The Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower: Joint Review

The Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower: Joint ReviewThe Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower
on April 13th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 250

Reece Hatfield has just one rule when it comes to falling in love: don't fucking do it. There's no room in his life for another person. He can barely keep a handle on things as it is. A shadow of the man he used to be, Reece spends his days tattooing, the artist inside of him longing for the chance to do something different.

Avery Moore is all dance, all the time. Ballet is all she's ever known, and she's damn good at it. Her body is her art, a living canvas that captivates Reece the first time he lays his eyes on her.

He yearns to leave his mark on her body... in more ways than one.

The tattooed degenerate with a shady past. The beautiful ballerina with a bright future. They live in different worlds, yet somehow, they fit. But just because they fit doesn't mean they belong together. Cracks sometimes form. Two pieces don't always make a whole. The course of love never did run smoothly. Things get messy.

And Reece doesn't do messy.

Not anymore.

Alexis says…

I had absolutely no idea that this book was coming out and immediately after reading the synopsis I cleared my schedule. I am a HUGE fan of anything forbidden and a male character that has tattoos.  Yes please!

From reading the synopsis, you know that Reece has a troubled past.  You caught glimpses of it and who he used to be but you don’t really get the why.  I wanted to know so much about him.  I wanted to know more about his back story and why he is the person he is.

Avery, the beautiful Aphrodite ballerina.  She was also an enigma to me.  The reader gets absolutely no insight into her.  Maybe this was because the story was told in Reece’s POV.  It wasn’t until the very end that you learn more about her family life.

“I’m catching feelings, I realize. Real feelings. I’d rather catch the bubonic plague.”

I get why the relationship was a bit of forbidden love story. But usually in these types of romances there is a push and pull.  I didn’t feel one in The Mad Tatter. I just felt two lonely, albeit a bit broken souls who stumble upon each other and fall in love.  One thing I felt was a bit off was that they didn’t connect via phone.  Avery would just show up at Reece’s watering hole and they would spend hours talking and then sometimes go back to his apartment (where he never took females).  How is that possible in this day in age that they didn’t correspond that way? Maybe it’s just me.  I do think there were some sweet and sensual parts between them too.

The true heart to this book was Little Miss. Her and her dinosaur obsession made me smile throughout the book. I loved the way that Reece doted on her and it showed that not all love is perfect. Love blurs the lines and yet there is no wrong way to love.


Stacia says…

A troubled tattoo artist that is afraid to love. A “good girl” ballerina, from the right side of the tracks. I read the synopsis for this book and dropped another book I was into, dying to read a great forbidden love story. Unfortunately  that isn’t exactly what I got.
Yes, Reece Hatfield is troubled and has his fair share of secrets, but I didn’t really understand why he was afraid to love or let anyone in. Avery Moore walks into his life and he immediately see someone he wants. Even though he normally just sleeps with women one time and drops them, for some reason things are different with Avery from the start.

“The woman is a walking, talking goddess, an angel in disguise, and she looks at me like she fears I don’t see her at all. But I see her, all right…”

While I wanted to love the relationship between Reece and Avery, I didn’t ever feel a strong connection between them. We never really got to know her, or at least not until the end of the book, and the time that Reece and Avery spent together seemed repetitive. Actually a large part of the book was the same thing over and over again; Reece at work, Avery watching him work, the two of them at the bar or his apartment and then the same thing over again.

My absolute favorite part of the entire book, was the relationship between Reece and his daughter. His love and patience with Lexie was so sweet! I also really enjoyed that the whole book was in a male POV. It was interesting to be in Reece’s head the entire time.

This was a quick read and is a standalone!


About J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), andthe paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.