Monday, July 10, 2017

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Train Wreck by T. Gephart

Genre: Romantic Comedy


“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 shewasn’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.

~Book Review~
3.95 Stars

Eve Thornton comes from money, but her background isn’t doing her any favors when it comes to success in her art career. So she seeks out tattoo artist Josh Logan for mentoring when she happens upon a piece of his work.

Josh is a really great guy. He’s patient and sensible and very supportive. I don’t think I could find a fault with his character. He also struck a good balance between cool tattoo artist and easy-going boyfriend with integrity.
“I didn’t want her to be a one-time deal, a quick lay, or for me to be her rebound. She was girlfriend material, and I didn’t want to screw that up.”
Eve, on the other hand, I had mixed feelings towards throughout.  Initially I liked her confidence, and the way she handled things in the opening scene was stand-up. There are too many doormat heroines getting crapped on in the romance world; it was refreshing to see one handle it like a big girl who had balls.  However, I did not care for the way she treated Josh in a later scene. I understood that she had to work things out for herself, but the way she sent mixed signals and blew him off was insensitive.  In addition, it only seemed to serve up conflict for a climax with an avoidable misunderstanding in an otherwise pleasingly low-angst book.  

Also, earlier in the story while Josh takes reprieve from their sexual tensions into his own hands:
“She had unwittingly given me jerk-off material for the next twenty years.”
Eve’s approach was a big turn-off when she engages in a bar make-out scene with another guy. It felt like simply a way to drag out Eve and Josh getting together.  The night out scene could have been more productive to the romantic factor if it had been Eve and Josh going out.

Told via their alternating first person POVs, the story is largely about Eve’s journey to enhance not just her art, but her career and her life. Themes of self-improvement and bettering oneself along with not caring what other people think are crucial to the tale.

I would have preferred a stronger steam factor along with some interludes that were referred to but not shown between Josh and Eve.  The story has some cute and humorous moments, but it’s not the laugh-out-loud romcom that some of the Power Station books were. Speaking of Power Station, fans will be pleased to see a cameo from one of the band members. 


T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

No comments:

Post a Comment