Part of a series? Yes, but can be read as a standalone.
Genre: Contemporary Romance with some Mysteries.
For years, Sean O’Dell has hidden his past as a Hollywood heartthrob from everyone at the Sweet Salvation Brewery. However, the arrival of nosey efficiency expert Natalie Sweet threatens the status quo. It doesn’t help that with her glasses, buttoned-up sweaters and always pulled-back hair that she’s uncovered one secret already: His attraction for hot librarian types.
Natalie has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster.
Sizzling attraction battles stubborn determination as Natalie and Sean go head to head in a battle that’s anything but business as usual.
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
While this book is the second one in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. That’s always nice when we all have countless series still to read. 😉
I had great expectations and while it’s a nice read, it fell flat and is lacking a little bit. Of course, it’s my opinion and it’s not the first time I’m among the few readers disappointed. I will try to explain the reasons of my disappointment, but keep in mind that it’s not a bad book at all. Far from it.
Let me start with the good point. The writing.
The author’s writing here is flowing very well. It’s always a good thing when you don’t need a few chapters to get into the story and/or enjoy the voice of the story. I think the main reason why it’s so easy to read and it flows so well is because the voice is very common in the genre. There’s no real risks taken here and while it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I was surprised.
That being said, the plot itself is what disappointed me while reading this book. I was expecting a whirlwind romance with real mysteries thrown in to better anchor me to the story and the characters. In the end, the romance is common and not that thrilling, the mysteries are not well-exploited and the characters lack the depth I was looking for and expecting regarding their hangups and their issues.
The whole thing regarding Sean’s past is dealt very quickly and not in-depth, Natalie’s quirks are fun to read if a little bit repetitive and are used only as a crutch for the plot. The mysteries are pilling up and the resolution is very fast to the point of leaving me with the following thought; “All that for this?!’’. That’s never good when it happens to me.
The big confrontation from Sean’s past is very mild and not exploited fully to better reflect the real reason why Sean made these choices. It’s explained, but it’s as if the author didn’t delve deeply enough. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was a novella, but it’s a full length novel.
As I said, it’s falling flat and the plot is lacking a little bit. There are all the things to have a kick-ass story mixing romance and mysteries, but both sides aren’t fully developed, or at least not the way I was looking for and not in the way to satisfy me.
But I must stress this…
The author has a great, easy, flowing writing style. It’s easy and to the point and I like that.