Blog Tour and Giveaway: Revenge Bound: Heidi Joy Tretheway

Revenge Bound
Heidi Joy Trethaway
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Companion to the first two the books in the Tattoo Thief series (Tattoo Thief and Tyler & Stella) which can be read as a standalone.

On the Internet, secrets never die…
Violet can’t imagine anything worse than having her very private, very naked photos strewn across the Internet.
Until they multiply like a virus.
With her name, address, and phone number attached.
And her boss finds out. And a stalker finds her.
Violet’s refuge is a rock star known for going through groupies faster than guitar picks. Letting Jayce get close enough to protect her exposes her secrets—and her heart—to a man whose celebrity could ruin her.
That’s because being a nobody is the one thing that keeps Violet’s photos from making headlines. And it’s the reason she can never fall for a rock star.
Secrets spread like wildfire when a celebrity fans the flames.

REVENGE BOUND is a full-length, standalone novel, and a companion to the Tattoo Thief books. It contains steamy scenes and strong language intended for mature readers.

Violet's world is falling apart. Inappropriate pictures of her were leaked onto the internet by someone she trusted causing her to lose her job and want to hide from the world. It also gains her creepy texts from unknown men and they keep getting creepier and creepier. So her safety may also be at risk.

When Stella convinces her do a photo shoot of publicity pictures for Tattoo Thief, she and Jayce have an immediate attraction. But Jayce is famous and  has a reputation of having lots of women. Not anything that Violet thinks she needs in her life. Until she realizes she really does. When her secret is inadvertantly revealed to Jayce, he immediately sets himself up as her protector. Whether she asks for it or not. 

I really liked Jayce's transition from man-whore to protector. He stepped right in and took over trying to help a virtual stranger even when she resisted. But as it went along he showed growing depth of character and feelings. He was kind of lost before just going through the motions with the band, no real attachments, lots of women. But once meeting her, it sparked him to be better, to care about someone other than himself, and focus. He is dealing with his own issues about his career and that is also causing him stress. But he makes times to take on her issues and try to keep her safe without hesitation or doubt.

"You are precious to me, Violet. Don't you get that? I don't want a groupie. I want you, for every minute you'll have me and more. You're exactly who I've been waiting for."

I liked Violet. She was sweet, caring and was definitely dealt a bad hand. Her real persona and the one she had always projected was in direct conflict to the one showing up on the internet. She wanted to be independent and it was hard to ask for help. She knew what she liked and really wanted, but had fears and insecurities. And  although she felt comfort in Jayce's protection, she also needed to be able to fight for herself as well. And she gained boldness and strength along the way.

"You're like the best kind of fairy tale, Violet. You're the kickass princess."

I felt their chemistry and connection. But I did have some issues with some of the subplots of the book dealing with control and personal needs given the situation they were already dealing with. I can handle personal preferences and control needs but with the position that Violet was already in, I felt Jayce could have shown a bit more sensitivity and put her needs ahead of his preferences at that point in time instead. It had the potential to be a trigger for her and it just seemed like the wrong time to want to explore dominant and submissive tendencies. I would have liked to see a more natural progression to their intimacy that just involved a need to be close and and react to their chemistry without taking on all of their hidden desires right up front. That could have come later after a further build up of trust and intimacy. I had no problem with them liking it, I just did not get them discussing it before anything ever happened especially with what she was going through and some of Jayce's choices in how he approached situations seemed inconsiderate of that. It seemed like their encounters were based so much on control that it overpowered the chemistry and connection at times. But I could see that  it did show trust and the difference between taking control and giving control. 

There were several story lines going on: band issues for Jayce, the pictures, the stalker, revenge, and politics. There was a lot of underlying drama, tension, and betrayal. It all just kept swirling around and at time seemed hopeless to fix it all.  

It was told in both points of view that were clearly marked and provided insight into their often hidden and confused feelings and secrets. All the guys (Gavin, Tyler, and Dave) and their girls (Beryl, Stella, and Kristina) are back. There was also a new interesting street artist named Willa introduced and her story was teased throughout the book.

But when everything finally hit critical mass, I admired the strength of those involved. But I felt one aspect of the story line in particular was left hanging without good enough resolution or revenge(it was teased at but I did not see the follow through). And the ending for Jayce and Violet seemed a bit rushed despite a short epilogue. But I know we will see them and more with their progression in the next book featuring Dave. It was already set up in this one and it seems like lots more drama is coming for Tattoo Thief. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Violet’s personal life is in shambles. Ever since naked photos were posted online with her name, phone number and address, she has been receiving lewd texts and offers from men. But she hopes that as long as she keeps her head down, she can put the photos behind her. When her roommate’s co-worker gets her a freelance job taking photos of Tattoo Thief, she jumps at the chance to make a little money while she looks for permanent work. 

Jayce is immediately captivated by the woman who comes to take publicity photos of Tattoo Thief. When he discovers she is receiving threatening texts, he quickly moves to protect her, by keeping her as close as he can. 

I had a few issues as I was reading the book. The speed at which she trusts Jayce (and the extent to which they take that trust) was far faster than I was able to believe. Considering she didn’t know him when he first took her back to his house, and that she knew she had strange men texting her, I found it surprising that she would trust this relative stranger so completely. 

But by the time I finished the book, I had moved beyond the parts that didn’t work for me, and ended up really enjoying it. It did wrap up quickly, and there are still aspects that I wish would have been cleared up, but with the timeline at the end, there’s always the chance that those loose ends will be referenced in the next book. 

It was a slightly different take on a rock star romance. There was a lot of heavy subject matter, with near constant suspense and tension through the story, and less focus on what was going on with the band. It will be interesting to see how events from Revenge Bound play out in the next book, especially with what happened in the last chapter. 

I haven’t read the other two books in the series yet, but have added them to my TBR list for future down time. Though the book does standalone, there are aspects of the two previous books that are dropped as references throughout. I would guess that if I had those stories as background knowledge, those comments would have had more merit than they did as I read this one first.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Tattoo Thief
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22-year-old Beryl doesn't know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief. 

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse? 

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.

Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.

Tyler and Stella (Tattoo Thief #2)
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Stella Ramsey always says bad boys can’t break your heart.They don’t call, don’t cuddle and don’t send flowers—but what do you expect? No strings means no regrets.

When the biggest story of her fledgling music journalism career nearly ruins her relationship with her best friend, Stella has one chance to redeem herself. She promises the bassist for the rock band Tattoo Thiefanything in exchange for behind-the-scenes access. But Tyler doesn’t want anything. He wants everything—and that’s more than Stella is prepared to give.

When Tyler’s explosive secret thrusts Stella into the media spotlight, she must choose between selling the story and telling the truth—and exposing the truth about herself.

Tyler & Stella is a sizzling story of lust, lies, and sacrifice, revealing how much love can forgive.

Heidi Joy Tretheway Blog /Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads
Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.

Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.

You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.

She loves to hear from readers via messages at her facebook page.
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