on July 10th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”
Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.
Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.
She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.
Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.
It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.
After receiving her fine arts degree from Yale, Eve Thorton, goes to work at an art gallery, a job she dislikes. She’s a wealthy socialite, having come into a hefty trust fund, but feels she needs to work in order to taken seriously. Using her family connections, she puts on her own art show at the gallery, only to be massacred by the horrible reviews she received.
“I put everything into that collection, everything….why would they be so cruel? I bled on those canvases.
….That my first ever solo art exhibition had been called a train wreck and me—its creator—a soulless socialite with zero talent and even less skill.
It wasn’t just a critique.
They had annihilated me.”
The gallery suggests she take some time off. When she meets Kitty, under the worst of circumstances, and sees her tattoo, Eve is inspired by the tattoo artist. She’s convinced that she needs to meet Josh Logan and work with him, so he can inspire her. A Tattoo Jesus, so to speak.
Josh is the owner of Ink Addiction, the popular tattoo salon, and has a six month waiting list. He’s in desperate need of help since his friend and employee, Dallas, fooled around with their receptionist and she quit. When Eve asks to work with him, he mistakenly thinks she’s a tattoo artist, too. She clears up the misunderstanding, telling him she’s an artist and needs his help. Eve’s pretty convincing, she gets the job as his receptionist, for 4 weeks (which is when she’s due back at the gallery). She thinks that he’ll be able to teach and inspire more than her professors ever could.
“I should have left a long time ago, you told me I should love what I do and I lied. I love my art but I never loved the gallery. I should have left a long time ago.”
“Well, maybe you needed time. It’s all a journey, isn’t it?”
I loved the back and forth between Eve, Josh, and Dallas, their banter is spot on. This Rom-Com is filled with witty dialogue and sighs worthy moments. What started out as a train wreck turned into a joyful, fun filled ride!