I Liked It!
Opposites definitely attract in Tonic by Staci Hart!
Annika is the uptight reality TV producer set to produce the show being filmed at Joel’s tattoo parlor Tonic. He’s the guy who’s stand offish and isn’t on board with the show, but goes for it since everyone at the shop wants it, and because he doesn’t want his ex and her husband’s shop to get the show. He’s still weary of the show, but when Annika and Laney walk in to do the final contracts, all bets are off. When he sees uptight Annika, he can’t get her out of his head and he knows if all else fails, he needs to break her and see what makes her tick.
Annika can’t stand Joel, at least that’s what she tells herself, but deep down she can’t stop thinking about him. She knows he’s bad for her, but she can’t stop herself from being drawn to him. She’s warned over and over again to stay away, but when push comes to shove these two can’t stop what’s meant to be. Watching the two of them push eachothers buttons and see what makes them tick is quite hilarious, and seeing how much they truly have in common is awesome. I loved seeing them connect, and watching the chemistry between them get hotter and hotter. I knew it was only a matter of time before they wouldn’t be able to say no and things were going to be amazing between them.
Both of them know they need to keep things quiet about what’s going on, and they think they’re doing a good job about it, but every one knows that these two are hot for one another. The ice queen and “Hairy” are not as subtle as they think they are, and are being used as pawns against each other without realizing it. I hated how they thought they could have their fling and feelings wouldn’t get in the way, and then things got messed up for them. These two were perfect for one another and balanced each other out. When things went south I wanted to scream and shout right with them. Both of them were in the wrong and I understand why they both were hurt and angry all at the same time. It took a long time for them to get back in good graces with one another, and I appreciated that about this book. It wasn’t a quick turn around for them, it took work and one “I’m Sorry” wasn’t enough to fix all the damage that was done.
Even though this was listed as a romantic comedy, there was some deeper undertones in this book as well. Sure I laughed my butt off at times, but I also wanted to scream and shout and cry with these characters as well. I adore Staci Hart’s books and this is no exception. Tonic is a beautifully written story and I am so glad it was the first book I read to start a new year. I loved seeing characters from other books in this story, even though it was a stand-alone. If you’re looking for an opposites attract love story full of laughs, drama, and a sexy tattooed guy to fall in love with, I highly suggest picking up Tonic today!