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.
This book was just beautiful! Beautiful perfection!
Annika is proud of her nickname as the Ice Queen. She keeps her cool mask in place while at work, because she has worked hard to get where she is. Then, she meets Joel and all that control starts to slip. He is business, a job. She doesn’t get involved with anyone. Except, all she can think about is Joel.
Joel has had a rough romantic history. After a cruel betrayal, he has closed off his heart to love and fulfills his needs with a string of one-night stands. Then he sees Annika and he feels something he hasn’t felt in a very long time…a connection, a desire, the need for someone.
This book pulls out all the feels. There were light moments, moments that made me laugh out loud, moments that made me angry and then there were these moments of pure book perfection, some of them happy, some of the not so much, but still perfect in the moment. I picked this book up and read the entire thing in one sitting.
Staci Hart brings us another emotion-filled story of finding love that you won’t want to miss!