Review: The Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower

the mad tatterReece 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.



So I am starting at the very beginning with this one. No, I don’t mean chapter one… I mean that one place people seem to decide if they are going to read a book from. I typically don’t. But there was something that just captivated me about the cover of this book. I didn’t pay attention to the model on the cover, I was looking intently at the picture as a whole. But it wasn’t until I read the book that I truly appreciated the cover. Yes, I know… Charlie Keller… who can resist looking at him right? Well honestly, at first look, I didn’t know it was Charlie (gasp!). But I was drawn to the cover of this book and I wasn’t really sure why, then I read the book and suddenly the cover came to life. It was an image that was not only perfect for the book, but perfect for the story and the character.

Now as far as the story goes… I fell in complete love with this story. Reese, the artist that has lost his inspiration, struggles day to day as a tattoo artist. Avery, the beautiful dancer with a set path in life but completely unsure of what the future holds. Two souls, one story, one future. Beautiful, touching and one of those stories that just stays with you.

The characters had flaws, they weren’t perfect. But they were perfect for each other and the story line was perfect for them. I struggled at first because I couldn’t figure out what up with Reese. I didn’t understand why he walked away from art. Why he spent so much time isolating himself and his heart. But the more I read, the more I was drawn to his character. He was strength and weakness but he had a good heart and there was nothing more important to him than his “Little Miss.” That relationship completely stole my heart. But it wasn’t just Reese that caught me… it was Avery as well. She has a heart of gold. She is so strong and patient. But there was something truly special about her. She was able to see past Reese’s flaws and his faults and find the man beneath. She was able to see beyond his past and only look at his today and tomorrow. She brought him to life again and it was touching and inspiring. I loved the transformations that I saw in both characters. Both with flaws but both determined to come out the victor in their own story.

This book was recommended to me by a friend, so when I purchased a copy of it, I really had no idea what to expect, but I loved the synopsis of it so I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. What surprised me most is how much I loved this story. It wasn’t overly dramatic, I didn’t find myself crying all over the neighborhood and I was mad at the author at any point in it. And yet, it was real, raw and honest. It was a breath of fresh air for me and I definitely would recommend to others to read it!

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