Train Wreck by T. Gephart
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Comedy
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: “No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”
Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.
Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.
She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.
Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.
It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
This was my first read by T. Gephart and it was a great summer read for me. Light and easily enjoyable; just enough plot intensity to keep me intrigued but not enough to say there was angst. The cover was amazing and that alone made me want to read the book, haha. It was funny and I also connected very quickly to the characters.
Eve was and is her own woman. The opening scene shows just how amazing she is and how put together she can be even when things are crashing down around her. She’s definitely someone I aspire to be personality-wise. I loved her character and instantly took to her. She seemed real to me in ways some authors can’t seem to get across…she had unholy mood swings and she let herself feel whatever it was she was feeling in that moment. She took up space and she didn’t ask forgiveness for it….I loved that about her. She’s all female and she owns every bit of herself.
When Eve has one of the worst days of her life that practically ends her career and her relationship to long-term boyfriend she knows she has to find herself again, and she does that by help from the same girl who just helped make her horrible day worse…because through her she comes to know Josh.
“How long had I been doing it? Following a path because some screwed up part of my brain dictated it was what I needed to do. Were my thoughts so heavily saturated by a need to please that despite me believing I was confident and independent that I’d created this alternate version of myself. A watered down version of someone I thought I should be? No. This wasn’t me. No wonder people thought my art lacked depth–I lacked depth. And what was worse it that I hadn’t even seen it.”
Josh was a “tattoo Jesus” in Eve’s words. He had the body and the art to prove that he was just what Eve needed to find herself and her art again. His character was written flawlessly. He was so much more than what people saw on the outside, and I loved that about him. He gave a lot of himself to many different people; he had a big heart and I fell in love with him just as hard as Eve did.
“It’s how much of yourself you give. What you sacrifice for someone else. I’m concerned you are too busy worrying about other people, and no one is worrying about you.”
The side characters were pretty amazing as well. T. Gephart knows how to write some witty banter and crazy scenarios and to me, it helped pull this book up from a 3.5 to a definite 4 star for me. If you’re looking for something fun and light-hearted that will make you laugh and leave a grin on your face for the rest of the day then you really need to pick up Train Wreck. You won’t be disappointed!
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advanced reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.