Genres: New Adult
Also by this author: Menace, Grievous
Reece Hatfield has just one rule when it comes to falling in love: don't fucking do it. There's no room in his life for another person. He can barely keep a handle on things as it is. A shadow of the man he used to be, Reece spends his days tattooing, the artist inside of him longing for the chance to do something different. Avery Moore is all dance, all the time. Ballet is all she's ever known, and she's damn good at it. Her body is her art, a living canvas that captivates Reece the first time he lays his eyes on her. He yearns to leave his mark on her body... in more ways than one. The tattooed degenerate with a shady past. The beautiful ballerina with a bright future. They live in different worlds, yet somehow, they fit. But just because they fit doesn't mean they belong together. Cracks sometimes form. Two pieces don't always make a whole. The course of love never did run smoothly. Things get messy. And Reece doesn't do messy. Not anymore.
The Mad Tatter
So, this was an additional KU pick this month. Why? I have been having ZERO luck with KU and was ready to just throw in the towel! I had heard good things about The Mad Tatter so I figured I would give it a shot. It was my first JM Darhower book as well. I LOVED it! First, I love a book from the male POV only. You don’t get to see inside the heroines head so you are always kind of wondering what is going on with her. Is she hiding something? Is she a crazy person? I also loved Reece’s daughter! She was adorable and funny. Reece was a great tortured hero. He was struggling with his past and how is affected his life-he owed so much in restitution, he lost his love for art, and he was followed by a parole officer every time he turned around! It was such a realistic look at life after an arrest. Darhower didn’t sugar coat it! He was young and his arrest cost him nearly everything. Now, graffiti isn’t a hard core crime, but you see how it can ruin a life. I loved the gritty feel of the book. The relationship between the hero and heroine was believable. Yes, he thinks she is a hottie and he falls in insta-lust, but the progression of the relationship is so normal. They get to know each other a bit, they do things together and don’t jump straight into bed! Both Reece and Avery (the heroine) grow and compromise during the book! So, thank you Darhower and The Mad Tatter for renewing my faith in KU books!
- POV: 1st (Reese)
- Tears: No
- Trope: ex con
- Triggers: none
- Cliffhanger: no
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A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson, The Caged Trilogy by Shay Savage, Hearts of Blue by LH Cosway…then you will probably like The Mad Tatter!
JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal). She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction. You can find her there.