Book Review: Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief #1) by Heidi Joy Tretheway
I’m torn on how to review this book. On the one hand, I ultimately liked it and would possibly be interested in reading the next in the series. On the other, I feel a little cheated by the content of over half the story. The title and cover of this book are misleading. This story is told in first person from the heroine’s point of view and the rock star Gavin has very little involvement, other than some emailing and chatting online, in the first half of the plot arc. She’s in his space (house-sitting), and does occasionally communicate with him (and has developed a massive crush on him from afar), but the story is primarily about her rather than him and it’s told from her personal perspective. It’s not very “rock star” at all, which is what appealed to me. It’s more new-city-adventures and growing-up-experimentation rather than the highs and lows of being around a rock band.
That said, once they finally meet in person, the pace picks up significantly and I had a hard time putting it down. Because they were able to meet and develop their relationship organically over time and completely online, the chemistry and friendship between the couple is strong and believable. That part of the story I really enjoyed and I feel like maybe I just endured the rest of it to get to the point where they finally actually see each other.
I need to really connect with (or be entertained by) the personality of a character in order to really enjoy living in their head in first-present perspective, especially with heroines. Beryl was interesting but I didn’t find her fascinating and I had to force myself not to put the book away during the first half. A story about some chick’s domestic and professional troubles as she navigates the big bad city is really just not my thing. Smut and romance, that’s what I want! Tattoo Thief does have that, but it’s not the focus and it takes a while to get there. Overall, I recommend this book if you typically enjoy female voice first-person present-tense storytelling and don’t mind that the “rock star” aspect is secondary to the heroine’s daily life.