Wednesday, October 30, 2013

|Review| The Devil's Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor

I'm part of The Devil's Tattoo blog tour being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and I have a review for you guys! I really enjoyed the hell out of this book and definitely recommend it. Check out the other tour stops here. Onto my review!

Title: The Devil's Tattoo
Published September 1st, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Rating: B
Buy: Amazon | B&N
Goodreads summary:
The Highway to Hell or the Stairway to Heaven?

Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music soon became her escape. She's been burned too many times to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never putting herself out there. That's until her best friend Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds herself not just a part of it, but fronting the whole outfit.

They call themselves The Devil's Tattoo and when they release their debut EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it's like an overnight fairytale. Contracts, photo shoots, royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and it's like she's finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes everything. They've been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest bands of the moment, The Stabs and Zoe will never be the same again.

Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the airwaves. He's the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick of any girl that flings herself at him. But he's only got eyes for Zoe and she has no idea why he'd bother. She's got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough?

The Devil's Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it's either going to be a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out on top and Zoe's determined to do it without getting her heart broken… again.
I don't do blog tours anymore but The Devil's Tattoo cover really caught my attention and after a rough start with the book, I'm happy to say I was hooked to The Devil's Tattoo after the band was formed!

The book starts with an introduction to the characters Zoe and her best friend Dee (who is a guy, by the way) and what comes next is Zoe running into hottie Will Strickland and being attached to him. The book is told for alternating POVs from Zoe and Will so we find out that Will is attracted to her too. Expect they haven't actually met. What follows is Zoe and Dee creating their own band with two other guys and getting asked to go on tour with Will's band. This is part two and when I really started enjoying the book.

The romance was just great. Will was shy around Zoe and Zoe was shy around Will and that meant they had hilarious and awkward conversations. It took them a while to finally do something about their attraction and when it finally happened, it was sooooo sweet. Now I liked Zoe, but Will stole the show. He respected Zoe and when Zoe needed space? He gave it to her. Plus he was just normal. He wasn't the perfect witty man who always knew what to do and what to say. Sometimes he was awkward and that was cute. Plus the sex was sexy. That was great too. Cute romance that made me smile and hot sex? This romance is winner.

Another thing I really liked about the book is Zoe and Dee's friendship. It was so genuine and I don't find friendships in books real anymore!
"You need to get some."
To his surprise I said, "Yeah. I'm so bloody horny."
"Bloody hell, Zoe! Too much information. My ears, they burn!"
"You started it."
"You continued it."
"They're at it again," Simone laughed as she passed us.
The book is loaded with hilarious dialogue between Zoe and Dee like that but they also had each other's back. It was awesome and I can't wait to read Dee's book, The Fire Walker.

There was angst to the book (what book doesn't have angst nowadays?) but I didn't mind since it wasn't too heavy and well done, plus music plays a big theme in the book which is no surprise because the book is about two different band members. I don't care for music book that much but I didn't mind it at all in The Devil's Tattoo. Overall, this was a well balanced romance: sweet and hot and I do recommend it for people looking to read a romance with an actual romance and also looking for a book that will make them laugh! I'll definitely be checking out the second book.

Rating: [B] A very balanced romance! It surprised me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Zoe Granger! I knew I recognised those hot legs of yours."
"You're fucking beautiful," he murmured in my ear and wandered off down the footpath.
"I wanna know you. I've tried so hard. Why won't you let me?"
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