Book review: Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway

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I first added this book to my TBR in October 2013. Well, in September 2016, I finally read it. Better late than never, I guess.

(I’m not sure why I waited so long.)

First off, I thought this book had a really great concept. Beryl is a twenty-something who’s kind of stuck in her small town life after finishing college. A family friend who works in New York City offers her a job at his company, and she can’t help but accept. Unfortunate circumstances with a friend leave her homeless at the same time one of her new clients needs a housesitter, so it’s a no-brainer for her to just temporarily move into the client’s home.

The client is a world-famous rock star that has mysteriously skipped town. Gavin left his house, his dog, and the rest of his band without so much as a second thought. After cleaning up his home, Beryl gets to work cleaning up his life. Soon, Beryl and the mysterious Gavin are emailing back and forth. They seem to have great chemistry, but maybe it’s all in Beryl’s head?

I was really pleasantly surprised with this book. Tretheway did a great job making Gavin a stereotypical rock star on the surface, but so much more underneath. His character could have easily been an over-the-top, pompous jerk, but there turned out to be so much more than meets the eye. My heart really broke for him once I found out the motivation for his sudden disappearance.

The only complaint I have about this book is that I wish Beryl would have just gotten rid of the wardrobe of clothes when Gavin asked her to. That whole thing freaked me out. (About 80% of my Kindle highlights are crazy emojis every time she referenced those clothes.) I was really surprised that they weren’t a bigger deal in the end.

I really loved Gavin’s bandmates, though, and I’m adding the rest of this series to my TBR. I can’t wait to see what happens with Tyler and Stella in book two.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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