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Saturday, August 16, 2014

ARC Review: Revenge Bound by Heidi Joy Tretheway

Revenge Bound is the third book in the Tattoo Thief series by Heidi Joy Tretheway. These books can be read as standalones as they are about interconnected characters from the band, but I would really recommend starting at the beginning. While it isn't necessary, I really think that it helps you to understand where each character is coming from so much better and really get to know what has happened with the band from the beginning. I really like this series and the characters, and I think that they are great books!

Violet has just been made the victim of revenge porn by her ex boyfriend Brady. He posted naked pictures of her along with her home address, phone number and her work information. She ends up getting fired from being a teacher due to it and is left with only her budding freelance photography career. Her friend Stella helps her by getting her the job of photographing the band Tattoo Thief to go along with Stella's article on them. When she meets Jayce from Tattoo Thief, she is instantly drawn to him and can tell that he feels the same. But not only does she now have trust issues, but she knows that the last thing she needs is to get involved with someone so famous and always in the spotlight. But when Jayce figures out what is going on with Violet, he becomes protective of her and refuses to let her deal with everything alone. But can Jayce earn Violet's trust and prove to her that he doesn't want to take over her life but have her hand over control on her own?

I have to admit that I didn't really feel one way or another about Jayce before starting this book. Although I had seen him in previous books, he didn't really make a big impression on me. I did really like him in this story though, and I was really shocked to find out how different he was than he first seemed. He was so down to earth despite his reputation, and I loved his interest in his home and cooking. He was so great with Violet as well, and I loved how patient and kind he was with her. He was really sweet and I loved that! I also liked Violet. I thought that she was strong and was a survivor. I liked that she made Jayce work for it and had him prove to her that she could trust him. I also thought it was great that she didn't take advantage of him like a lot of people would have, but that she did let him help her. I thought that they were really great together, and I thought that they had a lot of chemistry.

I will say that while this book was good and enjoyable, this one didn't have quite the same feeling for me as the others did. I really loved the other two books, and this one wasn't as good in my opinion. I did like the characters and it was great to see the others from the previous books. I felt like besides Tyler and Stella though that Jayce sort of made Gavin out to be completely different than the guy that we had got to know in Tattoo Thief. He seemed to almost dislike him for his actions and didn't seem to be all that interested in working through any issues that they had. With the events of this book, they really seemed to be fractured as a group and it just didn't have the cohesive feel that I was looking for. I also have to say that I hate Dave's girlfriend Kristina and have from the beginning. I was really not looking forward to getting his story next, but I thought that Heidi did a great job of setting up for the next book. While I wasn't initially at all interested in Dave's story, we really got to see a different side to him at the end of Revenge Bound and I am really looking forward to what happens next. I definitely recommend this series, and I really like Heidi's writing style. I know I will be looking for more from Heidi Joy Tretheway in the future.

**ARC provided by Inkslinger PR**

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