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Published by Self-pub on April 13th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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.
So a few days ago I was minding my business, randomly checking my inbox hoping that it would contain something better than the usual spam that floods it. And what do I see?! The most perfect surprise from one of my favorite authors! You know how you hear about an upcoming book from a favorite author and you often have to wait and wait for the release date and it feels agonizingly slow, like you might DIE before you can get your hands on it? Okay maybe I’m exaggerating (*coughI’mnotcough*), but how cool is it when you discover a book you didn’t even know you needed and you have it ready at your finger tips?! Darhower pulled off this secret novel brilliantly and I’m so excited I get to share my thought with you guys!
The Mad Tatter is unlike anything I’ve read from Darhower. Oh believe me, she brings the swoons, romance, and her brilliant writing as always, but on a whole it is a beautiful story about two artists coming together and finding beauty and inspiration in each other. Her usual angsty style is not present and I for one loved seeing a different side to what Darhower could bring in her storytelling (though seriously, her angsty writing is phenomenal!). And if J.M. Darhower writes it, I read it. Done.
Reece is a tattoo artist, a once thriving artist who lost his way for awhile. He meets Avery, a dancer, and she throws his life in disarray. It’s actually pretty mutual because he throws her life into disarray just as much. Before Avery, Reece was pretty set in his ways, just trying to work his way to pay off old debts, to be the best father he could to his little miss, and find a way to start over. He didn’t do relationships. He didn’t do complicated. But when these two meet they show each other a new world they didn’t even realize they were missing. He finds his spark, his blank canvas. And she finds herself. They finds love!
This was the perfect surprise and a beautiful romance that hit just the spot I was looking for! Reece was swoony as a tattoo artist, swoony with Avery and swoony as a father who would do anything to make his daughter smile. And Avery was the badass dancer who didn’t let anyone tell her what or who to love. If you are looking for something to make you smile, then you must get yourself a copy of The Mad Tatter!
“You’re wrong,” she says. “Maybe people judge books by their covers, like you said, but I don’t care, because I happen to like graffiti. It’s art… real art… the kind that comes from the soul. And if they miss out on the story because of that, because they can’t see it, then that’s their loss and not mine. And besides, books are nothing more than paper and ink, anyway. They’re like, dead trees all covered in tattoos, and I happen to think that’s beautiful.”
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