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Joel Anderson doesn't take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he's not the kind of man you cross, or you'll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements - affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn't take lightly. When she's tapped to produce a reality show at Joel's shop, she doesn't think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel's shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she's not having it. He's all wrong - too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn't take her long to find out there's more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he's found his tonic.

A standalone romantic comedy.

©2016 Staci L Brillhart (P)2016 Staci Hart

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Good Book!

This was my first book by the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was good. Not original, which I knew but it was still good. I will listen to other books by this author.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed it...

I liked the story concept and the characters. I felt like there could be a little bit more story and a little less "I didn't know love could be like this I just love him so much". I felt like they way over reacted at the conflict but still enjoyed it. but I felt like the story was just dropped and it became about describing how much they loved eachother. I am all for romance, I love it.. but it gets boring to listen to their undying love and feeling like they didn't complete the story. I am torn between trying out more from the author because I really loved most of the book... or leaving it here because I don't want to invest in another story that is wrapped up too fast and not satisfying enough.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 02-05-17

REALITY SHOW MAKES A LOVE MATCH!!!

Where does Tonic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was ok...kinda slow and too angsty in parts...but a solid 3.5....I did expect more though!

Would you recommend Tonic to your friends? Why or why not?

If they liked Staci Hart...absolutely yes!

What does Jason Clarke and Kirsten Leigh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved the narration..it actually made the book for me...and I found more Jason Clarke and bough it!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

OMG...the conflict at the shop Broke my heart for Joel...reality tv is awful..I swear they are heartless!!!

Any additional comments?

I wanted to love this book...I wanted it so bad..and was waiting for whispersync...but it was taking too long, so I just bought it...sadly I shoulda waited for whispersync..lol But thats ok..I love supporting the audiobook community and Staci is a good author...<br/><br/>This is a story about a Tattoo shop gone reality tv...and Annika and Joel...Joel wants her from minute one...and Annika is having none of it...he does break her down though and she discovers under his rough exterior,,he is a sweetheart...her nickname for him is Hairy...because of his beard..and she just imagines him to be a hairy man all over...I thought that was silly...and it made me giggle!! Well Reality tv is evil incarnate and Annika has to deceive Joel and he flips out...he had a really bad an abusive marriage(towards him) and he does not trust easily...the situation was handled very badly and both of them end up broken hearted...fate has a way of intervening and they find their way back to one another..and yes..we get a beautiful HEA!! <br/><br/>Some great sexy time in this book and the narration was flawless.well worth your time and a credit!!!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Sexy and gritty and good!

What does Jason Clarke and Kirsten Leigh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jason Clarke's voice is AMAZING... I could not wait to hear his chapters!

Any additional comments?

This was a great story and had other storylines going on that made it interesting. There was only one part that was totally cheesy, but overall, it was good.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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3.5 Tonic Stars


Hmm this is hard to rate, I love some parts, I liked some parts and I didn't like some part.

I was a fan of Joel’s right from the beginning. And his brother worms his way in to my heart.
I see why Joel is how he is and trust is HUGE to him because of his past.

Annika wasn't my favorite character like at all. Even though I know it’s just a book I don’t like what she did, how she did it and why she did it.
Is it mean of me that she kind of got what she deserves? Yes it is and I know this but I can’t help but think good take that.

But forgiveness is divine an all that right? So I had to think of them together, and how she makes Joel feel and how her being in his life was for the better. So I have to forgive her for hurting him.

There is a scene with Liz, his ex that is probably my favorite, and that is why I had to forgive Annika for her actions.

And the ending was pretty freaking awesome too.

Jason Clarke can read me the phone book and I would listen.. :D Just saying he did a heck of a job bringing Joel to life for me.
Kristen Leigh also does a great job. Even if I didn't like her character she still did a fabulous job.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

15 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 12-19-16

THE PERFECT TONIC FOR ROMANCE LOVERS

You can feel the chemistry sizzle and the sexual chemistry ooze as soon as jaded Joel and the ice princess Annika lock eyes with each other - and from that moment it was game on for these two characters. But that was nothing to their first tentative touches as lovers, their deep and sensual lovemaking as they silently claimed each other's hearts - or the hurt, anger, pain and heartache when it suddenly all came crashing down around them. They thought they were the players in the reality show - but it turns out they were just the innocent pawns to be moved and sacrificed for the sake of the game.

Wow.. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this listen, how riveting I thought the storyline was, how emotionally intoxicating their romance was, how much I liked the main and secondary characters and how well written I thought this dual POV story was. So I won't try - except to say that I loved loved loved it all.. from the butterflies of their firsts.. through the tingles as their feeling for each other grew.. to the gut wrenching torment as betrayal led to a heartache that I didn't think would mend.. and then on to the sighs and smiles as a talented Author leaves you with the perfect ending.

Worth a credit? With all the above qualities coupled with good narration that made the story and its characters come alive.. there's only one answer: YES, YES & DOUBLE YES.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

Great characters and great writing brought to life by two pro narrators. Jason Clarke is always a favorite. Kirsten Leigh does a fantastic job. I enjoyed the way this story unfolded. And there's even some singing. ;)

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Love so pure * love you wish for

I loved this book! I loved Joel and Ani from the very beginning. The love and affection is palpable and gives you all the feels of the love we all wish for.

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A story that will consume you! Loved this story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Tonic to be better than the print version?

Yes, I absolutely loved experiencing the audio over the book. It added so much more to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Joel (and his narrator). It was so spot on, I think I feel a little in love with him.

What about Jason Clarke and Kirsten Leigh ’s performance did you like?

They were amazing. They truly brought Joel and Annika to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Joel finally realized his mistake and how determined he was to fix it. And the kitten.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story with amazing characters.

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Terrible Storyline

The drama is this book is incredibly superficial. It's painful to see a 38 yr old man behave like a teenager.
Also, the female narration is horrid - squeaky and ridiculously dramatic.