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The Devil’s Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor
Publication date: September 1st 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
“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.”
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The first thing I thought when I finish this book was “I want to listen to some good rock music”. I don’t really know why but I love reading books about bands and rock/heavy-rock music and when I saw The Devil’s Tattoo I knew I had to try be a part of the tour. And good thing I did apply, guys, this book gave me the feels and the chills. And now I’m talking like this… Okay! So, The Devil’s Tattoo is about Zoe, a woman who has been through a difficult situation before (sorry guys, no spoilers in this review!) and found music as a way of finding relief. Turns out she has real talent and her best friend Dee ask her to form a band with him and some friends. Now, the most important thing in this review: how cool of a name is The Devil’s Tattoo. I don’t know if there is a band with this name out there but if not, shame!!! Freaking amazing name for a band I tell you.
Anyway, then appears Will Strickland, the bassist of The Stabs, one of the hottest indie bands out there. Unfortunately, Zoe obviously hates indie music (and guys) because she’s a rock girl through and through. But somehow, she ends up in one of their concerts after being magically attracted to Will after seeing him one night at a bar. Ka-boom, insta-attraction. This I can deal with, it happens, just not insta-love. Since they get signed under the same agency they end up going on the same tour (not gonna tell the details of this, trying to stay away from spoilers but this is unbelievably hard! Okay, so Will has also been attracted to her since that night at the bar and asks to make The Devil’s Tattoo go on tour with the Stabs). And so begins the story of The Devil’s Tattoo and Zoe’s possible new love life.
First of all, I must say, I want a friend like Dee. Just go find me one. He’s amazing, adorable, and one of the best main character’s best friend I have ever read. He’s the one who is always there for her and I like him a lot more than Will but what can we do?
One thing that I really liked about The Devil’s Tattoo was how the author didn’t make the main characters say I love you to each other in every page of the book. Ok, their relationship is not an easy one due to Zoe’s past, however, they never made a huge 180º degree change in personality which is what usually happens in most books. However, even though it was represented well, I didn’t really like Zoe and Will’s relationship. At least not until the end of the book, maybe that’s why I didn’t give this book a 4? Will was the epitome of what I don’t like in a guy sometimes, and Zoe, argh, girl just move on. The past doesn’t make a person entirely. Okay, you were a bit traumatized but Will showed you you can be loved, you can trust people. Just get over with it. I actually liked her certain escape to the museum, it was pretty inspiring and relatable. Also, Zoe, girl, why you put up with Will when he does certain things? These aspects made me feel angry but a good kind of angry? The Devil’s Tattoo might have some frustrating moments but in the next page there is always something that would make my heart melt a little, be it Will’s showing Zoe he loves her, Zoe showing a bit of her past, Dee’s lovely way of protecting his friends or even the funny moments between band members. But I’ve gotta say, my favourite scene, apart from the museum one, is probably the radio interview.
The Devil’s Tattoo proved to be a really addictive contemporary book (I kid you not, I was thinking about the review I’d have to write while reading the book, I just wanted to see how it ended). I recommend it to everyone who likes books about music (YES PLEASE!), yummy guys and a romance that makes you feel all kind of feelings.
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Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.
She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.
The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in e-edition and print from March 20th 2013
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