ARC Review: Train Wreck by T. Gephart

Release Date: July 10, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.


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“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.


Train Wreck was not a wreckage! Not. At. All! My very first Tina Gephart book was No. 1 Crush and let me tell you I loved that story so much. Although this one had totally different pacing and personalities, I would like to say that she has done it again. This woman surely knows how to run a delightful ride. 

The sexual tension between Josh and Eve was explicit and their chemistry was a gamut never missing a beat from start to finish. They share the same passion for art and even in their clashing natures I still found that layer of equilibrium. 

Despite Eve Thorton’s off putting mood swings, I genuinely liked her. Walking on your boyfriend in action with another woman and a hot off the grill art exhibition which to be clear was a total fail, you’d eventually understand her flipping moments. She’s down to earth notwithstanding loaded and has this easily adaptable personality. With swaying confidence but born with sass. Her outbursts of honesty and realizations that she is a work in progress were relatable. She is a beautiful mess of highs and lows. Aren’t we all are? Train Wreck revolved mostly around her even though it was told in dual POVs and you’d see that she really did grow from slightly lost to finally finding herself. 

Hats off to this brilliant and sexy sweet talker of a tattooist named Josh for bringing out her highs. I want my own hot as fuck mood lifter and saving grace too, why is that so hard to ask? Out of all his great and obvious perks, again hot as fuck, what stood out the most was his perceptiveness. Eve got inspired by this man, I for certain was enthused. Mature, established, a great listener and a fixer not just to her girl but even to his closest friends.

The hilarious side of this story were Josh and Eve’s fiascos with the secondary characters. Aside from their easy and sexy banters it was so much fun to witness them deal and interact with their wild friends. Their silly dance, the holding back, was a great foreplay that got me definitely hot and bothered too. And one more thing to solidify this couple’s refreshing energy – they not only talk about their run of the mill and trivial musings but their deeper longings as well. Yep, you got that right there are heart to hearts. Their diverse backgrounds brought little jabs and tension in their budding relationship which in turn made the love story more appealing. 

There’s just this one crucial part, though realistic, could have been sweeter for more heart clenching and fluttering reactions. Only that. But as a whole this stand-alone didn’t only deliver in the romance department but also lightly tackled and seamlessly intermingled subjects such as art, self-discoveries and of course relationships. Beautifully wrapped up story with triumphant surprises. That epilogue was mildly in-your-face by the way. Cheers to hearts colliding out of crazy times and absurd circumstances. Truly, Eve and Josh did it!!!

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