Something’s Brewing at Joe’s, by SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Rating: DNF at 25%
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 wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.
What can I say… S.J.D. Peterson and I have one of those relationships where, when we click we click, but when we don’t we don’t. I loved Plan B and have reread it numerous times. I will commend the author for always trying something new, but Something’s Brewing at Joe’s is going into the “hated it” column. I threw in the towel at the start of Chapter Seven for no other reason than I couldn’t connect with the two main characters and didn’t care to see their romance unfold.
The two meet at a club, have what is supposed to be a one night stand, but then Murphy is hired as a contractor by Joe’s manager while Joe is on vacation and bam…the two appear to be on a one way ride to having ALL THE SEX ALL THE TIME. Office coffee shop sex sounds fantastic until, as a consumer, I’m thinking about health code violations, etc.
But… I only read 25% so I’d recommend you try it and form your own opinion. OR read Plan B which was wonderful.
SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.
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