary than her current job she jumps at the new adventure. No longer does Beryl want to be SAFE and PREDICTABLE she needs excitement and adventure. Which is exactly what "The Big Apple" promises.

Beryl's mother is hurt with her decision, her boyfriend breaks up with her and her best friend (Stella) welcomes her to NY with open arms and the promise of a place to live.

Beryl arrives in New York and discovers that Stella's housing promise is no longer an option. After starting with Dan and confessing to the homeless situation, Dan offers her to stay at one of the properties they are looking after. It is in need of a lot of TLC.

The property belongs to Gavin Slater, the lead singer for Tattoo Thief. Beryl arrives at the property to a trashed apartment. She has no clue what made this rock star thrash his place but she is now in charge to get it organized and back on track.  Once Beryl gets into paying the bills for Gavin she comes across a really large one for a dog kennel. After calling the kennel and hearing that Jasper's stay is at and end she goes to rescue the beloved pet. Now she is wondering why would someone leave their loveable pooch behind.

Jasper is a Besenji breed and has a nice price tag for the African breed species. After rescuing Jasper Beryl writes an email to Gavin about the situation with the house and the dog.

Gavin is off traveling to find himself and as Beryl and him email and message each other more their relationship grows stronger. And the feeling for one another feel stronger as well. 

Gavin and Beryl exchange a lot of emails and start to feel comfortable in a new found friendship. Gavin tells her to get rid of everything and buy all new furniture, he wants everything to be different when he returns, a brand new start.

After a really bad date Beryl emails Gavin that she needs to speak to him. Gavin has gone off the radar for a little bit and they have not been able to speak to each other for a little bit. But as soon as Beryl says she needs him, he contacts her. Since this bad date and the comfort that Gavin gave her via text messaging Beryl has fallen hard for this rock star. Beryl thinks she must be out of her mind because they have not even met each other yet.

When Gavin returns from his travels everything between him and Beryl heat up. This friendship moved to relationship status.

Beryl still has some challenges ahead. She needs to meet the rest of the band, introduce Gavin to her Mom, accept the new relationship of her Uncle Dan and her mother, and forgive Stella.

Stella - not sure how I feel about Stella. She flaked on the housing situation and then was to drunk to inform Beryl before she arrived in NY. She betrays Beryl's trust almost splitting up Beryl and Gavin. Stella is irresponsible, untrustworthy, and selfish.

At the end of Beryl and Gavin's story we see that the next in the series is about Stella. And we know from the end that Stella has a pretty big secret that she lets Beryl in on to gain back Beryl's trust. Hopefully the next story and the secret will redeem Stella in my eyes because as I see it she is a horrible friend.

RATING: 3 1/2 stars


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