I was provided with an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Sweet Salvation Brewery #1
Published by Entangled Indulgence on July 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.
What’s a girl to do when the only person who can help her is the man who betrayed her? After years away, Miranda returns to Salvation, Virginia to save her family’s brewery, but her fate is in the hands of her first lover turned enemy, Logan Martin.
Logan, Salvation’s de facto prince, can’t believe his luck when the woman who smashed his heart to smithereens walks into his bank asking for his help. What she doesn’t know is he needs the land her brewery is on. When she tempts him with a bet—if she wins, he gives her the loan; if he wins, she forfeits the land—he knows it’s a sure thing.
An Irresistible Combination
But soon it’s a battle between their attraction for each other and their determination to win, and it’s in each other’s arms that they realize there might be more at stake now than the bet. With the town dead set against the Sweet Salvation Brewery’s success, Logan has to choose between what’s expected of him and what he really wants—even if helping Miranda means she’ll run out of his life once again.
When a book has as excellent an example of chesty ab-man on the cover as Enemies on Tap, my interest is always piqued. Especially when it is accompanied by that slight cheeky smirk said chesty-ab-man has going on too.
What was so good about Enemies on Tap for me is that the promise of that cover, and the blurb, was more than met when I opened the pages to read the story.
Oh, and as I have said many times before, I love it when people who have the hatey-hates for each other realise “Oh, look at you. I might just like you after all”. Avery Flynn has given us a really fabulous enemies-to-lovers romance, and a hero and heroine with epic levels of spirit and fun.
What did I think of Enemies on Tap?
How freakin’ hot is the tension between Miranda and Logan? Right from the moment they reconnect, the long-dormant chemistry between them pops its head up and screams “I’m back”. They fight, they flirt, they…well, they get “friendly”. I loved the to-and-fro between them, and I’ve got to say right now, Avery, you most certainly write the awesome sexytimes. There’s a scene in a bank vault….OK, I’ll let you read it, but trust me, it’s HOT!
It’s not just the chemistry that connects Miranda and Logan that was awesome to read. I loved them as individuals as well.
Miranda just wants to reignite the family brewery and show a different side to the Sweets that people in the town choose to see. She’s smart, funny and caring, but she’s also determined and not willing to take a backwards step. I love a heroine with a low bullshit threshold! The fact that she isn’t ashamed of who she is and where she’s from is pretty damn awesome too.
Logan definitely lives out the golden boy rich-kid stereotype on the surface of things, however I really enjoyed finding out that he, just like Miranda, wants that something of his own rather than simply being gifted it. His conflict over this need and his feelings for Miranda was so well done, and I believed his growth as a character.
One of my favourite things about small-town settings in romance is meeting the secondary characters. From the mountainous brewer, to Miranda’s sisters, and the snarky townsfolk, Avery Flynn has created a really complementary cast of colourful and interesting people. They all have their part to play in the story, and blessedly don’t take over.
I have my suspicions as to who the next story is about….please let them be true, as that pairing promises to be fantastic!
This was such a lot of fun to read. If you are a fan of sassy, sexy and fun Southern romance, Enemies on Tap will certainly quench your thirst for it!
PS If you have worked in an office, you will have worked with someone like Patilla the Hun – you will know him when you read him.