Friday, June 30, 2017

ARC Review: Something's Brewing at Joe's by SJD Peterson


Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman. 

The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.

Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe will want nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.

Dani's rating:

I've been waiting for Jo Peterson to write something light and fluffy for ages. I so loved this author's BAMF and Plan B.

Something's Brewing at Joe's is indeed an easy read.

The MCs have an instant sexual connection and spend a lot of time in various states of undress getting each other off. And I do love a steamy story. I really, really do.

But, and it pains me to say this, the sex sort of overwhelmed the relationship here. I never got a sense of these guys as fully realized human beings.

Joe owns a coffee shop and was close to his parents before they died. Murphy (don't call him Eugene!), newly arrived in Florida, doesn't want a relationship because his last boyfriend nagged him to death. He never discusses this with Joe, just continues to run hot and cold, fucking Joe and then pushing him away.

Murphy ends up working for an unethical company that tried to force Joe and other small business owners out of their retail space. Murphy overhears something that makes him realize just how far this company would go for a profit.

While this sounds somewhat exciting, there is little tension in the story, and the issue is resolved fairly easily.

I did like Kallie, Joe's assistant at the shop. She's sassy and instrumental in bringing Joe and Murphy together.

The ending is a strong HFN, although I was seriously bugged that while Joe told Murphy that he loved him, Murphy never said it back.

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Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.
~Neil Gaiman

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