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.
Beryl had been living a safe and boring life in Eugene with her mother. When her “uncle” found her working in a coffee shop, he offered her an adventure. Move to New York City and work for him at his property business. And that’s exactly how Beryl ended up house sitting for rock star Gavin Slater, lead singer of Tattoo Thief.
Gavin had left his apartment in a hurry, and no one knew where to or why. What Beryl did know is that before he left, he trashed his house, and it was now her job to get it all cleaned up. After contacting the sexy, singing bad boy via email, the pair started a friendship that quickly escalated into more, as Gavin found what he had been looking for. His opposite, and his equal.
I loved the concept of how this couple were put into each others lives, and helped the other without even realising it. I think it was a great way for their relationship to develop and I liked that the majority of their communication was online while Gavin was away, though I did have one problem.
When they first started talking, Gavin was a real douchebag and Beryl was very professional and proper, but then she calls him an asshole and it’s like this flipped a switch and all of a sudden he was really nice to her and wanting to be her friend. I get that he liked her because she didn’t treat him like a rock star, but for me it just didn’t work, and especially when Beryl was telling him to “own his shit.” It’s just not something you say to someone you don’t know.
In a lot of NA books these days, once the two main characters meet each other, they are inseparable and completely consumed with each other. Well as Gavin is away with limited internet access, that obviously couldn’t happen for these two, and so we saw Beryl have a life outside of her connection with Gavin, and I liked seeing the stuff she got up to.
She met a great guy, a not so great guy (and I LOVED how she got her own back on him), a kid who needed his head screwing on right, an amazing doorman and a socialite, amongst others. I loved how her relationships with each of these characters started and developed, though I wish we could have seen more of Gavin’s band mates as the rest of the series books will be about them, and I would have liked to get to know them better.
The next book in the series TYLER & STELLA has already been released and the following two books will be released throughout 2014. I’m definitely interested to see what happens in book #2 as I was not a fan of Stella but I think Tyler will be a real charmer, and hopefully we will get to see more from the rest of the band too.
JAYCE & VIOLET (#3) – Out July!
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.